Before I get to Trollhunters, a new family adventure series coming to Netflix on December 23rd, let me scare you a little bit.
Christmas is NEXT WEEK. Or kind of next week. It’s 9 days away.
So right now, you’re probably thinking, Oh, let me finish decorating, maybe do some last minute shopping, bake some cookies. And then suddenly you realize that you didn’t do Christmas cards this year (true story) and you have no idea when you’ll have time to bake and thank GOD for Amazon Prime.
What worries me the most about this last minute rush is that I feel like I don’t have enough time to just sit and relax as a family and watch some of our favorite Christmas movies. We started out great with Christmas Vacation and Elf and then just dropped off completely. I’m hoping next week will allow us to take in all of that Christmas goodness.
But here’s another thought to scare you. In 10 days, it will all be over. And you’ll be over the Christmas movies and Christmas cookies and figuring out how to fill that time while the kids are off school and slowly driving you crazy.
Hey, that’s where Netflix comes in because there’s something coming very soon that your kids will not only want to binge watch but you’ll actually let them because it’s a great, little, well-done family-friendly series.
DreamWorks’ Trollhunters is the animated story of a Jim and Toby, a couple of teenage misfits, who stumble upon a mystical amulet on the way to school one morning. When he “activates” the amulet, he learns he’s been chosen as the first human Trollhunter, sworn to protect the good trolls from powerful enemies bent on revenge.
Take a sneak peek at the official trailer:
Netflix is touting this not only as a thrilling animated series for the whole family but a new adventure from the limitless imagination of master storyteller Guillermo Del Toro.
And then I said to myself, who is Guillermo del Toro? He sounds like a famous person that I should know about. And then I realized I was thinking of Benicio del Toro, a rather hot actor.
Guillermo is Mexican film director and screenwriter with many credits to his name including: Pacific Rim, Crimson Peak, and Pan’s Labyrinth. None of which I’ve seen. But he also did the 2014 animated feature The Book of Life and one that I did see (and love), 2011’s Puss in Boots.
And that’s all I had to go on. But I was given access to screen the first two episodes of the series. I watched it with my 9 (almost 10) year old son in mind as well as my husband. Whenever my son discovers a new animated feature, my husband always seems to casually walk by, stop and watch for a few minutes, sit down for a bit, and then just admit he’s sucked in.
Also, I wanted to like it too.
After two episodes, I can already tell this is going to be a hit with my family. I know this is sort of a weird mash-up but it reminded me of Big Hero 6 and How to Train Your Dragon, both big hits in this house.
It has enough meat to sink your teeth into and it’s clear that each episode builds on the other creating an elaborate story in the process.
So when Christmas is over but you’re still looking for Christmas miracles, scheduled some family viewing for the entire epic 26 episode family event series premiering globally on December 23, 2016 only on Netflix.
This post was written as part of my role on the Netflix Stream Team. All topics and opinions are my own.