Trollhunters

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Action-packed adventure show has scares, great role model.
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Parents say

age 11+
Based on 29 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 21 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Kids see Jim embrace his destiny and stand up for what's right, even when it puts him in harm's way or makes him unpopular. Recurring themes of realizing your potential and stepping up to a challenge, as well as reminders that you're not defined by how you look but by what you believe of yourself. A duplicitous character works against Jim. Some bullying among teens. Many examples of courage.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Kids and parents will like what they see in Jim, who challenges gender roles by being a hobby chef and who often assumes the parent role in his family because his mom works long hours. He's a loyal friend, a stickler for doing the right thing, and excited to embrace new challenges. On the other hand, the story's antagonists (both in the human and the troll worlds) are driven by negative traits such as greed, power, and insecurity.

Violence

Some loud conflicts between trolls and trollhunters. Punching, kicking, screaming, and snarling, plus moments of peril for the good guys. In one scene, a trollhunter sacrifices himself by falling off a building (he breaks into rocks on impact) for the greater good.

Sex

Jim has a crush on Claire, so there's some innocent flirting in scenes they share.

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Trollhunters is an action-packed series based on the Guillermo del Toro book about a mild-mannered teen who becomes a hero in a secret world of trolls. The story follows the protagonist in both dimensions -- the trolls' world and his regular world as a high school student -- as he stands up to bad guys in both scenarios. There are excellent themes about friendship, loyalty, courage, and fighting the good fight throughout, but the scares (trolls fighting, snarling, and in peril) likely are too much for very young kids. Older ones and tweens will enjoy this visually impressive DreamWorks production and its principled teen hero.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 4 and 7 year old Written byStef Herault January 4, 2017

Del Toro sick imaginary

I really regret I let my child watch this 7+ rated program according to Netflix. Stunned by the satanic stuff inside it I googled it, trying to understand who... Continue reading
Parent of a 9 year old Written byLaura L. December 30, 2016

Started out loving it...

We watched the first few episodes with our oldest son and my husband even commented that it was a cool show. Then came an episode where there was a witch-like t... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byAGP1803 January 5, 2017

I think it's great for kids 12 up.

Just be warned that Netflix will say this show is for 7 year old kids. It is great for kids 12 up and teenagers. The plot/storyline of this show is impressive f... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byBen29oak January 4, 2017

Good show so far

I haven't actually watched all of the episodes yet. Sure it might be scary and intense for younger children, but thanks to a few references honoring How to... Continue reading

What's the story?

In TROLLHUNTERS, a teen named Jim Lake (voiced by Anton Yelchin) discovers a magical amulet that unlocks a hidden world inhabited by trolls and protected by a legendary Trollhunter. Now in possession of the amulet, Jim unwittingly assumes that responsibility, and he's pulled into an epic struggle between good and evil in this secret dimension. But he's not alone in the fight, as wise Blinky (Kelsey Grammer) acts as a mentor for the newcomer to the trolls' world, and peace-minded trolls join the ranks to fight the likes of Bular (Ron Perlman), the sworn enemy of Trollhunters. He also has his best friend, Toby (Charlie Saxton), right there with him as he navigates the Trolls' world and the perils of his own teenage life.

Is it any good?

This thoroughly enjoyable, unlikely hero tale is visually spectacular and delivers some familiar -- but always refreshing -- messages about heroism. It's easy to root for Jim from the moment you meet him. He's unassuming, he dotes on his hardworking mom, and he's unfailingly loyal, not to mention he's the first to step up to correct injustice. The best part? He doesn't see himself as a hero, which keeps him humble and plays well to the story's theme concerning individual potential.  

With DreamWorks on board, you can bet a project will be easy on the eyes, and that's certainly the case with Trollhunters. Of course, the flip side is that the scares are that much scarier, especially when it comes to the mean Bular and, to a lesser degree, his duplicitous human counterpart who plots against Jim in the human world as well. The bottom line? Trollhunters is bound to delight fans of a variety of ages, but if your kids are sensitive to scares, or to the suggestion of monsters' existence, you'll want to check this one carefully before giving it the OK.  

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what it means to have courage. Can you be scared and brave at the same time? What kinds of things give you courage when you need it? What other character strengths go along with this one?

  • Who are the villains in Trollhunters? Does it make it scarier to have a bad guy hiding in plain sight in Jim's human life? Can we always know people's true intentions?

  • What examples of friendship do you see in this story? How does friendship inspire you to be a better person? Is this true of Jim and his friends?

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