Thursday, June 16, 2016

Annecy: New 'Samurai Jack', 'Trollhunters' Details Revealed

As the Annecy festival continues, details on exciting future projects have been emerging. Some of the most keenly awaited of these have come courtesy of a pair of Master Classes at the fest- presented by animation legend Genddy Tartovsky and all-round legend Guillermo del Toro.

The news to come out of Tartovsky's presentation of course was on the much anticipated return of Samurai Jack.  As well as presenting some first-look artwork (which you can see below) the format of the new series was also revealed.
The series will apparently be broadcast as 10 episodes "conceived as a 5 hour film". What's more, it looks like this is going to be Jack's last hurrah- it has been designed to conclude the story. The new style the show is aiming for is being described as  "more dark, more adult" but still Jack. This seems to fit in with the fact that the series will air on Adult Swim rather than Cartoon Network, and the fact that the show's original audience will have grown with it.  [Source]



Del Toro's masterclass meanwhile provided us with some concrete details about the show he is making with DreamWorks Animation for Netflix. Firstly, we now know it will hit Netflix in December. A more specific date will be revealed in due course.

The second announcement is that the major cast has now also been unveiled. The voice cast will be lead by Anton Yelchin as teenage protagonist Jim and Kelsey Grammer as Blinky, the kindly troll who befriends him.  Frequent del Toro collaborator Ron Perlman has been cast as Bulsar- who looks set to be the show's primary villain.

The series centers on the seemingly peaceful suburb of Arcadia, where a trio of teens discover that under their town lies a hidden world where trolls are caught up in a battle between good and evil. The first season will hit in December, but if you can't wait that long, you can always check out the original del Toro co-penned young adult novels that the series is based on.

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