Hilda (TV series)

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Hilda series logo.png
Created byLuke Pearson
Based onHilda
by Luke Pearson
Developed by
  • Luke Pearson
  • Stephanie Simpson
  • Kurt Mueller
Directed byAndy Coyle
Voices of
Theme music composerGrimes[1]
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Luke Pearson
  • Stephanie Simpson
  • Kurt Mueller
  • Clint Eland
  • Paula Rosenthal
  • Supervising producer: Adam Idelson
Running time24 minutes
Production company(s)Silvergate Media
Mercury Filmworks
Nobrow Press
Atomic Cartoons
Original networkNetflix
Picture format16:9 1080p
Audio formatStereophonic sound
Original releaseSeptember 21, 2018 (2018-09-21) –
External links

Hilda is a British-Canadian animated television series based on the graphic novel series of the same name by Luke Pearson. Produced by Silvergate Media and Mercury Filmworks, the show follows the adventures of fearless Hilda, a blue-haired girl who, along with her deerfox Twig, travels to the city of Trolberg, where she befriends even the most dangerous monsters.[2][3]

The series debuted on September 21, 2018 as a Netflix exclusive.[4][5][6] The world premiere of the first two episodes was at the New York International Children's Film Festival on February 25, 2018.[7]

In October 2018, the show was renewed for a second season,[8] which is scheduled to be released in 2020.[9]


The series is set in a world resembling that of late 20th century Scandinavia, with people and fantastical creatures, and centers around the titular character. Hilda is a little blue-haired girl, who has spent her entire life in the wilderness, with her mom Johanna, and pet deerfox, Twig. They later move to the local city of Trolberg, along with a small elf, Alfur, who Hilda befriended back in the wilderness. Despite Hilda being skeptical about her new life in the city, she soon makes two new friends, Frida and David, and discovers that there might be more to Trolberg than she originally thought.



No.TitleWritten byOriginal release date
1"Chapter 1: The Hidden People"Stephanie Simpson21 September 2018 (2018-09-21)
2"Chapter 2: The Midnight Giant"Stephanie Simpson21 September 2018 (2018-09-21)
3"Chapter 3: The Bird Parade"Kenny Byerly21 September 2018 (2018-09-21)
4"Chapter 4: The Sparrow Scouts"Stephanie Simpson21 September 2018 (2018-09-21)
5"Chapter 5: The Troll Rock"Kenny Byerly21 September 2018 (2018-09-21)
6"Chapter 6: The Nightmare Spirit"Kenny Byerly21 September 2018 (2018-09-21)
7"Chapter 7: The Lost Clan"Ben Joseph21 September 2018 (2018-09-21)
8"Chapter 8: The Tide Mice"Stephanie Simpson21 September 2018 (2018-09-21)
9"Chapter 9: The Ghost"Kenny Byerly21 September 2018 (2018-09-21)
10"Chapter 10: The Storm"Luke Pearson21 September 2018 (2018-09-21)
11"Chapter 11: The House in the Woods"Ben Joseph21 September 2018 (2018-09-21)
12"Chapter 12: The Nisse"Luke Pearson21 September 2018 (2018-09-21)
13"Chapter 13: The Black Hound"Stephanie Simpson21 September 2018 (2018-09-21)


Development of the series was first briefly mentioned on June 15, 2016, in The New Yorker, stating that Netflix was planning a "twelve-episode animated series, based on the first four books, for early 2018."[14]

On June 21, 2016, on the blog of the official Nobrow Press website, Luke Pearson and co-founder of Nobrow Press Sam Arthur, announced that Silvergate Media will also partake on the series production, with Pearson saying:

I'm obviously very excited to be able to finally say this is happening. Alongside drawing a new book I've been working with Silvergate on this for a while now and can confirm that it's in unbelievably good hands. An inordinate amount of love and attention to detail is going into this thing and I'm looking forward to sharing the result in a couple of years' time.[15]


The first two episodes premiered at the New York International Children's Film Festival on February 25, 2018.[7]

The series was released as a Netflix exclusive, on September 21, 2018.[4][5][6]


Critical response[edit]

Hilda has received acclaim from critics and fans, for its writing, characters, animation, and vocal performances.

Emily Ashby of Common Sense Media gave the show four out of five stars, stating that Hilda, herself, "is the show's best quality, but it also benefits from curious characters, exceptionally matched storytelling and animation, and an endearing world of fantasy".[3] Allison Keene of Collider gave the series a four out of five stars, saying: "Regardless of age, Hilda invites viewers to join in the mystery and thrill of adventure and to find the magic in the introduction of these many creatures, and some of their curious habits, in an upbeat and wonderful world. Though Hilda must grow up and accept city life, she need not put aside her childlike wonder. Neither should we."[16]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref
2019 Annie Awards Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production For Children Won [17][18]
Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production Scott Lewis Won
Outstanding Achievement for Writing in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production Stephanie Simpson Won

Mobile game[edit]

A mobile game based on the show titled Hilda Creatures was released on the App Store on October 18, 2018. The game was developed by British developer BIGUMAKU.[19] An Android version was released on December 6, 2018.[20]


  1. ^ @thatlukeperson (20 September 2018). "I'm very excited to share the title sequence for @hildatheseries featuring original music by @Grimezsz! Here it is! Hilda debuts on Netflix tomorrow!" (Tweet). Retrieved 21 October 2018 – via Twitter.
  2. ^ "Hilda". Silvergate Media. 7 January 2017. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  3. ^ a b Ashby, Emily. "Hilda TV Review". Common Sense Media. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  4. ^ a b Staff Editor, AWN (17 June 2016). "Silvergate's 'Hilda' Headed to Neflix". Animation World Network. Retrieved 21 October 2018.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  5. ^ a b "Netflix's Original Animated Series HILDA Set for September 21 Launch Date". Broadway World. 12 June 2018. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Hilda - Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Hilda". New York International Children's Film Festival. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  8. ^ @hildatheseries (8 October 2018). "Ready for more adventures? At our @NY_Comic_Con panel it was announced that Hilda will return for Season 2!!" (Tweet). Retrieved 21 October 2018 – via Twitter.
  9. ^ @hildatheseries (14 January 2019). "The adventure isn't over... Hilda will return with Season 2 in 2020!" (Tweet). Retrieved 16 February 2019 – via Twitter.
  10. ^ a b c d Anderson, Porter (23 February 2018). "UK Illustrator Luke Pearson's Series 'Hilda' Beats a Path to Netflix". Publishing Perspectives. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  11. ^ Hilday. Episode 7. 9 minutes in. "You're an Aldric aren't you?" "Yes, yes I am."
  12. ^ @hildatheseries (28 September 2018). "It's the awesome @AkoMitchell!!" (Tweet). Retrieved 21 October 2018 – via Twitter.
  13. ^ "New Netflix series Hilda starring Daisy Haggard & Ako Mitchell". SueTerryVoices.com. 20 September 2018. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  14. ^ Lange, Alexandra (15 June 2016). "Here Comes Hilda". The New Yorker. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  15. ^ Zoë (21 June 2016). "Nobrow Press - Hilda is coming to Netflix!!". Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  16. ^ Keene, Allison (26 September 2018). "'Hilda' Review: Netflix's Series Is the Happiness We Need in This Dark, Cruel World". Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  17. ^ "Annie Awards - Nominees". Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  18. ^ "Annies Awards Live Blog: Follow ASIFA-Hollywoods' 46th Annual Gala - Deadline". Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  19. ^ "Hilda Creatures". BIGUMAKU. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  20. ^ @BIGUMAKU (6 December 2018). "Oh look - a new friend! #HildaCreatures is now available for Android users worldwide! We have been so excited to share it with you - check it out now" (Tweet) – via Twitter.

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