Hilda (TV series)

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Hilda
Hilda series logo.png
Genre
Created byLuke Pearson
Based onHilda
by Luke Pearson
Developed by
  • Luke Pearson
  • Stephanie Simpson
  • Kurt Mueller
Directed byAndy Coyle
Starring
Theme music composerGrimes[1]
Opening theme"Hilda (Main Title Theme)" performed by Grimes
Ending theme"Hilda's Theme"
Composer(s)Dan Mangan
Ryan Carlson
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Canada
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Luke Pearson
  • Stephanie Simpson
  • Kurt Mueller
  • Clint Eland
  • Paula Rosenthal
Producer(s)
  • Supervising producer: Adam Idelson
Running time24 minutes
Production company(s)Silvergate Media
Mercury Filmworks
Nobrow Press
Atomic Cartoons
DistributorNetflix International
Release
Original networkNetflix
Picture format16:9 1080p
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Original release21 September 2018 (2018-09-21) –
present
External links
Website

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

On 8 October 2018, the series was renewed for a second season,[8] which is scheduled to release in December of 2020.[9] A 70-minute movie episode is currently in production.[10]

Plot[edit]

Hilda is a young girl who grew up with her mother in a cabin in the woods. Over the course of the series, she and her deerfox Twig, later accompanied by an elf named Alfur, and friends David and Frida, go on a number of adventures interacting with and befriending the mysterious animals and spirits that live in and around the city of Trolberg.[11]

Cast[edit]

  • Bella RamseyHilda, an adventurous young Sparrow Scout who loves to explore the unknown lands with her pet deerfox Twig. Born in the wilderness, she soon moves to Trolberg with great reluctance. However, Hilda is quick to adapt to her new home and surroundings.[12]
  • Daisy HaggardJohanna (Mum), Hilda's mother who works as a graphic designer as well as a general store employee. While Johanna is used to her daughter going off on adventures, she still can be rather worried at times when Hilda gets into certain situations that could be dangerous. She thus moved to Trolberg so Hilda could live a normal life and make friends.
  • Ameerah Falzon-Ojo – Frida, Hilda's best friend and one of the top students in their school. She has earned many badges as a Sparrow Scout due to her organization skills.
  • Oliver Nelson – David, Hilda's other best friend and fellow Sparrow Scout. He has a large fear of insects and is often reluctant to accompany Hilda and Frida on potentially dangerous adventures.
    • Ilan Galkoff – David's singing voice[12]
  • Rasmus HardikerAlfur Aldric, an elf who journeys with Hilda and her mother to Trolberg to learn about life in the city.[13]
  • Kaisa Hammarlund – Additional voices[12]
  • Reece Pockney – Trevor, additional voices[12]
  • Simon Greenall – Additional voices
  • Ako MitchellWood Man, a brown tree-like being who visited Hilda's former home in the forest, often inviting himself in without knocking on the door first.[14][15] additional voices
  • Claire Skinner – Additional voices
  • Nina Sosanya – Additional voices
  • Ólafur Darri Ólafsson – Additional voices

Series overview[edit]

SeriesEpisodesOriginally released
11321 September 2018 (2018-09-21)
213December 2020

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2018)[edit]

Overall ChapterSeason ChapterTitleWritten byOriginal release date
11"The Hidden People" (Part 1) Stephanie Simpson21 September 2018 (2018-09-21)

Hilda, her mother, Johanna, and their deerfox, Twig, lived in the wilderness ever since she was born. During one of her adventures, she encounters a troll and removes the bell from its nose. Later that day, they face the threat on their house by small, invisible creatures who attack them as a result of them failing to heed the warnings. Johanna insists they move to Trolberg, but Hilda is determined to fix things so they can stay. She later befriends an elf named Alfur, who arranges a meeting with the prime minister. Despite Hilda's efforts, she learned that only the king can turn things around. Hilda feels saddened at first, but soon feels better when Alfur decides to take her to the king even if it violates protocols.

Adapted from Hilda and the Troll and Hilda and the Midnight Giant

Note: This is the only episode so far to use the full version of the show's ending theme.
22"The Midnight Giant" (Part 2) Stephanie Simpson21 September 2018 (2018-09-21)

That night, Hilda meets the giant from the previous episode, who explains to her that he is waiting for a friend who meets him there. The next day, after a visit to Trolberg, Hilda is still unconvinced about moving. But Johanna tells her to keep an open mind. The Wood Man visits and lends her a book about giants and tells her about a giant hasn't seen in a long time. Hilda learned that the giant she encountered was Jorgen who resides from the highest mountain in the north. The next day, Hilda and Alfur set out to find the Elf King. Unfortunately, to Hilda's anger, he retreats in panic when he sees her. Hilda angrily lashes out causing an avalanche, which is caused by another giant. Hilda catches the royal palace in time and realizes that this giant is who Jorgen is waiting for. The two giants reunite and just as Hilda and Johanna are free to live in the wilderness once more, Jorgen crushes the house as they walk off to space. A horrified Johanna and Hilda realize it's finally time to move to Trolberg now that they knew how hard it is for elves to live by other bigger creatures. Johanna, Hilda, Twig, and Alfur head off to Trolberg and settle to their new home. As Hilda sadly looks at how Trolberg is not like her old home, a mysterious bird flies off into the sky.

Adapted from Hilda and the Midnight Giant
33"The Bird Parade"Kenny Byerly21 September 2018 (2018-09-21)

As the city prepares for The Bird Parade, in a failed effort to make friends, Hilda helps a bird who gets injured during one of the kids' antics by throwing rocks. The Bird Parade is an annual festival celebrated in the city of Trolberg to honor The Great Raven. The parade has been held every year for the past centuries. Hilda and Alfur try to speak with him but realized that he lost his memory and he can't remember what he's doing. Before heading out to watch the parade, Johanna finds the bird and puts it out. It turns out that the bird that got injured was The Raven whose job is to bring good fortune to Trolberg. As Alfur and Raven try to find the statue, Trevor, who are one of the kids Hilda tried to befriend, captures him and threatens to throw him to the river. Hilda arrives in time and reminds him he's the Great Raven which restores his memories. He reveals to Hilda that years ago, he landed on a statue and people thought it was a messenger of god. When the harvest was surprisingly good that year, the people thought it was his doing and started the festival to worship him. The bad year when he didn’t show up was also coincidence. Still, he likes to give people hope, hence why he keeps coming to the town every year. With everything settled and the parade is started up, Johanna takes Hilda to a special place so they can watch the parade together. Hilda comes to terms that she'll like it here at Trolberg after all.

Adapted from Hilda and the Bird Parade
44"The Sparrow Scouts"Stephanie Simpson21 September 2018 (2018-09-21)
Following Hilda's initiation to the Sparrow Scouts, which includes a game of stingball or dodgeball, the scouts receive their first challenge: a beautification of the Trolberg city park. With her new friends, David and Frida, they get to work removing plants and creating sections for plants. However, overnight, plantlike creatures called vittra ruin their work and calls them out for removing them. Each year, they hibernate to catch sunlight. The vittra steals Frida's stash and Hilda and Frida give chase to underground tunnels where all the vittra live. Hilda manages to stop the vittra that stole it and agrees that Frida will be saved if Hilda saves the vittra's friends. Together the kids and the vittra head off to the mulching machine and manages to save the vittra before they are crushed. Hilda falls off the Big Chipper but Frida and David save her from getting injured. Even though, they didn't get a badge, they still had fun. However as David goes to sleep that night, a rock that he found earlier began to move.
55"The Troll Rock"Kenny Byerly21 September 2018 (2018-09-21)
Hilda tries to help David capture a baby troll that is running loose in the school during parent-teacher night, since Hilda's school has a strict "no-troll" rule. Until this point, Hilda's behavior had been called "reckless," but that is changed in this episode after her teacher discovers her true motives. A much then breaks into the school, and Hilda discovers that this troll is the baby troll's mother. She gives it back to its mother, thus saving the day. As the troll mother makes it way back to the wilderness, it destroys the school statue, much to the sadness of the school principal.
66"The Nightmare Spirit"Kenny Byerly21 September 2018 (2018-09-21)
David has been having a series of nightmares, and so Hilda and Frida must get to the bottom of all of them. They discover that David is being haunted by a nightmare spirit called a Marra, and the only way to defeat it is for one to face their worst fears. Late at night, Hilda, Alfur, and Frida set a trap for the Marra. In this process, Hilda lets the Marra into her head for a moment, wherein Hilda faces her own fears. At the end of the episode, the Marra leaves David alone after he conquers his fears, saying that he's "not fun to haunt" anymore now that he is not as easy to scare as he used to be.
77"The Lost Clan"Ben Joseph21 September 2018 (2018-09-21)
While searching for a rare plant for the Sparrow Scouts, Hilda and her friends discover that the plants are sentient, and they kidnap David to punish him for repeatedly walking over them. In order to get him back, Hilda and Frida help Alfur with a contract from a being called the Lindworm, which must burn the contract in order to save David.
88"The Tide Mice"Stephanie Simpson21 September 2018 (2018-09-21)
Hilda tries her hand at witchcraft to help David with his auditions and Johanna with her art and job. To do this, she creates a magical Tide Mouse by using a tuft of David's hair. Unfortunately it goes awry after a couple days when it starts to possess its hosts and cause her mum and David to develop a blank white stare, which she and Alfur must find a way to undo.
99"The Ghost"Kenny Byerly21 September 2018 (2018-09-21)
Hilda, David, and Frida investigate why Frida's room isn't staying tidy, and soon find out that a spirit has been disorganizing her room in her sleep. The friends head to a graveyard to try to talk to the ghosts that have been messing up her room, but this doesn't work. Hilda and David's friendship with Frida is tested when Frida thinks that the two of them have been terrible friends.
1010"The Storm" (Part 1) Luke Pearson21 September 2018 (2018-09-21)
Hilda is stuck at home during a major storm, and her mum gets stuck in traffic. To try to get the storm to stop, Hilda, David, and Raven visit the local weather woman and make an interesting discovery: Hilda's favorite weatherwoman has stolen a living cloud's baby. Hilda is luckily able to bring it back to its parents, but ends up getting lost in the wilderness soon afterwards on her way back home.
1111"The House in the Woods" (Part 2) Ben Joseph21 September 2018 (2018-09-21)
Following the events of the previous episode, Hilda wanders the wilderness trying to find help. Meanwhile Johanna worries about her at home. While she is in the forest, Hilda meets up with the Wood Man again and they both hide in a log cabin after almost getting eaten by a giant. They soon discover that this log cabin can grant any wish they want, but they are not able to leave it. Eventually Hilda wishes to go home, and ends up going back to her house through a door in the cabin.
1212"The Nisse" (Part 1) Luke Pearson21 September 2018 (2018-09-21)
Hilda tries to help a nisse named Tontu, who has been kicked out of his house because the owner of it claims that he has been repeatedly destroying it. Frida spends time with teenage girls. A monster is starting to be seen around Trolberg, which several people believe is just their imagination. Later, Hilda goes on a camping trip with the rest of the Sparrow Scouts, and finds Tontu in the forest while they are there. However a monster called the Black Hound is seen in the forest, which causes the trip to be cut short and everyone is forced to go back home. Hilda also finds out that the girls Frida has been spending time with are Marras, and they are trying to get her to become a Marra too. Luckily, David is able to stand up to them, just before the Black Hound confronts everyone to their horror.
1313"The Black Hound" (Part 2) Stephanie Simpson21 September 2018 (2018-09-21)

Amidst Hilda and David's reconciliation with Frida, the city becomes worried about the Black Hound, which has been running loose all throughout it. Hilda devotes her time to helping her Tontu, after she finds out that the Black Hound was actually its pet, and was originally named Jelly Bean. Hilda then finds out that it was actually Jelly Bean that had been messing up everyone's apartments, not Tontu. After finding out that Jelly Bean is innocent, Hilda, her mum, and Tontu try to save him from the rest of the city. While driving out of Trolberg, the Black Hound briefly sends their car into a pocket dimension, but then knocks them back out, destroying Hilda's car. Tontu then reunites with Jelly Bean, and things go back to normal.

Adapted from Hilda and the Black Hound

Season 2 (2020)[edit]

Overall ChapterSeason ChapterTitle [16]Written byOriginal release date
141"The Troll Circle"TBADecember 2020
152"The Witch"TBADecember 2020

Production[edit]

Development of the series was first briefly mentioned on 15 June 2016, in The New Yorker, stating that Netflix was planning a "twelve-episode animated series, based on the first four books, for early 2018."[17]

On 21 June 2016, Luke Pearson and Sam Arthur (co-founder of Nobrow Press) announced on Nobrow Press' official blog that Silvergate Media would also partake in 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.[18]

Release[edit]

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

The first season was released as a Netflix exclusive, on 21 September 2018.[4][5][6] The second season is to be released sometime in December 2020.[19][failed verification]

Reception[edit]

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 series 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 Toonboom 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."[20] The first season of Hilda holds a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[21] Others focused on the character known as "The Librarian," arguing that her character is "among the most positive pop culture depictions of librarians," apart with libraries in Cleopatra in Space and She-Ra and the Princesses of Power.[22] The same reviewer states that that the nine minutes in the first season within a library setting makes a "strong impression," including an episode featuring a special collections room, and arguing that the series makes clear the "importance of librarians and libraries for years to come."

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref
2019 46th Annie Awards Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production For Children Won [23][24]
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
78th Annual Peabody Awards Child and Youth Programming Nominated [25][26]
46th Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Children's Animated Series Clint Eland
Kurt Mueller
Luke Pearson
Stephanie Simpson
Adam Idelson
Chantal Ling
Rachel Simon
Andrew Hymas
Nominated [27]
Outstanding Writing for an Animated Program Stephanie Simpson
Kenny Byerly
Nominated
Outstanding Directing for an Animated Program Andy Coyle
Megan Ferguson
Nominated
Outstanding Main Title and Graphic Design for an Animated Program Hilda Won
2019 BAFTA Children's Awards Children's Animation Luke Pearson
Stephanie Simpson
Kurt Mueller
Won [28]
2020 2020 Kidscreen Awards Best Animated Series Hilda Won [29]
British Animation Awards Best Voice Performance Bella Ramsey Nominated [30][31]

Tie-in material[edit]

Mobile game[edit]

A mobile game based on the series titled Hilda Creatures was released on the App Store on 18 October 2018. The game was developed by British developer BIGUMAKU.[32] An Android version was released on 6 December 2018.[33]

Novelizations[edit]

Hilda and the Hidden People, a novel based on the first two episodes of the series, was released on 4 September 2018. The book was authored by Stephen Davies and illustrated by Seaerra Miller.[34] Two more books based on the first season were released, titled Hilda and the Great Parade and Hilda and the Nowhere Space. They were respectively released on 22 January 2019, and 21 May 2019. Both were also penned by Davies and Miller.[35][36]

Three more novels based on the series, titled Hilda and the Time Worm, Hilda and the Ghost Ship, and Hilda and the White Woff are set to be released on 15 September 2020, 3 November 2020, and 2 February 2021 respectively. The books will once again be written by Davies, and all three will be illustrated by Victoria Evans.[37][38][39]

References[edit]

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