This September, Netflix debuts Hilda, an animated series based on the Eisner-Award-nominated graphic novels by Luke Pearson. Produced by Silvergate Media, with animation by Mercury Filmworks, Hilda has been described as a “tribute to the vivid imagination of kids”.
The much-celebrated comic, which was initially published by Flying Eye Books, an imprint of Nobrow, will be streamed on Netflix from 21 September. An early promotion states that we will follow “the wide-eyed Hilda as she travels from a wilderness full of elves and giants to Trollberg, a bustling city packed with new friends and mysterious creatures”. Hilda will be voiced by actress Bella Ramsey (Game of Thrones).
Luke Pearson is no stranger to cartooning; he storyboarded episodes of Adventure Time for the Cartoon Network and has also worked with an extensive list of clients including The New Yorker, WIRED, Disney Television Animation and Nickelodeon. For this animation of Hilda, Pearson describes how he’s been “in every facet of [the adaptation] from the start”. The style is faithful to the comics, which drew from Scandinavian folk stories, and uses animation that can be both comforting and unsettling.