‘At its first Annecy presentation ever, Netflix announced the upcoming Hilda, based on the books by Luke Pearson and directed by Andy Coyle, will premiere Sept. 21.
“Hilda” screened in Annecy’s TV series competition. Much-anticipated, based on the books of U.K, illustrator, and author Luke Pearson, “Hilda” came across at the Netflix presentation as a dramedy for older kids, with horror beats and a tribute to the vivid imagination of kids. Shot in palettes and lighting which can be one moment warm and composed, and in another dark and sinister, it portrays how the fearless Hilda, a blue-haired girl who travels from her home in a vast magical wilderness full of elves and giants to the big city of Trolberg, encounters new friends and mysterious and dangerous creators.
“Game of Thrones’” Bella Ramsey leads what looks like an excellent young voice cast. Silvergate Media produces, animation studio is Mercury Filmworks. Showrunner-writer is Stephanie Simpson.
Pitched at Ventana Sur’s Animation! last December, where it was one of there two winning TV series projects.
One of the most anticipated of presentations at this year’s Annecy, the Netflix panel – during which you could hear a pin drop – was hosted by Melissa Cobb, vice president of Kids & Family, and Aram Yacoubian, director of international originals, Kids & Family. The focus at Annecy, Netflix’s first presentation of the full spectrum of its animation types, was consistently on the diversity of its talent and shows, seen indeed in the panel of Chile’s Frick, Japan’s Nakazawa and Andy Coyle.
Netflix explores “possibilities of animation, breaking down the walls that creators face getting their content made, like language borders, length, format, style. We don’t have a house style, we embrace everybody’s personal vision for their products,” Cobb said in introductory remarks. She added: “We set out to achieve our dreams, focus on a common goal, which is to deliver a diverse slate of powerful and timeless entertainment with global appeal.”