Academy Award-winning director Guillermo Del Toro has been giving us awesome animated shows on Netflix for the last few years. With the release of the Wizards trailer, the genius filmmaker’s shared universe comes to an end. Blending modern-day storytelling with the fantasy world of wizards and monsters, Guillermo Del Toro’s Wizards trailer looks fun and entirely watchable.
How Guillermo Del Toro Created An Animated Shared Universe on Netflix
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The director who gave us the incredible The Shape Of Water also brought us CG animated shows to Netflix for the past few years. The first series to premiere was Trollhunters in 2016, an animated show about two worlds and a new hero who has to protect both. The story was about how the modern-day town of Arcadia collides with a hidden world full of monsters. Tensions between the worlds peak when the new protector of both realms is a human teenager. It’s a classic superhero story as the boy has to figure out how to protect two worlds as a hero, while still maintaining his real life.
Del Toro’s next animated series, 3Below from 2018, is set in the same town of Arcadia where three alien refugees crash land on Earth. Taking on the appearances of an old man, a teenage girl, and a Latino boy, the three are in hiding as alien threats converge on Earth looking for them. Set in the same place at the same time as Trollhunters, the characters from both shows eventually meet. While events also overlap between the two series. Guillermo Del Toro’s Wizards trailer shows another story that goes back in time in the same Arcadian town.
Guillermo Del Toro’s Wizards Trailer Looks Has A Tried And Tested Formula
The trailer for Wizards on Netflix is fun and interesting. The story features a young wizard trying to work with magic, but told that he is not ready. However, an accident throws him into the past where he has to use his magic for bigger things. The story of Wizards directly connects to Trollhunters and looks like it could possibly be a prequel. The heroes become entangled in the war from the past but have to ensure that they don’t change history.
It’s a premise that’s we’ve seen many different times. Especially the storylines of Camelot and King Arthur. A contemporary everyday person in the time of Knights and Kings, takes the fish-out-of-water concept to new heights. Martin Lawrence’s The Black Knight and Richard Donner’s Timeline are but some examples of this formula. And Guillermo Del Toro’s Wizards trailer looks just as interesting and quirky as those, with a new magical twist.
Wizards releases on Netflix on August 7, 2020.
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