In Netflix's Hilda, Perfect Love Drives Out Fear (and Trolls)

Think Christian | 10/23/2018 | Staff
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The animated children’s series follows a tiny adventurer who puts 1 John 4 into action.

Striking a fresh idea in children’s programming is as difficult as escaping a raging troll with only your wits, your kindness, and a sketchbook. Netflix’s Hilda manages to do both.

Novelist - Luke - Pearson - Hilda - Girl

Created by British graphic novelist Luke Pearson, Hilda is a blue-haired girl with a penchant for adventure. Pearson took inspiration from Nordic folklore and created a cohesive and immersive experience for readers (and now viewers) of all ages. Netflix’s Hilda doesn’t stray far from its source material, but augments it with vibrant animation and a lo-fi electronic soundtrack.

As we watch Hilda’s adventures through the wilderness and into the heart of the local metropolis, Trolberg, we encounter characters and storylines proving that there is always more to things than meets the eye. Hilda’s ability to discern what’s under the surface becomes her greatest strength and the source of her courage in the face of danger.

Hilda - Bella - Ramsey - Wilderness - Home

We first meet Hilda (voiced by Bella Ramsey) exploring the wilderness surrounding her home, where she lives with her mother and faithful deerfox, Twig. As she wanders far from her house, she stumbles upon a strangely misshapen rock and identifies it as a troll. She fastens a bell to its nose to warn her when it starts to move, and sits down to sketch. Lost in her drawing, she doesn’t notice the sun go down until the bell rings.

What follows is a mad dash back to her home with the troll in hot pursuit. Just as she reaches the glow of home the troll catches up to her. It’s then that Hilda sees that he is in distress due to the bell on his nose. After she removes the bell, the troll grabs her and opens its mouth as if to eat her ......
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