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Trollhunters:Rise of The Titans is a 2021 American 3D Animated Computed Adventure film directed by Johane Matte, Francisco Ruiz Velasco and Andrew Schmidt. Based off this franchise of Tales of Arcadia by Guillermo de Toro. It stars Emile Hirsch, Lexi Medrano, Charlie Saxton, Kelsey Grammar, Diego Luna, and Colin O'Donoghue. A plot follows a Douxie Casperan, Nari and Archie are ambushed by the arrival of the Arcane Order in a subway train in New York. Jim Lake Jr. and Claire Nunez accompanied the three and Toby Domzaski accidentally break the train's brakes, causing the train to never go at a different speed, as the other heroes (Stuart, Steve Palchuck and Krel Tarron) plans to use the anti-magic generator to stop the Arcane Order from using their magic.

That film also Universal Pictures cancelled Trollhunters Rise of the Titans' theatrical release and instead of Netflix. It released in July 21, 2021 in United States exclusively. It received positive reviews from film critics but mixed reactions from fans, with praise given to the animation, story, and emotional weight but it also received big criticism for its ending, especially by fans.

Plot

In the beginning of the movie, Blinky Galadrigal and Jim Lake Jr give a run-through of all the events that have happened in Trollhunters, 3Below, and Wizards, leading up to this very movie.

Douxie Casperan, Nari and Archie are ambushed by the arrival of the Arcane Order in a subway train in New York. Jim Lake Jr. and Claire Nunez accompanied the three and Toby Domzaski accidentally break the train's brakes, causing the train to never go at a different speed, as the other heroes (Stuart, Steve Palchuck and Krel Tarron) plans to use the anti-magic generator to stop the Arcane Order from using their magic. While Jim is wounded in battle against one of the Arcane Order's members, Bellroc, the train begins to go off-track and Douxie uses his charm bracelet to create magical train tracks. Afterwards, Douxie switches bodies with Nari, and she is now in Douxie's body.

In the newly rebuilt Camelot, Jim recovers from his wounds and both Aja Tarron and Eli Pepperjack arrive from Akiradion-5, with Steve kissing Aja for the seventh time and Aja reveals that the seventh kiss can make babies, and Steve is the one who will be pregnant. All the heroes gather around in the round table to discuss about the Arcane Order, who have sought to reawaken the Titans and combine the beings in the center of the universe, which will make Earth reborn and back to it's first creation. Elsewhere, the Arcane Order finds out Douxie switched places with Nari, and the order uses their magic to revert the two back into their normal bodies. Before being reverted to her body, Nari informs Jim that the Trollhunter must make the ninth configuration and the Kronisfere will make it right. The heroes then enter a roundhouse and discover that the Arcane Order is already preparing the ritual. While the heroes try their best effort to destroy the Genesis Seals, Jim tries to unlock his new and improved amulet but fails, and the ritual is completed. Each member of the Arcane Order controls one Titan from Greenland, Brazil and the South China Sea.

The heroes then makes a plan; Jim needs the stone from Excalibur's hilt for his new amulet and sends Krel, Stuart, Steve and Eli to get Excalibur (which is still struck on the stone), Claire leads a team (consisting of Blinky Galadrigal, Claire, Archie and Charlemagne) to Hong Kong in search for the kronsisfere (which is in the hands of Zong Chi, the leader of the TrollDragons in a new Trollmarket) and the rest of the heroes tries their best to defeat the Titans. Strickler and Nomura both are killed in a battle against the titans, and Jim's team (consisting of Toby and Aja) travels to Hong Kong after receiving no contact from Claire's team. While on their way to the new Trollmarket, Jim's team discovers that Bellroc's Titan is approaching a bridge until Varvatos Vex arrives in a mech suit designed by Eli (inspired by Gun Robot, a fictional character from the same universe). Bellroc manages to destroy the mech suit, but Varvatos manages to flee to safety. Jim and Toby manage to rescue Claire's team to escape the new Trollmarket, burning his right hand in the process. However, both Charlemagne and Archie stay behind to fend off an entire army of trolls dragons and to lead the place. The heroes reunite and Douxie manages to get inside Nari's head, unlocking her freewill. Nari, on the side of the heroes, battles with Skreal's titan and they both kill each other.

Afterwards, the heroes discover that Bellroc's titan is not responding to Skreal and Nari's defeat and is still marching to Arcadia Oaks. The heroes then realizes that Blinky missed a page where if one succeeds, that one can unite with a heartstone which will be an element of making earth reborn. The heroes meet up in Arcadia Oaks, and Jim fails once again to lift Excalibur off the stone, until he realizes that the ninth configuration is meant to represent him and his friends. As his friends place their hands on the stone and surrounding him, Jim ultimately pulls Excalibur out of the stone, and sends Stuart off to replace the new amulet's stone with Excalibur's stone. All of the heroes struggle to defeat Bellroc in an epic battle, Jim accepts that the amulet never made him a hero, he already was one, and the new amulet manages to come towards him, and in new armor, Jim faces off against Bellroc in an epic battle. Meanwhile, Toby rushes the truck, carrying the anti-magic ray, and he uses it stop Bellroc from using their magic, with gives Jim the opportunity to kill Bellroc with Excalibur, causing their titan to fall to the ground. As the heroes celebrate their victory and Steve's pregnancy of giving birth to seven babies, Toby is nowhere in sight, and Jim rushes to search for him and finds that Toby has been crushed by the debris. A dying Toby gives his last breath, leaving all of the heroes in sorrow.

Afterwards, Jim realizes that the kronisfere was meant to prevent most of the tragic events they've been through from ever happening. He then gives his last goodbye to everyone before traveling to the morning where he found the amulet using a piece from the kronisfere. Afterward, Jim decides to give up his duty and allow Toby to take over the mantle. While Jim is auditioning for Romeo by repeating Blinky's speech, Toby finds the amulet in the remains of the Kanjigar, and yells "AWESOMESAUCE!" in excitement.

Cast

  • Emile Hirsch as Jim Lake Jr.
  • Lexi Medrano as Claire Nuñez
  • Charlie Saxton as Toby Domzalski
  • Kelsey Grammer as Blinky Galadrigal
  • Fred Tatasciore as AAARRRGGHH!!!
  • Colin O'Donoghue as Douxie Casperan
  • Diego Luna as Krel Tarron
  • Tatiana Maslany as Aja Terron
  • Steven Yeun as Steve Palchuk
  • Cole Sand as Eli Pepperjack
  • Alfred Molina as Archie
  • Nick Frost as Stuart
  • Jonathan Hyde as Walter Strickler
  • Amy Landecker as Barbara Lake
  • Lauren Tom as Nomura
  • Nick Offerman as Varvatos Vex
  • Piotr Michael as Bellroc (Male voice) and Skrael
  • Kay Bess as Bellroc (Female voice)
  • Angel Lin as Nari
  • Cheryl Hines as Lucy Blank
  • Tom Kenny as Ricky Blank
  • Tom Wilson as Coach Lawrence
  • Bebe Wood as Shannon Longhannon
  • Brian Blessed as Charlemagne
  • James Hong as Zong-Shi
  • Laraine Newman as Ms. Janeth

Production

Development

While planning the ending of the Netflix/DreamWorks Animation saga Tales of Arcadia, the producers, wanting it to finish with an Avengers-style crossover, debated on whether to conclude it with additional Wizards episodes or a feature film, and eventually choose to do it as a film due to a cinematic format allowing them to "tell this story on the scope that [they] wanted and have the story be as big as [they] aspired it to be". Aware that audiences watching the film would not necessarily be familiar with the rest of the saga, a recap prologue was written for the start of the film. The film was also influenced by Marvel Studios' Avengers films, the filmmakers having taken a similar approach so audiences unfamiliar with the franchise could neverthless enjoy the film's story. According to writer Marc Guggenheim, early production on the film happened while the studio was working on Wizards, which he felt gave the producers time to determine how to finish the saga's story. The writers included references to executive-producer Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim, througth they were careful to not to overload the film with Pacific Rim easter eggs.

On August 7, 2020, it was revealed that Netflix and DreamWorks Animation are developing the Tales of Arcadia finale film, Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans, with Johane Matte, Francisco Ruiz Velasco, and Andrew Schmidt directing, Guillermo del Toro, Marc Guggenheim and the Dan and Kevin Hageman writing and producing the film, with Chad Hammes and Tales of Arcadia creator Guillermo del Toro executive-producing. Emile Hirsch, Lexi Medrano, Charlie Saxton, Kelsey Grammer, Alfred Molina, Steven Yeun, Nick Frost, Colin O'Donoghue, Diego Luna, Tatiana Maslany, Cole Sand, Nick Offerman, Fred Tatasciore, Brian Blessed, Kay Bess, Piotr Michael, James Hong, Tom Kenny, Angel Lin, Amy Landecker, Jonathan Hyde, Bebe Wood, Laraine Newman, Grey Griffin, and Cheryl Hines were confirmed to be part of the cast of the film.

Animation

The film was produced with a higher production budget than previous entries on the franchise. The filmmakers choose to start the film with a highway speed chase sequence as a way to showcase the higher budget and animation quality to the audience. According to Guggenheim, the filmmakers treated the titans as both characters and environments, due to which they created an hybrid style of shooting scenes in which they felt as either characters or environments on determined shots.

Music

Jeff Danna, who previously composed 3Below and Wizards, and Scott Kirkland will compose the score for the film. Dana and Kirkland composed new themes exclusive to the film, while also including themes from the previous Tales of Arcadia series in the score.

Release

This film originally released in November 2020 in theatrical release. But was delayed that thing due to the coronavirus pandemic. Also that Universal Pictures cancelled film's theatrical release and instead of Netflix streaming, the release date was revealed to be July 21, 2021. The project marked the first DreamWorks Animation film to be released directly on a streaming service. The movie was released on Netflix on July 21, 2021.

Marketing

About that film has been confirmed that film Entertainment Netflix was an official trailer will be June 15, 2021 around that film but was getting lowest views due to the not much as highest viewers on YouTube. This film confirmed that film also a revealed on the forest girl and ice boy with the Zong-Chi revealed in 2021.

Reception

Trollhunters:Rise of the Titans received positive reviews from film critics. Den of Geek reviewed Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans, stating that "Though brimming with stakes, Netflix's final movie installment of Guillermo del Toro's Tales of Arcadia rationalizes rather than justifies its conclusion." IGN says that "The conclusion to the Tales of Arcadia saga delivers heavy emotions and grand-scale action." Rotten Tomatoes received 100% based on 5 critics with an average of 7.5/10 while 55% has been lowest audience score.

Future

In July 2021, Writer Marc Guggenheim said Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans said the film is meant to "wrap up the trilogy and for this really to be the final chapter in the story", but that it simultaneously "also opens the door for a whole host of new storytelling possibilities", and that it was "designed to be a cap, and [he suspects] it will remain that way for at least a little bit".

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