3Below: Tales of Arcadia

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3Below: Tales of Arcadia
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Promotional poster
Genre
Created byGuillermo del Toro
Based oncharacters by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus
Voices of
Theme music composerThe Crystal Method
Opening theme"3 Below"
Composer(s)Jeff Danna
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes26 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Steven Schweickart
  • Jaena Sta. Ana
Running time24 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorNBCUniversal Television Distribution
Netflix
Release
Original networkNetflix
Picture formatHDTV 1080p
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseDecember 21, 2018 (2018-12-21) –
July 12, 2019 (2019-07-12)
Chronology
Preceded byTrollhunters: Tales of Arcadia
Followed byWizards: Tales of Arcadia
External links
Website

3Below: Tales of Arcadia (or simply 3Below) is an American computer-animated science fantasy television series produced by DreamWorks Animation, and is the second installment of Guillermo del Toro's Tales of Arcadia trilogy.[2]

The series was announced on December 12, 2017 by Netflix and DreamWorks. On October 5, 2018, the premiere date was announced and the first teaser was released. The 13-episode first season was released on December 21, 2018 on Netflix. The series concluded with the release of the second season on July 12, 2019.[3][4]

A third and final installment of Tales of Arcadia, titled Wizards, was released on August 7, 2020. The full-length feature film, Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans was set to be released on Netflix Q1 of 2021. [5]

Plot[edit]

Two royal extraterrestrial siblings, Princess Aja and Prince Krel of House Tarron, their doglike pet named Luug, and their bodyguard, Varvatos Vex, escape from their home planet of Akiridion-5 and crash-land on Earth, specifically in the California city of Arcadia Oaks. There, the aliens adjust to human culture and try to fix their spaceship (as well as to restore their nearly-dead parents King Fialkov and Queen Coranda) to return and take back Akiridion-5, which is being taken over by an evil dictator known as General Val Morando, who has already sent out a team of intergalactic bounty hunters, called the Zeron Brotherhood, to find and catch the prince and princess.[6] After investigating a way to stop Val Morando and find the hiding place of Aja and Krel, Zadra, one of the noble protectors of the Royals from Akiridion-5, arrives on Earth. Meanwhile, after learning of his involvement in Morando's coup, Aja and Krel decide to exile Vex. During his exile, Vex is captured by the Zeron Brotherhood and imprisoned at a bounty hunter outpost located on Earth's moon. In Season 2, Aja and Krel learn of his capture and launch a rescue mission. Soon after the rescue, however the gang discovers that Morando is heading for Earth. After successfully defeating him, Aja, Vex, Zadra, Luug and the rest finally return home, joined by Eli, who has volunteered to be Earth's ambassador on Akiridion-5. Krel decides that Earth has become his home, and decides to stay with his new human friends.

Voice cast[edit]

Aja and Krel also appeared in the Trollhunters episodes "In Good Hands", and "The Eternal Knight Pt. 1".

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
113December 21, 2018 (2018-12-21)
213July 12, 2019 (2019-07-12)

Season 1 (2018)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1–21–2"Terra Incognita"Guillermo del Toro and Rodrigo BlaasGuillermo del Toro and Marc GuggenheimDecember 21, 2018 (2018-12-21)
After a tyrant invades their parents' monarchy and their home planet, teenage aliens Krel and Aja and their bodyguard Vex land for safety on Earth.
After crash-landing in the town of Arcadia, California, Krel and Aja search for useful technology in order to power their ship.
33"Mind Over Matter"Johane MatteMatthew Chauncey, Aaron Eisenberg, Will Eisenberg, and Lila ScottDecember 21, 2018 (2018-12-21)
Krel builds a mind-reading device in hopes of blending in with humans. Elsewhere, General Morando dispatches bounty hunters to track down the royals.
44"Beetle Mania"Elaine BoganAaron Eisenberg and Will EisenbergDecember 21, 2018 (2018-12-21)
Royal super-fan Stuart offers to help eradicate an alien beetle infestation before it exposes the siblings' true identities.
55"Collision Course"Andrew SchmidtMatthew ChaunceyDecember 21, 2018 (2018-12-21)
The royals take a driver's ed class, hoping to find parts for their ship. Instead, they're led on a high-speed chase with the Zeron Brotherhood!
66"D'aja Vu"Johane MatteA.C. BradleyDecember 21, 2018 (2018-12-21)
A giant troll wreaks havoc at the school science fair, threatening to expose both the troll world – and the royals' true identities.
77"Flying the Coop"Johane MatteLila ScottDecember 21, 2018 (2018-12-21)
Aja and Krel are summoned by the school board to produce proper identification. Zadra discovers the identity of the traitor who aided the coup.
88"Party Crashers"Elaine BoganA.C. BradleyDecember 21, 2018 (2018-12-21)
An incoming message from Akiridion-5 alarms Vex. Meanwhile, the arrival of bounty hunters ruins the royals' outing in the woods with friends.
99"Lightning in a Bottle"Andrew SchmidtAaron Eisenberg and Will EisenbergDecember 21, 2018 (2018-12-21)

The royal heirs look for Aja's missing serrator in the forest, where they mistake Trollhunter Jim Lake's Amulet of Daylight for her lost weapon.

Note: This episode is connected with Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia episode "In Good Hands".
1010"The Arcadian Job"Johane Matte and John LausMatthew ChaunceyDecember 21, 2018 (2018-12-21)
In a daring heist, the royals and Stuart infiltrate a high-security military base in hopes of stealing the final part to power the mothership.
1111"Truth Be Told"Elaine BoganLila ScottDecember 21, 2018 (2018-12-21)
Aja decides to tell Steve she's actually an alien, but her confession is cut short by a visit from the Zeron Brotherhood.
1212"Last Night on Earth"Andrew SchmidtMatthew Chauncey, Aaron Eisenberg, and Will EisenbergDecember 21, 2018 (2018-12-21)
The royals celebrate their last day on school – and on Earth – with friends, but Zadra's arrival with revelations of betrayal shakes them to the core. Meanwhile, Gunmar attacks Arcadia and the royals help Steve and Eli take out some goblins.
1313"Bad Omen"Rodrigo BlaasA.C. Bradley and Lila ScottDecember 21, 2018 (2018-12-21)
Alpha unleashes a barrage of attacks on the siblings, enabling Omen to hijack the ship and take the royal cores. Will this be the end of House Tarron?

Season 2 (2019)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
141"Moving Day"Andrew SchmidtLila ScottJuly 12, 2019 (2019-07-12)
Left vulnerable after Omen's attack, the royal heirs look to conceal their damaged ship but are soon confronted by the bounty hunter Magmatron.
152"Moonlight Run"Johane MatteMatthew ChaunceyJuly 12, 2019 (2019-07-12)
Aja and Krel enlist Stuart to help find their former ally, who's being held prisoner at a bounty hunter outpost on the moon.
163"Dogfight Days of Summer"Elaine BoganAaron Eisenberg & Will EisenbergJuly 12, 2019 (2019-07-12)
With General Morando's invasion of Earth imminent, Krel tries to stop the fleet's advance with unwitting help from the kids of Arcadia.
174"Mother's Day"Andrew L. SchmidtMatthew ChaunceyJuly 12, 2019 (2019-07-12)
Mother, the AI controlling the royals' ship, reflects on keeping the peace between her quarreling family. Morando discovers a secret hidden on Earth.
185"Ill Gotten Gains"Elaine Bogan & Francisco Ruiz VelascoIan RickettJuly 12, 2019 (2019-07-12)
Colonel Kubritz stages a phony quarantine of Arcadia High School in a ploy to capture the royals -- and their advanced weapons technology.
196"There's Something About Gwen (of Gorbon)"Johane MatteAaron Eisenberg & Will EisenbergJuly 12, 2019 (2019-07-12)
Stuart gets an unexpected visit from his ex-girlfriend. Krel helps Toby and Eli produce a short film, "Kleb or Alive," for a local contest.
207"Asteroid Rage"Andrew SchmidtMatthew Chauncey, Aaron Eisenberg & Will Eisenberg & Lila ScottJuly 12, 2019 (2019-07-12)
Unable to stop an asteroid hurtling toward Earth, Kubritz pleads with the royals to help destroy it by offering stored alien technology from Area 49-B.
218"Luug's Day Out"Johane MatteLila ScottJuly 12, 2019 (2019-07-12)
Krel builds a prototype device that will create a wormhole back to Akiridion-5, but Luug swallows it whole before it can be tested further.
229"The Fall of House Tarron"Francisco Ruiz Velasco & Elaine BoganAC BradleyJuly 12, 2019 (2019-07-12)
The last defenders of House Tarron face off against General Morando and his army of Omen robots in an all-out battle for survival.
2310"The Big Sleep"Rodrigo BlaasMatthew ChaunceyJuly 12, 2019 (2019-07-12)
With General Morando searching for Gaylen's Core, Aja and Krel must travel into their parents' subconscious to learn the core's location first.
2411"Race to Trollmarket"Andrew SchmidtAaron Eisenberg & Will Eisenberg & Lila ScottJuly 12, 2019 (2019-07-12)
After learning the location of Gaylen's Core, Toby calls Trollhunter Jim Lake, and Blinky advises the royals to consult the Soothscryer.
25–2612–13"A Glorious End"Francisco Ruiz Velasco (Part 1) Rodrigo Blaas & Johane Matte (Part 2)AC Bradley, Marc Guggenheim, Ian Rickett & Lila ScottJuly 12, 2019 (2019-07-12)
As the town of Arcadia gathers for the premiere of "Kleb or Alive," an army of Omens, led by an armored Kubritz, makes plans to lure out the royals.
With the fate of the universe at stake, the royal heirs and their allies must gather their forces of the ultimate battle to defeat General Morando.

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

As of July 22, 2019, the series holds a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.[7]

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result
2019 Annie Awards Outstanding Achievement for Directing in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production Guillermo del Toro and Rodrigo Blaas, "Terra Incognita, Part 1" Nominated
Outstanding Achievement for Editorial in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production John Laus, Graham Fisher, "Terra Incognita, Part 1" Nominated
Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Main Title and Graphic Design for an Animated Program Rodrigo Blaas, Michael Smukavic, Alfonso Blaas, Brandon Tyra, Greg Lev, Igor Lodeiro, John Laus Nominated
Outstanding Sound Mixing for an Animated Program Carlos Sanches, Aran Tanchum Won
Outstanding Sound Editing for an Animated Program Otis Van Osten, James Miller, Jason Oliver, Vincent Guisetti Nominated
2020 Annie Awards Outstanding Achievement for Animated Effects in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production Greg Lev, Igor Lodeiro, Chen Ling, Brandon Tyra Nominated
Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production for Children Guillermo del Toro, Rodrigo Blaas, Chad Hammes, Marc Guggenheim Nominated
Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Sound Editing for an Animated Program Otis Van Osten, Jason Oliver, Carlos Sanchez, Tommy Sarioglou, Aran Tanchum, Vincent Guisetti, James Miller Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Trumbore, Dave (12 December 2018). "Exclusive: Official Trailer for Netflix's '3 Below' Brings the Aliens to Arcadia". Collider. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  2. ^ Milligan, Mercedes (December 12, 2017). "DreamWorks & Netflix Plan 6 New Series, Date 'Trolls' Toon". Animation Magazine. Retrieved February 26, 2020.
  3. ^ Moore, Kasey (June 20, 2019). "Part 2 of '3Below: Tales of Arcadia' Coming to Netflix in July 2019". What's on Netflix. Retrieved February 26, 2020.
  4. ^ "3Below Season 2's Ending Sets Up New Arcadia Show Wizards". ScreenRant. July 13, 2019.
  5. ^ Trumbore, Dave (July 7, 2020). "'Wizards' Brings Guillermo del Toro's 'Tales of Arcadia' Trilogy to a Close Next Month". Collider.com. Retrieved July 7, 2020.
  6. ^ "'Trollhunters' Universe Will Expand Into The Trilogy Series 'Tales of Arcadia'". Cartoon Brew. November 7, 2017. Retrieved November 7, 2017.
  7. ^ "Tales of Arcadia: 3Below". Retrieved 22 July 2019 – via www.rottentomatoes.com.

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