GEEK GAL OUT! How Guillermo del Toro Created 3 Below Featuring Latino Lead Diego Luna!By Caroline Cao | October 25, 2018 | Entertainment
Greetings, I come with news from the New York Comic Con 3 Below event.
“In Mexico, when you have dinner and ask, ‘Have you seen a ghost?’ later you realize that they all have,” Guillermo del Toro said on the spirit of the animated show he created 3 Below, a tale about two royal alien siblings who take refuge on planet Earth in human disguises. In this Trump era, del Toro emphasized how much the immigrant story influenced the narrative with the show featuring a gag about Latinos “being invisible.” Diego Luna and Tatiana Maslany voice Prince Krel and Princess Aja, respectively, with Nick Offerman as their bombastic wrestler-speaking bodyguard.
The second installment series of the Tales of Arcadia trilogy, 3 Below is enmeshed with the world and neighborhood of the critically acclaimed CGI-animated Trollhunters series. Del Toro affirmed that Trollhunters characters will make an appearance in 3 Below. For those who have seen Trollhunters, you’ll know that Aja and Krel were introduced (in their human disguise) in the third season in the point-of-view of the Trollhunters protagonists, and del Toro confirmed that 3 Below will feature an episode entirely in Aja and Krel’s point-of-view when they meet the Trollhunters gang.
In addition, the fans were surprised by a visit from the lovely Glenn Close and her little doggie Pip. Close reported that she plays the alien mothership who processes her burgeoning sentience during the journeys of the alien siblings. Fans were delighted with the screening of the first episode.
My thoughts: Although the first episode felt too tightly packed within its 22 minutes, it offered smooth segue toward the premise of 3 Below from the alien to the Earthly world. This is a compliment, but the first 22-min episode whizzed by so fast that I wished there was more breathing space to take in the character rapport and the exquisite glowing alien world.
3 Below will premiere Dec. 21 on Netflix.
–Caroline Cao is our resident Geek Gal of Diva Gals Daily. She’s a screenwriter, playwright, poet, and film critic studying for her Nonfiction MFA at the New School and working on her first memoir. She has contributed her wit to Birth Movies Death, Film School Rejects, The Mary Sue, Bitch and Reverse Shot. You’ll often find her writing Star Wars fanfics.
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