“Hilda” – House In The Woods EPISODE REVIEW
Posted 4th February, 2023
In this episode of Hilda, Hilda ends up lost in woods with the Woodman. The two of them explore around, searching for a way to help Hilda get back home, and come across a strange empty house. Said house grants wishes to it’s residents! All they have to do is think or say what they want, and the item puffs into existence. It sounds like a great treat, but then we learn that the house locks it’s visitors inside, and there doesn’t seem to be a simple easy way out.
I’ve currently been binging episodes of Netflix’s Hilda, as part of research for my upcoming video on 2010’s British Cartoons. This was the first episode that I felt inspired to actually write about, which is saying a lot when the show has been a blast so far.
I already love the dynamic between Woodman and Hilda. A plucky little girl with a “Let’s get on with this” attitude paired with a laid back and dry Woodman is a recipe for funny chemistry, Hilda’s impatience clashing with the Woodman’s optimistic reaction to being trapped in a wish house.
It’s also fun seeing what characters exactly wish for, because it says a lot about their desires or tastes. I especially liked when they didn’t say what they wanted, and their thoughts spoke on their behalf. These wishes get even more fun when more of Hilda’s friends arrive at the house, causing the wishes increase and diversify.
The episode is rich in tension too, because Hilda’s mom is worried sick at home, and her daughter can’t simply walk back. At the same time, Alfur and Raven have been assigned as rescuers by Hilda’s mom, so they must be anxious to not let down their friend’s mother. You really feel that a lot is at stake just by the simple end goal of Hilda getting back home.
There’s this charming cosiness to the house, but also a dark mystery at the same time. Things get especially sinister when any attempts at escaping are met with surrealist space-shifting. I was whimsically enchanted by the idea of a house that grants you anything, yet also apprehensive WHY the house was so eager to spoil it’s prisoners.
Is this a Hansel & Gretel style witch? Is the house a lonely sentient being? Are our characters trapped in another dimension? I really like that we never know in the episode, so it’s up to the viewers to speculate what’s going. I kind of hope that the series never explains it, because it adds some intrigue to Hilda’s fantasy lore.
This isn’t just a wacky weird fairy tale story though. The whole experience does make Hilda question where her home really is, and if she’s letting her nostalgia cloud her from admitting that Trolberg is also her home now. Being stuck inside a house that’s trying artificially simulate your home will do that.
All in all, this is my favourite episode so far, and I’ll be surprised if anything tops it. Then again, I’m only 11 episodes in, so maybe it’s too early for me to consider this the show’s peak? We’ll have to see!
NEWS: NETFLIX Announce Their Own Animation Studio
Written by Jambareeqi
Posted 1st November, 2018
Amazingly, animation is a hot ticket for streaming services right now, with shows like “Rick & Morty” and “Bojack Horseman” topping the charts, so it’s no surprise that Netflix want in on the lucrative revenue possibilities for the cartoon hype, but it’s costly for them to order shows from animation studios, and that’s why they are now planning to build their own animation studio. The Studio will be employing the likes of Alex Hirsch (Gravity Falls) and Shion Takeuchi (Disenchantment) to create brand new projects.
Gravity Falls Creator Alex Hirsch is on board for the new studio
Certain concerns come mind with this news, like how this could mean less commission opportunities for smaller animation studios, because Netflix would most likely prefer to save money by producing their own content, and that could spell bad news for studios with ambitious ideas to pitch. Not to mention, this also begs questions about what quality to expect from the NETFLIX animation studio, like, what techniques will be used? Will budgets be skimped? Will all these titles have their own unique art style? It’s hard to be certain this early on.
NETFLIX Show “Big Mouth”
Putting my pessimism aside though, it’s good to see how animation has become such a popular medium for streaming now, so maybe NETFLIX will be careful about quality control? Knowing that cartoon fans won’t settle for just anything, and will drop a show if it doesn’t keep them invested after a few episodes. I also like the idea of NETFLIX making their own animated movies, that could be very interesting, especially seeing as NETFLIX have a reputation for green-lighting adult cartoons, and this could mean a major return for more mature animated features.
NETFLIX Show “Disenchantment”
Who knows which other creators could be brought on board too? With Alex Hirsch and Shion Takeuchi signing on, it seems that NETFLIX want to give employment to some of the best, imagine who else they’ll bring in! Heck, we could see Trey Parker & Matt Stone tapping into the NETFLIX market, Pendleton Ward maybe shaking hands with the streaming giant one day, and perhaps the likes of Rebecca Sugar might step in with a progressive colourful new project. The possibilities are endless, even if this means that NETFLIX may commission less outside house studios, because this could mean exciting doors to be opened for talented creators.
NETFLIX Show “Voltron: Legendary Defender”
I’m on the fence about how this animation studio will pan out, it could go both ways, but this is a company that green-lit “Bojack Horseman” and gave “Steven Universe” an online home, so I’m a little giddy at the same time. What do you all think about this news? Let me know in comment section, plus don’t forget to click like, and maybe subscribe to Jambareeqi.com.
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