Studio: Cookie Pictures Animation
Genre: Animation (Worldmeander) / Fantasy / Adventure / Comedy-Drama
Director: Jill Culton
Producers: Sebastian Peters, Mark Dindal, Suzanne Buirgy
Executive Producers: Luke Pearson, Dana Terrace, Xander B. Irving
Composer: Thomas Newman
Original Song: "Always on the Move" by Grimes
Animation Style: The film adopts the visual style of the original graphic novels (day scenes are in burnt orange and maroon like permanent autumn, nights are icy blue and dark teal) and uses software based on the "Meander" technology that allows hand-drawn animation tools (brushstrokes, thick, emotive lines, drawn to camera) to be employed and rendered in CG animation without sacrifice while including the added depth and stability of the latter.
Based on: Hilda and the Midnight Giant (2011) and the Netflix animated series Hilda (2018 to present) created by Luke Pearson
Pixie Davies as Hilda, a spirited adventurer who explores her valley to her heart's content
Michelle Dockery as Johanna aka "Mum", Hilda's caring mother who's nevertheless worried about her
Himesh Patel as Alfur, a citizen of the elf kingdom that aids Hilda on her quest
Sanjeev Bhaskar as Bulfur, the mayor of an elf town
David Morrissey as The General, the high commander of the elf army and Molgren's closest confidant
Lakeith Stanfield as The Wood Man, a creature made entirely out of wood that regularly wanders uninvited into Hilda and Johanna's home in order to read a good book
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as "The Midnight Giant", a gigantic creature that wanders at night
Andrew Scott as Molgren, the self-aggrandizing prime minister of the elf kingdom elected to drive Hilda and Johanna out of their land
Note: All elf characters speak in a higher pitch compared to normal speech.
Rating: PG for sequences of peril, crude humor and instances of mild language
Release Date: August 4th
Budget: $130 million
Theater Count: 4,150
Running Time: 121 minutes (2 hours, 1 minute)
Format: 2D, Dolby Cinema
Premise: Hilda has spent her entire life living as a carefree adventurer out in the woods and valleys not far from the city of Trolberg, but when tiny elves attack her and her mother Johanna's house in order to drive them out, Johanna starts having second thoughts about the valley being safe for a young girl like Hilda. Unwilling to leave her home, Hilda embarks on a quest with elven citizen Alfur in order to convince the elf government to let her and Johanna live in peace.
A greater conundrum soon emerges in form of the Midnight Giant, a creature tall as the mountains he wanders past, and now the race is on to uncover the giant's origins while the elf prime minister begins plotting a nefarious scheme.