26 September 2018 | rachelgallit
This charmingly animated series is a delightful tale of childhood adventure. Hilda freshly moved to the city from her magical creature-infested forest home, navigates both supernatural pests and mundane social interactions with her school-mates. Hilda is attended by her elf-friend, Alfur, and a small deer fox, Twig, as well as human companions Frida and David, all of whom lend constructive perspectives on the events while playing an assigned archetype role. While formulaic, as most children's shows will be, the episodes capture a whimsical air of adventure and discovery, as Hilda continues to defy social expectations and dispel prejudices against the magical creatures she is ever so fond of. An outstanding detail to me, among the minutia of a well-orchestrated animated TV short, is the character integrity. Each character maintains flaws and principals in an entirely enjoyable and realistic manner. While still learning from mistakes, core traits are not switched at the drop of a hat, as often happens to antagonists in oversimplified children shows. Hilda is produced by Silvergate Media, a company known for successful children shows such as Octonauts (2010-present) and Peter Rabbit (2012-2016) and as such it is little surprise that the show has such simple elegance.