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3 Below (stylized as 3Below) is an animated television series created by Guillermo del Toro and produced for Netflix by DreamWorks Animation. It is the second installment in the Tales of Arcadia franchise, succeeding Trollhunters, and will later be followed by Wizards in 2019.
The first episode premiered at the New York Comic Con on October 8th, while the rest of the episodes were released on December 21st, 2018 as Part One.
As confirmed by Guillermo del Toro on his twitter page, Part Two is currently under development.
Following Trollhunters, DreamWorks 3 Below will focus on two royal teenage aliens and their bodyguard who flee a surprise takeover of their home planet by an evil dictator and crash land in Arcadia. Now on the run from intergalactic bounty hunters, they struggle to blend in and adapt to the bizarre world of high school all the while attempting to repair their ship so they can return and defend their home planet.
- Tatiana Maslany as Princess Aja and Queen Coranda
- Diego Luna as Prince Krel
- Nick Offerman as Varvatos Vex
- Glenn Close as Mothership
- Frank Welker as Luug
- Nick Frost as Stuart
- Cole Sand as Eli Pepperjack
- Steven Yeun as Steve Palchuk
- Andy Garcia as King Fialkov
- Alon Aboutboul as General Morando
- Tom Kenny as Dadblank/RK-Y and Foo Foo the Destroyer
- Cheryl Hines as Momblank/LU-C
- Uzo Aduba as Colonel Kubritz
- Ann Dowd as Zeron Omega
- Darin De Paul as Zeron Alpha
- Fiona Shaw as Bertha Flanagan/Halcon
- Hayley Atwell as Zadra
- Jennifer Hale as Izita
- Chris Obi as Loth Saborian
- Charlie Saxton as Toby Domzalski
- Fred Tatasciore as AAARRRGGHH!!!, Señor Uhl, and Neb
- Emile Hirsch as Jim Lake Jr.
- Lexi Medrano as Claire Nuñez
- Kelsey Grammer as Blinky Galadrigal
- Laraine Newman as Nancy Domzalski and Lenora Janeth
- Tom Wilson as Coach Lawrence
- Ike Amadi as Detective Scott
- Lauren Tom as Mary Wang
- Yara Shahidi as Darci Scott
- Bebe Wood as Shannon Longhannon
- Steve Alterman as Seamus Johnson
- Matthew Waterson as Mr. Johnson
- J.B. Smoove as Phil
- Reginald Vel Johnson as Jerry
- Steve and Eli from Trollhunters have "major roles" in the series.
- Since the series focuses more on the side characters from the first installment, Jim, Claire, Toby, AAARRRGGHH!!! and Blinky have "minor roles" in the series.
- Events coinciding with the end of Trollhunters, most of the main cast makes a cameo at least once. Including Jim several times, both in and out of his armor and in his old look.
- Part One of 3 Below takes place during Part Three of Trollhunters.
- One of the episodes features an entirely new story for the Trollhunters (which actually comes from a tie-in novel), "D'aja Vu".
- Another shows the other side of the Trollhunters episode "In Good Hands" the siblings introductory episode in the meta-series. Literally called, "Lightning in a Bottle" it is a complete 180 in the point of view of Aja and Krel, demonstrating how odd the Trollhunters can seem without context.
- Several events from Trollhunters also get further explanation.
- There are also many references of the Trollhunters world, before and during Part Three, such as:
- In "Terra Incognita Part Two", Jim and Toby make background appearances during gym class.
- In "Mind Over Matter", while Aja hears the thoughts of the Arcadia Oaks residents, she hears Claire Nuñez complaining about NotEnrique using her account to order socks. She also hears Toby wondering if he should take Darci Scott to play laser tag, implying that this episode takes place during "Arcadia's Most Wanted".
- Later on, while Aja is pursuing Stuart, Toby can be heard inside a police car as he speeds past Stuart's taco truck.
- During "Beetle Mania", when Skeltegs infest Arcadia Oaks High, Darci exclaims, "Last week, the teachers' coffee got spiked, and now this?!" This implies that this episode takes place one week after "Bad Coffee".
- Claire also makes a brief phone call to Mary Wang.
- During "Party Crashers", Mary wonders where Jim, Toby, and Claire were during the bonfire party. Darci says that they went to visit Jim's "Uncle Marlin". Jim and the others are then briefly seen with Merlin inside his tomb as Jim diverts the water with his sword. This implies that this episode takes place during "For the Glory of Merlin" (and possibly, by extension, "The Oath").
- In "Lightning in a Bottle" (not counting it being a cover episode of "In Good Hands"), Merlin makes another brief background appearance; behind Varvatos (who is at the Domzalski's front door) as he enters Jim's house through the garage.
- In "The Arcadian Job", the same squashed goblin from "Waka Chaka!" makes its appearance on a dissection tray as Aja looks around.
- During "Truth Be Told", while Steve makes a phone call to Eli, Eli is seen investigating the canals as Morgana's magic barely breaks through the concrete, marking the manifestation of the Eternal Night. This most likely means that this episode takes place during "Jimhunters" as Morgana is freed (though she never makes an appearance).
- In "Last Night on Earth" and "Bad Omen", these episodes take place during "The Eternal Knight: Part 1/Part 2". Many of the characters make their brief appearances and references.
- Claire is seen walking on stage in her armor, wanting everyone's attentions and tries to warn them that Arcadia is in danger. Toby also appears in his armor with Strickler and Nomura behind him, just before the Eternal Night begins.
- When the Eternal Night begins and they are ambushed by Gumm-Gumms, Krel asks Stuart what they were, to which he replies, "Nastier than any Earthlings I've ever encountered, and I've been to Florida." This implies that Stuart has encountered Quagawump trolls during his time on Earth, as Florida is where they resign.
- Jim (in his troll form) appears as he slices a flying truck in half with his sword as Aja and Krel watch him in awe.
- Stricklander appears when he swoops down and snatches a Gumm-Gumm before it could attack Zadra.
- In the end of "Bad Omen", Aja and Krel watch the Eternal Night funnel turn green from Merlin's magic as he puts an end to the everlasting night.