Image of the day: First look at Guillermo del Toro's new Netflix series Trollhunters

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Apr 7, 2016, 10:26 AM EDT

Just about everything Guillermo del Toro touches turns into geek gold, and now the acclaimed director is turning his sights on a Netflix original series. Here’s our first look at Trollhunters.

The kid-friendly, animated series will feature a fantastical world inhabited by the residents of the fictional suburb of Arcadia — who make a startling discovery that the world beneath their hometown is as vast and mind-blowing as anything on the surface. The project has been in the works for several years and was originally in development as an animated film, before DreamWorks teamed up with Netflix to turn it into a series.

The project is also loosely based on the animated novel of the same name that del Toro published with Daniel Kraus last year, which focused on a group of unlikely heroes and a secret war between trolls and humans. Del Toro hasn’t said much about the TV adaptation but previously noted that he wanted to make something that could play with scary topics but still be kid-friendly.

Judging by the first pic, which looks crazy-fun, the development team is striking that balance.