Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Allan Trautman Joins 'The Barbarian and the Troll'

Puppeteer, actor and director Allan Trautman has joined the crew of Nickelodeon's upcoming live-action puppet comedy series The Barbarian and the Troll! Trautman, who has voiced characters on several Jim Henson Company projects, including Muppets franchise, Earth to Ned and Disney's Dinosaurs, announced the news during an interview during an interview with What's On Disney Plus.

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Talking about what he is currently working on, Trautman revealed: "At the moment, I’m in production on a show for Nickelodeon called The Barbarian and the Troll. I play two characters that are fast becoming two of my favorites—a kooky wizard and the commander of an army of the undead! Look for the premier of this show either in January or in March of 2021."

As a puppeteer, Trautman has worked on such movies as Dora and the Lost City of Gold, The Happytime Murders, Cats & Dogs, Jack Frost, Men in Black, Dr. Dolittle, The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas and Babe, as well as TV series including Crank Yankers, Sid the Science Kid, Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge and The Dolly Parton Show, and commercials including Pizza Hut with the Muppets Hershey S'mores and Pepsi "Uncle Teddy" Superbowl spot.

He has also made appearances (as an in-vision actor or as a voice actor) in shows such as Married with Children, Unhappily Ever After, Greg the Bunny and Grounded for Life.

Announced in September under the working title Brendar the BarbarianThe Barbarian and the Troll (13 episodes) is a brand-new live-action puppet comedy series from co-creators Mike Mitchell (Trolls, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part) and expert puppeteer Drew Massey (Mutt & Stuff, Sid the Science Kid).

The series follows Evan, a bridge troll in search of adventure, and Brendar, a fierce female warrior, on a quest to defeat the evil wizard who that rules over their land of Gothmoria, who has imprisoned her brother. The series is being filmed at North Shore Studios in Vancouver, Canada. Filming commenced on October 19th and is expected to wrap on February 12th, 2021.

In The Barbarian and the Troll, Evan, a troll who has never ventured out from under his bridge, decides to explore the world for the first time in search of a great adventure and inspiration to fulfill his dream of becoming a singer.  He soon meets Brendar, Gothmoria’s most feared and revered warrior, and joins in her quest across treacherous terrain and confrontations with bizarre and magical creatures.  Throughout their journey and encounters with an eclectic puppet cast of wacky characters, they both learn that they’re better together and form an unbreakable friendship.

The Barbarian and the Troll is co-created, written and executive produced by Mitchell, who also serves as director, and Massey, who also serves as lead puppeteer.  Production of The Barbarian and the Troll is overseen for Nickelodeon by Shauna Phelan, Senior Vice President, Live-Action Scripted Content; and Zack Olin, Senior Vice President, Live Action.

Originally published: Monday, December 28, 2020 at 22:38 GMT.
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