Nickelodeon is getting ready to woo fans of puppet comedies with its new offering The Barbarian and the Troll. The series, which is set to premiere on Friday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m., follows the misadventures of Evan, a bridge troll in search of adventure, and Brendar, a fierce female warrior on a quest to defeat the evil demon who has imprisoned her brother. (The show was originally titled Brendar the Barbarian.)
The series stars Spencer Grammer (Rick & Morty) as the voice of Brendar, Gothmoria’s most feared and revered warrior; and Drew Massey (Mutt & Stuff, Sid the Science Kid) as Evan, a bridge troll with a dream of becoming a singer. Joining Massey as puppeteers and voice talent are Colleen Smith, Allan Trautman, Sarah Sarang Oh, Nicolette Santino, Peggy Etra, James Murray and Jeny Cassady. The show also features the voice of comedian Gina Yashere.
The Barbarian and the Troll is co-created and executive produced by Mike Mitchell (Trolls, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part) and Massey. Mitchell also serves as the show’s primary director. Production of The Barbarian and the Troll for Nickelodeon is overseen by Zack Olin, senior VP of liveaction; and Shauna Phelan, senior VP of live-action scripted content.