Over the course of seven years and 13 books, Lemony Snicket (the pen name of author Daniel Handler) delighted readers with his macabre tales of woe. A Series Of Unfortunate Events tells the story of the Baudelaire orphans and the chain of terrible and peculiar misfortunes that befall them following the inexplicable death of their parents.
Ten years after the final book was published, Violett, Klaus, Sunny, and their sinister guardian Count Olaf are making their way to Netflix for our streaming pleasure.
A year ago, a mysterious trailer for the upcoming series appeared on YouTube, but it was later revealed to be an brilliant crafted fan-made video. Since then, we've been eagerly awaiting the real trailer for the Netflix original. Today, that trailer finally hit the internet — and it does not disappoint.
Check out the very first, very fortunate trailer for Netflix's Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Meet Lemony Snicket
In the 2004 film adaptation, the narrator was voiced by Jude Law. But in this version, Lemony Snicket will be played by The Tick and Seinfeld actor Patrick Warburton. I have to say, this man could narrate anything in his silken tones and I'd be completely content.
As Warburton walks across a desolate sound stage, in true Lemony Snicket style, we can see a handful of Easter eggs and references to the books.
A Lake Lachrymose Taxi And Very Flammable Dandelions
Book readers will remember Lake Lachrymose as the main setting in Snicket's third novel, The Wide Window. In The Wide Window, the Baudelaires are sent to live with their new guardian, Aunt Josephine.
Also seen in this shot is a crate filled with very flammable dandelions. In my limited experience with flowers I've never known a dandelion to be described as "very flammable." I imagine this is a nod to the fire that killed the Baudelaire parents and the Volunteer Fire Department (V.D.F.), a prominent international organization in the series. Count Olaf is a known V.D.F. defector and a member of the dishonorable and arson-loving faction, the Fire-Starting Side.
If you want to really dig deep into this frame, it could be that the taxi cab and the potential V.D.F. reference are linked. The recruitment of neophytes into the V.D.F. has been known to be instigated when a taxi driver tries to show their rider a photo of a baby.
The Littlest Elf
The clapper board seen in the lower left-hand corner clearly reads "The Littlest Elf," a minor character mentioned by Snicket in the series. According to the Series of Unfortunate Events wiki page:
The Littlest Elf is a character from a "dull book" Lemony Snicket recommends reading in lieu of his own stories. It is written by Monty Kensicle, an anagram of Lemony Snicket (so it is possible Mr. Snicket wrote the book).
The Littlest Elf also opened up the 2004 film with a short, claymation segment before being interrupted by Snicket's voiceover.
Count Olaf's Chair
Though the Baudelaire orphans face a number of threatening foes, their primary nemesis and the main antagonist is their supposed distant relative Count Olaf.
In the series Olaf is a known actor and playwright, so it's only appropriate that our first nod to Olaf is a custom director's chair. He acts with a "theater troupe," comprised of his evil theater-loving cohorts.
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A Truly Upsetting Storyline
A Series of Unfortunate Events might be based on a children's book, but Netflix is promising that it will be delightfully grim and extremely dark. In the teaser, Snicket announces that the filming the series "is so upsetting and so utterly unnerving that the entire crew is suffering from low morale."
Well, that is except for good old Count Olaf.
Neil Patrick Harris As Count Olaf
Just as our narrator is announcing the excessively depressing state of the Netflix cast and crew, we get a taste of Neil Patrick Harris's take on Count Olaf. His voice can be heard in the background gleefully proclaiming:
"Joy, joy, happiness, my fortune's about to change!"
Fans of the series largely agreed that Jim Carrey did the bizarre and eccentric character justice in the movie. Carrey might be hard to top, but I'm already liking NPH's portrayal.
The teaser closes with a message of caution for all prospective viewers.
"[P]lease, don't make the same mistake that Netflix has, and look away before this dire tale is even filmed, and avoid the cruel whimsy and whimsical cruelty of what's to come."
If there's any way to assure I will do something, it's telling me not to do it. So I can't wait to tune in for Netflix's Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events will be available to stream on Netflix starting on a very unfortunate date, Friday January 13.