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Trolls World Tour
Trolls World Tour poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Walt Dohrn
Produced by Gina Shay
Screenplay by
  • Jonathan Aibel
    Glenn Berger
  • Elizabeth Tippet
  • Maya Forbes
  • Wallace Wolodarsky
Story by
  • Jonathan Aibel
  • Glenn Berger
Starring
Music by Theodore Shapiro
Editing by Nick Fletcher
Studio DreamWorks Animation
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) April 10, 2020 (2020-04-10)
Running time 90 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $90–110 million
Money made $49.1 million

Trolls World Tour (often named as Trolls: World Tour) is a 2020 American computer-animated jukebox musical comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Universal Pictures. The sequel to Trolls (2016) and the second installment in the franchise, the film is directed by Walt Dohrn in his directorial debut from a screenplay by Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger, Elizabeth Tippet, Maya Forbes, and Wallace Wolodarsky from a story by Aibel and Berger. The film features an ensemble cast that features the voices of Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Rachel Bloom, James Corden, Ron Funches, Kelly Clarkson, Anderson .Paak, Sam Rockwell, George Clinton, and Mary J. Blige. The film follows two trolls who discover that there are several more troll tribes which represent music genres alien to their own. Troubles arise when the Queen of the Rock tribe plans to overthrow the foreign music genres to unite the trolls under rock music.

Trolls World Tour was released in the United States in a limited amount of theaters on April 10, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic; it was also released on video on demand on the same day. It soon surpassed $200 million in rentals which led to Universal looking into doing more simultaneous theatrical and video on demand releases, and in response, AMC Theatres announced they would no longer distribute the studio's films (an agreement was made between Universal and AMC shortly after which lifted the ban).

Plot

Six Troll tribes represent the musical genres Techno, Funk, Classical, Country, Rock, and Pop. Each tribe keeps a magical string that powers their specific kind of music. Queen Barb of the Rock tribe summons all the tribes to a reunion, intending to steal the strings to unite the trolls under rock music after stealing the techno string. Queen Poppy, not knowing of this, takes their tribe's string and tries to 'unite the other trolls' with Barb, bringing along Branch, who is seeking to express his feelings towards her, and Biggie, a stowaway who was tempted by cotton candy.

Cooper embarks on a quest to find trolls like himself, but a spaceship beams him up. He learns he is a lost prince of the Funk trolls, raised by the Pop tribe. En route to Volcano Rock City, the trio wind up in the ruins of Symphonyville, the Classical Trolls city, where a sentient flute named Pennywhistle fills them in on Barb's true motives. Determined to stop Barb's plans, Poppy leads the group to Lonesome Flats, the home of the Country trolls, in order to unite the tribes against Barb. After hearing how downbeat their music is, they try to cheer them up with a pop medley, but end up imprisoned. Hickory, a smooth-talking Country troll, comes to their rescue and builds them a raft to take them to Volcano Rock City. On the way, they encounter Chaz, a Smooth Jazz troll bounty hunter sent by Barb to capture Poppy. Hickory blocks out the paralyzing smoothness of Chaz's music long enough to chase him off. Despite this, Biggie, fed up with the danger Poppy unintentionally led them to, lashes out at her for breaking her pinkie promise and leaves.

The spaceship beams up Poppy's group. Inside, the Funk trolls tell Poppy that the Pop Trolls tried to unite the others under their pop music, causing each tribe to separate, declaring that differences do matter. The Rock trolls hijack the ship and steal the Funk string, but Poppy, Branch, and Hickory escape, although Hickory is accidentally separated from Poppy and Branch. Fed up with Poppy's lack of potential in being a good queen and her not listening to others, the two go their separate ways. As a result, Poppy is captured and the Pop string is regretfully taken by Hickory, who was secretly a Yodel troll with his brother and partner Dickory stowing away in his hind legs. Biggie, discovering Pop Village in shambles by the Rock Trolls, regrets his outburst at Poppy and urges the remaining Pop trolls to save her, while Branch is attacked by the Reggaeton and K-Pop trolls, who are about to fight each other, until Branch convinces them that their own music goes well together.

Barb imprisons Poppy over a concert stage where the audience is captive trolls. With her six-string guitar powered by the six strings, Barb begins turning the trolls into Rock zombies. Poppy is seemingly transformed but reveals she was wearing gumdrop earplugs. Fed up with Barb's hostility towards other Trolls' music, Poppy berates her of planning to make the same mistake the Pop trolls made. She smashes the guitar, snapping the possessed trolls out of their rock zombie state, but inadvertently destroying the strings, ergo ending music, and taking the trolls’ colors with it. With her plan now foiled, Barb admonishes Poppy for destroying music and says that Pop trolls has made history repeat itself.

When it looks as if all is lost forever, Cooper hears his heartbeat and amplifies it over a microphone while his brother Prince D creates a rhythmic beat with it. Other trolls join in with other forms of sound-making, thus reviving the power of their music. In song, Poppy encourages everyone to sing together as their colors are restored. Realizing how important other forms of music are and encouraged by her father Thrash, the repentant Barb has a change of heart and joins in, regaining her colors, and accepting Poppy's offer of friendship. Branch confesses his love to Poppy, who reciprocates. Back at Pop Village, everyone performs together, and all Trolls are finally reunited while celebrating their differences.

Voice cast

  • Anna Kendrick as Queen Poppy, the sweet and optimistic Queen of the Pop Trolls and Branch's love interest.
  • Justin Timberlake as Branch, an over-cautious, but good-hearted survivalist Pop Troll and Poppy's best friend, later boyfriend.
  • Rachel Bloom as Queen Barb, the feisty Queen of the Hard Rock Trolls.
  • James Corden as Biggie, a large, friendly Pop Troll and one of Poppy's friends who accompanies Poppy and Branch on their journey.
  • Ron Funches as Cooper, a Funk Troll and one of Poppy's friends who was separated from his family and raised by the Pop Trolls.
  • Ozzy Osbourne as King Thrash, the former King of the Hard Rock Trolls and Barb's semi-senile father.
  • Karan Soni as Riff, a Hard Rock Troll and Barb's laid back drummer.
  • Anderson .Paak as Prince D, the cool Prince of the Funk Trolls who is part Hip-Hop and Cooper’s twin brother.
  • George Clinton as King Quincy, the friendly King of the Funk Trolls and Cooper and Prince D’s father.
  • Mary J. Blige as Queen Essence, the brave Queen of the Funk Trolls and Cooper and Prince D’s mother.
  • Kelly Clarkson as Delta Dawn, the leader, mayor and sheriff of the Country Trolls.
  • Sam Rockwell as Hickory, one of the Yodelers disguised as a Country Troll and one of the many bounty hunters hired by Barb.
  • Icona Pop as Satin and Chenille, twin Pop Trolls who are conjoined by their hair and love fashion and two of Poppy's friends.
  • Kunal Nayyar as Guy Diamond, a glittery, naked Pop Troll with a highly auto-tuned voice and one of Poppy's friends.
  • Jamie Dornan as Chaz, the Smooth Jazz Troll and one of the many bounty hunters hired by Barb.
  • J Balvin as Tresillo, the leader of the Reggaeton Trolls and one of the many bounty hunters hired by Barb.
  • Kenan Thompson as Tiny Diamond, a baby glittery Hip-Hop Troll and Guy Diamond's rapping newborn son.
  • Kevin Michael Richardson as:
    • Growley Pete, a Country Troll who talks and growls and Delta Dawn’s deputy.
    • Sid Fret, a laid-back but dim-witted Hard Rock Troll.
  • Walt Dohrn as:
    • Smidge, a small yet brave female Pop Troll with a masculine voice and one of Poppy's friends.
    • Cloud Guy, an eccentric anthropomorphic cloud that serves as the narrator of the opening prologue.
    • King Peppy, the former King of the Pop Trolls and Poppy's father. He was previously voiced by Jeffrey Tambor in the first film.
    • Mr. Dinkles, Biggie's pet worm.
    • Fuzzbert, a Pop Troll completely covered with green hair with only his legs visible and one of Poppy's friends.
  • Ester Dean as Legsly, a Pop Troll who can make her legs grow really long at will and one of Poppy's friends.
  • Gustavo Dudamel as Trollzart, the leader and conductor of the Classical Trolls.
  • Anthony Ramos as King Trollex, the kind, upbeat and protective King of the Techno Trolls.
  • Flula Borg as Dickory, one of the Yodelers, Hickory’s brother, and one of the many bounty hunters hired by Barb.
  • Charlyne Yi as Pennywhistle, a small flute who resides with the Classical Trolls.
  • Betsy Sodaro as Clampers Buttonwillow, a young Country Troll and Delta Dawn's niece.
  • Red Velvet as the K-Pop Gang, five of the many bounty hunters hired by Barb:
    • Wendy as Wani, the blue member of the gang.
    • Irene as Baby Bun, the pink member of the gang.
    • Seulgi as Gomdori, the yellow member of the gang.
    • Joy as Ari, the green member of the gang.
    • Yeri as Kim-Petit, the purple member of the gang.
  • Berenice Amador and Jamila Hache as Marimba and Tambora, two of the Reggaeton Trolls and two of the many bounty hunters hired by Barb.
  • The McElroy brothers as Skyscraper Troll, a four headed Pop Troll.
    • Justin McElroy also voices Techno Beat-Drop Button and a tumbleweed.
    • Travis McElroy also voices Rocker Tear
    • Griffin McElroy also voices Country Music Tear

Music

Along with Timberlake, Clarkson, Paak, Blige and Clinton, songs are provided by Chris Stapleton and SZA.

The first single from the movie's soundtrack, "The Other Side", by Timberlake and SZA, was released on February 26, 2020. The Trolls World Tour: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack was released on March 13, 2020.

Future

Potential sequels

On April 9, 2020, Justin Timberlake mentioned in his Apple Music takeover, "I hope we make, like, seven Trolls movies, because it literally is the gift that keeps on giving,".

Animated series

It was announced in January 2020 that DreamWorks Animation would develop a new line of shows for Hulu and Peacock, one of which was Trolls: TrollsTopia, a series that takes place after World Tour.

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