From the creators of Shrek comes DreamWorks Animations Trolls, a bright, amusing and irreverent comedy about the search for happiness, and just how far some will go to get it.
This hilarious film transports audiences to a brilliant, wondrous world populated by the exceedingly positive Trolls, who have a continuous dance inside their step as well as a song on their lips, and the comically cynical Bergens, who are only happy when they have trolls in their own guts.
After the Bergens invade Troll Village, Poppy (Kendrick), the happiest Troll ever born, and the overly-cautious curmudgeonly Branch (Timberlake) set off on a journey to rescue her pals. Together, this mismatched duo embarks on a rescue mission full of adventure and mishaps striving to stand each other long enough to get the job done.
Utilizing music to further the movie’s narrative, the Trolls soundtrack is made by Justin Timberlake and features five original songs including songs by Justin Timberlake, Ariana Grande, Anna Kendrick and Gwen Stefani, in addition to a number of classic hits from the 60s through the 80s.
Following the success of the first movie, Universal DreamWorks Animation has announced its plans for a sequel to Trolls and set a release date of April 10, 2020.
Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake reprise their roles as the eternal optimist Poppy along with the curmudgeon Branch in the new musical comedy-adventure from the creators of Shrek.
Trolls went on to make $339 million global. Can’t Stop the Feeling acquired an Oscar nomination for best song, which Justin Timberlake performed the opening number at this year’s Oscars.
Universal Pictures will take over as provider following its acquisition of DreamWorks Animation Studios last year.
The very first picture follows Poppy, the most joyful Troll ever created, and the curmudgeonly Branch set off on a journey to save her friends after the Bergens infringe Troll Village.
The Trolls were small and colorful creatures who resided in a happy tree in a happy forest. They were positive creatures that loved to sing, dancing, and hug. Yet, they may be detected by Bergens, large (relatively human-sized considering how tiny the trolls really are) and blue creatures that do not know what happiness feels like at all. They pretty much don’t understand how to do anything the trolls do. They discover they are able to feel happy if they eat Trolls.
The Bergens encircled the Troll’s tree (hereafter referred to as the ‘Troll Tree’) with a cage and begin to hold an annual festival referred to as “Trollstice,” where each and every Bergen gets its feelings of real well-being by eating a Troll. Nonetheless, King Peppy (Jeffery Tambor) leads the Trolls to escape from the Bergen Town during which the Bergen prince Gristle (Christopher MintzPlasse) tastes his very first Troll, but maintains that the troll is rotten. After a quick investigation, the Bergens recognize the trolls have escaped and left fake wooden replicas (the very same fake trolls the trolls are based on), and also the head cook Chef (Christine Baranski) is blamed for the episode (most likely because of her failure at locating the trolls when they can no longer be found).
Gristle’s Daddy King Gristle Sr. banishes Chef from Bergen Town. That night, Gristle asks his father if there is anything else to make him happy since he never got to eat a troll. When the question is asked, the king anticlimactically responds, “Nothing. Completely nothing.”
Twenty years later, King Peppy’s daughter, Princess Poppy (Anna Kendrick), and her buddies the snack pack throw a big party to celebrate the Trolls’ escape from the Bergens, despite the worries and warnings from a strict, disgruntled, grey-skinned and black-haired Troll survivalist named Branch (Justin Timberlake) that the party will direct the Bergens right to them. Poppy doesn’t believe him since no one in the village has seen a Bergen in 20 years. She tries to invite Branch the party with a pop up glittery invitation letter she made for him, but all he does is throw it on the ground and stomp on it, clearing meaning he is not setting foot anywhere near Poppy’s celebration.
Branch also escapes a group hug when a watch on Poppy’s wrist (A watch that each troll except Branch wears) goes ding and signifies “hug time” (Trolls hug every hour on the hour, and they wear this watch as a reminder alarm). Before he leaves, Branch sarcastically tells Poppy that when a Bergen does find them one day and also the safety of every troll is on her head, he trusts her reply is singing, dancing, and hugging. Branch’s fears are realized when the banished Chef sees the fireworks from the bash and tracks them back to the hamlet. Once there, she begins to catch quite a few trolls including DJ Suki (Gwen Stefani), Biggie (James Corden), Guy Diamond (KunalNayyar), Cooper (Ron Funches), Satin (AinoJawo), Chenille (Caroline Hjelt), Smidge (Walt Dohrn), Creek (Russell Brand) and Fuzzbert.
Poppy is among the rest of the other Trolls who manage to hide from Chef but detects that none of the other Trolls dare to venture to Bergen Town to rescue their friends. Poppy asks help from Branch, which he refuses. Poppy attempts to go on an adventure to save them by herself but ends up she get caught in spider webs. To make matters worse, several spiders like creatures emerge from the exact same webs and are about to eat her, but Branch intervenes just in time, using his hair to scare them away before renovating Poppy using defibrillator-like bugs. Branch tells Poppy he can’t wait to see the look on her face when she realizes the world isn’t all cupcakes and rainbows, as bad things happen too. When the two set up camp for the night, Poppy attempts to get Branch to at least grin by singing a tune about being in the dark while playing her ukulele.
Poppy thought she had gotten through to him when he requests to play it himself until he pitches it into the fireplace and goes right back to sleep. The next morning, Poppy and Branch make it to the old escape tunnels and meet Cloud Guy, a mischievous character whom Branch immediately distrusts. Cloud Guys warn them that one of the tunnels lead to Bergen Town and the Troll Tree, as well as the others lead to certain death.
After arriving at the citadel, Branch and Poppy locate their buddies and watch as Creek, is eaten by an adult Gristle (who is now King), when Chef puts him in a taco. Poppy is heartbroken but keeps trust he remains alive. Poppy and Branch find that their friends are guarded by a cautious and kind hearted Bergen and scullery maid named Bridget, who’s in love with Gristle. Poppy and Branch free their buddies as well as strike a deal with her: if she helps them save Creek, they will help get her date with Gristle. While setting up for her date, Bridget wonders why Branch isn’t singing along with the other trolls. After Poppy pesters him a lot, he reveals that singing is how his grandmother died. The reason why he’s Poppy’s polar opposite is that his grandmother, Granny Rosiepuff was eaten after a Bergen overheard him because of his singing, and he blames himself for her death for not hearing her warnings. This is also why he is dark and gray instead of the vivid colors of all of the other Trolls. When a troll’s emotions become negative like this, they lose their color and their troll manes turn black.
After, with the Troll’s advice (and hair), Bridget (as Lady Glitter sparkles) gets her date with Gristle at Captain Garfunkel’s roller rink and arcade for pizza where the trolls tell her what to tell the king. While all the other trolls nearly mess up, Branch saves the situation by saying amorous poetic things when the others cannot think of nice things to say about Gristle. Branch is presumably talking about Poppy while feeding lines to Bridget, which explains why he stops to take a look at her when he finishes. Gristle and Bridget have a moment together in the roller rink before Chef Shows up, and also the king tells her that “Lady Glitter sparkles” will be his plus one at the feast. She leaves behind her roller-skate which Gristle picks up and keeps (Cinderella Easter egg).
Justin Timberlake served as an executive producer for the film’s music and released the original song “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” on May 6, 2016. The song reached No. 1 in the official charts of 17 nations, including the United States and Canada. Timberlake along with the movie cast, with guest appearances from Earth, Wind & Fire and Ariana Grande, contributed to the soundtrack. The soundtrack album was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America and the Australian Recording Industry Association.
DreamWorks Animation’s TROLLS is an irreverent comedy extravaganza with incredible music! From the master creators of SHREK, TROLLS stars Anna Kendrick as Poppy, the positive leader of the Trolls, and her polar opposite, Branch, played by Justin Timberlake. Collectively, this unlikely pair of Trolls must embark on an experience that takes them way beyond the only world they’ve ever known.
- Rating: PG (for some mild rude humor)
- Genre: Animation, Kids & Family
- Directed By: Walt Dohrn, Mike Mitchell (VI)
- Written By: Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger
- In Theaters: Nov 4, 2016, Wide
- On Disc/Streaming: Feb 7, 2017
- Box Office: $153,694,574
- Runtime: 100 minutes
- Studio: DreamWorks Animation