- see also Trolls: The Beat Goes On!
- “Find your happy place.”
Trolls is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated romantic musical fantasy comedy film based on the Troll dolls created by Thomas Dam. The film was directed by Mike Mitchell and co-directed by Walt Dohrn, written by Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, and based on a story by Erica Rivinoja. The film features the voices of Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel, Russell Brand, James Corden, and Gwen Stefani.
The film follows two trolls who go on a quest to save their village from destruction by the Bergens, creatures who eat Trolls to be happy. This is the 33rd animated feature film produced by DreamWorks Animation.
The film premiered on October 8, 2016, at the BFI London Film Festival and was theatrically released in the United States on November 4, 2016, by 20th Century Studios. The film received positive reviews from critics and was a box office success, grossing $346 million worldwide against its $125 million budget. It received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song for "Can't Stop the Feeling!".
A sequel, titled Trolls 2, is scheduled to be released on February 14, 2020. However, in June 12, 2018, it had been retitled "Trolls World Tour", and the release date was pushed to April 17, 2020. Kendrick and Timberlake will reprise their roles as Poppy and Branch respectively.
The Trolls are small, colorful creatures who live in an almost perpetual state of happiness, singing, dancing, hugging, and having fun all day. However, they are discovered by the Bergens, large, ugly, miserable creatures who can only feel happy by consuming a Troll. The Bergens imprison the trolls and eat them every year on a special occasion, called “Trollstice”. The Trolls, led by their king, King Peppy, with his infant daughter, Princess Poppy, escape through tunnels on the day of Trollstice when Prince Gristle Jr. was going to eat his first Troll. Enraged, Gristle Jr.’s father, King Gristle Sr., banishes his Chef, who was in charge of preparing for Trollstice. Chef promises to leave and find the Trolls herself.
Twenty years later, the now-adult Poppy throws a big party to celebrate the Trolls' escape, despite the warnings of the over-cautious and egotistical gray troll, Branch, that loud parties will attract the Bergens. A "Zen" troll named Creek arrives and tells Branch to start being happy instead of grumpy; Branch refuses. At the party, Branch's warnings are confirmed when Chef sees the fireworks and kidnaps Poppy's friends Guy Diamond, Biggie with Mr. Dinkles, Fuzzbert, Smidge, Satin with Chenille, DJ Suki, and Cooper, along with Creek, despite Poppy trying to rescue him and King Peppy. Chef takes the kidnapped Trolls back to Bergen Town while secretly plotting to overthrow its monarchy as revenge for her exile.
Meanwhile, Poppy goes on a rescue mission alone, as no other troll is willing to venture towards Bergen Town. But later on, when Poppy gets into trouble, she is saved by Branch, who thinks she will not make it if she goes alone. Once inside the Bergen king's castle, Poppy and Branch witness the now-King Gristle Jr. seemingly eat Creek, but Poppy remains hopeful that Creek survived. Poppy and Branch find the rest of the captured Trolls being guarded by a scullery maid named Bridget. Poppy discovers that Bridget is secretly in love with King Gristle Jr. and offers to help her get a date with the king while trying to confirm if Creek is alive.
While setting Bridget up for the date with a musical number, Branch refuses to sing and triggers a falling-out with Poppy, revealing that, as a child, his grandmother was captured and got eaten while trying to save him because his singing compromised his location to Chef. Branch's complete guilt over his grandmother's death caused his color to turn from blue to gray. After Poppy comforts him with a hug, Branch decides to help Bridget and the trolls, though he still refuses to sing. Bridget, disguised under the name of "Lady Glittersparkles," gets her date with Gristle Jr. at a roller rink and arcade restaurant, and Gristle Jr. asks her to be his "plus one" at Trollstice. Poppy notices Creek being held captive inside the jewel adorning the king's mantle.
Having helped Bridget, the Trolls attempt to rescue Creek from Gristle's room and steal his jewel but discover that it is empty. The Trolls are then captured by Chef, and Poppy discovers that Creek sold them out to the Bergens to spare himself from being eaten. Creek lures out every troll from Troll Village (via Poppy's cowbell), and they are captured by Chef and the other Bergen cooks; They are also thrown into a pot and soon to be eaten. Guilt-ridden and heartbroken by the consequences of her actions, Poppy loses hope and turns gray, regretting everything she's done as all the other Trolls turn gray. Branch tries to sing "True Colors" for Poppy to cheer her up, confessing his love for her. After regaining her colors, Poppy returns his feelings, and they restore all the trolls' colors, including Branch's.
Bridget saves the trolls, willing to sacrifice herself. Poppy can't bring herself to abandon Bridget and, with Branch and her friends, shows Gristle Jr. and the Bergens that Bridget is Lady Glittersparkles and that it is unnecessary to eat Trolls to be happy, and they, too, can find happiness within themselves. The vengeful Chef refuses to accept the peace and tries to kill the Trolls but is knocked into a serving cart that is sent rolling out of Bergen Town. Chef is set on fire with Creek, who was still in her pouch. Both species celebrate, bringing new life to the town. Poppy is then declared queen of the Trolls, and Poppy and Branch share a friendly hug.
In a mid-credits scene, Chef and Creek's cart stops rolling. Chef prepares to eat Creek herself, but they soon find out they are on top of a monster, who opens his mouth and eats them both.
- This movie is based on the popular troll dolls. They were also seen in Pixar's franchise Toy Story.
- This is the second time the Troll franchise has been animated. The first was DiC Entertainment's Trollz.
- This is the second DreamWorks Animation movie to star Justin Timberlake, the first being Shrek the Third, as the voice of Artie.
- This is the fourth DreamWorks Animation film to have a female protagonist, after Chicken Run, Monsters vs. Aliens, and The Croods.
- This is the third DreamWorks Animation's musical film, following The Prince of Egypt and The Road to El Dorado.
- This is the first DreamWorks Animation film to be released on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.
- This is the only Trolls film to be distributed by 20th Century Fox.
- This is Christopher Mintz-Plasse's third DreamWorks Animation film after How to Train Your Dragon and How to Train Your Dragon 2.
- This is the seventh DreamWorks Animation film to not feature any humans, after Antz, Shark Tale, Flushed Away and the Kung Fu Panda trilogy (soon to become a "hexalogy").
- This is the second DreamWorks Animation film to have a mid-credit scene, after Rise of the Guardians.
- This is the seventh DreamWorks Animation film to be released in November, after Flushed Away, Bee Movie, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Megamind, Rise of the Guardians and Penguins of Madagascar.
- This is also the fourth DreamWorks Animation film with a non-human cast.
- Despite Comcast/NBCUniversal's acquisition of DreamWorks Animation in 2016, this film, alongside .The Boss Baby and Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, were still distributed by 20th Century Fox.
- This is the fifth DreamWorks Animation film not to be composed by Harry Gregson-Williams, Hans Zimmer, John Powell, Rupert Gregson-Williams, Henry Jackman, Lorne Balfe, Steve Mazzaro, or Theodore Shapiro (who would eventually score Trolls World Tour), as the film was composed by Christophe Beck, the first three being 2005's Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (which was composed by Julian Nott), 2012's Rise of the Guardians (which was composed by Alexandre Desplat), 2013's The Croods (which was composed by Alan Silvestri), and 2014's Mr. Peabody & Sherman (which was composed by Danny Elfman).
- This is the third-to-last DreamWorks Animation film to be distributed by 20th Century Fox.
- The Trolls licensing was acquired from Dam Things in 2010, DreamWorks had been trying to make a Trolls movie since 2006, adding to their collection of currently six franchises. It is currently the oldest franchise licensing that they own since Thomas Dam first licensed the "Trolls" in 1968.
- "Bergen" means "mountain" or "mountains" in several European languages and is the translation of their name. It describes how they appear to the Trolls. This is also why "Hair Up" is sung to "The hall of the Mountain King", as it is played during the events of Bergen Castle - Bergen Castle is the Hall of the Bergen King.
- The Trolls as a franchise has the most related trademarks held or previously registered by DreamWorks. The registered trademarks include paint colors, characters and logos, with a large number of unused trademarks.
- In the film, Chef's chef coat has longer sleeves boarded with gold markings. In coloring books, children's books, and other merchandise, her sleeves were short.
- In the Film, Harper model is based on a child model, in the merchandise and TV Series, she's an adult.
- In the film, Harper's hair is cut short. In coloring books, children's books, and other merchandise, her hair is very long.
- When Poppy sings on a flower, the sparkles on her cheeks disappear. When she falls the sparkles appear again.
- When King Peppy is in the bunker, he is seen wearing clothes. Then, when he and the other Trolls wave goodbye to Poppy, he is in his underwear. This is due to a cut scene in the film.
- Chef does not have earrings when she is in the wilderness for 20 years, but when she says she's back, her earrings appear.
- As Poppy and Branch are arguing in his bunker, the switch for the elevator is missing. Then, it appears.
- When the Bergens dig to find the Trolls, King Gristle Sr.'s crown disappears, then it appears when he banishes Chef from Bergen Town.
- When Gristle and Bridget are holding hands she's wearing roller skates. When the cast is singing, Bridget is wearing her normal shoes.
- When King Gristle Sr. banishes Chef his shirt is open, but when he tells Prince Gristle nothing will make him happy without the Trolls, his shirt is buttoned.
- When Chef is forcing King Gristle to eat Branch, Gristle's crown disappears, then it appears when the Trolls sing,
- When Branch chases Cloud Guy into the tunnel, (it turns out to be the correct one that leads to the Troll Tree) he forgets his bag, which he took off near the entrance. You don't see the bag at all in the film after that.
- When Poppy is crowned queen, Branch is dancing in the back with the rest of the Snack Pack, but the moment AFTER she's crowned queen he's not there anymore. Then when he walks up to Poppy and takes her hands you see him again.
- Anna Kendrick as Poppy
- Justin Timberlake as Branch
- Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Prince/King Gristle
- Zooey Deschanel as Bridget
- Christine Baranski as Chef
- John Cleese as King Gristle Sr.
- James Corden as Biggie
- Russell Brand as Creek
- Gwen Stefani as DJ Suki
- Aino Jawo as Satin
- Caroline Hjelt as Chenille
- Ron Funches as Cooper
- Kunal Nayyar as Guy Diamond
- GloZell as Grandma Rosiepuff
- Meg Deangelis as Moxie Dewdrop
- Ricky Dillion as Aspen
- Kandee Johnson as Mandy Sparkledust
- Walt Dohrn as Smidge / Fuzzbert / Cloud Guy / Mr. Dinkles / Tunnel Troll / Wedgie Humans #2
- Mike Mitchell as Darius/Vinny the Phone/Captain Starfunkle/Spider/Wedgie Humans #1/Chad/Card
- Curtis Stone as Todd
- Rhys Darby as Bibbly
- Jeffrey Tambor as King Pepplord
- Quvenzhané Wallis as Harper
On June 23, 2010, DreamWorks Animation announced plans to create a film based on the toys, under the direction of Tim Hill. The brother–sister writing team of Adam Wilson and Melanie Wilson LaBracio were set to write the screenplay, and Dannie Festa of Festa Entertainment to executive produce. In June 2012, it was reported that Chloë Grace Moretz will voice the female lead, while the role of the male lead, Masklin, had been offered to Jason Schwartzman. In September 2012, 20th Century Fox and DreamWorks Animation announced that the film with the working title Trolls would be released on June 5, 2015, with Anand Tucker set to direct the film, written by Wallace Wollodarsky and Maya Forbes. Moretz and Schwartzman have also been confirmed to lend their voices. Peter Ramsey, the director of Rise of the Guardians, said that Trolls would be partially based on a Terry Pratchett novel.
By April 2013, DreamWorks Animation had acquired the intellectual property for the Trolls franchise from the Dam Family and Dam Things. Having DreamWorks Animation became the exclusive worldwide licensor of the merchandise rights, except for Scandinavia, where Dam Things remains the licensor. In May 2013, the film was pushed back for a year to November 4, 2016. The same month, DreamWorks Animation announced that Mike Mitchell and Erica Rivinoja have been hired as a director and screenplay writer to "reimagine" the film as a musical comedy, which will present the origin of the Trolls' colorful hair. On June 16, 2014, Anna Kendrick joined the cast to voice Poppyy, a princess. On September 15, 2015, Deadline.com reported that Justin Timberlake will voice a character named Branch. The full cast announced their respective roles via announcements on Twitter on January 6, 2016. On January 28, 2016, a teaser trailer was released on YouTube. On June 29, 2016, the film's first trailer was released online.
Timberlake serves as an executive producer for the film's music (no surprise there), and released the original song "Can't Stop the Feeling!" on May 6, 2016. The song reached No. 1 in 14 countries, including the United States and Canada. He has also confirmed that Ariana Grande and Gwen Stefani will contribute to the soundtrack.
Plastic Love is also used in the movie and become popular as a result.
- Bergen's design is based on the original concept art for Shrek.
- A Donkey's picture is present in Gristle's castle.
- Hair we go! Meet Poppy! - Twitter - January 5, 2016
- Hair we go...I'm officially a #Troll. - Twitter - January 5, 2016
- Hair we go! Meet Biggie! - Twitter - January 5, 2016
- Hair we go! Meet Creek! - Twitter - January 5, 2016
- Hair we go! Meet DJ Suki! - Twitter - January 5, 2016
- Hair we go! Meet Satin! - Twitter - January 5, 2016
- Hair we go! Meet Chenille! - Twitter - January 5, 2016
- Remember Trolls?! They're back! In Ron form. - Twitter - January 5, 2016
- Hair we go! Meet Guy Diamond! - Twitter - January 5, 2016
- HAIR we Go! Meet Grandma Rosiepuff! - Facebook - January 5, 2016
- Hair we go! Meet Aspen! - Tumblr - April 13, 2016
- Hair we go! Meet Mandy Sparkledust! - Instagram - April 13, 2016