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Trolls: World Tour (also known as Trolls 2: World Tour, or just Trolls 2) is a 2020 American computer-animated adventure jukebox musical comedy film that is DreamWorks Animation's 38th feature film, produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Universal Pictures.

The film is a sequel to the 2016 film Trolls and is the second film to be produced by DreamWorks for the "Good Luck Trolls" brand. DreamWorks completed its acquisition of "Good Luck Trolls" following the movies release, so in addition to merchandise related to Trolls World Tour, "Good Luck Trolls" products begun to appear in 2020 soon after the movies release, including 60th Anniversary merchandise and promotion of the brand. As of 2020, the majority of Good Luck Trolls classic products carry the "DreamWorks" branding, as a result 2020 saw DreamWorks promotion two "Trolls" brands.

It is directed by Walt Dohrn with co-direction by David P. Smith, produced by Gina Shay, and written by Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger, Elizabeth Tippet, Maya Forbes, and Wallace Wolodarsky, from a story by Aibel and Berger. The film will feature an ensemble voice cast including Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, James Corden, Ozzy Osbourne, Rachel Bloom, Anderson Paak, George Clinton, Mary J. Blige, Kelly Clarkson, Sammy Rockwell, Icona Pop, Ron Funches, Kunal Nayyar, Jamie Dornan, J. Balvin, and Kenan Thompson.

The film was originally scheduled for a wide theatrical release on April 10, 2020, but due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it was released in select theaters and on digital streaming instead. Met with mostly positive reviews like its predecessor, the film set several streaming records, including becoming Universal's most successful day-one rental. Theatrically, the film grossed $51 million.

The film's success led Universal to announce they would be looking into simultaneous theatrical and streaming releases. However, in July, it was reported that AMC and Universal agreed to a multi-year deal to shorten Universal's theatrical window to 10 days (down from the usual 90), and AMC would share subsequent PVOD sales.

Plot[]

A celebration of the Techno Trolls is crashed by the Rock Trolls, led by Queen Barb. After Barb destroys his DJ station with her guitar's power, King Trollex is forced to surrender the blue string that powers Techno music. Poppy, still becoming adjusted to her new leadership as queen, receives a message from Barb that invites all Trolls to a party to unite their music. Her father reveals that there are different kinds of Trolls scattered through their land. The six primary tribes are each represented by a different style of music, Pop, Funk, Classical, Techno, Country, and Rock, and each musical style is powered by a magical string kept by the leader of each tribe. Having separated their tribes following discord and disagreement over which style of music was the best, Poppy wants to help Barb unite the different forms of music, but both her father and Branch warn her not to trust Barb's intentions and accept that the other Trolls are different. Poppy does not listen and sends a cheerful reply to Barb via Debbie, Barb's pet bat.

Meanwhile, Barb gloats over her victory of snatching the Techno string, revealing her plan to string an enchanted guitar with all six strings and play a power chord strong enough to destroy all other music, replacing it with rock.

Wanting to prove herself as a good queen, Poppy travels via air balloon to recruit the other groups of Trolls, Branch joining her in an attempt to express his feelings towards her. Biggie accidentally stows aboard the balloon and joins them. Meanwhile, Cooper, who feels like the black sheep among the Pop trolls, goes on a journey himself to find Trolls who look like him and goodbye to the snack pack.

The balloon ends up in the land of Classical Trolls, which is in ruins to Poppy's horror. A single small flute named Pennywhistle tells Poppy their town had been decimated by Barb's armada, who captured all the citizens and stole the yellow Classical string, and Poppy decides to now unite the other Trolls to stop Barb. Branch and Biggie both urge her to return home to protect the pink Pop string, but Poppy reveals it hidden in her hair. They then travel to the Country Trolls' land, but after introducing themselves with a loud medley of pop songs, they are jailed by an offended Delta Dawn. A Country Troll named Hickory, who claims he is moved by Poppy's motives, breaks them out, leading to a chase to a ravine, where the group falls into a river. Branch does not trust Hickory, even when the Troll builds a raft to take the group downstream. The conversation is interrupted by Chaz, a Smooth Jazz Troll who was hired as a bounty hunter to catch Poppy for Barb, who was incredibly offended by Poppy's reply letter. Hickory incapacitates Chaz, but Biggie, disillusioned by Poppy's poor leadership, decides to return home. Shortly after, the group is abducted by a spaceship wielding magical soap bubbles.

Inside the spaceship, the group meets the Funk Trolls and meets up with Cooper, who is revealed to have been a long-lost identical twin prince of Funk all along. Cooper tells Poppy he finds comfort in identifying with both Pop and Funk, and his parents, King Quincy and Queen Essence, reveal to Poppy that long ago, the original Pop Trolls had attempted to steal the strings and remix the other five music styles into Pop, forcing the other Trolls to each take one string and divide their tribes to save their music. Quincy explains to Poppy that differences do matter, and trying to make all Trolls the same does not help the problem.

After the Rock Trolls hijack the Funk Trolls' ship to steal the purple Funk String, Cooper ejects the group in bubbles, accidentally separating Hickory from the three. Finally fed up with Poppy's selfishness, Branch and Poppy have a falling out, which Branch angrily telling Poppy that she cannot be a good queen if she doesn't listen to others, and the two go their separate ways. Branch is soon captured by both Team K-Pop and Tresillo And His Females Reggaeton Trolls bounty hunters. However, he eventually convinces them to stop capturing and fighting and save Poppy and all music.

Poppy reunites with Hickory, showing him the Pop string. Hickory tries to urge her to return home but suddenly is revealed to have been a Yodel Troll all along. He and another Yodel Troll, Dickory, had been hired to capture her for Barb, but Hickory had a change of heart. Before she can escape, Poppy is then captured personally by Barb, who takes possession of the sixth and final string.

Biggie returns home and, seeing it in shambles, feels remorse over abandoning Poppy. He gathers together their remaining friends to rescue her and Branch, entering the land of the Rock Trolls.

Barb has Poppy imprisoned over a large concert stage where all the captured Trolls are the audience and admits she empathizes with Poppy’s attempts to be a good queen, as she is trying to make rock supreme to prove her own leadership. Barb uses her enchanted guitar to turn Branch and the leaders of the other lands into rock zombies during the concert. Poppy seemingly is transformed into a rock zombie when she falls onto the stage, but upon grabbing Barb’s guitar, it is revealed to have been wearing gumdrop earplugs. She admonishes Barb for being a poor queen by not listening to her people and smashes the guitar. While it snaps the possessed trolls out of their rock zombie state, it destroys the strings, ending music and causing all the trolls to lose their colors, much to Barb’s anguish. Foiled, Barb puts the blame on Poppy for destroying music and blames the Pop trolls for repeating history again.

Cooper hears his rhythmic heartbeat, who then amplifies the rhythm over a microphone. As everyone listens to it and Prince D creates a rhythmic beat with it, other trolls began joining in with clapping, stomping, and other forms of sound-making, thus reviving the power of their music. 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, Barb joins in, regaining her colors, and eagerly accepts Poppy's offer of friendship. Branch finally professes his love to Poppy, who reciprocates his feelings, and everyone performs together; all Trolls finally reunited while celebrating their differences.

In a mid-credits scene, Bridget and King Gristle arrive at the Pop Troll village, unaware of the events that have occurred and worried they have missed the party.

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Release[]

Trolls: World Tour was simultaneously originally going to be released theatrically in USA on April 10, 2020 by Universal Pictures.[1] It was previously set for the said release date, but was pushed up to February 14, 2020 before being moved back to July 17, 2020. Following the delay of No Time to Die, it was yet again pushed up to its current date.[2]

The film was originally going to be released on April 17, 2020. It was to be released on March 29 in Korea and France, but due to a flu sickness, the films industry's workers were nearly sick, it was pushed forward 2 months; the new release date is now June 17. On March 16, Universal announced that the film would be available for rental on digital platforms the same day as the film's theatrical release as a result of the situation.[3] This move was met with swift and intense backlash from John Fithian, chief of the National Association of Theatre Owners, saying in full: "Only Universal, and only on Trolls, did one studio skip the theatrical model and go straight to the home. Universal continues to advertise to consumers that Trolls will be released simultaneously to theaters and the home on April 10. And they are lying to consumers. Universal knows that theaters will temporarily be closed on April, so unlike every other distributor who must simply delay their releases in that time period, but still understand that theatrical release is essential to their business model, Universal on Trolls didn't make that decision. Exhibitors will not forget this. With the exception of Universal, every studio has gone overboard to reassure exhibitors that the theatrical model works for them, and that they look forward to releasing their movies theatrically once the viruses/germs and done. And every one of those studios called their exhibition partners and talked through their plans for delayed release before they announced them. Only Universal on Trolls undermined the theatrical model. And Universal told no exhibitor about their plans on Trolls: World Tour until approximately 18 minutes before their announcement. Exhibitors know who their partners are. And every other studio has demonstrated true partnership and belief in the theatrical model during this time of situation, and indeed all moviegoers around USA".[4]

Marketing[]

On June 19, 2019, DreamWorks released 21 character posters for the film, along with promotional film stills. On June 20, the first trailer was released.[5]

A second trailer was released in November 14, 2019. A third trailer was released on March 14, 2020, featuring the new release date.

Box Office[]

As of April 13, 2020, Trolls: World Tour has grossed $60,000 in USA and Canada, and $1.9 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $1.9 million.

In the U.S., the film made about $60,000 in its opening weekend from 25 drive-in theaters. Following its debut digital streaming weekend, it was reported by FandangoNow that the film had set the record for most streams on a release weekend by the company. The film also finished number one for Amazon Prime, Comcast, Apple TV, Vudu, YouTube, and DirecTV Now, with Universal reporting it was purchased 10-times more than Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which had made $2-3 million on its first day. The film made at least an estimated $40 million over the weekend, with Universal still to report official figures. Deadline Hollywood estimated that due to the film's approximate $90 million production cost, plus another $30 million spent on marketing (although rival studios claim Universal spent more than that), the film could break-even if 9–12 million people rent the film, resulting in about $200 million in revenue.

Trivia[]

  • This is the first DreamWorks Animation film to be released in April.
    • This also marks DreamWorks Animation's second franchise to have each installment distributed by a different studio over the years (20th Century distributed the first movie in 2016).
  • This is DreamWorks Animation's fifth musical film, following The Prince of Egypt, Joseph: King of Dreams, The Road to El Dorado, and the first film, Trolls.
  • The film was first titled Trolls 2, but on June 12, 2018, it was retitled Trolls: World Tour.
  • This is the first Trolls film to be distributed by Universal Pictures.
  • This is the second DreamWorks Animation sequel not to have its music score composed by the same composer as its predecessor after Penguins of Madagascar (which was composed by Lorne Balfe); Christophe Beck composed the music score for the first film while Theodore Shapiro takes over for this film, making it the second DreamWorks Animation film to be scored by the aforementioned composer after Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie.
  • The scene in the first teaser when Poppy sings The Sound of Silence is an alternate shot from the original film.
  • This film marks the first time the new MPA logo appears in the end credits for a DreamWorks Animation film or a Universal Pictures animated film.
  • This is also the sixth DreamWorks Animation film with a non-human cast after Shark Tale, the Kung Fu Panda films, and the original film of Trolls.
  • This was the first Universal Pictures release to be available for rental on digital platforms on the same day as its theatrical release.
  • The film celebrates Dreamworks Animation's 25th anniversary.
  • This is the fourth DreamWorks Animation sequel film not to have a number in the title after Shrek the Third, Shrek Forever After, and How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.
  • This is the first DreamWorks Animation film to be released in the 2020s.
  • Both Sam Rockwell and Anthony Ramos would later star together as Mr. Wolf and Mr. Piranha in The Bad Guys.

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Characters
Pop Trolls: The Snack Pack (PoppyBranchDJ SukiGuy DiamondBiggieMr. DinklesCooperSmidgeSatin and ChenilleFuzzbertLegslyTiny Diamond) • John DorySpruceClayFloydVivaCreekKing PeppyGrandma RosiepuffMoxie DewdropAspen HeitzMandy SparkledustKarmaMaddy

Rock Trolls: Queen BarbRiffKing ThrashCarolSid Fret
Funk Trolls: King QuincyQueen EssencePrince D
Techno Trolls: King TrollexTechno Beat Drop ButtonBliss Marina
Other Trolls: Delta DawnTrollzartPennywhistleHickoryDickoryChazTresilloThe K-Pop Gang
The Bergens: King Gristle Jr.BridgetChefChad and ToddKing Gristle Sr.MaxineBarnebisGrothBuzbyBernice
Others: Cloud GuyRock TearCountry TearThe Party CrashersVelvetVeneerCrimp

Music
Trolls: Move Your Feet/D.A.N.C.E/It's a Sunshine DayThe Sound of SilenceGet Back Up AgainHelloI'm Coming Out/Mo' Money Mo' ProblemsThey Don't KnowTrue ColorsCan't Stop The Feeling!SeptemberWhat U Workin' With?

Trolls World Tour: The Other SideTrolls Wanna Have Good TimesDon't SlackIt’s All LoveJust SingOne More TimeAtomic Dog World Tour RemixRock N’ Roll RulesLeaving Lonesome FlatsBorn to DieTrolls 2 Many Hits MashupBarracudaCrazy TrainPerfect For MeRock You Like A Hurricane

See also
Books: TrollsTrolls Band Together

Objects: Cookin' With TrollsHug-time BraceletsTroll Tree
Cast: Anna Kendrick (Poppy) • Anthony Ramos (King Trollex) • Anderson .Paak (Prince D) • Andrew Rannells (Veneer)

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