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Trolls World Tour

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Trolls World Tour
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This sequel makes people do so much rock to every year.
Genre: Computer-animated
Directed By: Walt Dohrn
Produced By: Gina Shay
Written By: Jonathan Aibel
Glenn Berger
Elizabeth Tippet
Maya Forbes
Wallace Wolodarsky
Based On: Troll dolls by Thomas Dam
Starring: Anna Kendrick
Justin Timberlake
Rachel Bloom
James Corden
Ron Funches
Kelly Clarkson
Anderson Paak
Sam Rockwell
George Clinton
Mary J. Blige
Distributed By: Universal Pictures
Release Date: April 10, 2020
Runtime: 90 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: $90–110 million
Prequel: Trolls
Sequel: Untitled Trolls third film

Trolls World Tour is a 2020 American computer-animated jukebox musical comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Universal Pictures. The film is a sequel to the 2016 film Trolls, 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 features an ensemble cast that features the voices of Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Rachel Bloom, Ozzy Osbourne, James Corden, Ron Funches, Kelly Clarkson, Anderson Paak, Sam Rockwell, George Clinton, Mary J. Blige, Anthony Ramos, Gustavo Dudamel, Kunal Nayyar, Icona Pop, Ester Dean, Flula Borg, J Balvin, Jamie Dornan, Red Velvet, Karan Soni, Charlyne Yi, and Kenan Thompson.

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 in the United States, it was also released for digital rental on the same day. The film set several streaming records including becoming Universal's most successful day-one rental. Its success led to Universal announcing that they would be looking into doing more simultaneous theatrical and streaming releases and in response, several theater chains, including AMC Theatres, announced they would no longer distribute the studio's films; it eventually resulted in the theatrical window of films being shortened.

A sequel is set to be released in theaters on November 17, 2023.


Poppy and Branch discover that there are six different troll tribes scattered over six different lands. Each tribe is also devoted to six different kinds of music -- funk, country, techno, classical, pop and rock. When rockers Queen Barb and King Thrash set out to destroy the other music, Poppy and Branch embark on a daring mission to unite the trolls and save the diverse melodies from becoming extinct.

Good Qualities

  1. The animation has noticeably improved since the original film.
  2. Although the last film had plenty of pop songs, both remixed and original, the sequel kicks it up a notch by including some other genres, like rock, country, and hip-hop.
  3. On the topic of the songs, they're all quite enjoyable, particularly It's All Love which actually helps progress the story.
  4. The conflict of the movie; being divided over different music, is an indistinguishable metaphor for real-life problems like racism, xenophobia & religion.
  5. New diverse characters with fitting, talented actors, including its anti-heroine Queen Barb.
  6. Just like the last film, the voice acting is great, especially from Justin Timberlake, Rachel Bloom and Sam Rockwell.
  7. The cutesy, happy aesthetic of the first film, which many fans found divisive, is toned down here.
  8. There are some pretty funny moments now and then.
  9. It was one of the first theatrical films to be released on a VOD format for a premium fee during, before, or even as a replacement for its theatrical release (in some countries), making the film a bit of a groundbreaker.
    • This release strategy paid off, as the revenue from the rentals surpassed the movie's own budget within a few weeks when it took the original film five months.
    • Many films have followed this strategy thereafter by either sending them straight to digital, simultaneously releasing them both in theaters and on digital the same day, or releasing them on digital slightly earlier than usual.
    • For the case of some movies, they even decided to send them exclusively to streaming for no additional cost due to the pandemic.
  10. Like the first movie, there are some pretty charming and heartwarming scenes.
  11. Pretty intense chase scenes.
  12. The story is better written this time around and has some decent development of the characters.

Bad Qualities

  1. Although this reason has nothing to do with the quality of the movie, because of said VOD release strategy, this has caused other studios to go one step further with this, for example, WB charged users $5 more from the initial $20 rental fee to buy their early access movies, and all Disney movies released through this window cost $30 on top of the Disney Plus subscription fee to rent their movies. This also caused a huge increase in online piracy from that point onwards as a result, with its highest point by far being Black Widow.
  2. Throughout a good chunk of the movie, Poppy has been flanderized in this film from being cheerful, yet a caring friend who is later queen of the Pop trolls to an overly optimistic queen having trouble with listening to her peers.
  3. Some music genres are given less screen time than others.
  4. The story is very similar to that of Avengers: Infinity War as it involves Queen Barb collecting all of the strings to destroy all music except rock, like how Thanos collects all the infinity stones to complete his gauntlet, pretty much to the point that people were calling this movie Trolls: Infinity Strings.
  5. The movie can be very confusing and tough to follow at times especially with a lot of the nonsensical elements that sometimes feel like the writers were on drugs.
  6. At times, it feels like that every cliché you could ever use in an animated kids movie is included in this movie just because.
  7. Various plot holes:
    1. Why doesn't Hickory just capture Poppy instantly?
    2. How exactly did Poppy's gumdrop earplug block out Barb's magical guitar effects?
  8. The film has a lot of missed opportunities:
    1. What's up with the Bergens not getting so much as a mention in this film despite being the main conflict in the last film? Gristle Jr. and Bridget could have been powerful allies for the Pop Trolls on their quest. But nope, they only show up at the end of the mid-credits scene.
    2. Why out of all supporting Trolls from the last film did Biggie have to be the only Troll to accompany Poppy and Branch? Sure, Cooper had his own subplot about finding his true identity, but even at that, most of Snack Pack are demoted to extras here, even with the film setting up a subplot with Guy Diamond having a baby. Heck, DJ Suki, Creek, and the Chef from the first film don't even appear at all.
    3. The idea of six tribes of trolls revolving around different musical genres suffers greatly from this, especially since there are plenty more music genres out there, such as R&B and Gospel.
    4. It doesn't really explain why Branch's hair changed back to black, but this is understandable as he still feels remorse for causing the death of his grandma, which was explained in the previous film.


Critical response

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 71% based on 146 reviews, with an average rating of 6.16/10. The site's critical consensus reads: "A fun follow-up for fans of the original, Trolls World Tour offers a second helping of colorful animation, infectious energy, and sing-along songs." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 51 out of 100, based on 35 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".

Owen Gleiberman of Variety magazine called it a "music-drenched fairy tale" and "for all its surface pleasures, it's a likable but underimagined one, with more enthusiasm than surprise and, at the same time, an overprogrammed sense of its own thematic destiny."


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