Trolls World Tour

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Trolls World Tour
Trolls World Tour poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byWalt Dohrn
Produced byGina Shay
Screenplay by
Story by
  • Jonathan Aibel
  • Glenn Berger
Based onTroll dolls
by Thomas Dam
Starring
Music byTheodore Shapiro[1]
Edited byNick Fletcher
Production
company
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • April 10, 2020 (2020-04-10)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$90–110 million[2][3][4]
Box office$43 million[a]

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. The film follows two trolls who discover that there are Six Troll tribes represent the musical genres Pop, Funk, Classical, Techno, Country, and Rock. 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. Poppy and Branch embark on a mission to unite the trolls and save the diverse melodies from becoming extinct.

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. It received positive reviews from critics and became successful by topping the digital renting charts. Its success led to Universal looking forward into doing more simultaneous theatrical and video-on-demand releases, and in response, AMC Theatres announced that they would no longer distribute the studio's films, along with the confirmation that the release window of films was shortened.[7][8][9]

Plot[edit]

Six Troll tribes represent the musical genres Techno, Funk, Classical, Country, Hard 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 intentions. Determined to stop Barb's plans, Poppy leads the group to Lonesome Flats, the home of the Country trolls, in order to unite against her. After hearing how downbeat their music is, they try to cheer them up with a pop medley, but wind up in jail. 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, but the incident prompts Biggie to leave due to his annoyance over Poppy casually leading them into danger.

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 does matter. The Rock trolls hijack the ship and steal the Funk string, but Poppy, Branch and Hickory escape. Fed up with Poppy's selfishness, Branch lashes out at Poppy for not listening to others and abandons her. As a result, Poppy is captured and the Pop string taken by Hickory, who was secretly a Yodel troll with his brother and partner Dickory. Biggie urges the Pop trolls to save Poppy, while Branch was attacked by the Reggaeton and K-Pop trolls, who were about to fight each other, until Branch convinced them that their own music goes well together and that Barb shouldn't have final say on which groups' music survives.

Barb imprisons Poppy over a concert stage; the audience being 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. Poppy admonishes Barb for making the same mistake the Pop trolls made and smashes the guitar. While it snaps the possessed trolls out of their rock zombie state, it destroys the strings, stopping the flow of music, and taking the trolls’ colors with it. Her plan now foiled, Barb blames Poppy for destroying music and ruining everything.

When 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 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.

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

Voice cast[edit]

  • 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 snatched away from his family as an egg 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 glittery Hip-Hop Troll and Guy Diamond's rapping newborn son.
  • Kevin Michael Richardson as:
    • Mr. Dinkles, Biggie's pet worm.
    • 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 and Barb’s right hand man.
  • Walt Dohrn as:
    • Smidge, a small female Pop Troll with a masculine voice and one of Poppy's friends.
    • Cloud Guy, an 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´s vocal effects
    • Fuzzbert, a Pop Troll with green hair and two legs 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:[10]
  • Berenice Amador as Marimba, one of the Reggaeton Trolls and one of the many bounty hunters hired by Barb.
  • Jamila Hache as Tambora, one of the Reggaeton Trolls and one of the many bounty hunters hired by Barb.

Production[edit]

On February 28, 2017, Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Animation announced a sequel to the 2016 film Trolls, with Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake reprising their roles as Poppy and Branch.[11]

In March 2017, podcasters the McElroy brothers began campaigning for roles in the film via a podcast titled "The McElroy Brothers Will Be in Trolls World Tour".[12] Following the campaign's success, DreamWorks confirmed in September 2018 that the McElroy brothers would make cameo appearances in World Tour.[13]

Sam Rockwell, Chance the Rapper, Anthony Ramos, Jamie Dornan and Flula Borg were added to the cast in May 2018. Corden, Icona Pop, Funches, and Nayyar returned to reprise their roles.[14] On June 12, 2018, the film was retitled as Trolls World Tour.[15][16] In October 2018, it was confirmed that Kelly Clarkson had joined the cast, and will perform an original song.[17] In June 2019, along with promotional posters, new cast members have been announced, which include: J Balvin, Mary J. Blige, Rachel Bloom, George Clinton, Ester Dean and Gustavo Dudamel.[1]

Music[edit]

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.

Release[edit]

Universal Pictures had originally planned to release Trolls World Tour theatrically in the United States on April 10, 2020.[18] It was later pushed up to February 14, 2020 before being pushed back to April 17, 2020. Following the delay of No Time to Die, it was once again pushed up to the original April 10 release date.[11][19] It was also set to be released on March 20 in the United Kingdom, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom, its release date was pushed back to April 6.[20]

On March 17, Universal announced that the film would be released simultaneously in theaters and for digital rental on April 10 in the United States and Canada due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[21][3] By then, Trolls World Tour had only been released in Russia,[22] Singapore, and Malaysia.[23] Other films distributed by the studio, such as The Invisible Man and The Hunt were also released digitally before the end of the usual 90-day theatrical run.[24][25]

As the pandemic receded, the film was released in three Santikos Theatres locations in San Antonio, Texas on May 1, 2020.[26] Theatres in Hong Kong also started to show the film a week later on May 8, 2020.[27] In Russia the film was made available in IMAX cinemas.[28] In Austria and the Netherlands, it was released in both 4DX and Dolby Cinema.[29] [30]

Home media[edit]

Trolls World Tour was made available for an early digital purchase on June 23, 2020. The film was released on DVD, Blu-ray, and Ultra HD Blu-ray by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment on July 7, 2020. All releases include an original short film entitled "Tiny Diamond Goes Back to School".[31] By July 19, the film had totaled $23.6 million worth of DVD and Blu-ray sales.[32]

Controversy[edit]

In response to Universal releasing the film without consulting theater owners, as well as comments from NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell suggesting that future Universal releases would premiere simultaneously in theaters, AMC Theatres stated that they would not license films that also premiere at the same time on digital release; "Going forward, AMC will not license any Universal movies in any of our 1,000 theatres globally on these terms."[33] Regal Cinemas followed suit in a statement not just directed at Universal, saying "we will not be showing movies that fail to respect the windows".[34] In July 2020, AMC and Universal announced they had come to a deal to shorten the minimum theatrical window to 17 days (down from the usual 90), and that AMC would receive an undisclosed share of subsequent PVOD sales.[35]

The Hollywood Reporter wrote that some of the cast, including Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake, were not aware of the film's VOD release, and that their representatives were trying to secure the actors' bonuses they would have received had the film performed well theatrically.[36]

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

In the U.S., the film made about $60,000 in its opening weekend from 25 drive-in theaters, amid extensive movie theater closures due to restrictions targeted at the COVID-19 pandemic.[37][38] By May 12, despite no official reports, it was estimated the film was approaching $1 million from theatrical grosses.[39] By June 7, the film had amassed $3.6 million from the domestic box office, and likely had been the first place film every weekend since its release.[40][41] It continued to play in drive-ins in the following weeks.[42][43] As of November 22, 2020, the film had grossed $42.9 million from international territories.[32][5]

VOD sales[edit]

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, with Universal reporting it was purchased 10-times more than its previous day-one rental Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which had made $2–3 million on its first day. Altogether, the film made at least $40 million over the weekend.[44] Through the first 19 days of release, it was estimated between three and five million people had streamed the film, resulting in about a $95 million gross ($77 million of which went to Universal, more revenue for the studio than the original film made during its entire theatrical run).[45][46][47] After three months of release the film remained in the top-five across most services, and occasionally returned to the top spot on Amazon Prime, FandangoNow, and iTunes.[48][49] By August, IndieWire estimated the film had made about $150 million from rentals.[50]

Deadline Hollywood estimated that due to the film's approximate $95 million production cost, plus another $30 million spent on marketing (although rival studios claim Universal spent more than that, as high as a normal $80–100 million campaign), the film could break-even if 9–12 million people rent the film, resulting in about $200 million in revenue.[51] The Hollywood Reporter wrote that "in the opinion of some industry veterans, [the film] may never make a dime" although "Universal believes it can make $40 million or more in profit from all revenue sources."[52] In October 2020, The Hollywood Reporter said the film was the second-most popular PVOD title amid the COVID-19 pandemic, behind Mulan.[53]

Critical response[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 71% based on 151 reviews with an average rating of 6.15/10. 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."[54] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 51 out of 100, based on 35 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[55]

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."[56]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Although many theaters around the world closed due to COVID-19 and the film went to VOD, Trolls World Tour played in several countries prior to this, as well as after. As of November 22, 2020, it had officially grossed $42.9 million from foreign territories.[5] By June 28, the film had made $4.3 million in theatrical gross in the U.S., mostly from drive-ins.[6] This figure does not include the revenue made from VOD sales.

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