Trolls: The Beat Goes On! (also listed as DreamWorks Trolls: The Beat Goes On!) is a television series adaptation of Trolls that aired from January 19, 2018 to November 22, 2019 on Netflix. It's succeeded by Trolls TrollsTopia.
The series was trademarked by DreamWorks on February 28, 2017.
In 2013, Netflix and Dreamworks made a deal to bring 300 hours of animated content to the service provide from movies Shrek, Madagascar and Trolls. The name "DreamWorks Trolls: Cupcakes and Rainbows" was filed as a trademark on December 3, 2014; it seems to have been the series' working title.
The series premiered on January 19, 2018 on Netflix. The series, while having its own canonical storyline, isn't part of the Trolls franchise's major storyline, and is simply based upon the events of the Trolls movie.
The second season consisted of seven episodes and was released on March 9, 2018, the third season with 6 episodes on August 24, 2018, the fourth season with 7 episodes on November 2, 2018, the fifth season with 6 episodes on January 18, 2019, the sixth season with 6 episodes on April 9, 2019, the seventh season with 7 episodes on August 27, 2019, and the eighth and final season with 7 episodes on November 22, 2019.
The episodes are typically 23 minutes long, and usually consist of two separate stories.
On January 16, 2020, it was announced that a new Trolls series titled TrollsTopia will be released on the streaming service Hulu, as well as the upcoming service Peacock. This series will be taking over from Trolls: The Beat Goes On! and cover the events of Trolls World Tour, thus bringing to an end the coverage of projects on Trolls, and in turn the eventual ending of this show.
Picking up where the film left off, the series follows the everyday lives of the Trolls, and is very "slice of life"-themed. Many episodes start off with Queen Poppy explaining a particular event occurring in an episode. Branch is often also used as a means to explain to the audience what's going on, providing a secondary narrative for an episode's events.
In Sorry Not Sorry, it's confirmed that Season 2 of the show takes place one month after the Trolls movie. This puts the season canonically at a similar time to Trolls Holiday, which takes place at least four weeks after the movie. Season 8 is later confirmed in BFFF to have taken place many months after Trolls.
The series has a few ongoing subplots and story arcs within itself that are spread out across the seasons. These arcs mostly focus on The Snack Pack aside from Cooper, who never had an arc of his own in the series.
- Poppy becoming a better leader - Throughout the series, Poppy has to learn how to fix her mistakes. There are some mini-arcs tied into this.
- Stop stressing over being a perfect leader - Poppy has several episodes where she has to learn what limits a leader should have. These include Royal Review, Bellow Bug Day and Blank Day.
- How to punish bad behavior - In Funishment, Poppy learns that sometimes she has to actually punish bad behavior in a way that fits her. Haircuffed is also included in this.
- Keeping secrets - In The Giver, Poppy has to keep the identity of the Giver in order to respect Branch's wishes.
- The Bergens - One of the major story arcs in early seasons was dealing with the Trolls being better friends with the Bergens. Episodes involving this include A New Bergen-ing, Bad News Bergens and Funishment.
- The Party Crashers - A storyline that starts at the end of Season 2 (The Party Games, Pillow War), carries over throughout Season 3 (The Imposter/The Frenemy, Lost in the Woods) and ends at the beginning of Season 4 (Party Crashed) involves dealing with this group. It's the longest non-character arc subplot in the entire series.
- Branch becoming a normal Troll again - Over the course of the seasons, Branch slowly betters his character and becomes a normal Troll again, or as normal as he can be.
- Having fun - In Fun Branch, while trying to prove he can be fun, Branch goes overboard. Eye'll Be Watching You and Hug Fest are included in this.
- Being a better Troll - These episodes focus on Branch learning how to improve himself as a Troll. In, Creek Week, Branch has to either learn how to forgive Creek for the events of Trolls or remain alone. In Mr. Glittercakes, Branch learns that his friends will understand if he wants to spend time alone.
- Milestones - Episodes that mark Branch's overall development as a Troll include Gem Day and Bye Bye Bunker.
- The Fashion Twins - Satin and Chenille become better fashion designers by progressively becoming Nova Swift's interns. Episodes involving this include Model Behavior, The Interns and Vega Swift.
- DJ Suki being a role model - DJ Suki has a minor arc with her niece CJ Suki, wherein she's either teaching CJ to be a better Troll or learning to be a better role model for her niece. Episodes with this storyline include DJ's Got Talent, Troll Rangers and CJ's Wooferbug.
- Guy Diamond and making others shine - Guy's arc mostly focuses on relying in his pride and learning how to make others look good. Episodes with this arc include Glitter Loss and The Partier's Apprentice.
- Biggie mans up - Biggie's arc is learning to be a braver Troll. Episodes included in this are The Poppy Horror Picture Show, Remote Out of Control and Truth or Dare.
- Smidge and Milton Moss - Smidge has an ongoing relationship with Milton Moss throughout the series. Episodes focused on this include Crushin' It and Hair Ball.
- Trolly Tales - A series of episodes that involve Trolls telling fictional stories. Each of them is titled "Trolly Tales", plus an order number.
- The introduction of A New Bergen-ing recaps the movie, while Laugh-Out Cloud has many of the movie's jokes based around Cloud Guy.
- Sorry Not Sorry mentions that Bridget and King Gristle Jr. have been dating for one month, and ate pizza at their date.
- Peppy mentions in Meet the Peppy that Branch saved the village by singing a song.
- In Fluffleberry Quest, Branch mentions that his grandma used to make Fluffleberry cake and that if he ate the last slice it would be gone forever. This is, of course, a callback to the fact he was responsible for her death.
- In "A Flower for Poppy", Branch mentioned losing his favorite toy in the escape from Bergen Town, affirming that he was present in the escape. His loss of the toy was never confirmed in Trolls, despite him being old enough to take part in the escape.
- In Branch Bum, the scene of the Caterbus falling in a wormhole is a reference to the Love Train scene in Trolls Holiday.
Trolls World Tour
- In Season 8, Branch gets his Hug Time Bracelet seen in Trolls World Tour. He was seen before with another bracelet, but this one was used for timekeeping, and never for hug time.
Errors and Contradictions
- In Fluffleberry Quest, despite the fact that Branch's reason for not being able to get another slice of Fluffleberry cake is referenced, there's issues with "how" the cake was made in the first place. By the events of Trolls, the Trolls had been completely surrounded by Bergen Town, making it hard for his grandma to get some some of the ingredients on the list.
- Branch is shown as a child flying a kite in "Bringing Up Birdy". If this is set before Grandma Rosiepuff died, he shouldn't be this out in the open through fear of getting captured by a Bergen. If this is after the Trolls' escape, then he should be grey like in the movie.
As a side note, while the Bergens appear in early seasons quite commonly, they become more and more absent as the series progresses. The series focuses more on the Trolls, and some later seasons ignore the Bergens completely. They're still mentioned in Season 8 despite this.
- Amanda Leighton as Queen Poppy
- Skylar Astin as Branch
- Fryda Wolff as DJ Suki, Satin and Chenille
- Sean T. Krishnan as Guy Diamond
- David Fynn as Biggie and Mr. Dinkles
- Kevin Michael Richardson as Smidge
- Ron Funches as Cooper
- David Kaye as King Peppy
- Matt Lowe as Creek and Aspen Heitz
- Walt Dohrn as Fuzzbert and Cloud Guy
- Declan Churchill Carter as Keith
- Abby Ryder Fortson as Priscilla
- Kyla Carter as CJ Suki
- Fryda Wolff as Gemma Fur, Gia Grooves, Violet and Dr. Moonbloom
- Zehra Fazal as Timpani and Celine Starburst
- Kevin Michael Richardson as Rufus, Toby and Klaus Von Frousting
- Gary Cole as Sky Toronto
- Jonah Platt as Milton Moss
- Sainty Nelsen as Nova Swift
- Alexa Kahn as Tug Duluth
- Ashly Burch as Meadow Spriggs
- Josh Keaton as Dennis
- Rachel Bloom as Cybil
- Vanessa Bayer as Baha
- Kari Wahlgren as Harper, Ripley, Bella Brightly, Mags Gumdrop and Vega Swift
- Fred Tatasciore as Hank Montana
- A New Bergen-ing/Laugh-Out Cloud
- Two-Party System/Fun Branch
- Royal Review/Funishment
- Bad News Bergens/Unhealthy Competition
- Cloudy with a Chance of Hugs/Creek Week
- The Giver/Bellow Bug Day
- Prank Day/Adventures in Dinkle-Sitting
- Eye'll Be Watching You/Sorry Not Sorry
- Big Poppy/Neighbor War
- Remote Out Of Control/Critter Comfort
- The Poppy Horror Picture Show/Dinkles Dinkles Little Star
- The Party Games/Trolly Tales
- Model Behavior/Pillow War
- The Imposter/The Frenemy
- Hair-Jitsu/Crushin' It
- Meet the Peppy/Party Crash Course
- Trolly Tales 2/Rainbowmageddon
- Coop, Where's My Guy?/Fluffleberry Quest
- FOMO-OPUP/Lost in the Woods
- Party Crashed
- Weekend at Diamond's/Branchception
- The Bunker List/The Interns
- Three Troll-keteers/The Helper
- Smidgician/DJ's Got Talent
- Peril Patch/Sibling Quibbling
- Musical Thrones/Branch Bum
- Wormhole/Ear Worm
- Don't Worry Be Peppy/Two's a Cloud
- Glitter Loss/New Anthem
- Dark Side of the Lagoon/Mr. Glittercakes
- Snow Day/Guy Misses Out
- Scrap to the Future/Bringing Up Birdy
- Blank Day/Haircuffed
- Marshtato Fairy/Do the Biggie
- Hitting the Sky Note/Hug Fest
- Chummy Sparklestone/Giggleyum
- Glamping/A Flower for Poppy
- The Partier's Apprentice/Hair Ball
- Freeze Tag/Whimsy Wasps
- The Fast and the Friendliest/Much Achoo About Nothing
- Extreme Sleepover Club/Vega Swift
- Scrapbookmobile/Troll Rangers
- Doc Doc, Who's There?/Tour Guide of Duty
- Troll Playing Game/Finn Cascade
- Gem Day/Bad Luck Branch
- Queen of the Castle/Truth or Dare
- Friend Matching/Trolly Tales 3
- Apple of My Ire/Funsgiving
- Bunker Break-In/To Catch a Critter
- CJ's Wooferbug/What Did I Miss?
- Tall Tail/BFFF
- Switcher-Ruby/Bye Bye Bunker
For more information, see Trolls: The Beat Goes On! - Soundtrack.
ASK POPPY was a series of shorts released related to the series.
The series was released for ownership via digital download in 2020, but DVD versions were also produced.
- Most of the animation is traditional 2D style instead of the computer-animated hybrid 3D style used in the films.
- Many of the original actors did not reprise their roles from the film. Cooper, Cloud Guy, Chad and Todd are the only characters who share the same voice actors as they did in Trolls.
- Party Crashed, the first episode of Season 4, is the only episode in the series that doesn't have two separate stories.
- ↑ Trademark for series
- ↑ https://www.ibtimes.com/dreamworks-netflix-agree-bring-original-animated-series-growing-market-streaming-1310249
- ↑ Netflix
|Trolls: The Beat Goes On! characters|
|Trolls - Main cast|
|King Peppy • Queen Poppy • Branch • Biggie • Smidge • Guy Diamond • Satin and Chenille • DJ Suki • Cooper|
|Trolls - Supporting roles|
|Aspen Heitz • Creek • Harper • Gia Grooves • Sky Toronto • Keith • Priscilla • CJ Suki • Cybil • Meadow Spriggs • Bella Brightly • Fuzzbert • Nova Swift • Klaus Von Frousting • Tug Duluth • Milton Moss • Rufus • Ripley Wisp • Maddy • Baha • Gemma Fur • Mags Gumdrop • Dr. Moonbloom • Dennis • Master Controll|
|King Gristle Jr. • Bridget • Chad and Todd • Groth • Nangus Skullcrusher • Bernice|
|Cloud Guy • Mr. Dinkles • Gary • Party Crashers • Marshtato Mary • Sir Tandeth and Certain Death • Pistil Pete and Pistil Patrick • Dad Cloud and Mom Cloud|