Trolls World Tour is a 2020 American 3D computer-animated musical comedy film and the sequel to the 2016 film Trolls. It was 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. The film stars Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Rachel Bloom, James Corden, Ron Funches, Kelly Clarkson, Anderson .Paak, Sam Rockwell, George Clinton and Mary J. Blige. It was originally released as Trolls 2, with a number of countries having later gone on to use a variant of that title.
Produced as the 38th full-length animated feature by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Universal Pictures, it was set to be theatrically released in the United States on April 10, 2020, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was released on digital instead. It was later decided to release the movie on demand.
The film focuses on an event named "Queen Barb's Rock World Tour", of which the title "Trolls World Tour" is a reference to.
A possible sequel, generically titled "Trolls 3", has been suggested, but official production and concept development remain ambigious. Justin Timberlake claimed in April 2020 that they wish to make a total of seven Trolls movies, making a third Trolls movie highly likely.
- 1 Synopsis
- 2 Plot
- 3 Cast
- 4 Production
- 5 Development
- 6 Music
- 7 Success and Critical Response
- 8 Errors
- 9 Related Media & Merchandise
- 10 Trivia
- 11 Videos
- 12 References
It's all glitter and happiness in Troll Village until Queen Poppy and Branch make a surprising discovery - there are other Troll species beyond their own, each defined by a different genre of music. When a mysterious threat puts all the Trolls across the land in danger, Poppy, Branch, and their band of friends must embark on an epic quest through unfamiliar terrain to do the impossible: create harmony among the diverse Trolls to unite them against certain doom.
The movie begins at Techno Reef, where the Techno Trolls gather for a massive rave as their leader King Trollex is about to drop his latest song One More Time. After the song drops and the Techno Trolls enjoy their music, a shadow approaches in the distance.
King Trollex stops the party and approaches by himself. Queen Barb of the Rock Trolls greets him, and tells him to hand over the Techno String. When Trollex refuses to do so, she and her Rock Trolls attack. They send the Techno Trolls flying and destroy Trollex's DJ booth. To try and limit the damage and preserve his peoples' vibe, Trollex agrees to hand the String. Barb tells him that when she's done, they're all going to have the same vibe.
At Troll Village, Queen Poppy begins her morning routine and starts singing Trolls Wanna Have Good Times, the Trolls' morning medley. During this, Branch starts to think about taking his and Poppy's relationship to the next level and states he just has to get the guts to tell her she is the one. He joins in the medley. During the medley, Poppy and her friends witness the birth of Tiny Diamond, Guy Diamond's newborn son who turns out to be a Hip hop Troll. The medley continues as the Trolls now celebrate his birth.
At the end of the medley, Poppy and Branch see everyone off about their day. Branch then tries to talk to Poppy and tell her how he feels but he can't say the words, Poppy ends up revealing that she considers him a friend. The word "friend" echoes in his mind and he zones out. Trying to make up for it, the two try and high-five each other but fail, though Poppy then succeeds with Fuzzbert.
Their attention is turned to Biggie, who's being attacked by a bat. Poppy takes it away from him but now has it in her hair. Branch calms the bat down and attention is drawn to a message it was carrying. Poppy reads about a big event Queen Barb of the Rock Trolls is hosting and to bring the Strings. An anxious King Peppy takes the message from her and attempts to destroy it, but Branch calms him down. Peppy explains that other Trolls besides them exist, and they're called "Pop Trolls". This makes sense to them, and they all nod in agreement. Poppy wants to hear more about the other Trolls, but Peppy explains that they're very different from them, while Cooper takes note of Peppy's words about there being different Trolls. He causes the entire village to freak out when he says some don't understand the concept of "Hammertime".
The group breaks down to Poppy and The Snack Pack members. Peppy explains that in the beginning, everything was boring until a Troll made a note that caught everyone's attention. This was the start of the Trolls love for music and they took six Strings, one for each type of music: Techno, Funk, Classical, Country, Hard Rock and Pop. Then over time, arguments broke out over their differences leading to arguments. The Tribes' elders decided it was best each Tribe took a string and go their separate ways, and ever since the Tribes have been isolated from each other.
Peppy shows them the String, which he explains has a lot of power. Peppy wants to run and hide while Poppy wants to go meet Barb, whom she thinks is trying to unite the Trolls again. Peppy and Poppy get into a row over what is best. Later that night, Poppy goes to sneak out in Sheila Balloon, but is caught by Branch. Cooper hears them talking and watches from a nearby bush. Poppy unties the balloon and starts to float away. Branch is unable to just let her go, so he jumps into the balloon. After they leave, Cooper realizes one of the Trolls looks just like him; he leaves Pop Village to find them.
The next morning, Barb leaves the Ocean and arrives onshore singing Crazy Train. She nips into her Angler Bus and shows off the Techno String. She places it into her guitar, converting it to the Rock String's power. As she sits down, she thinks her father King Thrash is missing, but it turns out that he's just in the toilet. As he leaves, she explains to the senile old Troll the plan to get the Strings and play the Ultimate Power Cord. The Old King goes to do the Rock hand gesture, but needs Riff's help to finish it.
Poppy and Branch try to fly the balloon, but the manual is big and Poppy tries to learn without it, which leads Sheila to tell her to stop. They discover Biggie has stowed away on the Balloon, hidden under the cotton candy Poppy brought with her, since Mr. Dinkles was attracted to it. Poppy explains they're going to help Barb unite the Trolls.
As they approach Symphonyville, they discover that Barb has already arrived ahead of them and everything is in ruins. Pennywhistle, the sole survivor, tells them that Barb took their string from Trollzart and all the Classical Trolls, leaving nothing left behind - they lost everything. Poppy comes to the realization Barb wants to destroy all music. Biggie freaks out over this, so Poppy does a Pinky Promise that no matter what she will protect him.
Meanwhile, as they leave the mountains, Barb's bat "Debbie" returns to her owner, carrying a reply from Poppy and having been given a makeover to the horror of Barb herself. Barb reads Poppy's message saying she hopes to be best friends with Barb, but Barb doesn't understand how someone can be friends as it takes years to form a friendship. Just then, a glitter bomb goes off in Barb face, and Barb has a rant about Pop music. When her father starts to sing the Pop song from the message, Barb has had enough and brings in the Bounty Hunters Chaz the Smooth Jazz Troll, Tresillo and his reggaeton Trolls, The K-Pop Gang and The Yodellers. She explains that she plans to make Rock the dominant music, but will spare whoever brings her Queen Poppy and let them have a tiny territory, stressing to Tresillo when he comments on the size that's the offer. Only the Yodellers didn't show to the meeting, but Barb is confident they'll bring in Poppy as she burns Poppy's message.
The Pop Trio arrive at Lonesome Flats, home of the Country Trolls. At first, there is no one around, but high noon hits and the mayor, Delta Dawn, appears singing Born to Die, which brings out all the Country Trolls. Poppy comments that the song is sad. Branch likes it, but Poppy thinks they don't know that music is supposed to make them happy. Delta feels sorry for the trio as they "look like they were beaten up by a rainbow", and isn't bothered by them. Poppy attempts to cheer them up by singing a medley that covers all the most important songs. Soon the three find themselves alone as the Country Trolls hide from their music.
Delta throws the three in jail for "Crimes against music". When Poppy warns Delta about Barb, Delta isn't worried about her. Poppy has to face that some Trolls don't want to have fun and Branch tries to cheer her up. They begin "plan B", and Branch and Biggie start to dig their way out with the intent to return home. Hickory abruptly shows up and busts the trio out. They escape on the Jail door as Delta, Clampers Buttonwillow, Growley Pete and a number of other Country Trolls give chase.
The four Trolls ride over the edge of a ravine to escape Delta. After falling into the river below, Delta is annoyed that they escaped. The four Trolls survive the fall into the river, with Mr. Dinkles being pulled back from a near-death experience by Biggie. Branch has questions as to why their new friend helped. Hickory explains he didn't think it was fair they rushed to discriminate against the Pop Trolls. He builds them a boat to make getting to the Funk Trolls faster.
During the river journey, Branch wonders in mistrust about Hickory, but Poppy is fine with him and wonders if Branch is questioning her judgement. As the Trolls settle for the evening, Chaz attacks. The three Pop Trolls are put under a trance and when they snap out of it, they're tied up. Hickory kicks Chaz off the boat, thus saving them as he put gumdrops in his ears to block out the noise of Chaz's smooth jazz music. Biggie freaks out as it's clear Poppy cannot keep them safe, thus breaking her Pinky Promise. He leaves to head back to Pop Village.
Meanwhile, Cooper is lost in the desert and tries to drink from a mirage. He snaps out as he's taken by a strange force.
On the river, Hickory sings I Fall to Pieces and confronts Branch over his obvious feelings for Poppy. Branch notes he tried to tell her how he felt about her but failed. Hickory notes of the two of them that Branch is doing all the listening, thus she may not even hear him right now. They come across a large object in the sky and are taken by a bubble beam, with Branch and Hickory landing hits on each other as they try to fight it.
The three arrive in the flying city of Vibe City, and are greeted by a Funk Troll whom they think is Cooper. He turns out to be Prince D, Cooper's twin brother. Cooper introduces them to King Quincy and Queen Essence, his parents. When D states he's half-Hip Hop, Poppy questions her map, which D comments is likely out of date. Branch notes it still has Disco on it. When Poppy speaks about how they're all alike, Quincy states they're not. Poppy suggests to combine their efforts, with Quincy stating that they'll do anything but that.
They then reveal the true history of the Strings. Prince D sings It's All Love (History of Funk) and explains that in the past, what broke the Tribes up was the Pop Trolls themselves. The Pop Trolls stole the six strings to play only remixes of all the other music. The other Trolls finally got their Strings back, but the damage was done and everyone no longer trusted that this wouldn't happen again, so they split.
When the song finishes, Quincy and Essence explains that denying their differences would be denying who the truth of who they are. Poppy comments they hadn't thought about this. The alarm goes off and the Funk Trolls prepare for battle as Rock has arrived. Cooper sends his friends on their way to protect them, despite Poppy's plea to let them help. As the trio leaves, the Funk Trolls are plunged into darkness as Riff pulls the plug on their lights.
As the trio float away from Vibe City, they see the Rock Trolls arriving and Poppy wants to go back. Branch finally puts his foot down and tells Poppy its time to go home. Poppy defends herself as wanting to prove she is a good queen, but Branch points out a good queen listens and she has not been, not to her father, not to Biggie, not to Quincy and not even to him. He has backed her up throughout the journey even when she was wrong. He replies he heard back there that differences do matter - like them.
As their bubble lands and bursts, the two have a fight and Branch leaves for home and abandons Poppy, stating as he departs that she's the most important person to him right now. Sad, Branch begins to sing Perfect For Me, a song in the vein of the Country Trolls' sad style. Poppy joins in despite them being far apart at this point. When Branch finishes the song, The K-Pop Gang arrive and capture him. They demand he takes them to Poppy, but Tresillo and his Reggaeton Trolls interfere. The two groups can't live without their music and dance off against each other for Branch. Branch stops them and makes a proposal.
Poppy meanwhile reflects on her thoughts with the String. She puts it away when Hickory arrives, but in her despair at the situation accidentally pulls it out in front of Hickory. It is then revealed Hickory, along with his brother Dickory have been pretending to be a Country Troll together to get close to Poppy. Dickory tries to take the String while Hickory attempts to help Poppy. Their yodelling grabs Barb's attention, and Poppy is snatched by Carol and another Rock Troll. Dickory hands Barb the Pop String and Barb confronts her worry, commenting on how short Poppy is compared to her and how she didn't know why she was worried about her. As the two interact, Barb reveals she has already attacked Pop Village.
Biggie arrives at the village, and finds the surviving members of The Snack Pack. They make costumes and attempt to break into the Rock Trolls' home to rescue Poppy. During their intrusion though, Sid Fret and another Rock Troll catch them. The group convinces them that they're also Rock Trolls, but this lands them into Barb's backup band. Smidge comments "We're screwed".
Elsewhere, Barb brags to Poppy about how she's basically won and asks if Poppy enjoys being Barb's best friend as a mockery of Poppy's earlier message, Poppy comments they are not friends. Barb reflects that as a Queen she's used to hearing people, telling her what she wants to hear and not really being friends. She puts the Pop String in the guitar and comments she'll play the Ulimate Power Cord, then Poppy will see what happens.
On stage, Barb sings Barracuda while The Snack Pack pretends to play along in fear, while Peppy and the Funk twins are hurried forward to the front. When attention is drawn to them, Biggie smashes a guitar shouting "Barracuda" and it seems to get attention off of them. Barb then introduces the Trolls to their former leaders, calling Pop "the worst of all". As Barb goes to play the Ultimate Power Cord and hit Poppy with the power of her guitar, she is hit with the balloon manual as Shelia Balloon appears carrying Branch, the K-Pop Gang and the Reggaeton Trolls. This proves to be a temporary setback as Barb begins to play again. Branch swings over to Poppy and throws himself in the way, where he was a large boulder falls to the ground. When it smashes open, Branch has been converted into a Rock Zombie.
Barb is hooked up to an Angler Bus and flies around the stage converting the other leaders into Rock Zombies. She turns back to Poppy who has opened her cage, she gets Branch to use his mullet to grab her and then hits Poppy with the Power Cord. At first it appears as though Poppy is converted, Barb hands her the Guitar so she can convert Peppy and the Funk Twins, the final members of the leaders' family, but Poppy turns to face Barb. Poppy used gumdrops to protect herself from Barb's Power Cord. Poppy tells Barb that she won't let anyone else be converted. Riff interrupts and speaks up against Barb, questioning how anyone could know they're cool if they all look the same, as some of the Rock Trolls see Poppy and Riff's point of the outlook and agree.
Poppy also tells Barb that a good queen listens and that real harmony takes a lot of different voices. She proceeds to destroy the guitar, snapping the Strings and reverting Branch, Queen Essence, King Quincy, Trollex, Delta Dawn and Trollzart, and her Rock Zombie appearances back to their normal selves. However, every Troll becomes grey in the process as the music fades from every Troll present, and with them the Trolls have lost all music, including rock. When Poppy goes to make sure Branch is okay after he was reverted from his Rock Zombie form, Barb witnesses in horror that the Strings have been destroyed as they fade away. Barb then puts the blame on Poppy, stating history has repeated itself with Pop ruining everything once again. Depressed, the Trolls take a moment to let it sit and face the fact that their music is gone, but Cooper feels a beat within him as he realizes that music is still in his now-glowing pink heart.
As Cooper uses a microphone to amplify the rhythmic heartbeat for everyone to hear, his brother Prince D begins to make a hook beatboxing sound as he joins in, with all the other Trolls witnessing this. Queen Essence notes that her sons are making music; Delta Dawn feels the beat with her lit-up heart as she begins to clap and stomp her feet along to the melody, who then turns to her Country Trolls who also join in. The beat continues as everyone's hearts light up while the Trolls begin a simple background harmony in unison. Essence states Barb can't take their music from them, while Quincy states that while it all started with the Strings, it now comes from within themselves. As the other Troll tribes vocalize melodically with all their hearts lit, Trollex says the music comes from their experiences, Delta adds their lives, and Essence adds their culture; Trollzart simply calls the harmony beautiful. Poppy finally understands the thing she hasn't grasped about differences, knowing Barb can't take away the music that is within all of them.
Now knowing that differences matter after all, Poppy steps forward and begins singing the song Just Sing. She's soon joined by Branch, both becoming the first to regain their colors. Barb asks Thrash what's happening, to which he replies that she must let everyone be what they want to be, as he plays music and regains his colors too. As Poppy and Branch continue singing, the other Tribe leaders join one by one; every Troll slowly recolors as they join in, until Barb is the sole remaining grey Troll. Near the end of the song, Barb finally joins, as she plays her guitar in which she recolors, her hair becoming rainbow-colored as she accepts other Trolls' music with the help of her father. Poppy's hair also colors up with rainbow colors, with the Trolls now united at last.
The song ends with all leaders standing side by side and an united Troll Kingdom. When Poppy tells Barb now she isn't forcing her and she'd like to be friends with her, Barb finally agrees. In the meantime, Branch concurs with Poppy and confesses his love to her, to which she states back she loves him too; the pair finally do a connected high-five, which begins their relationship as more than just friends. As the camera pans out, the pair can be seen kissing.
Back at Pop Village, Poppy tells the new version of Troll history on how their ancestors were wrong to young Trolls from each Tribe. She's joined by Branch as she says you can't harmonize alone. The two depart and the Pop Village celebration begins. The leaders of the Trolls interact, have fun, and Prince D and Branch sing Don't Slack. During the party, Cloud Guy meets a female cloud; they propose and then have a family. The song ends with Poppy and Branch riding into the sky, Debbie following them.
- Anna Kendrick as Queen Poppy
- Justin Timberlake as Branch
- Rachel Bloom as Queen Barb
- James Corden as Biggie
- Ron Funches as Cooper
- Kelly Clarkson as Delta Dawn
- Anderson .Paak as Prince D
- Sam Rockwell as Hickory
- George Clinton as King Quincy
- Mary J. Blige as Queen Essence
- Kenan Thompson as Tiny Diamond
- Kunal Nayyar as Guy Diamond
- Aino Jawo as Satin
- Caroline Hjelt as Chenille
- J Balvin as Tresillo
- Flula Borg as Dickory
- Ester Dean as Legsly
- Jamie Dornan as Chaz
- Gustavo Dudamel as Trollzart
- Ozzy Osbourne as King Thrash
- Anthony Ramos as King Trollex
- Karan Soni as Riff
- Charlyne Yi as Pennywhistle
- Red Velvet as The K-Pop Gang
- Zooey Deschanel as Bridget
- Christopher Mintz-Plasse as King Gristle Jr.
- Kevin Michael Richardson as Mr. Dinkles
- Walt Dohrn as Cloud Guy, Metal Mr. Dinkles, Fuzzbert, King Peppy and Smidge
- Walt Dohrn as the Announcer, the Country Music Baby and the Country Music Farmer
- David P. Smith as the Country Music Rooster, the Desert Sun, the Eighth Goat, Licky Bug and the Scrapbook Troll
- Kevin Michael Richardson as the Mr. Dinkles God, Growley Pete and Sid Fret
- Da'Vine Joy Randolph as Bliss Marina and Sheila Balloon
- Justin McElroy as Techno Beat Drop Button, the Tumbleweed and Skyscraper
- Griffin McElroy as the Country Music Tear and Skyscraper
- Travis McElroy as the Hard Rock Tear and Skyscraper
- Betsy Sodaro as Clampers Buttonwillow
- Marcella Lentz-pope as Carol
- Berenice Amador as Marimba
- Jamila Hache as Tambora
The following are voice actors either mentioned by DreamWorks or related to the movie who were thought or meant to appear. They're listed to confirm their status:
- Chance the Rapper was meant to have had a voice role, which was announced in November 2019. However, his name isn't featured in the movie's credits. It was later confirmed he was meant to have originally done the role of Prince D.
- Gwen Stefani was cited by early reactions to be returning as DJ Suki. However, DreamWorks never confirmed her name in any related promotional material themselves. No information has since appeared to confirm if she was ever in the voice cast. To date, the only evidence that Stefani was meant to return is the Stylin' DJ Suki doll. In addition, Trolls TrollsTopia, whose first season was originally complete and ready to release 5 days after Trolls World Tour's release, features DJ.
On February 28, 2017, Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Animation announced a sequel to Trolls, with Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake reprising their respective roles as Poppy and Branch.
In May 2017, podcasters The McElroy Brothers began campaigning for roles in the film via a podcast titled "The McElroy Brothers Will Be in Trolls 2". Following the campaign's success, DreamWorks confirmed in September 2018 that the brothers would make cameo appearances in Trolls World Tour.
The film saw the additions of Sam Rockwell, Chance the Rapper, Anthony Ramos, Jamie Dornan, Karan Soni and Flula Borg to the cast in May 2018. James Corden, Icona Pop, Ron Funches, and Kunal Nayyar were also announced to reprise their roles. On June 12, 2018, the film was retitled as Trolls World Tour. In October 2018, it was confirmed that Kelly Clarkson had joined the cast, and will perform an original song. 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.
Alongside Timberlake, Clarkson, .Paak, Blige and Clinton, songs were provided by Chris Stapleton and SZA.
In an interview with Walt Dohrn, he noted that as soon as the film was over, the crew had been bittersweet about its completion, as they wanted to work on the sequel straight away.
A note related to the development cycle of the film is that at the time Trolls: The Beat Goes On! was dealing with the Party Crashers storyline arch. There was a consequence of the film's production on the story arc, which caused a temporary pause at one point. This was because of Trolls World Tour being supposed to introduce new Troll Tribes, which limited what Trolls: The Beat Goes On! could do with the Party Crashers storyline.
|“||In fits and spurts, the DreamWorks movie introduces ideas about colonialism, cultural appropriation, and music criticism, all through the prism of a family-friendly comedy||„|
|~ Quote from Rolling Stone interview with screenwriter Jonathan Aibel|
The main theme of Trolls World Tour is "differences" and how different people lead very different lives. As a result, some of the underlining themes are much darker and sinister than in Trolls. The intention, however, was not to start out as purposely making a movie on cultural appropriation from the start.
Each Tribe represents a different music, and thus a different culture and race of Trolls. Although they're all "Trolls", they're not all the same. Each Troll Tribe has its own look, behavior and music genre preferences, as well as reactions to life in general. The Trolls' music is used as a means to represent cultures getting along with each other, which is a reference to real-life cultures and their problems.
The main reactions to each Troll culture are represented by the two Queens Barb and Poppy. They have very extreme, but opposing points of views on their world. Poppy's inability to comprehend things that don't fit in her worldview results in her being unable to understand just how different they are; she experiences a culture shock when meeting other Trolls. Poppy wants to save them all, but her issues with understanding the different cultures get in the way. Meanwhile, Barb doesn't care, as she puts value of her own over the others, and thus wants to take away what they have and failing to understand how differences make things more interesting. While Poppy believes different music should unite the Trolls, Barb thinks that divides them, and the only way to get them united is all of them sharing the same music genre. As the film goes on, the differences of the different Trolls put strain even on the basics of Poppy's relationships, and even Branch questions their friendship when he finally speaks against her.
Barb's own campaign for world domination leaves her convinced she's correct, and the actions of her and her Rock Trolls are somewhat zealous. This referenced the fact that the writers had grown up among the Rock culture of the 1980s, where wearing something like a Judas Priest shirt would have made the wearer say "This is who I am."; this formed the basis of how the Rock Trolls acted.
Some of the comments that Trolls make in the film are also real-life comments. It's common for Rock and Metal fans to criticize modern music, such as claiming that EDM is "not real music", while citing Rock and Metal as examples of real music. Likewise, Classical can be viewed as "boring" to many. All of Barb's comments during her temper tantrum at Poppy are real criticisms towards Pop music. Genres under the classification of "Techno" are often criticized as unreal music because of their lack of actual instruments, mostly relying on machines to do all the work, which results in just "bleeps and bloops". Meanwhile, sad songs are often criticized for being depressing, such as those exampled by Born to Die, as some people prefer music that's uplifting and gives good feelings. These criticisms the Trolls make at each other's music are a reflection of actual music fans and their criticisms at fans of other genres; it's used to reflect how people criticize others living against their own.
Smaller themes include history being written by the winners, as the Pop Trolls of the past hadn't accurately recorded their own involvement in the initial splitting of the Tribes. This was apparently kept in the script from early throughout production, as a means of showing a teenager growing up and realizing that what they had learned from their parents and culture was fake. The realization to the characters was real and powerful.
Another small theme was making promises, such as the Pinky Promise when Poppy can't actually see it through.
For Barb and the Rock Trolls, their disdain towards Pop Trolls is a form of "ancestry shaming", wherein current living individuals are treated based on their ancestors' actions.
Though made in passing comment as a joke, the fact Disco Trolls may have once existed and have since gone extinct has also been noted as one of the many other darker tones of the movie, as it implies that entire subcultures of Trolls have disappeared over time.
Due to the changes in technology, a simple port of old model designs from Trolls wasn't completely possible. The team also made adjustments to Poppy's facial design. Just to make her eyes bigger changed a lot, especially as Walt Dohrn and David P. Smith are traditional artists. The characters in Trolls World Tour have more flexibility in their models, and move more like traditional cartoon characters rather than modern CGI ones. The crew had to work with a lot of new models and import a lot of old ones into the new software.
It was mentioned that a lot of scenes were fully animated, but to create a "snap" effect, frames were deleted to get a smooth yet instant effect. Another cheat in scenes is when Poppy high-fives Branch after "Just Sing"; though she appears to motion many steps, she only took 5 in reality. The illusion of distance was created using zooming effects and glares. The decision was made to turn off blur after the early trailers, which the film greatly benefitted from.
The fuzz was generated afterwards using an effect in MoonRay Render.
The following Trolls had their names changed:
- Queen Essence was originally named "Mama Bootsy".
- Riff was going to be named "Spyke".
- Chaz was originally named "Jax the Smooth Jazzer".
- In addition, the name "Carol" was originally assigned for a child Rock Troll, who was later renamed Amp. "Carol" was later given to an adult Rock Troll.
Coral Blush and his family weren't green, but instead both his father and him were blue while his mother was pink. Bliss Marina was also a generic blue Random Troll. Likewise, King Trollex had a green hoop around his neck and some slight color changes. The Techno Trolls were meant to be semi see-through, which is still referenced in some merchandise. "Crunch" was a name given to a Rock Troll, who appears to have been switched for Sid Fret late into development.
- Cooper's Concept + Prince D's Design
Concept art for Cooper at all stages of his life was created, but never used. His brother Prince D at one point looked more like him, just with a golden cap, a blue goatee, and golden rings in his dreads. In the final movie version, Darnell doesn't have a cap at all, has less gold rings in his hair and completely lacks a goatee. Also, the Funk Trolls were meant to be ruled by a single giant King. In the movie, Cooper met a pair of Jazz birds, which went through a number of design changes. In concept art, he met actual Trolls, dressed in a classy manner.
- King Thrash
- The Ancient Trolls
Ancient Trolls resembling cavemen were also conceptualized, but not used in the film either.
- K-Pop Troll Designs
In concept art as well, the K-Pop Trolls looked very different to their final film versions, while the Reggaeton Trolls remained mostly the same. Some of the rejected concepts for the K-Pop Trolls included both male and female Trolls. They also had a more oriental appearance.
- Barb's model
Barb's face is particularly unique among the Trolls. Part of the "The Sound of Silence" scene was meant to test out how she would interact with Poppy and that her assets were working. Her head was initially so large that it caused issues with her face and had to be scaled down by 10%.
- Poppy's Character Development
The movie brings to question Poppy's character from the first film, addressing the issue of what makes a good leader. In Trolls and Trolls Holiday, Poppy was shown to do her own thing and not to listen to Branch. Finally, this comes to a head when it causes her problems as Queen, as she fails to hear what others have to say. When Hickory joins her group of travelling friends, he makes it worst by telling her what she wants to hear and thus causing her to further ignore Branch and Biggie who are travelling with her. She pursues her quest even though it's going badly, and her people and friendships are strained as a result. Later, Poppy's inability to listen is used against Barb when Barb was forced to acknowledge or ignore Riff when he spoke up against her plans, as Poppy throws the lesson she has had to learn at Barb.
- Branch's Character Development
Branch's character was carried over from the first movie, and he has growing feelings for Poppy. Originally, he pair would have been more aware of the reaction to them both denying a relationship with each other. Instead, Poppy remained ignorant of the Branch's feelings for most of the movie.
Plot Changes/Scene Deletions
The storyline's plot begun with the writers asking how to make their world bigger, and they played with the idea of there being other kinds of Trolls that specialize in music. Some ideas were brainstormed, which had both big and small "troll-town" ideas. The idea of the Pop Trolls being a secondary villain in Trolls World Tour had been taken from the idea that people didn't know The Beatles and Elvis Presley had taken ideas from other singers before them. The plot was written over the course of 3 years after the basis was sorted.
Another issue the movie faced was repeating themselves, especially with plot and gags. While it's fine that Guy Diamond farted glitter in the first film, repeating this joke was avoided in the second. 
- Barb's Motivation
In early promotional material released before the movie itself did, Barb's reason for going after the Strings was because she was jealous the Pop Trolls' popularity and success, and wanted to end their dominance. This was changed at some point before the movie's release, but references to this can be found in very early 2020 merchandise. The Strings weren't always part of the movie's plot, and early concepts just had the Rock Trolls destroying everything and leaving it in ruins, so that Rock would be left the only genre standing strong.
- The Strings
The true history of the Strings was changed significantly. This is tied in with the earlier "Pop being dominant" reason for Barb embarking her World Tour in the first place. The Strings' original plot made it into the Trolls World Tour: The Junior Novelization, due to how late changes to the film were being made. Just Sing also makes references to the altered plot that only makes sense for the original version of the Strings' history.
- Rock Trolls
Based on a toy with a design from the Hasbro Small Figurines "bobblehead" set, Poppy was meant to befriend Carol at one point, then depicted as a child. Her prototype "child" design, later made into the separate character of Amp, can be seen in the Trolls World Tour Look and Find book, along with many elements that were changed late into the movie's development. Other elements can also be seen in the Hasbro Tiny Dancers series.
The movie originally begun with Poppy singing The Sound of Silence, with Barb interrupting her to do a guitar solo. At one point, she stage-back-slides along the ground. This led into the main movie with Poppy asking "Who was that?", as seen in the first Trailer. A lot of Barb's introduction animation was later used for when Poppy appears to have been turned into a Rock Zombie. A cut version of this was referenced by a real-life enactment of the scene before production. This scene was mostly a test of how Barb and Poppy would interact with each other as well.
- Techno Trolls
The Techno string was originally held in Techno Beat Drop Button; the scene of King Trollex removing the string and giving it to Barb was cut from the movie.
- Cooper's Journey
A deleted scene involved Cooper talking with his reflection in a mirror regarding his own destiny, before embarking his journey.
- Poppy's Balloon Ride
The trip with Branch and Poppy in Sheila Balloon was meant to have a musical number. The number depicted all the other Trolls from Poppy's "Pop" perspective as different but all "Pop-like" to her, and was meant to show how far Poppy's ideas of the other Trolls were removed from reality. In the actual movie, Poppy's lack of understanding how the other Trolls were different was toned down due to this scene's removal. The reason the scene was removed was because the developers had to make a decision between adding songs and moving the plot forward. They originally wanted more songs in the movie than what there ended up being.
- Bounty Hunters
In an early cut scene animatic, Barb didn't hire Bounty Hunters. She instead stopped off a diner where unpopular genres of Trolls ended up playing to a empty crowd, and hired several of them to get her Poppy. The Mariachi Sisters, Little Miss Polka and The Barbershop Boys were all cut from the movie, and were among the types of Trolls that didn't make it into the movie's final version as a result.
- Lonesome Flats
In later versions, Cooper is removed by the time the group arrived at Lonesome Flats. The plot is also adjusted so Poppy, Branch and Biggie also met Hickory first before meeting the Country Trolls, who then took them to Lonesome Flats.
In the storyboard, Poppy, Branch and Biggie would have made a joke at the Lonesome Flats jail. It involved them stating that if they stayed any longer, they would end up like "the skeleton family", with the skeletal remains of two adult Trolls and a child being pointed to.
- Biggie's Solitary Departure
Biggie would be gone by the time where the Queen of Pop song would have played in the movie.
- Funk Trolls
References to a "Funky Poppy" design is seen in early promos. Topps Trolls cards for the film still reference this cut design. Branch, Biggie and Mr. Dinkles also have Funk designs in the set; the presence of Biggie's design indicates that a possible plot change happened with him, and the Funk Trolls' string may have been taken sooner than in the original plot.
- Cloud Guy and Janet
- The Snack Pack's "Rocker" Outfits
The outfits that The Snack Pack wore to infiltrate the Rock Trolls originally resembled more closely to Hard Rock, rather than their final Rock 'n' Roll-themed designs in the movie. Once again, the Tiny Dancers (with Smidge being seen in her original outfit) and the "Trolls World Tour Look and Find" book show the original designs.
Each part of Troll Kingdom has a different look. Volcano Rock City is made of leather and denim. Lonesome Flats resembles a quilt. Vibe City uses neon lights and vinyl record references. Techno Reef uses LED and crochet.
As with the Trolls film, many of the landscapes had real-life model counterparts to help with visualization. The ancient ancestors of the Trolls as depicted by Peppy were created in real life with actual textiles and materials before being photographed for use in the movie.
A lot of focus was put onto the overall world to make it bright and fuzzy. Due to the amount of fuzziness there were concerns with rendering. The team relied on VFX supe Matt Baer who figured out the best way to render all the fuzz seen in the movie and overall, Trolls World Tour was an improvement over Trolls. The team wanted to focus on balancing visual story telling. In addition, a lot of trust was put into the creative decision. In turn, Trolls World Tour did a things that had never been done before. So finding the right production team for the job was also important.
One big balancing act that needed to be handled is the idea of handling dazzling and overwhelming. While the production had to reference the culture of each music genre, it was hard to avoid stereotypes. One of the challenges was turning one Troll Tribe into 6.
Trolls World Tour was allowed to go near water, whereas they had forbidden Trolls to do so. The biggest challenge of the entire movie had been the scale of the project and world building.
The crew often used fabrics in real life to see how it would look in the Trolls' world. For the Rock Trolls, their world is made of silk, leather, denim and fishnets. Its look was created by having fabric blown by a fan to see how it looked. The lava is made of satin fabric. The Country Trolls' world is made of quilted fabrics, burlap, denim, and gingham, and their rivers were formed with gossamer fabric. The cliffs were rendered as stacks of blankets on top of one another. The mountains in the Classical Trolls' world were meant to look as if they were made of rococo-brocade fabric and satin-cord-trimmed; Machu Picchu was used as reference for their shape. They also looked at the wigs and ended up creating a look with a bit of silliness to it by accident. Vibe City was inspired by 1970s LP art, with gold, silver and purple coloration placed into the background. Techno Reef was made to look like a macramé dance club world with lasers, and was inspired by nautical ropes. All of the production team's departments had to come together to make its scene happen. 
The DreamWorks Trolls twitter account ran a series of Tweets under the tag of "#TrollsArtTuesday" showing concept art.
The movie's plot takes place over the course of approximately 3 days, with the sunlight in each part of the day being monitored.
The music was based on the 6 main genres featured in the movie: Funk, Pop, Rock, Techno, Classical and Country. Each Tribe started out with a song each. Music demos were made over the course of the 3-year production by Ludwig Göransson and Joseph Shirley. Musicians enjoyed their music coming to life within the movie. The more challenging part was when it came to the movie's original songs. Justin Timberlake described exploring all the new styles of music as exciting and a little daunting.
- Atomic Dog
- Crazy Train
- Rock You Like a Hurricane
- Trolls Just Wanna Have Good Times
- One More Time
- Mi Gente
- Just Sing (Oreo commercials)
- The Other Side (instrumental and choirs)
- One More Time - Anthony Ramos
- Rock You Like A Hurricane - Rachel Bloom
- Trolls Wanna Have Good Times - Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, James Corden, Ester Dean, Aino Jawo, Caroline Hjelt, Kenan Thompson & the Pop Trolls
- U Can’t Touch This - MC Hammer
- Pop Muzik - Joseph Shirley
- Crazy Train - Rachel Bloom
- Born to Die - Kelly Clarkson
- Hocus Pocus - Focus
- Trolls 2 Many Hits Mashup - Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, James Corden & Walt Dohrn
- Leaving Lonesome Flats - Dierks Bentley
- I Fall to Pieces - Sam Rockwell
- Move On Up - Curtis Mayfield
- Atomic Dog World Tour Remix - George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic, Anderson .Paak & Mary J. Blige
- It's All Love (History of Funk) - George Clinton, Anderson .Paak & Mary J. Blige
- Perfect For Me - Justin Timberlake & Anna Kendrick
- Russian Roulette - Red Velvet
- Mi Gente - J Balvin & Willy William
- Yodel Beat - Ludwig Göransson
- Rainbow, Unicorns, Everything Nice - Walt Dohrn & Joseph Shirley
- Barracuda - Rachel Bloom & James Corden
- Just Sing (Trolls World Tour) - Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, James Corden, Kelly Clarkson, George Clinton, Mary J. Blige, Anderson Paak, Rachel Bloom, Kenan Thompson, Anthony Ramos, Red Velvet, Aino Jawo, Caroline Hjelt & Sam Rockwell
- Don't Slack - Anderson Paak & Justin Timberlake
- The Other Side - SZA & Justin Timberlake
- Rock N Roll Rules - HAIM & Ludwig Göransson
Success and Critical Response
Due to the money Trolls made previously in cinemas, releasing Trolls World Tour on VOD was considered a ludicrous risk, as the franchise was at this point worth $700 million. However, a contribution to the discussion was that 3 of the trailers received 150 million views. It was estimated that 9-12 million views for the release onto home cinema would result in a $200 million revenue upfront, which was expected to cover the film's costs. The cost of production was $90 million for the movie, and $30 million for P&R.
Instead, the digital release of Trolls World Tour resulted in it making more money in less than a month than Trolls did in 5 months. This was far better than predicted; it was able to compete with Sonic the Hedgehog and Frozen II, and held onto the no.1 film spot for several weeks after its inital release, taking the spotlight from those films. The film was later nominated for Best Movie of 2020 and Best Family Movie of 2020 at the People's Choice Awards. In the UK, the film was a chart topper, grabbing the no.1 spot for 7 weeks (though not consecutively).
UPI France was one of the countries largely unaffected by NBCUniversal's decision to feature the film on VOD, and allowed the film a wide release in France due to French cinema rules being different to that of other countries.
In June 2020, the HollyWood Reporter had a much more critical response to the film's success, and claimed that while Trolls World Tour had made $100 million back at the time, it was still in the red due to development cost, boasting that it may never make back the money. Promotion of the film had cost $35 million. While the experiment with Trolls World Tour worked out, they didn't think it was enough to repeat the experiment with bigger franchises such as the upcoming Fast & Furious movie F9, due at a later date. The film had also sparked worry among its stars that they wouldn't be paid for their contributions, due to it being unreleased at the in the cinemas at that point. On advantage, Universal had kept that the VOD release was a bigger profit.
The cinema industry attempted to make people react negatively to Trolls World Tour, only for it to make $100 million on digital sales alone. The COVID-19 pandemic resulting in cinemas to close started a slide for AMC Theatres. In October 2020, Disney would follow suit and push to release its own movies on Disney+, leading AMC to announce that if ticket prices didn't raise it would face liquidation in 2021. In addition, it faced being stuck with an outdated film stock. Trolls World Tour is now considered a turning point in the spiral for the company.
According to a report, 80% of all sales from VOD is profit for studios versus the theaters, which is at 50% of that profit. A factor in the success of Trolls World Tour was the lack of compeition. Another factor is the fact it was released during the COVID-19 pandemic, with Slashfilm claiming that "it dropped just when families needed something to distract their stir-crazy kid".
Overall, Trolls World Tour made $43 million worldwide from cinema releases, and $48 million on DVD and Blu-Ray sales, in addition to its VOD revenue by February 2021.
- When Barb shouts "Rockers!" at Trollex, her right hand clips through her head and behind her ear as she does the Rock gesture.
- When Poppy says the line "Bring your string to the biggest party the world has ever seen", in the invite it can be seen that it actually says "Bring your own string to the biggest party the world has ever seen". Poppy skipped the word "own".
- During Just Sing, sometimes Rock Trolls while headbanging will move their hair through other Trolls.
- Also during Just Sing, all members of The Snack Pack except Poppy and Branch disappear from the stage by the end.
Related Media & Merchandise
Compared to Trolls, Trolls World Tour has had much greater amounts of merchandising overall. Part of this can be put down to the movie's success, and can also be contributed to the number of trademarks held related to this movie. In addition to the 5 trademarks for "Trolls World Tour", a number of characters have been trademarked. These include Growley Pete, Tiny Diamond and Delta Dawn.
The movie highly benefited from its release at home rather than the cinema. Its success is put down to a positive response and good marketing. Due to the fact it was no longer being released in cinemas, the marketing of the movie had to change suddenly and without much notice. Companies distributing merchandise were forced to change their approach, as they were no longer selling merchandise for a cinema-related film.
Companies had different approaches to the marketing of the movie.
Trolls: Holiday in Harmony
A television series based on Trolls World Tour titled Trolls: TrollsTopia was released on November 19, 2020 on Hulu and Peacock.
DVD, Blu-Ray and 4K releases
The DVD, Blu-Ray and 4K releases of Trolls World Tour were set to be released on July 7, 2020.
There were several buyer options, including:
- A "Dance Party" edition, which featured bonus content only included in this version, such as the short Tiny Diamond Goes Back To School. This version was available as a DVD, Blu-ray or 4K with digital download version.
- The Walmart version of the Dance Party edition included the DVD, Blu-Ray and downloadable options, plus a special pair of Funko keyrings of Queen Poppy and Branch. This version was sold exclusively in the United States.
- The Target version included a digital version of the artbook The Art of DreamWorks Trolls World Tour.
- A 2-movie release with Trolls included.
- A collectible steelbook that was only available at Best Buy.
The Trolls World Tour: The Junior Novelization was released on March 24th 2020. This is the adapted book version of the film written by David Lewman who also had written Trolls: The Junior Novelization and Trolls Holiday: The Junior Novelization. He also wrote the Big Golden Book and Little Golden Book retellings of the story.
The Trolls Magazine also begun updated its title and publication to the movies new release.
Toys & Games
Starting from January 2020, Trolls World Tour had much more merchandise to offer before and after release of the movie itself, and toys and games were released throughout 2020 by various companies. The amount was notable compared to the amount for Trolls in 2016 and 2017 and by 3 months more Merchandise had been produced overall for the movie then Trolls had seen in its first year.
Hasbro updated their small range figurines to include Trolls World Tour toys, as well as the medium range (a new line of fashion dolls were produced) and large range. A new toy line Tiny Dancers was created. As exampled with the Tiny Dancers, one of the notable issues with merchandise for the movie is the inconsistency between product and final movie character designs, of which this series best examples. Both King Trollex and Prince D have their early designs.
In August 2020, a doll related to the movie, known as "Giggle and Sing Poppy", was removed. It was removed from shelves a short time after released into stores due to the placement of the button that activated its functions. The removal was based on concerns of it was inappropriate.
As with Trolls, PÜR produced promotional cosmetic sets as a tie-in with the movie in their PÜR X TROLLS range. Compared to their Trolls lineup, the promotion was much larger, with an entire lineup of cosmetics being produced.
China Glaze also released a nail polish collection based on the film.
- The way Trolls were divided by DreamWorks in previous Trolls media was by family, the classifications of which were "Guru", "Giant", "Rainbow", etc; for example, Branch and Poppy were in the "Rainbow" family. These terms were dropped after Trolls World Tour's announcement, and Trolls became identified by their Tribe instead of their family.
- It is the first movie to have same-day VOD release.
- The scene where the Rock Trolls emerge from the ocean after destroying Techno Reef is a reference to the Mad Max chase scene.
- When Poppy, Branch, Biggie and Hickory are about to fall into the river out of Lonesome Flats, they briefly float in midair. This is likely based on the common classic cartoon logic rule of "gravity does not work until you look down", which was made infamous by the Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner cartoons.
- It has more deleted scenes and cut songs than the first movie.
- The moment where Poppy and Branch hug and kiss is zoomed out, which is meant to be a bonus for fans paying attention. DreamWorks is currently not decided to answer if the Poppy and Branch pairing is official until "Trolls 3".
- There's no indication of time since Trolls within the movie itself. However, Trolls: TrollsTopia happens about a year after Trolls based on The Makeunder and Cloud Control. According to Girls' Night, TrollsTopia has already been set up for "months", which would put Trolls World Tour itself at happening in less than a year after Trolls. In the other direction, taking from Trolls, the Trolls: The Beat Goes On! episode BFFF has Branch working on a time capsule for "months", indicating that months had also passed since Trolls.
- The 2D-animatied TV series are generally not considered canon to the franchise's overall storyline, but this is still a roughly accurate setting for how long since Trolls the movie takes place.
Behind the Scenes
International and TV Spots
How to Draw + Crafts
|Trolls World Tour characters|
|Queen Poppy • Branch • King Peppy • Biggie • Smidge • Guy Diamond • Satin and Chenille • Legsly • Fuzzbert • Skyscraper|
|Queen Barb • King Thrash • Riff • Carol • Sid Fret • Amp|
|Delta Dawn • Clampers Buttonwillow • Growley Pete|
|King Quincy • Queen Essence • Prince D • Cooper|
|King Trollex • Coral Blush • Bliss Marina|
|Tiny Diamond • Chaz • Tresillo • Marimba and Tambora • The K-Pop Gang • Hickory • Dickory|
|Cloud Guy • Mr. Dinkles • Debbie • Sheila Balloon • Pennywhistle • Techno Beat Drop Button • Janet • Cloud Guy's Children|
|The Mariachi Sisters • Little Miss Polka • The Barbershop Boys • Crunch|
|Trolls World Tour songs|
|The Other Side • Crazy Train • Trolls Wanna Have Good Times • Rock You Like A Hurricane • One More Time • Rainbow, Unicorns, Everything Nice • Born to Die • Trolls 2 Many Hits Mashup • Leaving Lonesome Flats Barracuda • Atomic Dog World Tour Remix • Perfect For Me • I Fall to Pieces • It's All Love • Just Sing • Don't Slack • Rock N Roll Rules • Yodel Beat|
|Can You Feel It? • Queen of Pop • Goodbye|