Trolls (film)

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This article is about the upcoming film related to Troll dolls. For the unrelated 1986 film, see Troll (film).
Directed by Mike Mitchell[1]
Produced by Gina Shay[2]
Screenplay by Erica Rivinoja[2]
Based on Troll dolls 
by Thomas Dam
Starring Anna Kendrick
Jason Schwartzman
Chloë Grace Moretz
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • November 4, 2016 (2016-11-04)
Country United States
Language English

Trolls is a working title of an upcoming 2016 American 3D computer-animated musical comedy film directed by Mike Mitchell,[1] produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by 20th Century Fox. The film will be starring Anna Kendrick, Jason Schwartzman and Chloë Grace Moretz. Based on the Troll dolls by Thomas Dam, the film is scheduled to be released on November 4, 2016.[2][3]



On June 23, 2010, DreamWorks Animation announced plans to create a film based on the toys, under the direction of Tim Hill. The brother–sister writing team of Adam Wilson and Melanie Wilson LaBracio were set to write the screenplay, and Dannie Festa of Festa Entertainment to executive produce.[6] In June 2012, it was reported that Chloë Grace Moretz will voice the female lead, while the role of the male lead, Masklin, had been offered to Jason Schwartzman.[5] In September 2012, 20th Century Fox and DreamWorks Animation announced that the film with the working title Trolls would be released on June 5, 2015, with Anand Tucker set to direct the film, written by Wallace Wollodarsky and Maya Forbes. Moretz and Schwartzman have also been confirmed to lend their voices.[2] Peter Ramsey, the director of Rise of the Guardians, said that Trolls would be partially based on a Terry Pratchett novel.[7] In May 2013, the film was pushed back for a year to November 4, 2016.[3] Same month, DreamWorks Animation announced that Mike Mitchell and Erica Rivinoja has been hired as a director and screenplay writer to "reimagine" the film as a musical comedy, which will present the origin of the Trolls' colorful hair.[1]

On April 11, 2013, DreamWorks Animation announced that it has acquired the intellectual property for the Trolls franchise from the Dam Family and Dam Things. DreamWorks Animation, which has "big plans for the franchise," has become the exclusive worldwide licensor of the merchandise rights, except for Scandinavia, where Dam Things remains the licensor.[8] On June 16, 2014, Anna Kendrick joined the cast to voice Poppy, a princess.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Acclaimed Comedy Director Mike Mitchell And Emmy Award Winning Writer Erica Rivinoja Bring DreamWorks' Trolls To The Big Screen". DreamWorks Animation. May 28, 2013. Retrieved May 31, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f DreamWorks Animation (September 9, 2012). "New Distributor Twentieth Century Fox Unveils DreamWorks Animation's Release Slate Through 2016" (Press release). PR Newswire. Retrieved December 13, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Chitwood, Adam (May 16, 2013). "DreamWorks Animation Moves B.O.O. Release Up to June 5, 2015 and TROLLS to November 4, 2016; Fox Dates ANUBIS and FERDINAND". Retrieved May 16, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Anna Kendrick to Voice DreamWorks Animation's Trolls". Retrieved 2014-06-17. 
  5. ^ a b Fleming, Mike (June 20, 2012). "Jason Schwartzman In ‘Trolls’ Mode?". Deadline. Retrieved June 25, 2012. 
  6. ^ "DreamWorks Animation to Bring Trolls Out of Hiding". DreamWorks Animation. June 23, 2010. Retrieved April 13, 2013. 
  7. ^ Weintraub, Steve (November 20, 2012). "Director Peter Ramsey Talks RISE OF THE GUARDIANS, Roger Deakins, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2, Working with David Fincher on FIGHT CLUB, and More". Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  8. ^ "DreamWorks Animation Acquires IP For Trolls With Plans To Take Iconic Dolls' Brand (And Hair) To New Heights". DreamWorks Animation. April 11, 2013. Retrieved April 13, 2013. 

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