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Trolls Band Together
Theatrical release poster
Directed byWalt Dohrn
Screenplay byElizabeth Tippet[1]
Based onGood Luck Trolls
by Thomas Dam
Produced byGina Shay
Starring
Edited byNick Fletcher
Music byTheodore Shapiro
Production
company
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release dates
  • October 12, 2023 (2023-10-12) (Denmark)
  • November 17, 2023 (2023-11-17) (United States)
Running time
91 minutes[2]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$95 million[3]
Box office$209.6 million[4][5]

Trolls Band Together is a 2023 American animated jukebox musical comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Universal Pictures, based on the Good Luck Trolls dolls from Thomas Dam. It serves as the sequel to Trolls World Tour (2020), and the third installment in the Trolls franchise. The film was directed by Walt Dohrn and co-directed by Tim Heitz (in his feature directorial debut), from a screenplay written by Elizabeth Tippet. Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, who wrote the screenplays for the previous installments, returned to serve as executive producers alongside Dannie Festa. Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Icona Pop, Anderson .Paak, Ron Funches, Kenan Thompson, Kunal Nayyar and Dohrn reprise their voice roles from previous films, with newcomers Eric André, Kid Cudi, Daveed Diggs, Troye Sivan, Camila Cabello, Amy Schumer, Andrew Rannells, RuPaul and Zosia Mamet joining the ensemble voice cast. In the film, Branch (Timberlake) and Poppy (Kendrick), who are officially a couple, attempt to rescue Floyd (Sivan) while reuniting Branch's brothers after the boyband phenomenon, BroZone, was disbanded.

Ideas for a third Trolls film began prior to the release of Trolls World Tour in April 2020, when Timberlake expressed interest in participating during his Apple Music takeover. DreamWorks Animation officially confirmed the third film's development in November 2021. New characters for the film were announced in March 2023, along with new cast members and the title. Despite being predominantly CGI animation, with some additional animation by DNEG, the film includes some 2D animation sequences with animation styles inspired by Yellow Submarine (1968) and Fantasia (1940). Theodore Shapiro, who previously composed the score for Trolls World Tour, returned to compose the score for this film.

Trolls Band Together was theatrically released in Denmark on October 12, 2023, and in the United States on November 17. The film has grossed $209 million worldwide and received positive reviews from critics and audiences.

Plot[edit]

Years ago, Branch and his four older brothers John Dory, Spruce, Clay, and Floyd perform as a boyband called BroZone. When their hesitations and stress of maintaining their boyband images prevent them from performing the Perfect Family Harmony, a powerful ability that Trolls can achieve when they are in complete sync, during a concert, John Dory, Spruce and Clay argue, break up the band and go their separate ways, breaking Floyd and Branch's hearts. Floyd, Branch's closest brother, also leaves, but not before saying goodbye to Branch and promising to come back one day. Branch is left alone to be raised by his grandmother Rosiepuff.

In the present, Branch and Poppy attend Bridget and Gristle's wedding in Bergen Town. They are interrupted by John Dory, who says that Floyd has been captured by Velvet and Veneer, two Mount Rageon teenagers who wish to be pop stars. The siblings have imprisoned Floyd in a diamond perfume bottle, which they use to extract his essence and improve their singing, but the process could eventually kill him. As the Perfect Family Harmony is the only thing that can shatter diamond, Branch reluctantly agrees to help John Dory find their brothers and rescue Floyd. Along with Poppy and Tiny Diamond, they set out in John Dory's armadillo-like portable van named Rhonda while Bridget and Gristle went on their honeymoon.

They find Spruce at the Vacay Island resort, where he has changed his name to Bruce and started a family. Spruce is reluctant to help, until his wife and 13 kids, after a successful practice concert, convince him to do so. The group later finds Clay, who quickly decided to help, at an abandoned Bergen miniature golf course, inhabited by a hidden colony of Pop Trolls who do not know that the Bergens are no longer their enemies, having been separated from the other Pop Trolls when they fled the final Trollstice.[a] Viva, the colony's leader, reveals herself to be Poppy's long-lost sister. At first, Poppy is delighted, but the visit turns sour when Viva refuses to believe the Bergens have changed, and tries to stop Poppy's group from leaving the golf course. They manage to escape thanks to Clay, and Poppy and Viva separate with broken hearts.

Meanwhile, Velvet and Veneer continue to strip Floyd of his essence, and Velvet reveals that she forged a letter in order to bait Floyd's brothers to come and rescue him. Furthermore, the siblings' assistant Crimp invents shoulder-pad suits that enhance the extraction, which they plan to use when they capture all of BroZone.

The Trolls make it to Mount Rageous, but once again argue and fail to reach Perfect Family Harmony. When his brothers decide they will split up again after saving Floyd, Branch scolds them for abandoning their family and treating him like a baby, revealing to them that he lived his whole life alone after their grandmother got eaten by a Bergen. Branch, Poppy and Tiny went to rescue Floyd on their own, leaving John Dory, Spruce and Clay feeling guilty for their past actions, having second thoughts in splitting up again and in shock about their grandmother's fate. Meanwhile, Bridget and Gristle stumbled onto the golf course, where they are attacked by the Putt-Putt trolls who saw them. The trio finally found Floyd, but Velvet and Veneer capture John Dory, Spruce and Clay, making a rescue even more difficult. Viva noticed Bridget and Gristle and convinces them to help her sister.

Branch and Poppy confront Velvet and Veneer when they start mingling with a crowd of fans, prompting them to drive away in their limo. During the ensuing chase, Velvet and Veneer begin using the shoulder-pads to extract the essence from Branch's brothers in order to put on a show. Branch and Poppy are soon helped by Viva, Bridget, and Gristle, and they save Branch's brothers, except Floyd.

Seeing that Floyd is just about out of essence, Branch tells his three brothers that they do not need to be perfect in order to be in harmony and they just have to be as they are as a family. Taking Branch's words to heart and accepted that he has grown up, John Dory, Spruce, and Clay decide to follow his lead. They, along with Poppy and Viva, perform the "Perfect Family Harmony" and break free of their prisons just as Floyd loses the last of his essence and dies, but he is quickly revived by his brothers' essences and love. Veneer, who had been second-guessing Velvet's machinations, publicly confesses their crimes, simultaneously enraging his sister and sending themselves to prison.

The Trolls return to Vacay Island and witness BroZone's comeback concert, joined by Kismet, another band Branch was once part of. Later, Poppy and Viva join BroZone, under Branch's proposal, as honorary members.

In the mid-credits scene, Tiny was having a therapy, recounting the events to Mr. Dinkles, and he wants to know if the session is going to be covered by insurance, and Mr. Dinkles makes it clear that he has no network.

Voice cast[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Justin Timberlake as Branch, a survivalist Pop Troll and Poppy's boyfriend
    • Iris Dohrn as Baby Branch. Dohrn had previously voiced young Poppy in the first film.
  • Anna Kendrick as Poppy, queen of the Pop Trolls and Branch's girlfriend
  • Kenan Thompson as Tiny Diamond, a baby glittery Hip-Hop Troll and Guy Diamond's son
  • Walt Dohrn as:
    • King Peppy, the former king of the Pop Trolls and Poppy and Viva's father
    • Cloud Guy, an anthropomorphic cloud
    • Interdimensional Hustle Traveler
  • Ron Funches as Cooper, one of the princes of the Funk Trolls
  • Anderson .Paak as Darnell, one of the princes of the Funk Trolls and Cooper's younger twin brother
  • Kunal Nayyar as Guy Diamond, a glittery Pop Troll and Tiny Diamond's single father
  • David Fynn as Biggie, a large, friendly British Pop Troll and the owner of Mr. Dinkles
  • Kevin Michael Richardson as Mr. Dinkles, Biggie's pet worm
  • Eric André as John Dory, the oldest of Branch's brothers and the former leader of BroZone
  • Daveed Diggs as Spruce, the second oldest of Branch's brothers and a former member of BroZone
  • Kid Cudi as Clay, the third oldest of Branch's brothers and a former member of BroZone.
  • Troye Sivan as Floyd, the fourth oldest of Branch's brothers and a former member of BroZone
  • Camila Cabello as Viva, Poppy's long-lost older sister and the leader of the Putt-Putt Trolls
  • Zosia Mamet as Crimp, an assistant to Velvet and Veneer
  • Amy Schumer as Velvet, a Mount Rageon and Veneer’s older twin sister
    • Brianna Mazzola as Velvet’s singing voice
  • Andrew Rannells as Veneer, a Mount Rageon and Velvet's younger twin brother
  • Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Gristle, the king of the Bergens and Bridget's fiancé-turned-husband
  • Zooey Deschanel as Bridget, a former scullery maid, the queen of the Bergens and Gristle's fiancé-turned-wife
  • Aino Jawo as Satin and Caroline Hjelt as Chenille, twin Pop Trolls that are conjoined by their hair who loves fashion
  • RuPaul Charles as Miss Maxine, the wedding officiant for the wedding between King Gristle Jr. and Bridget
  • Dillon Francis as Kid Ritz, a DJ from Mount Rageous
  • GloZell Green as Grandma Rosiepuff, the grandmother of Branch and his brothers
  • Patti Harrison as Brandy, Spruce's wife on Vacay Island
  • Lance Bass as Boom, a member of the band Kismet
  • JC Chasez as Hype, a member of the band Kismet
  • Joey Fatone as Ablaze, a member of the band Kismet
  • Chris Kirkpatrick as Trickee, a member of the band Kismet

Additional[edit]

  • Nina Bakshi as BroZone fangirl
  • Melissa Mabie as Aunt Smeed
  • James Ryan as a Mount Rageous stage manager
  • Tim Heitz as Lone Pooper
  • Ryan Naylor as radio announcer
  • Nick Fletcher as a concert announcer
  • Secunda Wood as:
    • BroZone stagehand
    • Mount Rageon fangirl
  • Roger Craig Smith as:
    • A rock climbing instructor
    • Lenny
    • Mount Rageon fan
  • Fred Tatasciore as a Vacaytioner with nachos
  • Nick Kishiyama as:
    • Cove
    • Freddy
  • Jakari Fraser as Windy
  • Kayla Melikian as LaBreezey
  • Titus Blake as Rainy
  • Nicole Lynn Evans as a Putt-Putt Troll

Production[edit]

On April 9, 2020, Justin Timberlake expressed interest in participating in the future Trolls films during his Apple Music takeover, "I hope we make, like, seven Trolls movies, because it literally is the gift that keeps on giving".[6] On November 22, 2021, it was announced that a third Trolls film would be released in theaters on November 17, 2023.[7] Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake were confirmed to reprise their voice roles as Poppy and Branch, respectively. On March 28, 2023, with the release of the first official trailer, new cast members of the film were officially announced, including Eric André, Kid Cudi, Daveed Diggs, Troye Sivan, Camila Cabello, Amy Schumer, Andrew Rannells, RuPaul, and Zosia Mamet. Walt Dohrn returned to direct the third film after doing so in its predecessor, while Gina Shay returned to serve as producer. Tim Heitz was later announced as co-director. The same day of these announcements, DreamWorks Animation revealed the official title, Trolls Band Together.[8]

According to Shay, the idea for the film came about right after Trolls (2016). Although Trolls Band Together was predominantly CGI animation, the film includes some 2D animation sequences done by Titmouse, Inc.,[9] with animation styles inspired by Yellow Submarine (1968) and Fantasia (1940).[10] Additional animation was done by DNEG.

Music[edit]

On March 6, 2023, Theodore Shapiro was confirmed to compose the score for Trolls Band Together, returning from its predecessor.[11] On September 14, 2023, following the release of the second trailer, DreamWorks announced that NSYNC would perform an original song for the film, called "Better Place" marking the group's first song in 22 years.[12]

Release[edit]

Marketing[edit]

Universal and DreamWorks collaborated with several brands and product partnerships to promote the film for its marketing campaign, including ShineWater Beverages,[13] ICEE,[14] Shake Shack,[15] Southwest Airlines,[16] Candy,[17] CAMP Store,[18] and Puma,[19] as well as the international brands such as Zing Flowers.[20]

A video game based on the film, titled Trolls: Remix Rescue, was released on October 27, 2023 by DreamWorks Animation and Game Mill Entertainment for PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One and Series X, Nintendo Switch, and PC. In this game, which takes place after the events of the second film Trolls World Tour, Poppy, Branch, and the player character must embark on a quest to save the Troll Kingdom from Chaz the Smooth Jazz Troll when he tries to take over the place by hypnotizing the residents with his saxophone.[21]

Theatrical[edit]

Trolls Band Together began releasing in international markets, starting with Denmark on October 12, 2023,[4] and was later released in the United States on November 17. After Trolls World Tour (2020) was simultaneously released on video on demand in addition to a limited number of theaters due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this film returned to being released exclusively in theaters.[7]

Home media[edit]

Trolls Band Together was released on VOD on December 19, 2023.[22] The film was released on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K UHD on January 16, 2024.[23]

It was added to Peacock on March 15, 2024.[24] As part of Universal's deal with Netflix, the film will stream on Peacock for the first four months starting on of the pay-TV window, before moving to Netflix for the next ten starting in July 2024, and returning to Peacock for the remaining four starting in January 2025.[25][26]

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

Trolls Band Together grossed $103 million in the United States and Canada, and $106.5 million in other territories, for a worldwide gross of $209.5 million.[4][5]

In the United States and Canada, Trolls Band Together was released alongside Next Goal Wins, The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes, and Thanksgiving, and was projected to gross $27–32 million from 3,800 theaters in its opening weekend.[27][3] The film made $9.4 million on its first day, including $1.3 million from Thursday night previews. It went on to debut $30.6 million, finishing second behind The Hunger Games.[28] The film made $17.8 million in its second weekend (a drop of 40.6%), finishing in fourth.[29]

Critical response[edit]

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 62% of 90 critics' reviews are positive, with an average rating of 5.9/10. The website's consensus reads: "Trolls Band Together serves up another amusing, eye-catching outing that should entertain young fans of the franchise while remaining perfectly painless for parents."[30] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 53 out of 100, based on 13 critics, indicating "mixed or average" reviews.[31] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A" on an A+ to F scale, same as the first film, while those polled by PostTrak gave it an 85% overall positive score, with 67% saying they would definitely recommend the film.[28]

Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter gave the film a positive review, writing, "Elizabeth Tippet's screenplay garners laughs thanks to the sheer volume of jokes (the hit-to-miss ratio is pretty unbalanced), and there are several amusing one-liners about the music business."[32] Tatiana Hullender of Screen Rant rated the film 2.5 out of 5 score, writing "Trolls Band Together shows clear signs of franchise fatigue, but a few new songs and vivid animation choices keep it afloat a little longer."[33]

Accolades[edit]

Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
Hollywood Music in Media Awards November 15, 2023 Original Song – Animated Film "Better Place" – Shellback, Justin Timberlake, and Amy Allen Won [34]
Song – Onscreen Performance (Film) NSYNC – "Better Place" Nominated
Music Supervision – Film Angela Leus Won
Music Themed Film or Musical Trolls Band Together Won
Soundtrack Album Trolls Band Together Nominated
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards July 13, 2024 Favorite Animated Movie Trolls Band Together Pending [35]
Favorite Female Voice from an Animated Movie Anna Kendrick Pending
Favorite Male Voice from an Animated Movie Justin Timberlake Pending
Favorite Villain Amy Schumer Pending

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ As depicted in Trolls (2016)

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