Trolls Holiday

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Trolls Holiday
Trolls Holiday DVD cover.jpg
DVD cover
Genre
Written byJosh Bycel
Jonathan Fener
Directed byJoel Crawford
Starring
Narrated byKevin Michael Richardson
Composer(s)Jeff Morrow
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Production
Executive producer(s)Mike Mitchell
Walt Dohrn
Gina Shay
Producer(s)Holly Edwards
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)DreamWorks Animation
DistributorNBCUniversal Television Distribution
Release
Original networkNBC
Original release
  • November 24, 2017 (2017-11-24)

Trolls Holiday is a 2017 Christmas special that premiered on NBC on November 24, 2017. Based on the film Trolls, the half-hour Christmas special was directed by Joel Crawford and produced by DreamWorks Animation. The main cast all reprised their roles, as their respective characters, most notably Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, and Zooey Deschanel as Poppy, Branch, and Bridget, respectively.

Plot[edit]

After Queen Poppy and the Trolls took away Trollstice from Bergen Town, the Bergens have no holidays to celebrate since the Chef's defeat. After receiving cards from the Bergens (all of different days of the week or times of a day), Poppy comes up with an idea, to give the Bergens some of their holidays to celebrate the season. The queen enlists her friend Branch (who is new at this "happy" thing), and the Snack Pack, to travel to Bergen town by bus, driven by Cloud Guy (much to Branch's annoyance). After the trolls travel through a crazy wormhole, Poppy, Branch and the Snack Pack arrive in Bergen town, to give the Bergens some holidays to celebrate.

Poppy, Branch and the Snack Pack show Bridget and Gristle their holidays, but it ends badly. Bridget angrily snaps at Poppy to leave and give the Bergens some space. Heartbroken by Bridget's words and actions, Poppy leaves Bergen town for the forest, with her friends in pursuit. In the forest, Poppy worries to Branch that she might have lost Bridget as a friend forever. Branch tries to cheer up his friend by singing some songs. Meanwhile, back in Bergen Town, Bridget and King Gristle start to regret how hard they both were on the Trolls, and Bridget realises that Poppy does care about the Bergens.

Back in the forest, Poppy realises that she got so caught up trying to celebrate the holidays with the Bergens, that she was not even listening to Bridget (Branch's continuous singing was to make a point of what Poppy did wrong). When Poppy and Branch return to Bergen town, they find that the entire town is decorated with decorations made by the Bergens. Queen Poppy and Bridget apologise for their actions, and Branch finally smiles, much to the delight of his girlfriend and Bridget. The Bergens and the Trolls all celebrate their new holiday together: Troll-A-Bration.

Cast[edit]

The only character in the Snack Pack group who doesn't appear in this special is DJ Suki, presumably because her voice actress, Gwen Stefani, was unavailable at the time, and because the character wasn't suitable for the special. Some of the characters from the first film, including King Peppy, Creek and the Bergen Chef, don't appear in this special either; the latter presumably died in a mid-credits scene of the original film, while it turns out that Creek had survived and reformed to return in the The Beat Goes On! episode, "Creek Week" and is presumed to appear in the sequel.

Soundtrack[edit]

A soundtrack featuring seven songs from the special was released on October 27, 2017 by RCA Records.[1]

All tracks are written by Eric Goldman, Michael Corcoran.

No.TitleWriter(s)Performer(s)Length
1."Lookin' for a Holiday"Eric Goldman, Michael Corcoran
  • Anna Kendrick
  • James Corden
  • Ron Funches
  • Icona Pop
  • Kunal Nayyar
0:50
2."Holiday" 
  • Kendrick
  • Justin Timberlake
  • Zooey Deschanel
  • Corden
  • Funches
  • Icona Pop
  • Nayyar
  • Christopher Mintz-Plasse
  • The Bergens
2:50
3."The Holla-Day for You"David P. Smith, Eric Goldman, Michael Corcoran, Killian Gray
  • Kendrick
  • Timberlake
  • Deschanel
  • Corden
  • Funches
  • Icona Pop
  • Nayyar
  • Mintz-Plasse
2:10
4."Double-Down Speed Round"David P. Smith, Eric Goldman, Michael Corcoran, Killian Gray
  • Kendrick
  • Timberlake
  • Corden
  • Funches
  • Icona Pop
  • Nayyar
2:18
5."Love Train" 
  • Kendrick
  • Timberlake
  • Corden
  • Funches
  • Icona Pop
  • Nayyar
  • Walt Dohrn
  • Connor Jablonowski
2:21
6."Friend Medley" 
  • Timberlake
  • The Forest Creatures
  • The Bergens
2:08
7."Trolls Holiday Score Suite" Jeff Morrow5:15
Total length:17:52

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[2] 97
US Billboard 200[3] 109
US Soundtrack Albums (Billboard)[4] 7

Release[edit]

The special premiered on NBC on November 24, 2017 (Black Friday).[5]

Ratings[edit]

The premiere of Trolls Holiday attracted 5.36 million viewers, with a 1.5 in the 18-49 demographic. It is the second most watched program of the night, behind How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, with 5.78 million viewers.[6]

Home media[edit]

Trolls Holiday was released on DVD on November 28, 2017 by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, making it the first DreamWorks Animation DVD release to be distributed by said company. It was streamed to Netflix on December 6.[1] Select episodes of other DreamWorks television series (i.e. Home: Adventures with Tip and Oh and Spirit Riding Free) accompanied the special on the DVD while an episode of Dawn of the Croods accompanied the special's digital release, replacing the Spirit episode. In 2019, it was released on Blu-Ray for the first time in the US, featured on Dreamworks - The Ultimate Holiday Collection box set, which also included holiday shorts featuring Dreamworks Animation characters and the feature length film, Rise of the Guardians.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Animation Magazine. "'DreamWorks Trolls Holiday' Musical Special Set for NBC". Animation Magazine. Retrieved November 6, 2016.
  2. ^ "ARIA Chart Watch #450". auspOp. December 9, 2017. Retrieved December 9, 2017.
  3. ^ "Soundtrack Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2017.
  4. ^ "Soundtrack Chart History (Soundtrack Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2017.
  5. ^ http://www.broadcastingcable.com/news/programming/nbc-premiere-dreamworks-trolls-holiday-nov-24/169427
  6. ^ Porter, Rick (November 28, 2017) "‘Trolls Holiday’ adjusts up, ‘Grammys Greatest Stories’ adjusts down: Friday final ratings" TV by The Numbers.

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