The trailer for DreamWorks Animation’s 2020 sequel to Trolls, Trolls World Tour, reveals there are actually six different troll tribes representing different genres of music. When the rock trolls decide to take over the Troll world, Poppy (Anna Kendrick) thinks they need to fight back with hugs. Branch (voiced by Justin Timberlake) believes it’s going to take a lot more firepower than that.
The original animated film about weird-haired dolls opened in theaters on November 4, 2016. Trolls rang up a $46 million opening weekend, domestically, and went on to gross $346 million worldwide before exiting theaters.
Walt Dohrn, Trolls co-director, returns to helm the music-driven sequel with David P. Smith. Gina Shay produces and Theodore Shapiro (The Devil Wears Prada) wrote the score. Justin Timberlake contributes original music after having earned an Oscar nomination for “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” from the original film.
The Plot and New Characters, Courtesy of DreamWorks Animation:
“In an adventure that will take them well beyond what they’ve known before, Poppy (Kendrick) and Branch (Timberlake) discover that they are but one of six different Troll tribes scattered over six different lands and devoted to six different kinds of music: Funk, Country, Techno, Classical, Pop and Rock. Their world is about to get a lot bigger and a whole lot louder.
A member of hard-rock royalty, Queen Barb (Rachel Bloom), aided by her father King Thrash (Ozzy Osbourne), wants to destroy all other kinds of music to let rock reign supreme. With the fate of the world at stake, Poppy and Branch, along with their friends — Biggie (James Corden), Chenille (Caroline Hjelt), Satin (Aino Jawo), Cooper (Ron Funches) and Guy Diamond (Kunal Nayyar) — set out to visit all the other lands to unify the Trolls in harmony against Barb, who’s looking to upstage them all.
Cast as members of the different musical tribes is one the largest, and most acclaimed, groups of musical talent ever assembled for an animated film. From the land of Funk are Mary J. Blige, George Clinton and Anderson .Paak. Representing Country is Kelly Clarkson as Delta Dawn, with Sam Rockwell as Hickory and Flula Borg as Dickory.
J Balvin brings Reggaeton, while Ester Dean adds to the Pop tribe. Anthony Ramos brings the beat in Techno and Jamie Dornan covers smooth jazz. World-renowned conductor and violinist Gustavo Dudamel appears as Trollzart and Charlyne Yi as Pennywhistle from the land of Classical. And Kenan Thompson raps as a hip-hop newborn Troll named Tiny Diamond.”