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  • In 2010 Director Anand Tucker was set to direct a Dreamworks adaptation of the Terry Pratchett 'Bromeliad' trilogy of books (Truckers, Diggers, and Wings). The books focused on a race of tiny humanoids who lived unseen among humans. The lead character of 'Trolls' shares the name 'Masklin' with the lead character of the Bromeliad trilogy. Truckers (1992) had previously been made into a TV Series.
  • This marks the 3rd collaboration of director Mike Mitchell and writers Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger after Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011) and The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015).
  • The original troll doll was created by Thomas Dam from Gj?l in Denmark in 1958. The first ones were filled with wood shavings. Many styles and sizes were made and even animals from donkeys, elephants, giraffes, horses, lions and monkeys. There is even a story about why they are different sizes.
  • This is Anna Kendrick's second collaboration with James Corden and Christine Baranski after Into the Woods (2014).
  • This is James Corden's first animated movie since Norm of the North (2016) and The Emoji Movie (2017).
  • This is Kunal Nayyar's first animated film since Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012).
  • This film will mark the 5th film to be written by Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger for DreamWorks Animation after Kung Fu Panda (2008), Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011), Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016), and Monsters vs. Aliens (2009).
  • Anna Kendrick also worked with Jeffrey Tambor in The Accountant (2016).
  • Kunal Nayyar previously worked with Christine Baranski on The Big Bang Theory (2007).
  • Jeffrey Tambor and Christine Baranski's third collaboration since How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) and Eloise at Christmastime (2003).
  • DreamWorks Animation's first musical film since The Road to El Dorado (2000).
  • Jason Schwartzman and Chlo? Grace Moretz were attached to star during the film's early stages of development.
  • The music used in this movie and trailer is "Move Your Feet" by the group "Junior Senior", whose members, Jesper Mortensen and Jeppe Laursen, are from Jutland, where the Troll dolls were invented.
  • This is Russell Brand's fourth animated film. He previously voiced E.B. in Hop (2011), and Dr. Nefario in Despicable Me (2010) and Despicable Me 2 (2013).
  • This is the Fourth DreamWorks Animation movie to have a female protagonist, after Chicken Run (2000), Monsters vs. Aliens (2009) and The Croods (2013).
  • This is the third DreamWorks adaptation that isn't based on a children's book. The first being Over the Hedge (2006) (which is based on a comic strip) and the second being Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) (which is based on a segment on The Bullwinkle Show (1961)).
  • This is the second time that Justin Timberlake has worked with a The Big Bang Theory (2007) cast member. The first being Johnny Galecki in the 2011 film, In Time (2011), with the second being Kunal Nayyar, in this movie.
  • Justin Timberlake's second DreamWorks Animation film after Shrek the Third (2007).
  • The lead single "Can't Stop The Feeling" was performed at the The Eurovision Song Contest (2016) as an interval act. Justin Timberlake had no idea what the Eurovision Song Contest was before this. The performance also led to speculations that USA would make their debut in the contest by 2017. Dami Im, the Australian representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016, provided the voice of Grandma Rosiepuff in the Australian version of the movie.
  • At the beginning of the movie, a remix of the classical piece "In the Hall of the Mountain King" by Edvard Grieg is playing, while the camera travels through the hall of the Bergen king's castle, which is on top of a mountain. Bergen was also the name of Grieg's hometown, one of the larger cities in Norway.
  • The line "he who controls the trolls controls the kingdom" is more than likely inspired by the line from Frank Herbert's Dune, "whoever controls the spice controls the universe". Or possibly the passage from George Orwell's 1984, "who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."
  • Branch refuses to take part in any singing at the start of the film. Ironically, his voice actor, Justin Timberlake, is a singer who was the executive producer for the film's soundtrack.
  • Walt Dohrn also worked with Mike Mitchell on Shrek Forever After (2010).
  • In Pitch Perfect 2 (2015), Anna Kendrick's character is referred to as a troll.
  • This is the second DreamWorks movie where its logo theme fairytale is orchestrated differently; the first being Megamind (2010).
  • When Princess Poppy is dancing in the large basket costume and gloves, it's a hat-tip to the "bring it on down" characters Justin Timberlake has portrayed on Saturday Night Live (1975).
  • Anna Kendrick and Christopher Mintz-Plasse previously worked together in ParaNorman (2012) and Pitch Perfect (2012).
  • This is the third family film in which Jeffrey Tambor plays a head of state, after How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) and The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004).
  • In the Spanish dub of the film, Poppy is voiced by Belinda, a pop singer from M?xico.
  • Christine Baranski recorded a song "Bringing Happy Back" to come just after Chef proclaims "I am that he." It was decided that it made Chef too sympathetic a character, as it seems like she genuinely wants to restore happiness to Bergen town, so it was cut. It can be heard on the Blu-ray extras with storyboard drawings.
  • During Poppy's song in Troll Village, there was a scene where she tries on various dresses (made by the hair-conjoined twins) and says she wants them all. Test audiences felt that it made Poppy seem like a spoiled brat, so it was cut. The scene is on the Blu-ray extras.
  • Lucky troll dolls were also called "dam dolls," a play on inventor Thomas Dam.
  • When Poppy and Branch first enter the Bergen castle, they briefly pass by a painting that parodies the famous Norman Rockwell painting "Freedom from Want" which shows a family around the table for Thanksgiving dinner. In this version, it depicts Bergens around the table for the Trollstice feast.
  • John Cleese's 2nd time voicing a King after King Harold in the Shrek films, which is also by DreamWorks Animation, this time being a villain.
  • The disco ball seen at the roller rink when Bridget and King Gristle go on their date is the same fake one used by the ogres in Shrek Forever After (2010) to infiltrate Rumplestiltskin's party.
  • Chef announces her return to the castle by saying "never say never!". She says it in a very reminiscent way to the song Never say Never by Romeo Void.
  • DreamWorks Animation's 5th film to not have any humans, after Shark Tale (2004), Kung Fu Panda (2008), Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011), and Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016), the latter of which also released in 2016. This is also the first time there are no humans in a non-human DreamWorks Animation film that doesn't focus on talking animals. This does not make Antz (1998) or Flushed Away (2006), humanless, as the humans are seen only briefly with no faces shown.
  • The fanny packs worn by the Bergens are a call back to the style worn in the 80's and 90's when Trolls were at the height of popularity.
  • The first DreamWorks Animation film to be released after the studio's sale to NBCUniversal was completed, though Fox still handled distribution for this and the following two DWA films, being The Boss Baby (2017) and Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017).
  • From the Creators of "Shrek".
  • Christopher Mintz-Plasse' 3rd DreamWorks Animation film, after How to Train Your Dragon (2010) and it's sequel How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014).
  • 2nd DreamWorks Animation film for Jeffrey Tambor, after Monsters vs. Aliens (2009), which also had him voicing the Main Character's father.
  • One of the first scenes in the movie features young Gristle riding a tricycle through the castle on Trollstice. This entire sequence looks incredibly similar to the opening of the cartoon Bobby's World (1990).
  • The first DreamWorks Animation film to be nominated for an Academy Award since How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014).
  • The first DreamWorks Animation film to be nominated for the Annie Award for Best Voice Acting since Turbo (2013).
  • Jeffrey Tambor's 4th Theatrically Released Animated film, after The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004), Monsters vs. Aliens (2009), and Tangled (2010).
  • Anna Kendrick's 2nd Animated film, after ParaNorman (2012).
  • Russell Brand (Creek) and James Corden (Biggie) both have voiced Rabbit Characters in Live Action/CGI Hybrid Films. Brand was in Hop (2011) from Universal/Illumination as EB, whilst Corden was in Peter Rabbit (2018) from Columbia/Sony Animation as the Titular Character.
  • The scene where prince Gristle rides his tricycle through the halls of the castle looks a lot like Danny Torrance riding his tricycle through the Overlook Hotel in The Shining (1980).
  • This film Has no connection with DreamWorks' other project, Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia (2016), which was released a month after this movie.
  • This is the first non-Transformers film that's based on a toy to feature a mid-credits scene.
  • As of 2018, the campfire from this film is referred to as a campfire from Friday the 13th made in 2009.
  • When Bridget and Gristle get served their pizza, the music from the arcade game Pac-Man can be heard in the background.
  • In the beginning of the movie Prince Gristle is riding a tricycle through the castle hallway. The tricycle ride through the dingy halls paired with the red carpet is eerily similar to a similar scene in The Shining (1980).
  • 10 year prior to the release of Trolls (2016), fellow DreamWorks Animation film Over the Hedge (2006) featured a scene with a Troll Doll of which this film is based off.


  • When the Trolls escape from Bergentown in the beginning, they use wooden Trolls to disguise their homes. These wooden Trolls resembles Thomas Dam's original Good Luck Trolls toys the film is based on.
  • This movie adapts a very obvious storyline from Cinderella, where the Chef acts as the stepmother and Bridget acts as Cinderella. In Into the Woods (2014), Christine Baranski (Chef) stars as Cinderella's Stepmother, and Anna Kendrick (Poppy) stars as Cinderella.
  • Justin Timberlake playing the role of Artie in Shrek the Third (2007) isn't the only connection Trolls has to the Shrek series. Shrek Forever After (2010) also features the song "Hello" by Lionel Richie, the song Bridget sings. Also John Cleese plays a king in the Shrek series as well as in Trolls (2016).
  • In the dance party at the conclusion of the film, Poppy and Branch briefly borrow a few dance steps from Michael Jackson: Thriller (1983).
  • After Bridget's date with the King, Branch's ears are a little bit brighter than before. He also smiles. These are signs that Branch had been happy for a while.
  • Body count: 5; King Gristle Sr., the clown troll in the scene with Branch screaming "the Bergens are coming!", Grandma, Chef and Creek.
  • At the end of the movie, when Poppy is describing happiness to the Bergen, Gristle says he thought the feeling was just too much pizza. He never eats any pizza at the restaurant.
  • Has several plot points that are similar to Shrek the Third (2007). Both feature a character voiced by Justin Timberlake (Artie and Branch), both feature a villain intent on reigning supreme (Prince Charming and the Bergen Chef), both feature a betrayal with a member of the team forming an alliance with the Villains (Rapunzel and Creek), and both end with the Villains (aside from the respective Main Villains) learning a lesson that puts aside their villainous ways (the Fairy Tale Villains and the Bergens).
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