The Ultimate DreamWorks Animation Film Guide: 2020 - 2024

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The Ultimate DreamWorks Animated Film Guide
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Since 2016 DreamWorks Animation has been owned by NBC Universal. Although the studio's founder Jeffrey Katzenberg remained head of DreamWorks New Media, the studio was now controlled by Illumination Entertainment's CEO Chris Meledandri. NBC Universal hoped that the popularity of DreamWorks Animation particularly in China would be beneficial especially as they were constructing a Universal Studios theme park in Beijing.

Also mentioned is whether the films pass the Bechdel Test. This can be summarised as whether the film involves two or more female characters who have a conversation together that does not focus on men in general or specific male characters.

38. Trolls World Tour (2020)

DirectorWalt Dohrn
PlotTrolls belong to different tribes depending on what their musical tastes are. Queen Poppy, ruler of the Pop Trolls, learns of the existence of other types of trolls who have different musical tastes when Barb, Queen of the Hard Rock Trolls, plans to forcefully unite the six musical tribes of trolls (Classical, Country, Funk Pop, Rock and Techno, although Jazz, Reggaeton, K-Pop and Yodeling are mentioned) under Rock. She will do this by capturing six magical musical strings, with one string held by each musical tribe. Can Queen Poppy and Branch unite the tribes against Barb, and should music bring people together, or should differences be encouraged?
Length87 minutes
SettingTroll World including Symphonyville, Lonesome Flats, Vibe City and Volcano Rock City
InspirationTroll dolls
Characters
  • Queen Poppy, ruler of the Pop Trolls (Anna Kendrick)
  • Branch, a suspicious troll in love with Poppy (Justin Timberlake)
  • Queen Barb, ruler of the Hard Rock Trolls (Rachel Bloom)
  • Biggie, a chubby troll (James Corden)
  • Cooper, long-lost Funk Troll Prince (Ron Funches)
  • King Thrash, senile father of Queen Barb (Ozzy Osbourne)
  • Prince D, Prince of the Funk Trolls and Cooper's twin brother (Anderson Paak)
  • Kin Quincy & Queen Essence, Funk Troll royalty and Cooper's parents (George Clinton & Mary J Blige)
  • Dekta Dawn, sheriff of the Country Trolls of Lonesome Flats (Kelly Clarkson)
  • Hickory, Yodeler Troll in disguise as a Country Troll (Sam Rockwell)
  • King Peppy, Poppy's father (Walt Dohrn)
  • Satin & Chenille, two trolls joined by the hair (Icona Pop)
  • Guy Diamond, a glittery troll and son Tiny Diamond (Kunal Nayyar & Kenan Thompson)
Cameos
  • Bridget, Queen of the Bergens (Zooey Deschanel)
  • King Gristle Jnr, her husband (Christopher Mintz-Plasse)
MusicIncluding
  • 'The Other Side' by Justin Timberlake, Ludwig Göransson, Max Martin, Sarah Aarons, Solana Rowe
  • 'One More Time' by Thomas Bangalter, Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo, Anthony Moore
  • 'Rock You Like a Hurricane' by Rudolf Schenker, Klaus Meine, Herman Rarebell
  • Medley: 'Girls Just Want to Have Fun / Good Times / Tiny Diamond Rap / Groove Is in the Heart' by Robert Hazard, Bernard Edwards, Nile Rodgers, Ludwig Göransson, Kenan Thompson, Christopher Hartz, Dmitry Brill, Herbie Hancock, Q-Tip, Lady Miss Kier, Towa Tei
  • 'U Can't Touch This' by MC Hammer (Stanley Burrell), Rick James, Alonzo Miller
  • 'It's All Love (History of Funk)' by James Fauntleroy, Ludwig Göransson, Joseph Shirley
  • 'Crazy Train' by Ozzy Osbourne, Randy Rhoads, Bob Daisley
  • 'Rock N Roll Rules' by Ludwig Göransson, Alana Haim, Danielle Haim, Este Haim
  • 'Born to Die' by Justin Timberlake, Chris Stapleton
  • Medley: 'Wannabe / Who Let the Dogs Out / Good Vibrations / Gangnam Style / Hey Baby (Drop It to the Floor) / Party Rock Anthem' by Victoria Beckham, Mel B, Emma Bunton, Melanie C, Geri Halliwell, Matt Rowe, Richard Stannard, Dan Hartman, Amir Shakir, Donnie Wahlberg, Mark Wahlberg, Psy, Gun Hyung Yoo, T-Pain, Pitbull, Sandy Vee, SkyBlu, Redfoo, GoonRock, Peter Schroeder
  • 'Perfect for Me (Trolls World Tour)' by Justin Timberlake, Ludwig Göransson, Kenyon Dixon
  • 'Leaving Lonesome Flats' by Justin Timberlake, Chris Stapleton
  • 'I Fall to Pieces' by Hank Cochran, Harlan Howard
  • 'Atomic Dog (World Tour Remix)' by George Clinton, Garry Shider, David Spradley
  • 'Yodel Beat' by Ludwig Göransson
  • 'Rainbows, Unicorns, Everything Nice' by Aidan Jensen
  • 'Barracuda' by Michael DeRosier, Roger Fisher, Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson
  • 'Just Sing (Trolls World Tour)' by Justin Timberlake, Ludwig Göransson, Max Martin, Sarah Aarons
Sequel To
  • Trolls (2016)
Spin Off
  • Trolls: Holiday (2017) - short film
  • Trolls: The Beat Goes On! (2018) – web television series
  • Tiny Diamond Goes Back to School (2020) – short
Bechdel TestPass
LogoCelebrating 25th Anniversary DreamWorks Animation

Also a scrapbook version of the logo with a rock guitar playing fisher boy

Originally intended to be released in April 2020 in time for Easter, its release was affected by the Covid-19 outbreak which had closed cinemas worldwide. The film attracted controversy when Universal Pictures announced they would stream the film online on a pay-per-view basis and not release it in cinemas. This led to many cinema chains across the US and Odeon in the UK boycotting Universal films and have announced they have no intention of releasing further Universal films in their cinemas in the near future, although the film became the most successful digital-rental film that Universal have released, setting new records for films purchased to watch for one day only. The stars also were reported as pursuing legal action against Universal for loss of income as by the film bypassing cinemas they were not entitled to get box office bonuses.


Director Walt Dohrn replaced Jeffrey Tambor as King Peppy, with Tambor having been accused of sexual misconduct in 2017 and 2018.


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