Trolls, a Movie I Keep Forgetting Exists, Is Getting a Sequel

Image: Dreamworks
Image: Dreamworks

Yes, I know the song Justin Timberlake did for Trolls is ubiquitous. That does not mean that the movie it came from has managed to penetrate my consciousness. I expect Trolls 2 to be the same.

Universal DreamWorks Animation has given the sequel a release date of April 10, 2020. That’s three years away. There is no way I’m going to remember there was a Trolls 1 by then.

Anna Kendrick will reprise her role as Poppy and Timberlake will return as Branch, two trolls that are peppy and grumpy, retrospectively. I assume they will continue to learn from each other or whatever.



Katharine is the Associate Director of Policy and Activism at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the former managing editor of io9. She writes about technology policy and pop culture.

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Trolls was actually pretty good, especially given the rock-bottom expectations one inevitably has when they hear the words “Dreamworks movie based on a 90's toyline.” If they build on the jolly weirdness of the first film, the sequel could prove to be something pretty great.

And honestly, this news isn’t surprising when you consider how starved Dreamworks is for a hit these days. Madagascar and How to Train Your Dragon both underperformed in their latest sequels, Rise of the Guardians and Turbo were both supposed to start new franchises but flopped, and The Croods 2 was cancelled in development for some reason. But Trolls made decent money, so it’s either make a sequel to that, or smash the pane of glass that houses the big red nuclear button that reads “Shrek 5.”