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DreamWorks Debuts ‘Trolls’ Teaser

In a week of numerous animated trailers and teasers, DreamWorks has joined the party with a first look at Trolls.

The musical comedy, billed as an “irreverent comedy extravaganza…from the genius creators of Shrek,” is directed by Mike Mitchell (director, Shrek Forever After, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked) and co-directed by Walt Dohrn (writer, SpongeBob Squarepants, Shrek 2).

Trolls is based on the nearly sixty-year-old Danish doll brand, which was acquired by DreamWorks Animation in 2013. In this new take, the whipping and nae nae’ing Trolls are no longer as trollish looking as they once were, their gnarled features smoothed out for CG appeal and their skin colors changed to a variety of electric hues.

The voice cast features Anna Kendrick, Justin Timbrerlake, Gwen Stefani, James Corden, Russell Brand, Icona Pop, Ron Funches, and Kunal Nayaar. Trolls will be released by Fox on November 4, 2016.

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  • Patrice Jean-Baptiste

    Jeez, did that trailer make me cringe.

    • Keiji Johnson

      This made you cringe? This made me groan out in disgust and facepalm in annoyance after watching this trailer at home and in theaters. OK, I didn’t groan out loud after seeing this in theaters, but I facepalmed hard enough for it to be heard. That god dang song didn’t help much either. -_-

  • Jim Corrigan

    If all you’ve got to recommend your flick is the use of a pop ditty for the sake of using said pop ditty –you’re not a movie I want to see.

  • Trinosaur

    Yay. Pop Culture Reference Movie 2016. Can’t waaaait to see THIS. *sarcasm*

    • dingus

      “watch me nae nae” is a ageless gem, it’ll last for eons. when people look back at how great 2016 was, they’ll say, “watch me nae nae” was a great representation of how wonderful life was back then!
      thats what an executive said at dreamworks while doing another line of coke.
      as well as NO ONE saying this.

  • GabzGirl

    I know it’s only a teaser trailer but this was horrible and mega cringey. I do not have high hopes for this film. And to think we have Boss Baby straight after this one too. *shudder*

  • Maya A.

    I saw this when I went to see Kung Fu Panda 3 today. It definitely convinced me not to bother watching Trolls.

  • Matt

    I fore see more layoffs from DreamWorks when this hits (or doesn’t hit) theaters.

  • Jamil

    I think we’re witnessing Dreamworks last breaths…I think.

    • Sara Bersani

      Let’s hope so

  • Bucket full of NO

    This looks absolutely Horrid. Can Dreamworks make ONE single movie without the word “irreverent” in the description?

    • The Croods, but then again they had Chris Sanders of Lilo And Stitch and this movie has….. Alvin and the Chipmunks?

    • Dusty Ayres

      Nobody said that you have to see it, sir.

  • SomeCallMeKash

    Hang on everyone, a dreamworks animator said the trailer is not at all a representation of the film.

    • Netko

      That’s what they always say. But it really means nothing since so many artists are biased in favour of what they’re working on.

    • JodyMorgan

      I have no trouble believing that, actually. I won’t make any final judgment on whether I’ll see the movie until some actual trailers come out, even though this teaser is, ahem, not promising.

      • Dusty Ayres

        I think it’s more because it isn’t the chichi French movie that was talked about elsewhere on this site more than the movie or this teaser. I really wonder why Cartoon Brew covers mainstream movies when it’s crystal clear they don’t care much for them-they should make up their minds and decide what kind of animated movie they want to cover.

        • JodyMorgan

          I’m not really sure how your comment relates to mine, or what “chichi French movie” you’re talking about.

          • Dusty Ayres

            The French movie for which there’s an article about elsewhere on the site.

    • dingus

      when a trailer begins with “nae nae” fucking blasting and obnoxious voices and dancing on par with minions, i find that hard to believe.
      first impressions, man, first impressions.

    • Cameron Ward

      the link doesn’t work :/

  • Karl Hungus

    The company is clearly on autopilot while Jeffrey desperately tries to sell the whole studio. For crying out loud, this was made on a plot of land that was sold from underneath them twice in the last two years. buh bye DW!

  • Bad marketing or not, the problem is DreamWorks is continuing to create content that would not make sense to invest in. Why do they continue to want to produce feature films and shows based on older properties they did not own originally?

    I am starting to feel that DreamWorks is losing vision for what it wants to do and be as an animation studio. If it’s not a franchise movie (Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon), it’s most likely not going to do well for DreamWorks, even with them trying. It is becoming alarming, as Illumination Entertainment seems to have more success with their projects, and proving to be a better competitor to DreamWorks, Pixar, and Disney box office wise.

    Maybe Trolls becomes successful and becomes a franchise, as DreamWorks always turn a successful box office return into a franchise model. I have no doubt that’s what they want to do here. But still, this does not look good from the start, and it seems their road to redemption is getting longer.

  • What’s the matter with you guys? I love those characterdesigns!

    • GabzGirl

      Eh…look like a mix between the Smurfs and the Trolls from Frozen. Not keen.

    • Faith

      True. I looked at it again and was able to appreciate it more. I didn’t really see the first go round because of everything else…

  • Vanessa Flores

    I find it so funny that MisterAmazing included this in their recent cringe compilations… It’s just PERFECT for it.

  • jhalpernkitcat

    That trailer was absolutely painful to watch. Also, is it just me, or is this going to end up as a Smurfs knockoff since somebody wants to eat them?

    • Ban Atman

      Exactly what I was thinking.

  • Dusty Ayres

    That’s what most people should be doing a lot more, but they don’t.

    • Netko

      Why? Do you think me and others have time and nerves to sit on our asses all day watching every single thing that comes out? What do I owe some random crappy-looking movie that I just HAVE to go see it and give it my time and money despite it looking generic and lazy?
      People ‘should’ be going to movies that actually look creative and good, movies that take risks, movies that need to be supported so we don’t get more stuff like this, more sequels, more reboots. They should not have to watch every single awful-looking schlock as if movies are some lone puppies in the rain instead of a business.

  • Dusty Ayres

    How the heck do you know that?

    • dantes342

      Uhhh…maybe I know something about the film. Stranger things have happened.

  • “They’re delicious.” Besides an album and a bunch of toys, they can also sell food items now.

  • Mark Walton

    If Walt Dohrn is co-directing, I’m there – he’s a genius.

  • While it’s easy to harp on Mike Mitchell for directing the third Alvin and the Chipmunks movie, I feel it’s worth mentioning that he did Sky High which is an amazing superhero high school comedy film.

  • JodyMorgan

    Point of order: Home was about as good as The Good Dinosaur and distinctly better than Minions (which was a franchise movie, to boot). Also, Kung Fu Panda 3 has mostly been getting positive reviews, in some cases genuine raves. And given the number of sequels announced and planned by Disney and Pixar, they may not be the best examples of studios creating “original movies”.

    • KLA

      Point of order to your point of ordr. Only one of the two famed Disney-owned animatiom studios are coming out with sequels. The other has a few originals & fairy-tale based movies coming out, two of which are coming out this year.

      • JodyMorgan

        After their two original features this year, Disney has two animated features announced for the coming four years: Gigantic in 2018, and one for 2020 with no title given yet. They’ve also announced Frozen 2 without giving a date, and multiple sources say they’re working on, but haven’t yet confirmed, a sequel for Big Hero 6.

  • James VanDam

    I am willing to reserve judgement on this movie until at least a full trailer comes out. Heck I thought Tangled looked bad based on the previews. But Tangled surprised me and became one of my favorite Disney movies, so maybe Trolls will be a sleeper hit. Though I will abandon all hope if trolls takes place in a modern day New York City.

    • KLA

      I would have too…but they lost at “Director of Shrek Forever After and Alvin & The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked”

  • jawsnnn

    Hmm… lets go over these again shall we?

    Frozen: A good not great movie.
    Big Hero 6: A genuinely bad movie.
    Wreck it Ralph: Came out ages ago, but it was an ok movie.
    The Good Dinosaur: A strictly OK movie – might I also add one of the most boring marketing of the year.
    Inside Out: A good movie with bland animation that somehow charmed people into thinking that it was deeper and more intelligent than it actually was.
    Minions: Definition of cash grab snooze fest.
    Secret life of Pets: Not released yet.

    Now lets look at Dreamworks:
    Home: An ok movie.
    How to Train your Dragon 2 (that you conveniently skipped): A good movie with beautiful animation.
    Trolls: Nothing but a teaser announced.
    Kung Fu Panda 3: A good movie with “great” animation.

    • KLA

      I can’t take anyone seriously who says BH6 was bad. I could understand average maybe, but to say it was genuinely bad is in itself disingenuous.

      Especially when you gloss over the likes of Turbo & Mr. Peabody

  • Netko

    It’s true that marketing sucks, but that doesn’t mean you can automatically say everything about a bad movie comes down to marketing, although that’s certainly the favourite thing for CB readers to do whenever a film doesn’t do well. Sometimes the movie doesn’t look appealing because it’s simply not an appealing movie.

    • The_Purple_People_Eater

      I understand you have an agenda for proving a point here but I didn’t say that at all. You completely projected an assumption on me just to preach at me (about something that is fairly obvious.) I’ll explain myself anyways.

      This trailer says absolutely nothing about this movie, so it’s not fair to judge it. It shows nothing about the story or plot, it shows nothing about the characters, it shows none of the world, and it doesn’t even tell is what type of comedy it is. All we watched was a bunch of dance moves to modern pop music. That right there is a red flag that a moron in charge of marketing is making decisions despite having no idea what they’re doing.

      It’s infuriating that it’s been well over 30-40 years and stuff like this still gets pushed through the pipeline. Animation is beneath these people because it’s “kid stuff” and thus they treat it with no respect. Who pays for it? Everyone else who treated this film with respect and slaved over it for years. They learn to have a passionate hatred for those in charge who carelessly bastardized all their hard work.

      Imagine writing a beautiful poem and then the editor said “this needs more fart jokes in it.” Then they change the word “love” to “diarrhea” laugh to themselves and say, “Great, let’s publish this!” Then your name gets put on the cover and the project fails. The editor goes, “Oh well. I guess people don’t like poetry anymore.”

  • KLA

    That girl troll reminds me an awful lot of Vanellope.

  • KLA

    I think pet rocks would have been far more inspired than the twerking trolls the,Dreamworks shills came up with

  • KLA

    I find it very disturbing that little kids would be into twerking.

  • KLA

    Lego movie was every bit as calculating. The difference is it was good.

    • Ban Atman

      People loved the ending of the Lego movie. I thought it was disappointing.

  • KLA

    The difference is Pixar found its identity & is simply suffering stagnation a lot of studios suffer. That said, the TS sequels have been good & the MU prequel wasn’t terrible. Only cars 2 had a piss poor reaction. I’m actually looking forward to Finding Dory & Incredibles 2.

    Dreamworks Animation has yet to find its identity in the nearly two decades it has existed. I’m not looking forward to anytging that comes out after HTTYD3 as it & the KFP franchise are the only franchises I’ve liked from them after Shrek 2. Dreamworks is worse off than Pixar in that regard.