‘Trolls’ holiday special coming to TV this week

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Thanksgiving week is here, which means the holidays are in full swing. In honor of the most wonderful time of year, Dreamworks is dropping a “Trolls Holiday” TV special. The half-hour special will air at 8:30 p.m. EST on Friday, Nov. 24 on NBC. So mark your calendars or set those DVRs!

“Trolls 2,” the sequel to the original animated film is not due out until 2020, so for now, “Trolls Holiday” will have to serve as your fix of the singing colorful creatures.

All your favorites from the original cast will be back for the special, including Anna Kendrick as Poppy, Justin Timberlake as Branch and Zooey Deschanel as Bridget.

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And as DreamWorks shared on Instagram, the soundtrack is already available! Head here to find out how to listen (it’s on all the expected streaming sources from Apple Music to Spotify, or you can go ahead and buy it).


What’s The TV Special All About?

In a press release, NBC gave an overview of the plot:

“Now that the Bergens’ one holiday is gone—and the Trolls don’t have to worry about being eaten by their neighbors—Poppy, the eternally optimistic Troll queen, has made it her mission to bring a brand new day of celebration to Bergen Town.

When Poppy recruits reluctant Branch and the rest of the colorful Snack Pack to join her quest, she’ll try to prove to her best Bergen friends, Bridget and King Gristle Jr., that life would be better if they’d just adopt a new holiday. But just because Poppy won’t rest until the village embraces Ticklepalooza or Balloon Squeal Day doesn’t mean the Bergens are ready to launch a celebration as loud, crazy and glittery as the little Troll suggesting it.”

Sounds like tons of holiday fun! Get excited and check out a sneak peak of the special below:

You Can Pre-Order It Now

If you don’t catch it Friday, “Trolls Holiday” will be released on DVD from Universal Home Pictures Entertainment on Nov. 28 and hits Netflix on Dec. 6. (You can actually pre-order the DVD right now on Amazon for $7, or pre-order the HD movie stream from Amazon for $10.)

Based on the DVD cover, it looks like the special has a 26-minute run time. Hey, it’s no feature-length sequel but it’s better than nothing.

But Wait, There’s More!

And if you really can’t get enough of “Trolls,” Netflix will also premiere a new animated series, “DreamWorks Trolls: The Beat Goes On,” on Jan. 19, 2018. The Netflix original series will pick up where the original movie left off.

The series is rated G, and Netflix recommends it for ages 3 and up. There are 26 22-minute episodes planned, which should last at least through the long, cold winter. While Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick didn’t do the voices in this one, DreamWorks turned to two other pros. Skyler Astin, who’s appeared on Broadway in addition to “Pitch Perfect” and “Pitch Perfect 2,” will voice Branch.

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Amanda Leighton, best known for her role on “The Fosters” (and who made a recent appearance on “This Is Us” as teenage Sophie!) will be Poppy.

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“Trolls 2,” the sequel to the original animated film is set to premiere in 2020. At least we’ll have some new Trolls programming to keep us occupied until then. Not to mention, the original to watch and the soundtrack to listen to over… and over… and over again.