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'Trolls World Tour' to bow on VOD day and date with theatrical release

It was just over a week ago that Universal Pictures had moved their animated sequel, Trolls World Tour, from April 17 to April 10, the date vacated by the new James Bond film, No Time To Die. Unfortunately, concern regarding the Coronavirus pandemic has grown considerably in that short time and, today, the studio has announced that the DreamWorks Animation film will arrive both in theaters and on VOD beginning April 10. Other recent releases from the studio, including The Invisible Man, Emma and this past weekend’s The Hunt, will be available to rent starting this Friday, March 20. The cost will be $19.99 for a 48-hour rental.

“Universal Pictures has a broad and diverse range of movies with 2020 being no exception,” said NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell in an official statement. “Rather than delaying these films or releasing them into a challenged distribution landscape, we wanted to provide an option for people to view these titles in the home that is both accessible and affordable. We hope and believe that people will still go to the movies in theaters where available, but we understand that for people in different areas of the world that is increasingly becoming less possible.”

Trolls World Tour is set to take take Poppy (Anna Kendrick) and Branch (Justin Timberlake) well beyond what they’ve known before as they discover that they are but one of six different Troll tribes scattered over six different lands and devoted to six different kinds of music: Funk, Country, Techno, Classical, Pop and Rock. Their world is about to get a lot bigger and a whole lot louder.

A member of hard rock royalty, Queen Barb (Rachel Bloom), aided by her father, King Thrash (Ozzy Osbourne), wants to destroy all other kinds of music to let rock reign supreme. With the fate of the world at stake, Poppy and Branch, along withtheir friends —Biggie (James Corden), Chenille (Caroline Hjelt), Satin (Aino Jawo), Cooper (Ron Funches) and Guy Diamond (Kunal Nayyar)— set out to visit all the other lands to unify the Trolls in harmony against Barb, who’s looking to upstage them all.

Cast as members of the different musical tribes is one the largest, and most acclaimed, groups of musical talentever assembled for an animated film. From the land of Funk are Mary J. Blige, George Clinton and Anderson .Paak. Representing Country is Kelly Clarkson as Delta Dawn, with Sam Rockwell as Hickory and Flula Borg as Dickory. J Balvinbrings Reggaeton, while Ester Dean adds to the Pop tribe. Anthony Ramos brings the beat in Techno and Jamie Dornan covers smooth jazz. World-renowned conductor and violinist Gustavo Dudamelappears as Trollzart and Charlyne Yi as Pennywhistle from the land of Classical. And Kenan Thompson raps as a hip-hop newborn Troll named Tiny Diamond.

Trolls World Tour is directed by Walt Dohrn, who served as co-director on Trolls, and is produced by returning producer Gina Shay. The film is co-directed by David P. Smith and co-produced by Kelly Cooney Cilella, both of whom worked on the first TrollsTrolls World Tour will also feature original music by Timberlake, who earned an Oscar nomination for his song for 2016’s Trolls, “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” and a score by Theodore Shapiro (2016’s Ghostbusters, The Devil Wears Prada).


Silas Lesnick is the Senior Editor of Moviebill. He has been covering entertainment news out of Los Angeles for more than a decade. You can reach him via e-mail or on Twitter.

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