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Everybody Run for the Hills: Troll Dolls Are Coming Back, This Time As a Movie

…a movie and a TV show.

If you just reared back from your computer in horror, you’re not alone.

You can thank Dreamworks Animation—they’ve acquired the rights to the Troll doll and have put them in the loving, franchise-nurturing hands of Shawn Dennis, who was responsible for making the American Girl brand a household name.

Said Dennis:

“Trolls is one of those rare, proven and universally adored brands [A/N: She left out "scary"]. There is incredible potential here to engage kids across multiple platforms in a way that is fun, enduring and meaningful. It is truly an amazing opportunity to be able to re-launch a brand like this one.”

The Hollywood Reporter notes that there’s been a Trolls TV show before, though I don’t remember ever hearing about it, possibly because I blocked it out.

My first thought upon hearing this news (after the mental keysmash, I mean) was “How do you even make a Troll movie? There are no characters! They don’t even do anything (except, in some cases, exchange good luck for belly rubs)! What… how… why…?!”

Then again, it’s not so very difficult to create characters and storylines. Though it is to create good ones (glaring in your direction, Battleship). I, like various Star Wars characters, do not have a good feeling about this. Dreamworks is still in the black on my mental ledger of movie studios I like, but this is not helping.

(via: Deadline)

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  • Darket

    Well… The trolls were originally created by Thomas Dam in the 1930s in the northern part of Denmark, trolls have a very extensive ‘backstories’ since A LOT of Scandinavian and Northern German folk lore centers around trolls (as the villains, tho).. Suppose the peeps at Dreamworks look into that…

  • Saul Silver

    It would make a better horror movie.

  • Ashe P. Samuels

    You’ve now given me hope that this won’t be a horrible idea.

  • Life Lessons

    I love trolls.

  • Anonymous

    As much as I loved Trolls when I was little…I am shuddering at the thought of a movie/tv show consisting of them. (I could see this working if A)It was horror like the troll in Community B.) Something like Disney’s Gummy Bears or Smurfs? But that’s so late 80s…)

  • Jasae Bushae

    Personally I think it could work. Dreamworks has pulled off some pretty awesome stunts before from el dorado to rise of the guardians. They could make this work and possibly even reinvent it into something beloved.

    Like with…Whatever it was Hasbro did with my little pony to make it into such an internet sensation

  • Rebecca Pahle


  • Darket

    Yea I think it could be cool… Think Norwegian “Troll Hunter” from 2010

  • Lisa Jensen

    This is so weird. About a month ago a friend and I were talking about a potential TV show about Troll dolls (and another with Furbies, but I digress). This was my working idea: A secret society of trolls lives underground (or they just work underground), constantly mining for the gems that help their society thrive (for one reason or another). They are at odds with another species, who is constantly trying to steal their gems either for profit, for their own survival, or just because their cliché meanies. Conflict ensues. May take place in either the human world or its own fantasy world, though the human-aspect gives the excuse to put in a viewer-expy.

  • Anonymous

    Well, they could try to pull a My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

    Either way, I think a certain subset of the internet will be making Homestuck jokes (I’m not sure if anyone here reads it and likes it?) even though these trolls came first.

  • Maricruz Villalobos Zamora

    Awww, but I like the Trolls! I thought they were really cute in the early 90s (of course I was like 5). On the other hand, that doesn’t mean I think a Troll movie is a good idea. (I did watch some of the Troll show, you did good by blocking it)

  • Rebecca Pahle

    I’m trying to imagine what a kid’s version of Troll Hunter would even be like…