Trolls Holiday

Movie review by
Jenny Nixon, Common Sense Media
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Holiday-themed show will give Trolls fans the warm fuzzies.
  • NR
  • 2017
  • 26 minutes

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 10 reviews

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Positive Messages

The Trolls and their new pals the Bergens learn that when it comes to holidays, it's not the decorations and presents that matter -- it's friendship.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Poppy is an enthusiastic and caring friend. She and Bridget model a great female friendship, where disagreements become opportunities for learning and growth. The Trolls are a happy bunch who work well as a team.

Violence & Scariness

The Trolls sing about a holiday that's centered on slapping each other's faces (it's done in a silly, cartoonish manner). King Gristle is given a tattoo (seemingly against his will) that says "HUG LIFE" and also sustains some glitter-related injuries to his eyeballs.

Sexy Stuff

One of the holidays the Trolls sing about is a day when they celebrate "tear-away pants": Biggie is shown ripping his pants off while dancing, and his Troll nether regions (?) are blurred out -- a quick visual joke.


There's talk of the holidays being more about togetherness than about "stuff" -- which is just a tad ironic, considering the huge line of Trolls-related toys and merchandise available.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A character is briefly shown with a pipe -- and is roundly scolded for having it.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Trolls Holiday features the same cute and colorful characters their kids know from the Dreamworks movie Trolls. The plot revolves around the former troll-eating creatures the Bergens, who no longer have anything to celebrate after doing away with their lone holiday, "Trollstice." The show highlights positive messages of friendship and the importance of listening -- with a lot of absurd humor, cool animation, and groovy musical numbers along the way. If families like the film, this is more of the same quirky vibe. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byJosh D. December 26, 2017

An extremely disturbing film.

The Trolls Holiday is full of disturbing imagery and themes and should not be shown to younger children. The animation, voice acting and cover songs all top not... Continue reading
Parent Written byRachel L. January 15, 2018

Very unhappy with the innuendos in the movie

My kids love the original Trolls movie and I was so excited when I learned that there was a Holiday Trolls Movie. However, once my kids watched it the first tim... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byTess Edwards December 12, 2017


I loved this movie!! I’m a HUGE Trolls fan and this movie made me warm inside! My two year old cousin fell in LOVE with this movie! Me and him have an 11 year a... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byanimekawaii5 November 25, 2020


Honestly some parts of this movie I enjoyed with the dialogue and singing and dancing but this movie is VERY INAPPROPRIATE for kids under the age of 15 . It sho... Continue reading

What's the story?

TROLLS HOLIDAY picks up where the Trolls movie left off: with the Trolls and Bergens peacefully co-existing in their neighboring kingdoms. The Bergens have done away with "Trollstice," their one holiday, which means that the Trolls are safe from being eaten -- but the Bergens no longer have anything to celebrate! The Trolls, however, have more holidays than they know what to do with, so Queen Poppy and her pals (the Snack Pack) travel to Bergentown and offer to share.

Is it any good?

With a likable cast, a cute (if slight) story, and a fun soundtrack of cover songs, this is a short but sweet holiday special that will entertain kids who loved the movie. It also might make parents chuckle with cheeky pop-culture references. Poppy (Anna Kendrick) and Branch (Justin Timberlake) play great off each other, and seeing the ongoing friendship between Poppy and lovelorn scullery maid Bridget (Zooey Deschanel) adds a nice bit of continuity. Poppy and Bridget are really good friends to one another, and Trolls Holiday does a nice job demonstrating how people can resolve their differences through honest communication. There are fun callbacks to the original film (Cloud Guy, anyone?) and the mixture of animation styles is playful and crafty-cool.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about their own holiday traditions, and how they got started. If you could make up your own silly holidays like the ones the Trolls talk about in Trolls Holiday, what would they be?

  • If you've seen the original Trolls movie, how does this holiday special compare? Would you like to see more stories set in this world?

  • How do the Trolls learn about gratitude in this special? Why do you think it's an important character strength

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