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Trolls: The Beat Goes On!
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Celebrating who we are! Yeah, we made it through the dark! Harmony is everywhere! Put your hair up in the air!
Genre: Fantasy
Running Time: 22 minutes (half-hours)
11 minutes (segments)
22 minutes (Party Crashed only)
Country: United States
Release Date: January 19, 2018 – November 22, 2019
Network(s): Netflix
Starring: Skylar Astin
Amanda Leighton
Ron Funches
Kari Wahlgren
David Fynn
Sam Lerner
David Koechner
Sean T. Krishnan
Kevin Michael Richardson
Fryda Wolff
Walt Dohrn
Seasons: 8
Episodes: 52 (103 segments)
Next show: Trolls: TrollsTopia

Trolls: The Beat Goes On! is a 2018 Netflix animated television series produced by DreamWorks Animation that is based on the 3D computer-animated romantic comedy musical film Trolls. The series premiered on Netflix on January 18, 2018 exclusively in the United States, Canada, Latin America, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, the Nordics, Benelux, and France.

Why It Rocks

  1. Wonderful animation that is typical for DreamWorks Animation.
  2. It's a great continuation of the first movie, with great pacing and most Trolls having time in the spotlight without being neglected or having too much time in it. It also does an amazing job introducing new characters or building on minor ones, such as Harper or Sky Toronto.
  3. Tons of very likable characters, especially Queen Poppy, Branch, the Snack Pack whose personalities have barely changed since the movie (despite Branch being reverted to his original persona).
  4. Tons of great and clever jokes and also valuable life lessons!
  5. Great music soundtrack from Alex Geringas that gets even better the series progresses.
  6. It has a lot of original songs that are very catchy especially Move Ya Body.
    • Also the show has an incredibly catchy and heartwarming theme song.
  7. The voice acting are greatly done by talented actors like Skylar Astin, Amanda Leighton, etc.
  8. Despite the show not being aimed towards a preschool audience, it still teaches great morals and shows that being who you are isn't a bad thing: for example, in the first movie, Branch being a downer was exclusively treated as a bad thing, and he just reforms during the True Colors scene and that's it. However, the series shows more of him trying to become a better, more positive Troll, and Poppy shows him that it isn't bad thing if he wants to stay true to who he is (the biggest example of such being her speech to him in the series finale).
  9. Despite the fact that she was scrapped in Trolls Holiday and replaced with Legsly in Trolls World Tour, DJ Suki is still a major character in this series, and she even has an absolutely adorable niece named CJ Suki.

Bad Qualities

  1. Despite being the main conflict in the first movie, Gristle Jr, Bridget and the Bergens get less screen time as they only appear in the first two seasons and the fifth season.
  2. Cloud Guy has been made into an insufferable jerk in this show, with his only quirk being to torment Branch at every turn, especially when he didn't deserve it. All of the episodes focusing on him are worthy of skipping.
  3. Similarly, Creek appears in the show (despite an implied death at the end of the first movie) and is instantly forgiven by everyone, except of course Branch. The show is even aware of this and just jokes about how everyone else willingly doesn't mind what he did in the first movie anymore.
    • The first episode where he returns, he humiliates Branch and makes him apologize for still being skeptical about what Creek did.
  4. The animation can be a little awkward at times. Granted, as it uses traditional animation provided by Digital EMation and NE4U in South Korea. This can make the characters look a bit off in some shots for instance.
  5. Even though the Party Crashers had an entire subplot and got a conclusion which implied that Archer Pastry would become a recurring character, he (nor any of the other Party Crashers) appear in the show again, and the official reason for why they were scrapped (that they would be too similar to the Rock Trolls in Trolls World Tour) isn't a very good justification.
  6. Some bad episodes.
  7. In the theme song, Guy Diamond was twerking.
  8. While Alex Geringas' music has a great variety at best, the tracks often get reused sometimes, despite their catchiness.