Fan’s Initial Reaction to ‘Trolls’

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Trolls hit theaters in the UK this past Friday (ahead of the domestic release on November 4) and many headed out to see the film, including fan Steve. He shared his initial reaction on No Doubt’s Official Forum and while he enjoyed Trolls overall, he wanted to make it clear to fans expecting to hear Gwen’s character DJ Suki featured throughout the film… to not get their hopes up.

Steve shared that it’s hard to distinguish Gwen at all during DreamWork’s animated movie and that he can’t recollect her having any lines of her own at all. “What U Working With?” was also omitted from the film (though it may appear in the final credits since he didn’t stick around for them) but notes that “Hair Up” is featured quite a bit.

Possible spoilers!

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Photo courtesy of DreamWorks

“I went to see Trolls today. I have to say, from a Gwen fan perspective, it’s very disappointing. The film itself is very good, very well done and by all means go and see it if you’re interested or you have kids…but don’t expect to hear Gwen at all. From what I could tell she didn’t have a single piece of dialogue to herself. Her character is featured quite a fair bit, but is only speaking at the same time as everyone else so Gwen’s voice is indistinguishable. In fact, of all the minor characters I think Gwen’s is the only one who doesn’t get any of her own dialogue. Icona Pop gets more airtime than her. There are the 5 main characters (Justin, Anna, Zoey, Chris M-P, Christine) and the rest all get various scenes in which to shine and show off their personality. James Corden and Russell Brand get quite a lot of dialogue, as do Ron Funches and Kunal Nayyar, but Gwen’s character, DJ Suki, gets side lined. I think she’s only referred to by name once (as just DJ) and I reckon if not for me knowing that’s who Gwen played, I would have been wondering exactly where she was once I saw her name roll up in the credits.

Predictably most of the soundtrack isn’t featured (didn’t stay for the whole credits so I don’t know what songs are in there) and understandably it’s mostly Justin and Anna’s characters singing. “Hair Up” is featured quite a bit, not that you can really hear Gwen on that either. I’m not sure what happened to Gwen’s lines, but they obviously felt her character wasn’t key in the story to give her time to show any of her personality. I think they’ve got a bit of a cheek putting her name up as one of the stars because she just isn’t noticeable. They won’t sell many DJ Suki dolls based on what the character does in the film, I can tell you that. It’s kind of a good thing she did miss the premiere last night because many people would have wondered why her name is in the credits. As I said, it’s a great film, really fun and some bits you’ll laugh at. Go see it, take your kids but don’t expect to hear Gwen’s voice much, if even at all.”

Gwen did not appear at the Trolls premiere in Los Angeles last night due to live tapings of The Voice for season 12.

While we’re bummed about the significance of Gwen’s character DJ Suki in Trolls, we hope fans are still able to make it out to support the film. The news doesn’t surprise us too much considering the lack of her character being included in the trailers released so far. Still, it’s exciting to see Gwen involved in the project and we’re hoping it will be a big success and that she’s offered more opportunities in the future!

5 Replies to “Fan’s Initial Reaction to ‘Trolls’”

  1. o well it was just a side project it is not like it was a major, although it would have been nice to hear her featured alot more, great review though!

  2. Great review. I definitely agree. It’s like her whole character was kind of thrown to the side. She had virtually no lines and whenever she did speak, it was in conglomeration with everyone else so she never stood out. She wasn’t even mentioned as one of the trolls that was taken by Chef during the scene when Poppy was informing Branch. Poppy mentioned every other troll taken, except DJ Suki…and, if you look back at the footage, DJ Suki wasn’t even filmed as being one of the trolls taken. At no point did Chef pick her up.
    So, yes, the movie was cute and fun to watch…but DJ Suki really had no presence in the film and she seemed rather forgotten about, which is sad. I wish they would have done more with her considering such a talented actress voiced her.

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