With Trolls, Dreamworks Animation proved that even inanimate, wild-haired dolls can become ridiculously popular film franchises, and it was a no-brainer move to bring these positivity-oozing creatures to TV with Netflix's Trolls: The Beat Goes On. The recently released follow-up carries on Poppy and Branch's adventures in fine fashion, and audiences have embraced the somewhat sillier subject matter. Oddly, though, there are only six episodes for fans to dive into, and when CinemaBlend recently spoke with Trolls: The Beat Goes On executive producer Matt Beans, I asked why so few episodes were part of the initial launch.
Matt Beans' answer is about the most fan-friendly and non-corporate-minded explanation possible. Rather than setting Trolls: The Beat Goes On up for a release date later in 2018, perhaps after a more traditional-for-Netflix 13-episode lineup was finalized, the producers and other execs decided that it would be more beneficial to give fans the earliest look possible by putting a smaller batch of episodes out as soon as they were completed. That makes sense, too, as the Trolls spinoff series was only announced at the end of 2017, so it was pretty surprising to see it would already be premiering when it did. Especially since the new holiday special aired not too long before that.
Plus, it's not like releasing six installments early takes away from any future releases. As the EP says, there is still a lot more Trolls: The Beat Goes On to come in the future, so nobody's expectations will be swayed. It's entirely possible Netflix will keep this plan going, with episodes released in smaller batches, but more frequently throughout the year. Getting a handful of new Trolls episodes every few months would be an interesting and potentially satisfactory alternative to how Netflix usually handles its children's shows.
While speaking with Matt Beans, I asked if he could clarify whether or not the first six Trolls: The Beat Goes On episodes officially counted as Season 1, and he not only cleared that up a bit, but he also offered some insight into how the spinoff series will handle standalone vs. serialized storytelling.
Indeed, Trolls: The Beat Goes On adds some splendid splashes of irreverent humor throughout, thanks in part to Matt Beans' background on the far more adult Robot Chicken. Fans don't have to worry about seeing Poppy and Branch taking on anything nearly as dark as that show's tales, though. It sounds like even when Trolls does go the serialized route, the tone will stay as chipper and fancy-free as ever.
The first six episodes of Trolls: The Beat Goes On are available to stream right now on Netflix, with more on the way in the nearish future, and everyone stay tuned for more Trolls coverage coming to CinemaBlend soon. To see everything else hitting the streaming service soon, head to our 2018 Netflix premiere schedule, and then sing and dance over to our midseason premiere schedule to prepare for all the other changes coming to primetime soon.