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Trolls: Movie Review

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trolls-4Trolls is so peppy that it enabled me to shrug off the 10 am Saturday morning grogginess, and enjoy a musical comedy computer animated film at what I consider to be the wee hours of the morning. Now, I have zero clue about Trolls dolls as my mom hated them, but I don’t think any background information on those is necessary prior to viewing DreamWorks’ Animation film. I’m a big fan of the studio, the Kung Fu Panda franchise in particular, so I was certain it would be enjoyable to an adult and amazing for kids, which proved to be true.

Peppy and Branch (Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake)
Peppy and Branch (Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake)

I identified most with the curmudgeon character of Branch, voiced by Justin Timberlake, who is the somber black sheep of the Trolls amongst the incessantly joyful/hugging/singing tribe. He is reluctantly paired with Poppy the peppy future queen of the Trolls, voiced by Anna Kendrick, in a life saving mission. I can relate to this as I lived with a human equivalent of Poppy throughout college, but unlike Branch, I never sang with my Poppy. Back to the movie. What The Accountant lacked in Anna Kendrick singing, Trolls definitely made up for. Anna is cast so well as Poppy, her voice and comedy stylings are perfect for this musical animated film. The story revolves around this unlikely duo as they embark on an adventure to rescue kidnapped Trolls that are to be eaten by the Bergens, whose only source of happiness comes from ingesting the poor bubbly Trolls. The Bergens included some excellent voices; I thoroughly enjoyed John Cleese as King Gristle (great villain name) and Christine Baranski as the sadistic Chef. The name dropping continues with the rest of the cast being rounded out by Zooey Deschanel as the desperate maid and unlikely hero Bridget, James Corden as Biggie, Russell Brand as the untrustworthy wannabe guru Creek, Jeffrey Tambor as King Peppy, and so many more cameos I can’t continue to use my word count for. My favorite Troll was the auto-tuned and ever sparkly Guy Diamond voiced by The Big Bang Theory’s Kunal Nayyar.

trolls-3The technical aspects of the film were of great caliber. The animation was incredibly detailed, unique, imaginative and vibrant. All the kids seemed to be completely enveloped by it from the first frame and on. I appreciated the use of classic songs used seamlessly and comedically in the plot, like in Shrek. The plot was cute and fun, if that makes sense as a plot description.

I can absolutely guarantee my nieces will be obsessed with the movie as well as the soundtrack, and can even foresee one of them choosing to be Poppy for Halloween next year. Heads up – every song chosen for the movie is insanely catchy; I do not know how long it will take for a few of them to stop being stuck in my head on loop. At its core, it seems that the movie sets out to provide a valuable lesson to kids – happiness comes from within, along with hugs and songs. I can subscribe to the former, the latter two not so much. Ultimately, I think it will be a film thoroughly enjoyed by young kids, and even parents.

Trolls (2016)
Director:  Walt Dohrn, Mike Mitchell
Studio:  Fox
Genre:  Family, Comedy, Musical
MPAA:  PG
Release Date:  November 4th, 2016
Author:  Roxy De La Rosa
Roxy de la Rosa Roxy and her dogs are San Diego natives all hailing from Baja. She is a graduate of SDSU with a bachelor's degree in Television, Film, and New Media Production. Roxy is a huge comedy film and sitcom fan who hopes to become a TV writer, but for now she spends her time "researching" Netflix when she should be writing.

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