(2016) (voices of Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake) (PG)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Computer-Animated Comedy/Musical: A pessimistic troll begrudgingly joins an optimistic troll to rescue others of their kind who've been taken by much larger beings that can only find happiness by eating trolls.
- Trolls are small beings who live to sing, dance, and hug. Years ago, however, they found themselves in the sights of huge, unhappy beings known as Bergens who came to believe the only way they could be happy was to eat trolls. All of which eventually lead to a holiday known as Trollstis, an annual event coordinated by Chef (voice of CHRISTINE BARANSKI) who'd serve up captive trolls. But twenty years ago, King Peppy (voice of JEFFREY TAMBOR) lead an escape of his people, prompting the Bergen king to kick Chef out and everyone to fall into deeper depression.
The trolls now live in near unanimous happiness with the only dissenter being Branch (voice of JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE) who's positive the Bergens will find and capture them and begin Trollstis again. The King's daughter, Poppy (voice of ANNA KENDRICK), who's set to assume leadership of the trolls, doesn't believe any of that. Unfortunately for her and the rest of their kind, their loud celebration draws the attention of Chef who's been living as an outcast ever since. She manages to nab a number of them, including Poppy's favorite, Creek (voice of RUSSELL BRAND), and gets back into the good grace of the rest of the Bergens, including former prince turned King Gristle (voice of CHRISTOPHER MINTZ-PLASSE).
Poppy wants to mount a rescue mission, but her father and the rest of the trolls think it's too late for the others and therefore they should hide to protect the rest. Branch also isn't interested, at least initially, although he eventually gives in and the two set out to find the abducted trolls. And with Chef determined to serve them up, they might have an unlikely ally in Bridget (voice of ZOOEY DESCHANEL), her mistreated scullery maid who has a crush on King Gristle and is happy to get a makeover the kind only the trolls can deliver.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Many younger ones probably will if they've seen advertisements for it.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
- For some mild rude humor.
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