Rated: PG for some mild rude humor. Reviewed by: Chris Release date: November 4, 2016 Released by: Twentieth Century Fox
DreamWorks Animation's newest film relies heavily on lively musical numbers for its tone. Based on the popular little toy dolls sold in the 1960's, the colors are bright and the mood is mostly happy.
Anna Kendrick voices Poppy, a happy-go-lucky, carefree Troll. Her friend Branch (Justin Timberlake) is the opposite. He's dour and the first to warn of bad things about to happen.
The Trolls live a joyful existence, singing and dancing, without a care in the world. Except for once a year, when the dangerous, Bergins, ogre-like creatures, roam into their domain to catch and eat as many Trolls as possible.
The Trolls stay safe by hiding in a forest for years, until Poppy and friends make too much noise and the Bergins discover their hideout. They run off with some of the Trolls, and Poppy and Branch have to rescue them.
Directed by Walt Dohrn and Mike Mitchell, the film is washed in vibrant candy colors. Besides the Trolls with their shock of hair in every imaginable hue, the backgrounds are also an explosion of color. Younger kids really liked the cute, doll-like characters and adults should enjoy the music - Lionel Richie's "Hello" and Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors" were a highlight.
John Cleese as Bergin's King Gristle, Gwen Stefani (DJ) and Christine Baranski (Chef) also add their voice talents.