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Running Time:
1 hr.40 min.

Rating: PG Parental Guidance Suggested.

Rating Explanation:
for some mild rude humor

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
A charming adventure with a few toe-tapping musical numbers and a positive message about togetherness and teamwork.

Additional Info:
featuring the voices of:
Anna Kendrick ... Poppy
Justin Timberlake ... Branch (
Zooey Deschanel ... Bridget
Christopher Mintz-Plasse ... King Gristle
Christine Baranski ... Chef (
Russell Brand ... Creek
Gwen Stefani ... DJ Suki
John Cleese ... King Gristle Sr.
James Corden ... Biggie (
Jeffrey Tambor ... King Peppy
Ron Funches ... Cooper
Aino Jawo ... Satin
Caroline Hjelt ... Chenille
Kunal Nayyar ... Guy Diamond
Quvenzhané Wallis ... Harper

The underlying premise of the movie is that the darling, cheery trolls, flashing their heads of flaming neon hair, for more than half a century—are considered a dainty gastronomic delicacy by the Bergens, a race of grouchy  ogres whose only source of happiness, under the rule of King Gristle (voiced by John Cleese), consists of plucking a troll off the troll-tree on their Trollstice holiday and devouring it. Unfortunately for them, Troll King Peppy (Jeffrey Tambor) engineers an underground escape of his tribe to a distant area of the surrounding forest, where their settle in blissful security despite the determination of Chef (Christine Baranski), the nasty cook for King Gristle, to recapture them.

Ten years pass and the trolls have become so unconcerned about the danger of the Bergens that when Princess Poppy (Anna Kendrick) plans a boisterous party, despite warning from the tribe’s leader, Branch (Justin Timberlake), that the racket could attract unwanted attention. Branch proves prophetic, of course: the noise lead Chef to the shindig. Before long many of Poppy’s closest friends are back in Bergen hands. What’s she to do but go to rescue them, with Branch—obviously infatuated with her—reluctantly tagging along.

Their journey brings them closer, of course, but they also meet some new characters: a jokey Cloud Guy (Walt Dohrn), who helps them find a way into the castle where the captured trolls are being held, but especially Bridget (Zooey Deschanel), a Bergen scullery maid in Chef’s kitchen who’s infatuated with Prince Gristle (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). Taking a self-admitted turn from the Cinderella story, Poppy, Branch and the other trolls do a makeover on Bridget, leading to a romance between her and the prince and winning her over as a staunch supporter of the troll cause, which proves the key to their escape.

But of course that’s not all. The Bergens must also be taught that happiness doesn’t depend on what you consume but what you feel inside. Branch learns that lesson as a result of his adventure with Poppy. And in the end everybody is in good spirits without anybody becoming tonight’s dinner, and the crowd of giants and shrimps celebrate together in a musical jamboree.

That’s not unusual because Trolls is a musical; some of the songs are newly created tunes but there are also many old standards. One of the most memorable comes with the resurrection of Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors”—especially appropriate because so much of the charm of the storytelling lies in the hues of the characters and backgrounds. But many other old favorites show up along the way.

The result is a picture that you may feel is “F.T.O.” (for tots only) like the Smurfs, though the studio is hoping it can appeal beyond that group. Beyond that, the toy company that created them will certainly benefit because little ones will certainly want some of these cute little critters in their toy boxes.

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