Just in time to dominate screens for the upcoming mid term break is Dreamworks latest animated venture Trolls. The story of the overly optimistic Trolls, with a constant song on their lips, and the pessimistic (or more realist) Bergens, who are only happy when they have trolls in their stomach. The little blighters have the voice the voice talents of Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Russell Brand, James Corden, & obscurely Gwen Stefani, bring life to these 80s/90s figurines.
Having escaped from their Bergen overlords 20 years ago the Trolls have lived a life of joy and happiness, this all ends when their location is discovered and some of them are taken to be Bergen snack goods. Cue our heroine Princess Poppy and the grumpy and reluctant Branch to save the day!
Trolls is enjoyable family fare with an easy story, decent animation and for bored parents a game of 'guess the voice' from its stellar cast list. A wonderful animated world, full of wacky creatures and beautiful scenery is extremely eye catching. However be warned for those of you adverse to bright colour palettes, the Troll world could be comparable to being slapped in the face with a brightly coloured paint chart for significant periods of time.
This tale of finding happiness and going the extra mile for your friends is something that my entire family enjoyed with many a laugh along the way.
The unstoppable happiness and positivity of the Trolls was a little grating at times and their timed hug sessions made this introverted soul squirm with great discomfort. Branch (Justin Timberlake) was my favourite, but given his desire to hide away and distance himself from spontaneous song and dance parties, this was no major surprise. In fact Branch may well be my introverted self in animated form!
Trolls is decent entertainment, light hearted and joyful and coming into the winter months may be the warm hug of a movie we all need. Even for grumpy introverts like me!
rolls is on general release from 21st October.
Thanks to MovieHouse for screening access.