(G) Voice talents of Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick
Life can be wonderful in the technicolour and joyful world of the trolls, except when the Bergens are involved. Happiness is the centre-point of all that the trolls do, which includes song, dance and hourly hugs. But that sort of happiness only comes around once a year for the Bergens; these bigger beasts only find it during the annual Trollstice, when they eat trolls. This tradition just will not do for the troll’s King Peppy (Jeffrey Tambor) and, in a brave escape plan, he leads his miniature community outside of the reach of the Bergens. In their new land, these vibrant creatures can sing, dance, hug and be happy all the time and after 20 years, things are still going well. What do trolls do when things are on the brighter side of life? They throw an anniversary party, of course. Princess Poppy (Anna Kendrick) decides it will be the biggest and loudest party that the community of miniature people has ever seen. As a warning against this celebration, Branch (Justin Timberlake) tells Poppy and the gang that this celebration will cause the Bergens to find them. Throwing caution to the rainbow wind, the bash begins and with it comes the unwanted attention of the Bergen Chef (Christine Baranski). The princess must enlist the help of Branch to go and save her troll friends from being the Bergen’s bite-sized happiness snacks.
With the talents of Pitch Perfect’s Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake at the forefront of this multi-coloured quest, it was always destined to be a musical. On this front, it will not disappoint fans of animated musical numbers. With a combination of throwback songs and the inclusion of original material, the music in Trolls will cause this soundtrack to be on the playlist of the mini-van brigade for the next year. Unlike the subdued world of the Smurfs, the Trolls production team has gone out of its way to develop a multitude of colourful characters which add fun and interest throughout this hair-raising adventure. Along with the soundtrack, parents will have a myriad of merchandise options to choose from for Christmas. For its latest attempt at creating a franchise, the Dreamworks animation company has managed to get the music, marketing and merchandising right. The key problem with the whole thing, though, comes down to the story, which is quite mundane and murky for a children’s tale.