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PLOT: When Poppy and Branch discover that there are different types of Trolls living in the world, they are on a mission to unite them with their love of music. Unfortunately for them, Trolls rockers don't want to share their music. Instead, they want to take over and make all living Trolls slaves to Heavy Metal! ROCK n TROLL!
REVISION: When TROLLS 'big screen adventures first came in 2016, it was a big surprise for this viewer. The colorful rainbow palate, joy and humor filled with music and joyous characters like Poppy and Branch approached this unique material with joy and warmth. Frankly, this ridiculous animated musical was the most fun possible in a movie based on this particular children's toy. Now here we are with a sequel, one that brings back all the adorable Trolls for another round of catchy tunes, weird happenings, and some of the weirdest pictures you can see in a conventional animated feature. However, is it something to celebrate? Read on and see what these crazy trolls are up to now on TROLLS WORLD TOUR.
There are problems in the land of trolls. In the new movie, Poppy (Anna Kendrick) and her teammates soon realize that there is more than pop music in the world. In fact, there are six types of Troll villages, and each has a different musical style that they represent represented by a magic guitar string for each tribe. In the early Trolldom legends, these precious little creatures broke apart when they couldn't agree on the music they were to play with each group while maintaining their proper musical string. However, Poppy and her best friend Branch (Justin Timberlake) have a problem. It seems that they are not the only ones to have discovered the secret when Queen Barb (Rachel Bloom), the leader of the Rock Trolls, brings her musical army to take the six strings and destroy all the other music. Can Poppy save the day?
The original TROLLS movie was a delightful story filled to the brim with some smoky songs. Well, TROLLS WORLD TOUR doesn't waste time on successes. This includes everything from an animated version of Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun", just swap girls with trolls, to other songs including "One More Time", "Just Sing", "Barracuda", "Crazy Train "and tons more. Like the first one, these little creatures love nothing more than bursting into a little song and dance (and hugs). And one of the most intriguing things about the sequel is the idea that introduces kids that all music is ultimately important, and you should appreciate all the forms and cultures that are represented. It's a good idea, and while it's a bit of a stretch since Barb tries to turn everyone into rockers, it actually works.
Co-directed by Walt Dorhrn and Mike Mitchell, with Dorhrn returning as co-director of the former, there is a large dose of weirdness in this second film. Some of the bizarre occurrences include a cowboy named Hickory (Sam Rockwell) with a strange revelation from his brother named Dickory (Flula Borg), or the magical way the boy Trolls gives birth to baby trolls courtesy of Guy Diamond (Kunal Nayyar ) and their offspring. Tiny Diamond (Kenan Thompson), a lot of weird things are happening. However, the musical numbers are many, and the way this bizarre world of toy trolls comes to life works much better than might be expected. It is such a wild world that you hardly have time to sit down and seriously understand how crazy everything is. I mean, this movie takes Ozzy Osbourne's song "Crazy Train" literally, and yes, that includes a cameo by Ozzy himself as Queen Barb's bat, rock and roller loving father.
The list of artists and musical actors in which this sequel accumulates is more than impressive. Rachel Bloom takes a break from being a crazy ex-girlfriend to being a crazy rocker. Kelly Clarkson arrives with her huge hair like Delta Dawn, a queen of the field who has no time for frivolities. You also have the aforementioned Sam Rockwell, as well as George Clinton, Mary J. Blige, Jamie Dornan, and a few other notable cast members. While this animated story really wants young viewers to open their minds to different kinds of songs, it does so with joyous abandon. It moves fast as you find ways to incorporate all kinds of musical styles, while introducing some nice new sounds. However, the soundtrack was perhaps a little more entertaining the first time.
TROLLS WORLD TOUR may lack the charm of the first movie, but it's so aggressively light-hearted and bright that it's likely to be the perfect escape for all youngsters currently trapped in isolation. While the songs are certainly catchy, they are not as good as they were the first time. However, you have to give the filmmakers some credit for simply doing their best and doing one of the most extravagant animated adventures they can. Add to that the charming Kendrick and Timberlake casting, and you'll have an entertaining follow-up. Sure, it can drive parents crazy with replays, but chances are they're even humming the wide variety of music selections. If you have someone in your family desperate to see this animated sequel, at least you can enjoy the madness without getting bored, maybe instead it will just drive you crazy, but at least you will have the perfect soundtrack to do it.