Trolls is a Dreamworks 3D animated film that stars Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake as the main voice actors. It is kind of a kid’s film that combined musicals with comedy together. With it being a completely new narrative from Dreamworks, one has to wonder if this movie could be another hit that will achieve similar popularity as production company’s past offerings. Well, we are here to find out, so off we review!
The basic premise is about the existence of Trolls, who are small creatures who are often in happy state and love to sing, dance and hug. Meanwhile, their opposite are Bergens, who are gigantic creatures who always feel miserable and could only gain happiness momentarily by eating Trolls. So, they created a cage around the Trolls tree, but the latter managed to escape and hide for 20 years. Until one day, a big crazy celebration to commemorate the Escape by Princess Poppy causes the Bergen to discover their hideout and kidnapped some of her friends. Together with Branch, an emo troll, they have to go to Bergen’s Homeland and save their friends, but at what cost?
Immediately, the story, though it seems to be geared towards the kid, is pretty dark in showing how the Trolls are eaten literally by the Bergen. This film tries to show this subtly through colourful animation but the character’s actions are pretty gruesome when one thinks about the context. What I love about this animation film is the way it defies stereotypes and actually, plays around with them. Sometimes, there are some scenes that seem cliche but contain a twist, which is comedic and yet appropriate most of the time. Also, there are multiple references to other famous films or animations that sharp audiences will catch on.
The animation is also bright and colourful with unique designs. It seems to combine 3D with some sewn doll-like texture for the environment and also the monsters, which create the pleasing yet special character and monster designs. Music soundtracks for the musical parts use famous pop music that will instantly brighten young and old audiences alike, with the themes such as love and friendship and being happy commonly played throughout. Narrative-wise, it is pretty simple, so don’t expect any deep twist at the end. In the end, this is an animation that gears towards the younger audience, but it is also special enough to entertain older audiences.