Trolls DVD Reviewed By Jon E Clist


The Premise
From the creators of Shrek comes the most smart, funny, irreverent animated comedy of the year, DreamWorks' Trolls. This holiday season, enter a colorful, wondrous world populated by hilariously unforgettable characters and discover the story of the overly optimistic Trolls, with a constant song on their lips, and the comically pessimistic Bergens, who are only happy when they have trolls in their stomach. Featuring original music from Justin Timberlake, and soon-to-be classic mash-ups of songs from other popular artists, the film stars the voice talents of Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Russell Brand, James Corden, Kunal Nayyar, Ron Funches, Icona Pop, Gwen Stefani, and many more. DreamWorks' TROLLS is a fresh, broad comedy filled with music, heart and hair-raising adventures.

The Review
Dreamworks Animation have brought us some absolutely brilliant animated family films. In fact, they have created many highly successful film franchises because of this massive success. Think Madagascar, Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and even How To Train Your Dragon. So, it is a pretty safe bet that when Dreamworks releases a new film, it is likely to be good. Trolls certainly fits into that category. This is going to be huge. Plus, this is DreamWorks Animation's first musical film since The Prince of Egypt.

What makes a great animated family film? It must find that perfect blend of funny, catchy, visually interesting with a decent storyline that can help to tach something positive to our children. Trolls ticks all those boxes and more. As with all the previous Dreamworks Animation releases, Trolls handles multi-level audiences with class. Humour that covers young and old with layers that are targeted separately at the young and old.

Plus, for us older people we can remember back when the little Troll dolls (That this film is based on) were big and popular. The original troll was created by a man from Gjøl in Denmark. In 1958 Thomas Dam created the troll doll. The first ones were filled with wood shavings. Many styles and sizes were made and even animals from donkeys, elephants, giraffes, horses, lions and monkeys.

Okay so one of the massive elements that makes this film a winner is the music. A huge soundtrack certainly has you dancing in your seat and singing along. The use of classic tracks such as, The Sound of Silence, True Colours and September adds a lovely connection for the older viewers and the addition of new feel good hits like Timberlake’s Can’t Stop The Feeling creates the perfect blend of toe-tapping goodness. Okay so here is the most honest thing I can say about this film, within 24 hours of watching it I had got myself a copy of the soundtrack and it has been on repeat pretty much ever since. It certainly helps that Justin Timberlake kind of has the voice and the childlike attitude that fits family films so well. (That is a compliment and not a dig)

Cant Stop The Feeling Music Video
 


Of course, the rest of the cast is so much fun with great performances from Anna Kendrick, Russell Brand, James Corden and even Gwen Stefani, whom I think makes her animated film debut here. There are so many fun moments that will have you laughing and even a few moments that might even make your eyes water. It really is the perfect all-round family film.

The Verdict
By far one of my favourite animated films of all time based purely on the great entertainment factor that it holds.

The Trailer

The Info
DVD Releases: 5th April 2017
Rating: G
Duration: 92 minutes 
Genre:  Animated
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, James Corden, Russell Brand and Gwen Stefani
Director: Walt Dohrn, Mike Mitchell

The Extras
In 2010 Director Anand Tucker was set to direct a Dreamworks adaptation of the Terry Pratchett 'Bromeliad' trilogy of books. The books focused on a race of tiny humanoids who lived unseen among humans. The lead character of 'Trolls' shares the name 'Masklin' with the lead character of the Bromeliad trilogy.

This is the third DreamWorks movie to have a female protagonist, after Chicken Run and Monsters vs. Aliens.

This marks the 3rd collaboration of director Mike Mitchell and writers Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger after Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011) and The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015).

This will be Anna Kendrick's second collaboration with James Corden and Christine Baranski since Into the Woods (2014).

Kunal Nayyar previously worked with Christine Baranski on The Big Bang Theory

This is Kunal Nayyar's first animated film since Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012).


The lead single "Can't Stop The Feeling" was performed at the Eurovision Song 2016 as an interval act. Justin Timberlake had no idea what the Eurovision Song Contest was before this. The performance also led to speculations that USA would make their debut in the contest by 2017.