Trolls are literally so ugly they’re cute, and as cute and saccharine sweet as its predecessor was, Trolls World Tour is the perfect medicine for these troubling times. Coupled with a great lesson of musical genre diversity replicated in an animated musical buffet starring Anna Kendrick (Poppy) and Justin Timberlake (Branch), this animated sequel hits all the right chords. From “Trolls Just Wanna Have Fun” to K-Pop to Country to Classical to Rock, kids are gonna be singing and dancing around the house for days!!!
Queen Poppy (Anna Kendrick), after a rousing dance number, accepts an invitation to meet with Queen Barb (Rachel Bloom) to connect and conspire for the greater good of all the musical trolls. However, Barb has other plans involving an ulterior motive to grab coveted guitar strings from each genre of music in order to accomplish world domination as the ultimate Queen – The Queen of Rock. Basically, Barb echoes the sentiment of the real life music industry insisting that Pop isn’t to be taken serious as real music. There’s even a little ‘Jewish’ history lesson from the Papa Trolls, which is interesting at best, as the entertainment industry is well known to be dominated by Jewish execs across all lanes of the industry for decades. No shade…simply the truth. Have you ever been in Hollywood during the holidays and seen the scarcity of people and traffic. Just saying. Oh yeah, and of course, we have a love story to bring it all full circle with Branch finally admitting undying affection for the love of his life – Poppy.
The voice casting was right on time with every single character, not a weak one in the bunch. Cast as members of the different musical tribes is one of the largest, and most acclaimed, groups of musical talent ever assembled for an animated film. From the land of Funk are Mary J. Blige, George Clinton and Anderson Paak. Representing Country is Kelly Clarkson as Delta Dawn, with Sam Rockwell as Hickory and Flula Borg as Dickory. J Balvin brings Reggaeton, while Ester Dean adds to the Pop tribe. Anthony Ramos brings the beat in Techno and Jamie Dornan covers smooth jazz. World-renowned conductor and violinist Gustavo Dudamel appears as Trollzart and Charlyne Yi as Pennywhistle from the land of Classical and Kenan Thompson raps as a newborn Troll named Tiny Diamond.
The animation was bright, colorful and joyous just like the Trolls themselves. And of course, being in dire need of something light and fluffy during these most trying times in the world, Trolls World Tour was the perfect medicine. For all those parents now faced with the task of home schooling their little ones who are bored, not having a release for the stress and strife paralyzing every emotion, it’s always fun to just get your giggle on one good time while busting a move to a killer soundtrack produced by Justin Timberlake. Thank you Dreamworks and Walt Dohm for giving us all a little light toward the end of a very dark tunnel…if only for a little while. Trolls World Tour is available and streaming VOD right now!!! Be on the lookout for hella fun activities sprinkle throughout social media from yours truly for the kiddies the keep them occupied for hours and days on end.