“Trolls World Tour” was directed by Walt Dohrn, is a Dreamworks Animation and is the sequel to the 2016 film, “Trolls”. The film sees Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake & James Corden all return to their respected characters. The new cast include of slew of different musicians like Ozzy Osbourne, George Clinton, Mary J. Blige, Anderson Paak & Kelly Clarkson. The voice cast also include Rachel Bloom, Sam Rockwell, Ron Funches, Kunal Nayyar & Kenan Thompson. Despite the CONVID-19 pandemic closing movie theaters nationwide, this film was still released for digital rental the same day as its release day.
Following the events of the previous film, new crowned Queen Poppy (Kendrick) is invited by another tribe of Trolls to party to reunite their styles of music. Poppy is unaware of these other Trolls. Her father explains that there are 6 tribes Trolls from 6 different styles of music, Pop, Funk, Classical, Country, Techno & Rock. Despite her father’s & Branch’s (Timberlake) warnings, Poppy along with her trusted friend Biggie (Cordan) accept the invitation to the party. Once there, Queen Barb (Bloom) of the Rock tribe reveals a nefarious plan to take over all the tribes & taking their sacred music strings & forming one new tribe under her rule & music. Horrified, Poppy & Biggie must warn the tribes of Queen Barb plan while Branch & Cooper (Funches) must the sacred strings before Barb does.
“Trolls” join the long list of 80s merchandise that was given the movie treatment like “Transformers”, “G.I. Joe”, “Battleship” & even “Pixels”. The first film was pretty good & had positive message for kids and even a solid theme song that got overplayed really fast. This film however took the adventure route and made a generic follow up. “Cars 2” & “Wreck It Ralph 2” did the same thing. After a solid outing in the first film, the second one comes across as generic and predictable. And I couldn’t help but notice that the plot was very similar to “Avengers: Infinity War”. Barb look for 6 strings while Thanos was looking for 6 stones. Very interesting.
Overall, this was a solid movie but a step down from the first film. Not all the great but it is something fun for the family to have & enjoy. Even though this CONVID-19 closed down the movie theaters, still change any way that we the audience can’t still enjoy new movies. While I personally prefer the theater, the enjoyment is still there.