Film review: Trolls World Tour

In these weird times of self-isolation we all need cheering up and the perfect movie to that effect is Trolls World Tour, an exhilarating animation perfect to connect the kids generation with their parents through a cool story, quirky characters and amazing music. 

As an extra treat, check out my interview with film director Walt Dohrn I caught up with before the pandemic lockdown. Trolls World Tour is available at home on-demand from 6th April.

The story 

Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake return in an all-star sequel to DreamWorks Animation’s 2016 musical hit: Trolls World Tour. In an adventure that will take them well beyond what they’ve known before, Poppy (Kendrick) and Branch (Timberlake) discover that they are but one of six different Troll tribes scattered over six different lands and devoted to six different kinds of music: Funk, Country, Techno, Classical, Pop and Rock. Their world is about to get a lot bigger and a whole lot louder. 

A member of hard-rock royalty, Queen Barb (Rachel Bloom), aided by her father King Thrash (Ozzy Osbourne), wants to destroy all other kinds of music to let rock reign supreme. With the fate of the world at stake, Poppy and Branch, along with their friends — Biggie (James Corden), Chenille (Caroline Hjelt), Satin (Aino Jawo), Cooper (Ron Funches) and Guy Diamond (Kunal Nayyar) — set out to visit all the other lands to unify the Trolls in harmony against Barb, who’s looking to upstage them all.

Cast as members of the different musical tribes is one 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 hip-hop newborn Troll named Tiny Diamond. 

Trolls World Tour is directed by Walt Dohrn, who served as co-director on Trolls, and is produced by returning producer Gina Shay. The film is co-directed by David P. Smith and co-produced by Kelly Cooney Cilella, both of whom worked on the first TrollsTrolls World Tour will also feature original music by Justin Timberlake, who earned an Oscar® nomination for his song for 2016’s Trolls, “Can’t Stop the Feeling!,” and a score by Theodore Shapiro (2016’s GhostbustersThe Devil Wears Prada).

The trailer 


The verdict 

Watch my interview with film director Walt Dohrn to get an insightful look into this delightful movie with plenty of anecdotes and behind-the-scenes stories – without spoilers. Walt is as cheerful as his trolls. Check this out. 

The word ‘trolls’ has always been synonymous with monsters and evil and more recently with bullies on the Internet. But the Dreamworks’ Trolls movie series, of which Trolls World Tour is the first sequel, is turning trolls into adorable cheerful creatures which are full of talent and kindness – almost all of them. Trolls will end up redeeming the infamous  synonymous in the same way the Twilight saga did to vampires. 

Trolls World Tour is colourful and energetic, has lots of silly jokes and hilarious characters representing all music genres. 

The voice cast is incredible including Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Kelly Clarkson, Mary J Blige, Ozzy Osbourne, Sam Rockwell. 

The song choice for the soundtrack is perfect. Queen Barb’s version of Rock You Like A Hurricane might not be like the original by The Scorpions – one of my favourite rock song of all time – but good enough to keep me engaged. 

Trolls World Tour might not be the best animation ever made but is one I will watch again a few times because it has lots to go for. Kids under 13 will absolutely love this movie. And the best thing is that they will start liking their parents’ music in the process. Win win. 


London Mums’ verdict: 8/10 

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