Starring: Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, James Corden, Kunal Nayyar, Gwen Stefani, Russell Brand, Icona Pop, Ron Funches, GloZell
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Story: DreamWorks animated comedy directed by Mike Mitchell and co-directed by Walt Dohrn based on the Troll dolls by Thomas Dam. Known for their crazy, colorful, and magical hair, Trolls are the happiest, most joyous creatures ever to burst into song.
But their world of rainbows and cupcakes is changed forever, when their optimistic leader Poppy (Anna Kendrick) and her polar opposite, Branch (Justin Timberlake) must embark on a rescue mission that takes them far beyond the only world they’ve ever known. Their quest will test their strength and reveal their true colors.
Verdict: This is a fun, fast paced animation with upbeat and infectious songs. The animation and story may not be in the same standard as Disney or Pixar but it’s still very charming and should be very appealing to kids.
Best Quotes (Total Quotes: 20)
Poppy: [voice over] Once upon a time in a happy forest, in the happiest tree lived the happiest creatures the world has ever known: The trolls. They loved nothing more than to sing, and dance, and hug. Dance, and hug, and sing, and dance, and sing, and hug, and dance and hug, and dance, and sing, and hug, and dance, and hug. But then one day, the trolls were discovered by a Bergen! The Bergens didn’t know how to sing, or dance, or even hug. They were the most miserable creatures in all the land, and once they saw how happy the trolls were they wanted some of that happiness for themselves. Eating a troll made them feel so happy They started a tradition. Once a year, every year the Bergens would gather around the troll tree to taste happiness, on a holiday they called Trollstice.
King Peppy: Here! Right here! This is where we will rebuild our civilization. It has everything we need. Fresh air, clean water, and sweet acoustics.
[knocking on Branch’s front door which is a rock]
Poppy: Branch! Branch! Branch, are you in there!
[suddenly she hears a slide being open on the ground]
[we see Branch’s eyes through the slit in the ground]
Branch: I’m not going to your party.
Poppy: The party’s over. We just got attacked by a Bergen!
Branch: I knew it!
Poppy: Branch! I have to tell you something. I was just gonna…
[Branch opens the slit wide open, grabs Poppy into his house, he start locking up his door]
Branch: What? What could be so important that it’s worth leading the Bergen right to us?
Poppy: The Bergen’s gone!
Branch: You don’t know that. It could still be out there. Watching, waiting, listening.
Poppy: No, it left! It took Cooper, and Smidge, and Fuzzbert, and Satin, and Chenille, and Biggie, and Guy Diamond, and Creek!
Poppy: Which is why I have to ask you, will you go to Bergen Town with me and save everyone?
Branch: What! No!
Poppy: Branch, you can’t say no, they’re you’re friends.
Branch: Uh-uh, they’re your friends. I’m staying right here in my bunker where it’s safe.
Poppy: That’s great. You’re the one guy who knows more about Bergens than anyone, but when we finally need you, you just want to hide here forever?
Branch: Forever? Pfft. No.
[he takes her down underground]
Branch: Yeah, I really only have supplies to last me ten years, eleven, if I’m willing to store and drink my own sweat. Which I am. You all said I was crazy. Huh, well who’s crazy now? Me, crazy prepared.
Branch: Why don’t you try scrapbooking them to freedom?
Poppy: Solid burn, Branch. Well, thanks anyway.
Branch: Hey, anytime, Poppy. See you in ten years.
Branch: Wait, wait, wait. What’s your plan?
Poppy: I just told you. Rescue everyone and make it home safely.
Branch: Okay, that’s not a plan, that’s a wish list.
Poppy: Oh, I suppose you have a plan.
[clears his throat]
Branch: First, we get to the edge of Bergen Town without being spotted. Then, we get inside by sneaking through the old escape tunnels, which will then lead us to the troll tree. Right before we get caught, and suffer a miserable death at the hands of a horrible, bloodthirsty Bergen! Hold on a second. Are you scrapbooking my plan?
Poppy: Uh-huh, yeah. Almost. Done!
[she finishes making a popup scrapbook that says “We Did It!” and splatters glitter all over Branch’s face]
Branch: There will be no more scrapbooking.
Branch: Do you have to sing?
Poppy: I always sing when I’m in a good mood.
Branch: Do you have to be in a good mood?
Poppy: Why wouldn’t I be? By this time tomorrow I’ll be with all my friends. Oh, I wonder what they’re doing right now.
Branch: Probably being digested.
Poppy: They’re alive, Branch. I know it.
Branch: You don’t know anything, Poppy, and I can’t wait to see the look on your face when you realize the world isn’t all cupcakes and rainbows, because it isn’t. Bad things happen, and there’s nothing you can do about it.
Poppy: Hey, I know it’s not all cupcakes and rainbows, but I’d rather go through life thinking that it mostly is instead of being like you. You don’t sing, you don’t dance, it’s so grey all the time! What happened to you?
[Branch places his finger over her mouth to shush her]
Poppy: A Bergen?
[Branch starts to walk ahead, Poppy looks around her for a moment]
Poppy: There’s no Bergen, is there? You just said that so I’d stop talking!
Poppy: [singing] Stars shining bright above you.
Branch: Really? Seriously, more singing?
Poppy: Yes, seriously. Singing helps me relax. Maybe you ought to try it.
Branch: I don’t sing, and I don’t relax. This is the way I am, and I like it. I also like a little silence.
[referring to Cloud Guy]
Poppy: Branch, he’s trying to help us.
Branch: I don’t like the looks of him. I mean, who wears socks with no shoes?
Poppy: He seems to know what he’s talking about.
Branch: Which way do we go?
Cloud Guy: First, you have to give me a high-five. Then I’ll tell you.
Poppy: Oh, oh, oh, I love high-fives, I’ll do it.
Cloud Guy: Oh, I know you’ll do it. But will he? All right, dumpy diapers, up high!
Branch: Nope, I don’t do high-fives.
Cloud Guy: Slap it, boss.
Branch: Not gonna happen.
Cloud Guy: Party on the top floor.
Cloud Guy: Little slappy, make daddy happy.
Branch: That’s weird.
Cloud Guy: Come on, just one little high-five.
Branch: No, thanks. I’m good.
Cloud Guy: Here, just do this…
[he does a high-five with his own hand]
Cloud Guy: But with your hand.
Branch: Thank you for that demonstration. Really cleared up exactly what I will not be doing.
Poppy: Branch, it’s a high-five! The others lead to certain death, get perspective.
Branch: One high-five and then you’ll tell us which tunnel to take, right?
Cloud Guy: So easy.
Branch: Okay, fine!
[Branch goes to give Cloud Guy a high-five but Cloud Guy moves his hand]
Cloud Guy: Too slow.
Branch: Too slow?
Poppy: [chuckles] Classic.
Cloud Guy: I’m going to let you slide with a fist bump.
[as Branch goes to fist bump Cloud Guy starts doing all kinds of weird movements with his hand]
Cloud Guy: Shark attack! Nom-nom-nom-nom. Jellyfish! Hand sandwich. Turkey. Snowman. Dolphin. Helicopter. Last supper. Monkey in a zoo.
[Cloud Guy covers Branch’s fist with his hand]
Cloud Guy: Gearshift.
[he starts to pretend to be a car and change gears with Branch’s fist; Cloud Guy and Poppy start laughing]
Cloud Guy: Okay, okay, okay. Now I’m thinking we hug.
[in anger Branch break a branch in half, Cloud Guy’s body suddenly has thunder and lightning and starts to rain]
[chasing after Cloud Guy]
Branch: That’s right. You better run, cloud!
Branch: I’m gonna tear your little cloud arms off your cloud body, and high-five your face with them!
Poppy: He’s just a cloud!
Branch: Get back here!
Poppy: Branch! He can help us!
Branch: Come back!
Poppy: Run, cloud guy!
Branch: I’m gonna kill you!
[suddenly Cloud Guy stops and turns to face them]
Cloud Guy: Ta-da! We’re here! You guys are a lot of fun. You know, I gotta go. Got some cloud stuff to take care of. Catch you on the way back? Unless, you die.
Branch: How do you always look on the bright side? There is no bright side here. None!
Poppy: There’s always a bright side.
Poppy: Branch, what are you doing? You have to sing!
Branch: I told you, I don’t sing.
Poppy: Well, you have to!
Branch: I’m sorry, I can’t.
Poppy: No, you can. You just won’t.
Branch: Fine, I just won’t.
Poppy: You have to!
Poppy: Why not? Why won’t you sing?
Branch: Because singing killed my grandma, okay? Now, leave me alone.
Cooper: My uncle broke his neck tap dancing once.
Poppy: How did singing kill your grandma? What song was she singing?
Branch: I was the one singing.
King Gristle: And who might you be?
Bridget: Uh… Uh…
Poppy: Your name is, um, uh…
Guy Diamond: Glitter?
Bridget: My name is Lady Glitter Sparkles Seriously.
[on their date, as they have just been served pizza]
Bridget: Ooh, so fancy. Good thing I brought my appetite.
[the look at each other romantically when suddenly Bridget hits Gristle]
King Gristle: You’re fantastic!
[whispering to Bridget through her wig, where they are hiding]
Poppy: Bridget, compliment him back!
Bridget: I like your back.
Poppy: No, I meant say something nice about him.
Bridget: But I do like his back.
King Gristle: Huh?
Bridget: Um… Uh…
Branch: Poppy, help her.
Bridget: Uh, your eyes… They’re… Uh… Ooh. Your ears…
[Bridget tries to repeat back what Poppy said to Gristle]
Bridget: Your eyes, uh, ears, uh…
Satin and Chenille: Skin!
Bridget: Skin, neck, ears, nose, face, back of your head.
King Gristle: Are you okay?
Guy Diamond: Your teeth.
King Gristle: What’s going on? Are you making fun of me?
Bridget: Your eyes! They’re like two pools, so deep, I fear if I dive in…
[we see that Branch is the one whispering the words for her to say]
Branch: I might never come up for air.
Bridget: I might never come up for air.
Branch: And your smile, the sun itself turns jealous and refuses to come out from behind the clouds…
Bridget: Knowing it cannot shine half as bright.
King Gristle: I kind of do have a nice smile, don’t I?
[Branch looks at Poppy]
Branch: Yes, you do.
Bridget: I can’t believe I’m about to say this…
Biggie: Guys, she’s going rogue!
Bridget: But being here with you today makes me realize that true happiness is possible.
King Gristle: It is! True happiness is a lot closer than you think. It’s right here.
[he shows her his emerald pendent]
Bridget: Oh, that’s pretty, I guess.
King Gristle: What do you think now?
[Gristle opens the pendent and we see Creek has been trapped in there]
Poppy: I knew he was alive!
Biggie: Mr. Dinkles, he’s alive!
Mr. Dinkles: Oh, snap!
Poppy: Don’t you know anything about romance?
Branch: Of course! I’m passionate about it.
Branch: Don’t you know anything about sarcasm?
Cooper: I think I had a sarcasm once.
Poppy: You better explain yourself, Creek!
Creek: As I was about to accept my fate, I had, what I can only describe as a spiritual awakening.
[we see Creek’s flashback as he’s about to be eaten]
Creek: I don’t wanna die! Don’t eat me! Eat someone else. Anyone else. Everyone else. But not me!
Poppy: Thank you!
Branch: No, thank you.
Poppy: For what?
Branch: For showing me how to be happy.
Poppy: Really? You’re finally happy? Now?
Branch: I think so. Happiness is inside of all of us, right? Sometimes, you just need someone to help you find it.
Poppy: Happiness isn’t something you put inside, it’s already there. Sometimes you just need someone to help you find it.
King Gristle Sr.: Do you really think I can be happy?
Poppy: Of course! It’s inside you! It’s inside of all of us! And I don’t think it. I feel it!
Total Quotes: 20