Trolls: World Tour is a sweet and heartfelt followup to the original film. Dreamwork Animation’s latest release will serve as another litmus test on how successful these releases can be when they go directly to streaming. Universal managed to pull in some tremendous numbers when The Invisible Man was released digitally, but remember that film had some time in theaters. That being said, if this makes their second digital release, which does well, it could be the beginning of a trend. Now, I am certainly not suggesting that every movie will go straight to streaming, but it’s hard to ignore the captive audience Dreamworks has due to kids being home from school due to COVID-19.
Trolls: World Tour takes place shortly after the events of the 1st film when Queen Poppy (Anna Kendrick) and Branch (Justin Timberlake) learn of other trolls that exist in the world. The queen of rock (voiced by Rachel Bloom) is out on her mission to unite the whole kingdom under rock-roll. While the storyline isn’t nearly as deep, the sequel does touch on some pretty compelling themes of listening, stifling someone’s voice, and respecting others. The highlight most will be discussing once the film ends the introduction of Guy Diamond’s son Tiny Diamond (voiced by Kennan Thompson). The film does manage to hit some familiar beats along the way, but with a movie that’s less than 90 minutes, we can forgive that.
The animation was on-point as Dreamworks loves using such bright colors when they construct their animated worlds. The design decisions behind the funk trolls were just perfect and loved the casting of George Clinton and Mary J. Blige as their King and Queen. I Loved how the techno trolls turned out as well. The film is far from perfect, but it is loads of fun with something for everyone.
Overall, if someone is looking for a nice family film to watch over the weekend, then look no further—a solid 3 out of 5 and well worth $20.00 rental fee.