After Bergens attack a Troll village, Poppy, a very happy Troll, and her friend Branch, who is the exact opposite of her, go on a mission to rescue their friends.
Made after the popular dolls by the same name, Trolls are deliriously happy creatures who sing, dance, hug every hour and need only, in the voice of their King (Jeffrey Tambour), “Fresh air, clean water... and sweet acoustics!”, to survive. They are so happy that the big, bad and unbelievably sad creatures called Bergens have to literally eat them to feel happy. They even have a holiday called Trollstice in honour of eating Trolls.
One Trollstice, the Trolls manage to outwit the evil Chef (Christine Baranski), thereby denying the little Bergen Prince (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) his first taste of happiness. The Bergen King (John Cleese) banishes the Chef as his son grows up a glum child. One day, when the Trolls hold a huge party to celebrate two decades of freedom, the Chef comes knocking and kidnaps Poppy’s friends. Little Poppy (Anna Kendrick), along with fellow Troll Branch (Justin Timberlake), who is a grumpy survival freak, then launch a rescue mission.
As far as animated films for kids go, Trolls has it all -- goofy jokes, hyper-colourful cotton candy scenery, big bad villains, a song every few minutes and a simple message about being happy, come what may. The quality of the animation is eerily perfect and the voices of Timberlake and Kendrick are spot on. The cuteness levels are so high that the Trolls actually pass glitter when they have to pass wind and poop out cupcakes! But dig a little deep, and it is the same old rescue-mission story with a cliched happy ending. What makes it special, though, is that it doesn’t try to be a mature movie, like most animated movies do, to cater to grown-ups.
Trolls is a fail-safe film that young parents can take their kids to, and hopefully enjoy a few chuckles themselves.