Blu-Ray Review: Trolls

The nostalgia of TROLLS is back with this animated movie based on the dolls that were popular back in the last century.

The story follows Princess Poppy, an overly-optimistic and always happy troll, who must save some of her friends from the evil Bergens. She enlists Branch, a grey troll, who lost faith in the happiness, music,dance and hugs.

The duo ventures into the Bergen city, where the Chef plans an elaborate dinner for King Gristle. Against impossible odds, the two trolls will try to save their abducted friends for being the main course and perhaps teach the Bergens the true meaning of happening.

The film has an all-star cast of Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel, Russell Brand, James Corden and Gwen Stefani. It is directed by Mike Mitchell and Walt Dohrn.

The main two troll characters are voiced by Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake, who managed to sing and play these animated characters perfectly. Kendrick obviously hit the mark on making Princess Poppy into this very happy troll who loves everything. And Timberlake did managed to play the opposite as the more realistic, grumpy troll.

The Blu-ray Party Edition is an obvious edition to any Blu-ray collection, particularly for the kids. The best feature (and it should be included in all musical movies) is the sing-along version and the party-version of the movie.

The sing-along version of the animated film is pretty standard and expected. Once a musical number shows up in the movie, words appear at the bottom of the screen so viewers can sing along. There are fifteen screen lyrics to songs throughout the entire movie. It would’ve been better if some musical number scenes are extended so viewers can have a mini-karaoke session.

The party-version of the movie includes the sing-along version. There are more bonuses that allows the viewer to use the Blu-ray/DVD remote to interact with the movie to create mini-graphics in certain scenes.

Some of the interactive features in the party-version includes “Glitter Party” to shoot glitter on to the screen; “High Five,” to have two hands high-fiving on screen; “Cupcakes” to spit out cupcakes on screen; and finally “Oh Snap!” to summon Mr. Dingles on your television.

There is even a signal for “Hug Time” to give someone next to you—a hug.

Although, these extra features seem childish and excessive, with children—the party-version is a delight. Children watching the Blu-ray will enjoy the extra features and hopefully it doesn’t turn adults into the next grey troll.

The featurette extras on the Blu-ray are very interesting, including a narration look into the Trolll village and the making of the trolls. Certain tidbits are revealed including the special narration to make the Trolls look slight as with the felt look and the scrapbook mini-animation sequences.

There are also three deleted scenes, including an alternate scene of Princess Poppy talking to the children, Chef singing a happy song and Princess Poppy trying out multiple dresses for the festivities.

In the end, this Blu-ray is a worthwhile investment. It has a very good picture quality and obvious great audio presentation featuring the musical numbers. It is a definitely a recommendation for viewing for the entire family.

Blu-ray, DVD and HD Digital Features:

  • Party Mode – Sing, dance and laugh along with the trolls in this engaging, interactive feature.
  • Travel Through Troll Village – Cloud Guy narrates the fun exploration of the Troll Village.
  • The Potion for Stop-Motion – Behind-the-scenes look into the stop-motion tutorial in creating Poppy’s scrapbook animation sequences.
  • Creating Troll Magic – Trolls Production Designer Kendal Cronkhite-Shaindlin gives a look into the four-stages of creating animations.
  • Troll 2 Troll – Friendly debates on various topics by Poppy and Branch.
  • Inside the Bunker – Narrated by Cloud Guy, it looks into the deep underground bunker of Branch’s place.
  • Deleted Scenes — three deleted scenes with intro commentaries from Director Mike Mitchell and Co-Director Walt Dohrn.

TROLLS is available today on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download.

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