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Alive and kicking



2016 / 92m - USA
Comedy, Fantasy - Animation
Trolls poster

Another Dreamworks fluke, based on some long forgotten commercial property. Whoever thought it was a good idea to revive the 90s troll hype should probably be fired, though I'm sure they're enjoying their promotion right now. This film turned out to be another box office hit, artistically it's as dire as they come.

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The only positive thing I have to say is that the scrapbook-style segments were a nice touch, but they are few and far between. The rest of the film looks like you'd expect a US CG animation to look, with little in the way of a personal touch. Character designs are ugly, the environments are dull and the colors are bright but terribly kitsch.

The story and characters are extremely childish, the comedy is depressing and the soundtrack ... it's like listening to a commercial radio station, the only thing missing were the commercial breaks. It's everything I'm not looking for in a good animation, but as long as it draws crowds that's what we're going to see from companies like Dreamworks I'm afraid.

Trolls Band Together

2023 / 91m - USA
Music, Comedy - Animation
Trolls Band Together poster

Part 3. And to be honest, I wasn't even aware I had skipped the second part. The first Trolls film was pretty horrid, this sequel certainly didn't improve on it. The animation is crummy, the commercial tie-ins are blatant and the choice of music is beyond terrible. It pains me to see a film like this still brings in the money.

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BroZone is no more, after a pretty terrible performance. The brothers each go their own way. The youngest gets kidnapped by two aspiring artists, the only way he could ever hope to escape is when all the brothers come back together to sing in perfect harmony, breaking the diamond case that's keeping him locked up.

Sure enough, it's not just endless references to bad boybands, there's also some cheap Hollywood morality to make things even worse. The film looks pretty cheap for a Dreamworks production, I hated all of the songs and the dub is horrendous. Do I have anything positive to say about this film? Nope.