Feel-good fac­tor lifts un­even Trolls

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Trolls (G) Di­rected by Mike Mitchell & Walt Dorn Star­ring Justin Tim­ber­lake, Anna Ken­drick, James Cor­den 92 mins happy!’’ That’s fine, but con­sid­er­ing the trolls’ happy-go-lucky reck­less­ness got them into trou­ble to be­gin with (they throw an in­sanely loud party that at­tracts the at­ten­tion of the hun­gry Ber­gens), it feels like more life lessons were left on the ta­ble.

The gags range from pop- cul­ture ref­er­ences to butts do­ing butt stuff. A re­peat­ing joke with James Cor­den’s troll never hits, while the auto-tuned T-Pain troll is al­ways – AL­WAYS – funny.

The one thing that stays con­stantly great is the art direc­tion. DreamWorks has taken that tex­tile look from Lit­tle Big Planet / Kirby’s Epic Yarn and am­pli­fied it to the max, cre­at­ing beasts from cot­ton and land­scapes from Grandma’s knit­ted Christ­mas sweater.

It’s ob­vi­ous: this stu­dio wants to do a Care Bears movie so bad, and I say give it to them. – Liam Maguren

Move Your D.A.N.C.E., Trolls is fun and lively in the way an­i­mated mu­si­cals are meant to be, though re­mains a few steps be­hind Ge­orge Miller’s mas­ter­ful Happy Feet.

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