Dirs: Mike Mitchell and Walt Dohrn 1hr 32mins (U)

The Week Middle East - - Arts -

Fizzy an­i­mated fea­ture Tiny, Day-Glo-coloured toys with “vo­lu­mi­nous ver­ti­cal hair”, trolls were a craze in the 1990s. Now they’ve been given their own movie, said Al­lan Hunter in the Daily Ex­press, “a bouncy, glit­tersmeared sugar rush of an an­i­mated fea­ture”. The premise is that the trolls are happy, cud­dly crea­tures liv­ing in a tree, whose one fear is be­ing eaten by their lugubri­ous neigh­bours, the Ber­gens. Af­ter some of her friends are cap­tured, perky Princess Poppy (voiced by Anna Ken­drick) sets out to save them with the aid of a cyn­i­cal friend (Justin Tim­ber­lake). They pause only to burst into song ev­ery few min­utes. “Not since The Magic Round­about has an animation had me so ur­gently won­der­ing: what ex­actly are these peo­ple on?” said Jonathan Rom­ney in The Ob­server. Nev­er­the­less, the “vis­ual in­ven­tion is deliri­ous”, the colours “eye-pop­ping”, and it’s all “im­mensely en­ter­tain­ing”. But a lit­tle too “pre­ci­sion-tooled” for my taste, said An­drew Pul­ver in The Guardian. Call me old-fash­ioned, but I long for a kids’ movie that “isn’t full of sassy one-lin­ers from wised-up pre-teens”. It ends up feel­ing a bit soul­less.

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