Back in 1986, kids around the world clipped blue-haired plastic trolls onto their school bags, never imagining that 30 years later they’d be taking their kids to a hit animation made in its honour.
The original Trolls was the animated comedy-musical that crossed over generations in 2016, and with this year’s sequel, Trolls World Tour, there’s never been a better reason to snap up an ODEON family ticket. Here’s why...
Queen Poppy (Anna Kendrick) has more to worry about than a bad hair day, when she discovers her kingdom of peaceful, pop-loving trolls is not alone.
There are five more troll tribes out there, each one devoted to a different musical genre – from funk to techno – and each owning a magic harp string that keeps their songs alive. Trouble is, Queen Barb (Rachel Bloom) and her Hard Rock Trolls are out to steal the other strings, destroy all music except heavy metal, and turn the world into a headbanger’s paradise.
In the original Trolls, we laughed it up at the accident-prone romance between bubbly Poppy and grumpy Branch (Justin Timberlake).
Now, for Trolls World Tour, co-writers Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger squeeze maximum funny-juice from the other tribes. Prepare to snicker at Barb’s three-handed guitar solo, the yee-haw Country Trolls, and the Techno Trolls who rave all night. Plus, don’t forget Tiny Diamond the glitter-dusted Hip-Hop Troll – and Chaz the Jazz Troll, who’ll “paralyse you with smoothness”.
The cream of Hollywood has loaned their tonsils to directors Walt Dohrn and David P. Smith for Trolls World Tour.
As before, Kendrick and Timberlake top the bill, with James Corden returning as Biggie, the XL-hearted troll with the waistband to match. Plus, this time around, listen out for real-life musical royalty amongst the vocal talent, as Black Sabbath icon Ozzy Osbourne voices King Thrash, Parliament legend George Clinton brings the hot-buttered funk as King Quincy, pop princess Kelly Clarkson leads the Country Trolls as Delta Dawn, and Gwen Stefani spins the wheels as DJ Suki.
Don’t call it a ‘cartoon’. From Shrek to Kung Fu Panda, DreamWorks has form as one of the hottest animation studios around – and with Trolls World Tour, they’ve played another ace. As the action zips from baking-hot deserts to neon dancefloors that erupt like a Balearic Island superclub, you can your kids will be captivated. And if Granny hasn’t seen an animation since 1928’s Steamboat Willie, her eyes will probably pop out.
Check out the Trolls World Tour Spotify playlist – and prepare to hear all your favourites in mind-blowing ODEON surround sound. From Simon & Garfunkel’s mellow classic Sound Of Silence to Ozzy Osbourne’s hard-rocking Crazy Train, there’s something here for grandfolks, goth teens and everyone in-between.
Best of all, after earning a Best Original Song Academy Award nomination for Can’t Stop The Feeling! in the original Trolls, Justin Timberlake returns with brand-new music, created in collaboration with Ozzy, Mary J. Blige, SZA and more. Rock ‘n’ Troll...!
The Trolls are not alone. When Queen Poppy discovers her kingdom is just one of six tribes – each with its own musical style – she pledges to protect them all from the villainous Queen Barb and her Hard Rock Trolls. As Branch, Biggie and the gang find themselves crossing kingdoms and meeting trolls from the lands of funk, techno and rap, this is one mission that might get loud.