Trolls (2016)

trollsDirector: Walt Dohrn, Mike Mitchell

Writer: Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger, Erica Rivinoja (Screenplay) Thomas Dam (Good Luck Trolls)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooe Deschanel, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Christine Baranski, Russell Brand, Gwen Stefani


Plot: After the Bergens invade Troll Village, Poppy, the happiest Troll ever born, and the curmudgeonly Branch set off on a journey to rescue her friends.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Simple Animated Story


Story: Trolls starts with the Trolls living a happy life but the Bergens discover them and learn that eating a troll will make them happy. On the grand day of Prince Gristle is to be feed his first troll the Trolls escape to rebuild their society.

20 years later Princess Poppy continues the stories of how they escaped and continue to be positive with single and dancing but on troll Branch doesn’t believe they will ever be safe from the Bergens.

When the Bergens find the trolls Princess Poppy must team up with Branch to save the taken trolls from the Bergen and save the day.


Thoughts on Trolls


StoryThe story feels like it could just be another episode of the Smurfs really because it is about a small group of creatures Trolls that get taken by bigger creatures Bergens that want to eat them. Everything that goes on through the is generic with the reluctant hero having to work with the overly cheerful character to beat a villain that is using the royal figure to get what they want. This all works for keeping things simple without being anything overly original.

Animation/Comedy/Family/MusicalThe animation is all good and works for the world of toy trolls but the comedy misses on most levels but would work for the young audience. I don’t feel this has enough for all ages but the musical songs used will bring back memories for the fans of the music of people’ youths.

Characters/PerformancePoppy is your typical heroine for this style of film plucky and over ambitious while Branch is your reluctant hero. The villains all come off like Gargamel from Smurfs while the others feel like mis-lead over the years. The choice of Kendrick and Timberlake in the lead singer characters does work because know they are great singers.

SettingsThe settings all would be what you would expect from the world of Trolls with nothing else coming off too exceptional.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good film to stick on for the kids to enjoy but otherwise it will be hard to get through.


Overall: Easy to watch kids distraction film.




The Simpsons Challenge – Season 1 – Episode 4 There’s No Disgrace Like Home

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Season 1

Episode 4 There’s No Disgrace Like Home

Couch Gag – This time Homer pops out ending up on the floor.

Plot SynopsisAfter being embarrassed by the rest of the family at a company picnic, Homer becomes obsessed with improving their behavior towards each other.

What is going on reallyThis episode starts with The Simpson family preparing for a work picnic which means everyone must be in good behaviour, or Mr Burns will fire the employee on the Monday.

While Homer tries to keep Bart in order Marge ends up having a couple of drinks of punch only to find herself wasted at the work picnic. We get to see how Mr Burns ends parties quickly releasing the hounds on anyone who is late out of the party.

After the party Homer sees how his family could be better behaved compared to other families and more together in everyday routine. After witnessing the togetherness in other families Homer and the rest of the family try to work on improving things.

Seeing an advert on the television at the bar Homer turns to Dr Marvin Monroe family therapy, as we also get to see Itchy and Scratchy for the first time. We get to see how the therapy failed but also bought the family closer together.

Star Character


Final ThoughtsThis episode showed how the family needed to work together to be happy even if the rest of the families you know seem different. Your family is what keeps you happy is the message in this episode and easily on that you will not remember in the rest of the series.

Rating 3/5