“Trolls” hits your heart strings


Emily Gibbens, Staff Writer

“Trolls” is a heartwarming animated movie with an amusing plot and an even better soundtrack.

“Trolls” was released on Nov. 4, 2016 and directed by Mike Mitchell and Walt Dohrn. It is based on the famous Troll dolls that were popular in the 1960s and the 1990s.

The movie has many big name actors and actresses who also are all very talented singers including Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel, Russell Brand, James Corden and Gwen Stefani.

The storyline is about the tiny trolls and the giant Bergens. The trolls are happy, colorful characters who love to sing, dance and hug.

Their crazy hair is their superpower; they can control its length, movement and color. The Bergens are miserable, dark characters who think the only way they can be happy is if they eat a troll.

Because of their fear of the giant Bergens, the teeny trolls find their hiding spots within trees, tall grass and small underground tunnels.

They spend their life having dance parties and singing together while hiding until one day they get too loud and one Bergen finds them and kidnaps a handful of trolls.

The main character Princess Poppy, voiced by Kendrick, along with the only negative troll who refuses to sing, Branch, voiced by Timberlake take a journey to try and save all of troll humanity.

On their journey, they befriend a nice Bergen, Bridget, voiced by Zooey Deschanel. Through a twist and turn of events, Bridget helps them navigate through Bergen Town while the trolls help her find true love.

The tone of the movie is very positive. It is a very feel-good, happy movie. The cheerful voices of the characters and the intense, vivid colors had a lot to do with the upbeat feel of the movie.

For a children’s movie, it is also very funny. There were plenty of times that I found myself laughing out loud at the children’s humor and sometimes there was even hidden adult humor within the movie.

The animation of the movie is fantastic. DreamWorks produced the movie, and they did an excellent job with the vibrancy and the color of the picture. One thing I noticed was the very realistic animation of the hair of the trolls.

The most impressive part of the movie is definitely the music that played throughout the whole movie. Timberlake was an executive producer for the soundtrack, so I really wouldn’t expect anything less than amazing from him.

The musically talented cast, with Ariana Grande, sing original songs for the movie along with several covers. Some of the songs include “The Sound of Silence,” “Hello” by Lionel Ritchie, of course the song by Justin Timberlake written for the movie, “Can’t Stop the Feeling.”

One of my favorite parts of the movie was the beautiful rendition of “True Colors” at the end of the movie. It is a very emotional and touching moment of the movie.

The song is sung by Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick and the rest of the cast joins in for backup vocals. It is executed so perfectly that I started tearing up when the cast came together.

Even if you think this movie wouldn’t be for you, I recommend watching it. Don’t rule out seeing the movie “Trolls” just because it is animated or because it seems to be for children.

From the catchy songs to the remarkable animation, this is one of the best movies that I have seen in a long time. Any animated children’s movie that brings tears to my eyes deserves five out of five stars in my book.

Emily Gibbens is a staff writer for The Dakota Student. She can be reached at [email protected]