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Parents' Guide to

A Troll in Central Park

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Worthy messages, but snarling, scary dogs in animated film.

Movie G 2002 76 minutes
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Is It Any Good?

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There's nothing especially groundbreaking happening in A TROLL IN CENTRAL PARK, at least in terms of the story. Good and bad trolls do battle (and you can guess who wins in the very end), a young boy learns the importance of having dreams and believing in himself, and celebrities ham up their voices for the characters. There are some decent, but not noteworthy songs.

And yet, in spite of the average cartoon premise and predictable-enough storyline, it's the Don Bluth-style animation that will keep the parents as engaged as the kids. For fans of Bluth especially, the dream sequences and Central Park transformations are especially enjoyable. While you know what you're going to get in cartoons like these, still, 18 years after its initial release, A Troll in Central Park is an entertaining movie.

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