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Parents need to know that Trolls Holiday features the same cute and colorful characters their kids know from the Dreamworks movie Trolls. The plot revolves around the former troll-eating creatures the Bergens, who no longer have anything to celebrate after doing away with their lone holiday, "Trollstice." The show highlights positive messages of friendship and the importance of listening -- with a lot of absurd humor, cool animation, and groovy musical numbers along the way. If families like the film, this is more of the same quirky vibe.
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TROLLS HOLIDAY picks up where the Trolls movie left off: with the Trolls and Bergens peacefully co-existing in their neighboring kingdoms. The Bergens have done away with "Trollstice," their one holiday, which means that the Trolls are safe from being eaten -- but the Bergens no longer have anything to celebrate! The Trolls, however, have more holidays than they know what to do with, so Queen Poppy and her pals (the Snack Pack) travel to Bergentown and offer to share.
Is it any good?
With a likable cast, a cute (if slight) story, and a fun soundtrack of cover songs, this is a short but sweet holiday special that will entertain kids who loved the movie. It also might make parents chuckle with cheeky pop-culture references. Poppy (Anna Kendrick) and Branch (Justin Timberlake) play great off each other, and seeing the ongoing friendship between Poppy and lovelorn scullery maid Bridget (Zooey Deschanel) adds a nice bit of continuity. Poppy and Bridget are really good friends to one another, and Trolls Holiday does a nice job demonstrating how people can resolve their differences through honest communication. There are fun callbacks to the original film (Cloud Guy, anyone?) and the mixture of animation styles is playful and crafty-cool.
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Families can talk about their own holiday traditions, and how they got started. If you could make up your own silly holidays like the ones the Trolls talk about in Trolls Holiday, what would they be?
If you've seen the original Trolls movie, how does this holiday special compare? Would you like to see more stories set in this world?
- In theaters: November 24, 2017
- On DVD or streaming: November 28, 2017
- Cast: Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel
- Director: Joel Crawford
- Studio: NBC Studios
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Topics: Friendship, Holidays, Music and Sing-Along
- Character strengths: Compassion, Gratitude, Teamwork
- Run time: 26 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
- Awards/Honors: Common Sense Selection
- Last updated: September 28, 2020
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