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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The Trolls and their new pals the Bergens learn that when it comes to holidays, it's not the decorations and presents that matter -- it's friendship.
Positive Role Models
Poppy is an enthusiastic and caring friend. She and Bridget model a great female friendship, where disagreements become opportunities for learning and growth. The Trolls are a happy bunch who work well as a team.
Violence & Scariness
The Trolls sing about a holiday that's centered on slapping each other's faces (it's done in a silly, cartoonish manner). King Gristle is given a tattoo (seemingly against his will) that says "HUG LIFE" and also sustains some glitter-related injuries to his eyeballs.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One of the holidays the Trolls sing about is a day when they celebrate "tear-away pants": Biggie is shown ripping his pants off while dancing, and his Troll nether regions (?) are blurred out -- a quick visual joke.
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Products & Purchases
There's talk of the holidays being more about togetherness than about "stuff" -- which is just a tad ironic, considering the huge line of Trolls-related toys and merchandise available.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A character is briefly shown with a pipe -- and is roundly scolded for having it.
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Parents Need to Know
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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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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