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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Themes include letting go of perfectionism, learning to coexist with people you may not always agree with, the value of forgiveness, and being a good sport.
Positive Role Models
Queen Poppy isn't perfect, but tries her best to rule over Troll Village in a constructive and inclusive way.
Violence & Scariness
Any violence is cartoonish and slapstick in nature, but parents of sensitive kids should be aware there are some scenes that take place in a Bergen dungeon, where the jailer punishes the prisoners with a bicycle-powered spanking machine, among other goofy implements. There are some growling forest creatures who occasionally pose a threat to the Trolls as well.
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There's some trash-talking when the Trolls compete against the Bergens in a sports game, but no swears to speak of.
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One episode parodies one-upmanship in sales, when Smidge and Guy Diamond resort to slimy tactics while running their competing juice businesses.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Trolls: The Beat Goes On! features short (11 minutes each), playful cartoons with the characters from the hit Trolls movie, albeit with a mostly new voice cast (who do a great job). There are terrific messages hidden within the characters' kooky adventures and catchy tunes -- Poppy (Amanda Leighton) has to let go of her perfectionism and control-freak tendencies, while Branch (Skylar Astin) learns how to forgive. That said, some parents may find the show's potty humor a tad excessive, and some of the visual jokes (like the scene in a Bergen dungeon that features a leather-clad prison guard barking orders) are a bit eyebrow-raising.
Is It Any Good?
This whimsical, psychedelic animated series is a seamless, laugh-filled continuation of the hit 2016 film, complete with peppy musical numbers and an offbeat blend of animation styles. Overly enthusiastic scrapbooker extraordinaire Queen Poppy is back, accompanied by her curmudgeonly misfit buddy Branch (Skylar Astin) -- and that's a good thing.
But with 52 11-minute cartoons on deck, we've been given plenty of time to get to know some of the more peripheral characters better, and they do not disappoint. Four-legged, long-necked Cooper (Ron Funches) is a punchline-dropping, well-meaning weirdo who could get excited over a speck of lint, while the mysterious Smidge (the tiny "strongwoman" Troll with the raspy voice) turns out to be an ambitious entrepreneur -- and sometimes secret agent! Kids should get a kick out of these new adventures, and learning more about daily life in Troll Village. That said, there's quite a bit of potty humor in Trolls: The Beat Goes On!, including piles of dog poop or glittery Trolls frequently seen farting clouds of sparkles into the air, which could irritate some parents.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.