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Trolls: The Beat Goes On!
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What 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.
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What's the story?
TROLLS: THE BEAT GOES ON! picks up right where the movie left off, with Queen Poppy (voiced by Amanda Leighton) learning to rule among her beloved pals in Troll Village. Now that the Bergens and Trolls have made their peace, it's time to get to know each other better and figure out how to happily coexist -- a process that comes with colorful, music-filled, and often hilarious ups and downs.
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.
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Families can talk about how Trolls: The Beat Goes On! compares to the original movie. Is life in their world what you thought it would be like? What's different?
What do the Trolls and Bergens learn from each other in this series? Do people have to be alike to get along?
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