A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that TrollsTopia follows the same lead characters of the Trolls movie and the Trolls: The Beat Goes On! show, but expands the universe by introducing whole new tribes of trolls. There's great music and positive messages around friendship, but also a fair share of potty humor (the glitter farts remain constant across the franchise). Some of the characters, especially newcomer Val Thundershock, can be pretty sassy when talking to each other. Overall, Trolls fans will love meeting the new trolls and watching lead character Poppy try really hard to befriend them.
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What's the story?
In TrollsTopia, super positive and friendly Queen Poppy (Amanda Leighton) and the skeptical pessimist Branch (Skylar Astin) return from the Beat Goes On TV show. They discover there are whole tribes of trolls they don't know, and Poppy wants to befriend them all. The tribes all have different cultures based on the type of music they play. Their ambassadors decide that all the tribes should move to TrollsTopia to live together in troll-y bliss. There's Holly Darling (Megan Hilty), leader of the Country Western trolls, Synth from the Technos, Dante Crescendo from the Classicals, Lownote Jones from the Funks, and Val Thundershock from the Hard Rockers. In each episode, the trolls need to learn to put aside their differences so they can be friends and make beautiful music together.
Is it any good?
Kids will love the fun characters from the new tribes and how they perform catchy music in different styles. There's lots of random silliness that will tickle this age group's funny bones. Like the other Trolls series, Trollstopia is visually beautiful with its candy-colored world and copious amounts of glitter. Lead troll Poppy has a very high emotional intelligence, and sets a great example for how to be a good friend and how to openly communicate your feelings.
Parents may be less enthusiastic about the potty humor, and how the rocker Val Thundershock has a rude rock-and-roll attitude (though Poppy is attempting to reform her). Also, by creating tribes based on musical styles, the show falls back on associated stereotypes and makes the tribe members all kind of one-note. However, overall this show is mostly pure fun, with some positive messages.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the tribes of trolls. How are they different from one another? How are they the same? How do they become friends with each other even though they're so different?
Poppy is really good at communicating her feelings and helping other trolls share their feelings. Can you think of a time when it was really helpful that she told someone how she was feeling?
- Premiere date: November 19, 2020
- Cast: Amanda Leighton, Megan Hilty, Lauren Mayhew, Skylar Astin, Michael-Leon Wooley
- Networks: Hulu, Peacock
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Princesses, Fairies, Mermaids, and More, Friendship
- Character strengths: Communication
- TV rating: TV-G
- Available on: Streaming
- Last updated: January 19, 2021
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