Moderator / Reviewer
- Apr 4, 2017
My AV System
- Preamp, Processor or Receiver
- Yamaha TRS-7850 Atmos Receiver
- Other Amp
- Peavy IPR 3000 for subs
- Universal / Blu-ray / CD Player
- Sony ubx800 4K UHD Player
- Front Speakers
- Cheap Thrills Mains
- Center Channel Speaker
- Cheap Thrills Center
- Surround Speakers
- Volt 10 Surrounds
- Surround Back Speakers
- Volt 10 Rear Surrounds
- Rear Height Speakers
- Volt 6 Overheads
- 2x Marty subs (full size with SI 18's)
- Video Display Device
- Sony 85 inch X950H FALD TV
Trolls World Tour was yet another victim of the giant squashing hammer that was the Covid-19 pandemic. Originally slated for an April 10th release date, Universal/Dreamworks watched as theaters were shutting their doors and closing down due to the desire to social distance. Instead of actually just shuttering the idea completely (this was supposed to be a major money maker), Universal instead decided to release it via VOD for home release, where it actually made a sizable chunk of change, before they announced a home video release date. This alone seemed like a huge win for the studio, but it may show the changing face of consuming media, as the theaters were ROYALLY ticked off, with AMC going so far as to say they wouldn’t show a Universal title if it was being streamed via VOD at the same time (theatrical exclusivity rights is a HUGE thing for theaters) and kind of put them on edge with the major studios. That being said, I’m not a wild person when it comes to what method you view your media (as long as physical media survives!) and just want to have a bit of fun.
Ultimately, the story BEHIND Trolls World Tour is a bit more interesting than the actual plot of the movie. 2017’s Trolls was another attempt to popularize old 80s and 90s culture and bring it into a lucrative, flashy bit of pop culture for the kids. It wasn’t special, but it was reasonably fun. The same thing goes for the sequel, as Dreamworks and Universal craft a film that’s basically a giant sugar coated gumdrop of pop music (even the hard rock and country is all popified) to just tap your toe along with and have a little bit of fun with.
Pop Queen Poppy and her group of trolls are all happy and having fun in their home village when Poppy (Anna Kendrick) gets an invite by a mysterious Queen Barb (Rachel Bloom) for her hard rock world tour. It seems innocent enough, but Barb has a bit of an ulterior motive. You see, there are 6 different troll clans out there (unbeknownst to Poppy), each with their own type of music. Generations ago the 6 troll clans separated due to their musical differences and took with them a musical “string” which housed their particular style of music. Now Barb is back and she wants the strings together so that she can play the ultimate power chord and unite all 6 tribes under the banner of hard rock. The thing is, the only way Barb can think to unite the clans is by destroying the other 5 types of music and leaving only hard rock as the troll music. Now it’s up to Poppy, Branch (Justin Timberlake)
The plot is simple, silly, and pure cotton candy fluff, but the real draw of the movie is that it’s basically a musical smorgasbord combined with pretty colors. It’s cute, fun, and definitely toe tapping with the highly autotuned musical numbers. They do a good enough job at portraying the different musical styles, but in reality they’re hollow shells if you’re a bit music aficionado. Everything is basically popified (even the hard rock is very soft and the chords are softened to be more palatable to general audiences). Amusingly enough, I was kind of rooting for Queen Barb as I grew up with 80s and early 90s hard rock and metal as my musical “base” so to speak (meaning I kind of cheered for a hard rock comeback), but in reality, this is all about showing kids that music exists in all shapes and forms, and with an underlying message of inclusiveness through our differences (something which has been sorely lacking in our culture today, ranging from musical tastes all the way up to our politics) in a sugar coated color bomb.
Rated PG for some mild rude humor
• DANCE PARTY MODE – As Queen Poppy makes her way across the lands, this on-screen experience encourages the viewer to sing and dance along as they customize their own musical journey. With sing-along and dance elements, interactive pop ups and more, it's sure to be a world of fun!
• TINY DIAMOND GOES BACK TO SCHOOL – In this exclusive original short film, journey back to school with Tiny Diamond as he tries to figure out how to be the cool kid and 'fit in'.
• TROLLS DANCE ACADEMY – Compilation of How-To-Dance pieces from Dance Party Mode
• TROLLS WORLD TOURIST MAP – Cloud Guy provides a quick "tourist guide's" view of the six realms that make up Trolls Kingdom.
-- Trolls Village
-- Lonesome Flats
-- Vibe City
-- Volcano Rock City
-- Techno Reef
• DELETED SCENES WITH INTROS BY DIRECTOR WALT DOHRN, PRODUCER GINA SHAY AND CO-DIRECTOR DAVID P. SMITH
-- Cooper's Destiny
-- Let's Go Save the World
-- Bicycle Built for Two
-- Meet the Bounty Hunters
-- Making New Friends
-- Cloud 9
• TROLLS PERFECT HARMONY – Hear from the star-studded cast of Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Anderson .Paak, George Clinton, Kunal Nayyar, James Corden and the filmmakers about the history of music featured in the film. From classical to country to rock, pop and techno, the cast and filmmakers reveal their favorite types of music.
• TROLLS WORLD TOUR BACKSTAGE – A behind-the-scenes making of featurette showcases Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Rachel Bloom, Ron Funches, George Clinton, Mary J. Blige, Sam Rockwell and Kenan Thompson as some of the talent behind the Trolls and the process of bringing the them to life.
-- Opening Act
Is Trolls World Tour a big smash hit that is likely to rival How to Train Your Dragon? Of course not. If you watched 2017’s Trolls you know that it’s pure bubblegum pop fun and nothing more. It’s vapid, silly, but generally amusing and pretty to look at. I actually hate to say this, but I enjoyed myself, and I wasn’t even watching this with my nieces and nephew either! Simply put, this is pure sugar coated fun for the kids that is palatable for adults and not going to make you want to rip your skin off from the agony of watching. Universal’s Blu-ray looks AMAZING, sounds good, and even has a moderately solid array of extras to boot. Solid enough watch, in my opinion.
Starring: Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Rachel Bloom, James Corden, Kelly Clarkson, Sam Rockwell, Ozzy Osbourne
Directed by: Walt Dohrn, David P. Smith
Written by: Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger, Maya Forbes, Wallace Wolodarsky, Elizabeth Tippet
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 AVC
Audio: English: Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 Core), Spanish DD+ 7.1, French (Canadian) DD 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Runtime: 91 Minutes
Blu-Ray Release Date: July 7th, 2020
Recommendation: Solid Kids Watch