Trolls: World Tour [Blu-ray Review]

If I’m going to be honest, I’m not entirely sure what I expected from this film. But surprisingly, the film was more enjoyable from what I had anticipated. The only problem is, I don’t think the film fully knows who it’s actually for.

That being said, the music is kind of incredible.

I’ll admit that I never got around watching the first film, but I geniunely might rent the film (not that it’s crucial to understanding its sequel). If you’ve seen the trailer, the premise isn’t too complicated to understand. Barb, Queen of Rock (played by Rachel Bloom from Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) is trying to take all of the six strings from different types of music. Their ancestors created the six strings to represent the different types of music, the six types being: Rock, Techno, Funk, Country, Classical, and Hip-Hop. Now obviously this is supposed to represent past music, but modern day music is a bit more complicated than just 6 genres.

Some of the appeal of the film is with the different types of music comes actual musicians and artists that help represent them. For example, Ozzy Osbourne for Rock, Anderson .Paak for Prince of Funk who is sons of Quincy and Essence the King and Queen of Funk (played by George Clinton and Mary J. Blige). J Balvin represents Raggaeton, and Kelly Clarkson represents country. These are all big names for their respective genres – but this feels like it this is for the parents who watch the film, but not the kids.

Some of the pairings for the music and even the choices for the soundtrack (“Crazy Train”) are ones that come to mind to how the film doesn’t feel geared towards the kids who are watching the film. But then the jokes are absolutely geared toward kids. There should be a happier medium they could reach at instead.

I’m moderately obsessed with Anderson .Paak, so his addition to the film is greatly appreciated. And his song with Justin Timberlake sounds like it can be played on the radio at any time of day, and not feel like it comes from a children’s film. When it gets stuck in your head, you won’t be as upset about singing it considering it’s better than “Let it Go” or other recent songs from animated films.

As the film continues, Poppy (Anna Kendrick) learns how she’s part of the problem, and is repeating her ancestor’s mistakes. It’s revealed that her ancestors previously took all the strings and tried to combine everyone under one umbrella of music, Pop. And this is along the lines of what Poppy wants to do again. Instead of celebrating our invididuality, by placing everyone under one type of music, we are losing ourselves. This moment in a kid’s film, is huge. Following in Zootopia‘s steps in their handling of racism and showing it in a way to children that they can understand easily, Trolls World Tour teaches us that you can be different and still be friends.

I was lucky enough to get a copy of the 4K and Blu-ray combo thanks to Universal, and on it are some great bonus features. It includes the Dance Academy featurette which teaches you how to do a few types of dance moves based on the different types of genre’s. Keep in mind, this is likely geared to children, but also the choreography runs quick so you might have to replay it a few times in order for the younger ones (or yourself, I won’t judge) to learn how to do the dance perfectly. This geos hand in hand with the Dance Party edition.

If you’ve seen a Sing Along version of a film, you’ll understand the concept to Dance Along. The audience can sing and dance along to their favourite moments in the film.There are also a few deleted scenes that are unfinished that include some commentary from director Walt Dohrn, co-director David P. Smith and producer Gina Shay.

Surprisingly, I enjoyed the film way more than I had expected and I plan on listening to the soundtrack a few (dozen) times.