Dreamworks keeps coming up more and more great family movies, and although Trolls is not quite as immersive as Sing, it has its own charm and lots of colourful 1970s nostalgia mixed in. Anyone growing up in the era will understand many of the references the Trolls and their enemies, The Bergens come across along the way.
These trolls are not the kind one fights in Middle Earth, nor are they the kind that get loose in the basement at Hogwarts. These are very different. These are tiny, happy creatures based on toys created by the Danish woodcutter Thomas Dam in 1959. Now they are their own nation, and sadly, that tiny tribe lives in a park in the center of a Bergen town, only to be harvested for a festival every year know as Trollstice. On this day, Bergens get to indulge in a feast of happiness that comes from consuming Trolls. This particular Trollstice is the first one for the new Bergen Prince Gristle Jr.(Christopher Mintz-Plasse), but the prince will never learn how to be happy, because this is also the night that Troll King Peppy (Jeffrey Tambor) gets everyone out of the captive park, and to a new home far in the forest. They live peacefully for twenty years, and soon the Troll princess, Poppy (Anna Kendrick) is learning how to be a royal for the time when she takes the throne. Read more...(562 words, 7 images, estimated 2:15 mins reading time)
This has got to be the silliest fantasy movie ever, but that’s not so bad. The focus is not on the eldest prince of the land of someplace we never learn the name of, but on the younger prince. While Fabious (James Falco) is the dashing, courageous quester, his brother, Thadeous (Danny McBride) is happier being the arrogant, lazy courtier that prefers to hang out with the trolls by the river and smoke their herbal mixes. His constant companion is Courtney (Rasmus Hardiker) a servant that has become his best friend and confidante. This life of ease for Thadeous is about to end.
Fabious goes on yet another quest, and slays this week’s monster, and rescues a fair damsel from the keep of an evil wizard. Belladonna (Zooey Deschanel) has been kept prisoner by Leezar (Justin Theroux) for a very specific purpose, but when Fabious finds her, he is instantly smitten and brings her home to meet his father, King Tallious (Charles Dance), and announces to the court he and Belladonna are to be married. They are immediately preparing for a grand wedding the next day. The happy day is soon interrupted by Leezar as he comes to claim Belladonna by magickal means. Meanwhile, out on the river, Thadeous has skipped the wedding and is getting high with his troll friends. Read more...(587 words, 119 images, estimated 2:21 mins reading time)
Back when The Sci-fi Channel was still showing the mainstays of its content of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror, before the ECW and reality shows kicked in, we were treated to all kinds of great mini-series, and if you missed this one in 2007, go pick it up now! This is a twist on a classic, but also a kind of sequel to Frank L. Baum tales of Oz. To all those kids growing up during the 60s and 70s, you most likely felt pretty special when you got to see the annual viewing of the 1937 classic, The Wizard of Oz, when it aired on CBS. There was even an alternate version featuring an all-African-American cast, including a teen Micheal Jackson, The Wiz. These might have prepared you for the new sexy musical about the witches of Oz, Wicked, if you have been lucky enough to see this stage production, but Tin Man just about blows these away. Read more...(801 words, 203 images, estimated 3:12 mins reading time)