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Music, Music, Music
by Betty Jo Tucker

As a fan of the 2016 animated movie Trolls, I worried about my high expectations for any sequel. Happily, Trolls World Tour delighted me, probably because of its emphasis on music, music, music. What’s your favorite music genre? No matter what your answer, it probably gets a time to shine in this lively show -- even yodeling. With Justin Timberlake serving as one of the musical producers again, you can bet on a variety of special exhibitions on screen. The only one not included is Disco.

Timberlake also returns as the voice of cynical Branch, one of the main characters. Plus, Anna Kendrick comes back as Poppy, the happiest troll you will ever see. These two appealing characters anchor the sequel, but other colorful characters give them a run for their money here --particularly Queen Barb, voiced by Rachel Bloom, and Hickory/Prince D, voiced by Sam Rockwell. Adding to the fun are George Clinton and Mary J. Blige as the Funk Music leaders, plus many more surprises.

Marvelous singing and dancing take over the screen in this creative sequel, which makes me very happy -- because, of course, I’m the world’s most avid movie musical fan.               

Poppy and Branch, back together.

But they face more stormy weather.

Poppy now wears the Pop Queen crown.

And her friend Branch still wears a frown.

 

He loves Poppy yet cannot say,

for her Queen goals get in the way.

Poppy learns of Trolls world-wide

with different music their guide.

 

Rock Queen Barb wants to own them all.

Poppy jumps to answer the call.

The music battle then begins

We can’t help hoping her side wins.

 

Music styles of many kinds shine

 Pop music is a fave of mine.

Country, classic and so-smooth jazz

receive their moments of pizzazz.

 

Bursts of color explode in scenes.

Cute creatures dance joyful routines.

“Trolls World Tour” wants to make us smile.

That’s not been seen for quite a while.

My only concern about this film involves the over-stimulation of toddlers with all the fast action and color extravaganza going on. Also, please don’t  let the movie’s annoying raucous opening bother you. When the story gets underway, everything works. If you don’t like one type of music, chances are the next one covered might have you dancing and singing right along with the Trolls.          

Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything. --- Plato

(Released by Universal Pictures and rated “PG” by MPAA.)


                                                                                                                                                                               
 
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