Poppy and Branch discover that there are six different troll tribes scattered over six different lands. Each tribe is also devoted to six different kinds of music — funk, country, techno, classical, pop and rock. When rockers Queen Barb and King Thrash set out to destroy the other music, Poppy and Branch embark on a daring mission to unite the trolls and save the diverse melodies from becoming extinct.
One of the reasons I wanted to see this fun sequel to the original Trolls movie was because in the original there was a lot of heart. As a children’s movie, it had a beautiful message about embracing what makes each person unique and celebrating those differences. I wanted to see if the new Trolls film had some of that same magic. While it wasn’t quite as glittery as the first film, it did re-capture that concept and was a beautiful embracing of all types of music, even the styles that might not be everyone’s jam.
In the new film, World Tour, Poppy and Branch find out that there are other tribes of trolls scattered around the world. Once upon a time, they were united but differences over music drove them apart. Instead of joining together in spite of those differences, the tribes each took a strand of magical chord to power their style of music. Poppy and her tribe are the Pop tribe but they must go out and find the other tribes before the rock tribe, led by Queen Barb, destroy all other music and turn all other trolls into rock zombies.
What is wonderful about this movie is the way all styles of music are shown and done with love. Classical music is as important as country music and while one type might not be enjoyed by the individual, all are shown lovingly, even smooth jazz and yodeling. Every type of music has its strengths and reasons for being loved. Even better, every type of music is important to the story. And even though rock is the one trying to take over, it doesn’t show it as evil or the music wrong, just that all music should be celebrated and everyone should be able to enjoy the music they love, even when it’s different.
The music is fun, the characters learn a lot of lessons about listening and being different, and Branch gets to shine as the hero who is right. Even better, Poppy makes friends with those who are different and understands Pop music is no better or stronger than Funk or Rock. The actors do a wonderful job with their characters. I loved Ozzy Osbourne as the king of the rock trolls, King Thrash. The movie is a true celebration of all music and the selection of actors/singers reflects that love of music. If you have children, I recommend the movie, just for the music.
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.