I don’t get to see many movies, unless they are animated. Over the past year, my kids have been bugging me to Trolls from the very first preview they saw. Sing is the other one, which is out early December.
We saw Trolls the second week it came out and thanks to the McDonald’s Happy Meal toys and a couple new books, we already knew the names of most of the characters and couldn’t wait to hear their voices.
I am going to say it was one of my favourite animated movies in a long time. So colourful, so cute and the message was great! There were some surprises, including Smidge’s voice (which neither of the girls expected). My girls would also like to speak to the people who decide which characters get to be the Happy Meal toys at McDonald’s, because they want to know how Fuzzbert was a toy, and not Cooper or Biggie, both of whom played a bigger role in the movie.
The movie centres around the colourful Trolls as their village was invaded by the Bergens, miserable creatures who are only happy when they eat Trolls. Poppy (Anna Kendrick), who loves to sing, dance and hug and hug, dance and sing and Branch (Justin Timberlake) who is just a grumpy guy, have to team up to save their friends. What happens along the way will have you laughing and crying and singing and dancing!
It’s great for all ages!
But let’s talk about the real star of the movie…the music!!
You had to know to expect great things when the hit song of the summer, and main song of the soundtrack was Timberlake’s Can’t Stop the Feeling. The music was amazing and kept us dancing in our seats from the start until the end of the credits.
Hits on the Soundtrack includes amazing covers by Timberlake and Kendrick, including one of my favourites September, (as in Earth Wind and Fire, September), and some great mashups like I’m Coming Out/Mo’ Money Mo’ mashup from Kendrick and Zooey Deschanel (Originally Diana Ross and Notorious BIG).
Songs were sung by the whole cast, which includes those mentioned above and the likes of Gwen Stefani, Russel Brand, James Corden, Kunal Nayyar, Run Funches and more. The whole soundtrack is great, and has already been purchased and on rotation in my car. I’m happy to have a way to introduce my kids to older music, under the guise that it’s sung by their favourite characters, including Deschanel’s take on Lionel Richie’s Hello, which was emotional.
And while Hello made my eyes water, it was the main character’s take on Cindi Lauper’s True Colors that made me cry. That song has always held a special place in my heart, and I remember when Lauper released it, way back in the ‘80’s. And when Timberlake started to sing it, I couldn’t help but shed a tear.
It was probably my favourite part of the movie.
So in honour of that moment, here is the official lyric video.