When the winter weather starts to set in, my spirits get low. I can’t help it. It’s dark when I leave the house in the morning, it’s dark when I come home and I spend most of the day indoors, occasionally looking out a window at either rainfall or a grey sky. So while Hollywood chooses this time of year to start shelling their award hopefuls, many of them emotionally draining dramas, the search for a palette cleanser seems more of a necessity than a choice and this year, DreamWorks Animation is delivering the goods.
Let’s be clear: Trolls is not particularly deep or nuanced. It’s an animated musical about Princess Poppy, the cheerful leader of the incessantly happy trolls, who leads a rescue mission to save her friends from the Bergens, a race of miserable creatures who believe happiness can only be achieved by eating trolls. Along the way Poppy falls in love and captures the heart of Branch (the grumpiest of the trolls), saves her friends and teaches the Bergens that happiness comes from within – not from eating her friends.