Sometimes the world seems like it’s relatively normal, and then you remember that Trolls World Tour might be the movie that will change moviegoing as we know it. Ahead of the DreamWorks animated film’s game-changing release in theaters and on VOD platforms next week, Universal has released two new Trolls World clips showing the characters played by Justin Timberlake,Anna Kendrick, and James Corden in action. Watch the new Trolls World Tour clips below.
Never count on a Troll to plan a rescue mission. Or at least, James Corden’s Troll, who is at a loss after Poppy Kendrick gets kidnapped during her quest to save the world from the Queen of the Hard Rock’s Rachel Bloom plan to turn all Trolls into Rock Zombies. But maybe things will turn out all right! Because they have hope, love, and gumption, or whatever. They also have muscles, as Kenan Thompson’s Tiny Diamond points out.
The first of two Trolls World Tour clips show the gang at a loss after the world has expanded beyond what they could have fathomed. And Kendrick’s Queen of the Trolls has to face the fact that her definition of good music doesn’t match with everyone else’s definition, in the second clip below.
They definitely shouldn’t have gone with “Who Let the Dogs Out.”
Directed by W Dohrn with co-direction by David P. Smith written by Jonathan Aibel, Trolls World Tour starsAnna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, James Corden, Kunal Nayyar, Ozzy Osbourne, andRachel Bloom.
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.
So much of the slick, ADD-riddled studio animation that passes for family-friendly entertainment these days has been watered down by cheap jokes and bland message-mongering. You have to hand it to “Trolls World Tour” for trying to turn that standard into a half-assed Trojan horse: Yes, this candy-colored jukebox musical sequel to the 2016 installment stuffs a ridiculous playlist into silly and psychedelic gags about hairy forest critters who thrive on joy and good tunes. And yes, it will mainly appeal to kids and stoners for those reasons alone. Yet buried in all that surface inanity, “Trolls World Tour” which was set for a wide theatrical release but will instead snake its way into American households on VOD musters a savvy treatise on the history of modern music, and a serviceable message about the cultural differences that make its diverse traditions worthy of celebration on their own terms. It's a stupid movie with deep ambitions, energized by that trippy neon palette, and the occasional hot beat.
For the uninitiated, troll dolls are the plastic toys that exploded in the ’60s, but the current “Trolls” universe transforms them into cheery/eerie bundles of constant joy that thrive on parties deep in an enchanted forest. The previous entry found former grump Branch Justin Timberlake finding his inner joy and integrating into the never-ending party of the troll kingdom overseen by Queen Poppy Anna Kendrick. They seemed destined to continue as living ecstasy pills forever after. But the troll universe turns out to be much bigger than Poppy and her gleeful servants knew, and “Trolls World Tour” expands the mythology of the original movie by revealing the same narrow confines that made the original “Trolls” soundtrack so narrow: They're “pop” Trolls get it?, while other regions of their land include other troll communities that adhere to very different genres: Techno, country, funk, classical, and rock. In an amusing acknowledgement of the movie's modern-day limitations, Poppy's dated map also has disco on it.
This instant world-building ensures whatever happens in the immediate future, we might be seeing “Trolls” movies for years to come, and that's a terrifying concept even in these trying times. But “Trolls World Tour” begs you to work through the fundamental inanity of its setup by trying to do something smart with it: returning director Walt Dohrn back from the previous entry and a small army of screenwriters use the expansive universe to careen through a range of musical experiences while the exploring the simmering tensions between them.
That's largely due to the efforts of crude goth chick Queen Barb Rachel Bloom, the boisterous and egocentric Queen of the...
Cursed Films, Shudder’s new series about the urban legends surrounding classic horror films, is a must-watch. They’ve already debuted an episode on The Exorcist, and this week they’ll be premiering a new ep devoted to Richard Donner’s 1976 classic, The Omen. We’re debuting an exclusive Cursed Films clip that features Donner and more talking about some of the spooky happenings that surrounded The Omen‘s production.
Cursed Films Clip
Do you believe in curses? I don’t, but I sure love hearing about them. Especially when they’re curses associated with classic horror films. Shudder’s new series Cursed Films covers this very topic, and it’s a wonderful show. Rather than just sensationalize the material, the series – directed by Jay Cheel – actually takes the time to dig for the truth, and get to the bottom of it all.
One of this week’s new Cursed Films episodes focuses on The Omen, and in the clip above, you can hear all about the admittedly alarming amount of plane-related mishaps surrounding the pic. We learn that star Gregory Peck’s plane was struck by lightning when he was flying to England to shoot the film. Then, just a few days later, screenwriter David Seltzer was also flying to England and his plane was also struck by lightning. Lastly, we learn that still another plane Peck was supposed to be on actually crashed. And not just crashed, but crashed into a car carrying the wife and child of the plane’s pilot. Is that extremely bad luck…or the work of a sinister, supernatural curse? Cue the spooky Jerry Goldsmith music.
Cursed Films is a “five-part documentary series that explores the myths and legends behind some of Hollywood’s notoriously “cursed” horror film productions. From plane accidents and bombings during the making of The Omen, to the rumored use of real human skeletons on the set of Poltergeist, these stories are legendary amongst film fans and filmmakers alike. But where does the truth lie? Cursed Films reveals the events that haunted these productions through interviews with experts, witnesses and the cast, directors and producers who lived through the real-life events. Were these films really cursed, as many believe, or just the victims of bad luck and bizarre circumstances?”
The episode devoted to The Omen and another episode focusing on Poltergeist premieres on Shudder April 9.