Trolls World Tour is a sequel to 2016’s Trolls and takes us back to the psychedelic, happy land where Queen Poppy (voice of Anna Kendrick) rules over a groovy bunch of Pop Trolls who like nothing more than singing and dancing all day.
One day a message arrives for Poppy from the faraway ruler from another tribe of Trolls – Barb, Queen of the Hard Rock Trolls (voice of Rachel Bloom). Poppy is very excited to hear that there’s another tribe of trolls beyond the boundaries of the forest. She’s even happier when her father explains that there are many different tribes, all with their own style of music.
Unfortunately, Queen Barb is on a mission to take over all the trolls and destroy their diversity. Poppy thinks she can change Barb’s mind with hugs, pop music and friendship. But when she sets off to find Barb, things become more difficult as she sees the trail of destruction that Barb has left behind.
Poppy and her friends travel through all the different lands of Troll Kingdom, determined to warn everyone and save them from being turned into Hard Rock Troll Zombies.
Diversity; tolerance; music; world dominance; friendship
Trolls World Tour has some violence. For example:
- Hard Rock Troll Queen Barb destroys the towns where other tribes of trolls live. The towns are left full of broken buildings.
- Barb threatens, intimidates and scares the other trolls.
Trolls World Tour has some mild romantic references. For example:
- There is some very mild flirtation between Queen Poppy and cowboy Hickory.
- Branch, a Pop Troll, is trying to work up the courage to tell Poppy that he loves her.
Alcohol, drugs and other substances
Trolls World Tour suggests some use of substances. For example, when the trolls hear some ‘smooth jazz’, they enter an intoxicated state.
Nudity and sexual activity
Trolls World Tour has some nudity and sexual activity. For example:
- Biggie’s pants come down, and you can see his bottom.
- When the smooth Jazz Troll appears with a heart-shaped tuft on his naked chest, Poppy says in awe, ‘Look at his chest hair’.
Trolls World Tour has some coarse language and name-calling, including ‘butt’, ‘dang’ and ‘pipsqueak’.
Ideas to discuss with your children
Trolls World Tour is a silly but fun movie with quite a few laughs. It’s full of great music that kids will love, and you might not be able to resist tapping your feet too. The story involves a predictable goodie versus baddie plot, but the positive messages about diversity and tolerance shine through.
Although there’s little to disturb children over five years, you should be aware that this is a very flashy, noisy and fast-paced movie. Some children might find it overwhelming, especially if they see it on the big screen at a cinema. Therefore, we recommend parental guidance for children aged 5-7 years.
The main messages from this movie are that the world is a better place if we can learn to appreciate our differences, value our diversity, and live together in harmony.
Values in this movie that you could reinforce with your children include the following:
- accepting different cultures and their unique customs
- keeping your promises.
- understanding that leadership can be lonely.