Trolls World Tour (3 stars)

Trolls World Tour

Joyous and refreshingly simple animated sequel which celebrates music across the spectrum

Rainbows, upbeat tunes and glitter are what we need right now, and this sequel to 2016's animated smash Trolls, from director Walt Dohrn, delivers bucketloads of them all.

Little kids, especially, will relish the brightly coloured, musical medley-heavy adventure as chipper Queen Poppy (Anna Kendrick) and her still-grouchy friend Branch (Justin Timberlake) discover that their pop-loving clan isn't the only Troll tribe out there – there are lands devoted to funk, country, techno, classical and rock. The problem is that the Queen of Rock, Barb (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's Rachel Bloom), wants to take over the other tribes and have rock rule them all, and it's up to Poppy and pals to stop her.

The first major Hollywood release to go straight to streaming due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Trolls World Tour works as both joyous entertainment for kids of all ages and an enjoyably witty, toe-tapping distraction for everyone else.

With a simple to follow story, fluorescent, almost trippy animation, detail enriched environs and an earnest message – it's better to be different than all the same, and such differences should be embraced – this sequel is easy on both the eye and brain (in a good way). It's also packed with vocal cameos from the world of music, for grown-ups to listen out for: from Ozzy Osbourne (as Barb's dad Thrash) and Kelly Clarkson, to Mary J Blige and George Clinton (as king of funk Quincy, of course).

And with a wide variety of sounds being celebrated – K-pop, reggaeton, smooth jazz and even yodelling get their turn – it gives kids an introduction to musical genres, while they hum along. However, be warned – you may want them to appreciate the snippet of Beethoven, or even Heart's 'Barracuda', but chances are it will be 'Gangnam Style' or 'Who Let the Dogs Out?' that they'll be singing ad nauseum after the credits roll.

Available to watch on demand from Mon 6 Apr.

Trolls 2: World Tour

  • 3 stars
  • 2020
  • US
  • 1h 31min
  • U
  • Directed by: Walt Dohrn, David P. Smith
  • Cast: Anna Kendrick, Jamie Dornan, Sam Rockwell, James Corden, Justin Timberlake
  • UK release: 13 April 2020

The trolls go global in this animated sequel.