• 2019
  • China / Canada / US
  • 1h 27min
  • Directed by: Kelly Asbury
  • Cast: Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, Janelle Monáe

Moxy (Clarkson) is a sock puppet who lives in Uglyville, who travels to the Institute of Perfection to be trained by Lou (Jonas) for introduction to the real world. With a cast largely of music stars phoning in their voice performances, it tries too hard to be cute and the result is a strain.

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21 Jun 20192 stars

EIFF 2019: Pop stars aplenty lend their voices to an imperfect animation

'Perfection can stuff it,' runs the tagline for UglyDolls, the latest animated feature seemingly designed to shift merchandise. The Uglydoll plush toy brand has been around since 2001, and perhaps the failure of UglyDolls at the US box office suggests…

Kelly Asbury: 'My aim was to make UglyDolls a full-on traditional movie musical; fun, light-hearted and emotional'

11 Jun 2019

Director of the musician-led animated movie discusses what sparked his interest in the project and its message of diversity, acceptance and inclusion

Difference, unconventionality and freakiness rule in UglyDolls, the new animated film from STX Entertainment. While many kids films preach about the need for self-acceptance, they tend to feature perfect, unrealistic animated versions of people that…

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