“Trolls” (Fox)

Animated characters Poppy, voiced by Anna Kendrick. and Branch, voiced by Justin Timberlake, appear in the movie "Trolls." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/DreamWorks)

By Catholic News Service

Loopy but charming animated comedy in which two Trolls — one (voice of Anna Kendrick) an irrepressibly sunny optimist, the other (voice of Justin Timberlake) a perpetual worrier — set out to rescue a group of their friends (voiced by, among others, James Corden and Gwen Stefani) who have been kidnapped by an evil chef (voice of Christine Baranski) from a race of Troll-eating giants called Bergens. The outcome of the duo’s quest turns on the secret, seemingly hopeless love harbored by the cook’s sensitive — and much put-upon — scullery maid (voice of Zooey Deschanel) for the young king (voiced by Christopher Mintz-Plasse) of the Bergens.

Though it originates with a product line of plastic dolls, directors Mike Mitchell and Walt Dohrn’s infectiously fun 3-D fable feels more like a party than a commercial. As the titular creatures sing, dance and group-hug their way through the story, screenwriters Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger promote loyalty and teamwork as well as the transformative power of romance.¬†Only the looming threat of one set of characters consuming another, along with touches of slightly naughty humor, indicate that this is not a good choice for the smallest moviegoers.

A flash of rear nudity, brief scatological humor and wordplay, a few very mild oaths. The Catholic News Service classification is A-II — adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG — parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.

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