“Trolls World Tour” (Universal)
By Catholic News Service
Animated musical follow-up to the 2016 original in which the pair at the center of the first story, the ever-optimistic queen (voice of Anna Kendrick) of the pop-music trolls and her more fearful best friend (voice of Justin Timberlake) discover that there are other nations of their kind, each dedicated to a particular genre of melody and that the malicious sovereign (voice of Rachel Bloom) of the hard-rock tribe is out to conquer or destroy all the rest. As the duo embarks on a quest to unite everyone in resistance to this move, the ruler’s pal tries to work up the courage to tell her that he loves her.
With its psychedelic palette, upbeat energy and fun interludes of song, returning director Walt Dohrn’s adventure is a delightful diversion, one that also carries lessons about tolerance, respect for differing identities and the power of self-sacrificing love. Only a bit of very mild potty humor and the potentially confusing origin of a new character may prove bothersome to the parents of the youngest viewers.
An unusual birth, a brief scatological sight gag. The Catholic News Service classification is A-II — adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association rating is PG — parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.