Trolls 2 is a sugary sweet film full of catchy tunes, glitter and rainbows, and has a Thanos-like villain trying to collect guitar strings to unite (or destroy) the Trolls under rock. Is Trolls World Tour kid friendly? This sequel is more kid friendly than its predecessor, Trolls, (where the Bergens try to eat the trolls), but here’s what parents should know about Trolls World Tour.
Is Trolls World Tour Kid Friendly?
Trolls World Tour is rated PG for mild rude humor and some jokes have an adult edge that will probably go over young kids’ heads. In Trolls 2, old favorite characters are back! King Peppy reveals that the world is bigger than Poppy thought and reveals that there are different Trolls out there. Trolls that don’t understand Pop and can’t comprehend what Hammer Time is (gasp!).
Poppy (Anna Kendrick) and Branch (Justin Timberlake) discover that besides the Pop Trolls, there are 5 other Troll tribes scattered over different lands – Funk, Country, Techno, Classical, and Rock. Queen Barb has to collect all 6 six guitar strings from each land and then can turn the rest of the Trolls into Rock Zombies. Sound familiar, Thanos?
There was no bad language aside from phrases like “you suck” and “screwed.”
Violence and Mature Content
Nothing in Trolls World Tour was too scary for young kids. There are some trolls that don’t have clothing and one scene where a character’s pants rip, so you see some animated butt crack.
Another scene shows characters in a trippy, drug-induced state.
Is Trolls World Tour Appropriate for Kids Under 6?
I recommend Trolls World Tour for kids ages 6 and older. Overall, it’s safe for kids and has many positive messages like diversity, kindness, and friendship. Essentially it’s Avengers: Endgame for kids sprinkled with glitter, bright colors, and peppy music, but not as dramatic, and way more happy.
Some scenes made me laugh as there were several jokes aimed at all genres of music, and in fact, reminded me of a road trip I recently had with friends while arguing over our individual tastes in music. The script may not be the most complex, but this non-threatening subject over discussions of music preference is a welcome distraction from current events.
I’ll take more bright colors, glitter in my face, and Anna Kendrick’s peppy Poppy voice, please.
While Trolls may not deliver an obvious musical hit like “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” there are plenty of energetic songs and performances to raise the spirits and keep young ones entertained. I might have shed a tear during, “Just Sing,” the big finale number where differences are embraced.
Plus I enjoyed the shout outs to KPOP and Reggaeton, and yes, even yodelers.
New characters like King Quincy offer truth bombs and inspiring quotes from Trolls World Tour like “Denying our differences is denying the truth of who we are.” You can choose to reflect and embrace the messages, or just enjoy the trippy ride of pretty colors, great music, and funny one-liners from Mr. Dinkles.
If you overthink it, you’ll think it’s a mess. But if you welcome the positivity, then Trolls World Tour will make you smile and have done its job.
Trolls World Tour is available On Demand now.
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