Okay y’all, let’s talk about Trolls.
Now, I remember the Trolls dolls. My grandparents had several in the communal toy chest that I shared with the rest of the kids in my family. They had picked them up at auctions and in Happy Meals, where they had immediately been discarded from the “cool toys” and thrown to the bottom of the toy pile, only to be resurrected every so often when the Barbies had disappeared into the barn loft. I particularly remember a set of Trolls dressed in bride and groom outfits, with no discernible differences except for their attire.
Sure, Trolls were popular— but to me, they were always peripheral to other trends, like Beanie Babies. I suppose when they first trended in the 60s, there was less competing with them. But for me? They took backseat to 101 Dalmations.
When I heard the Trolls movie was coming out, I didn’t get the hype. Sure, the bright colors and catchy songs instantly attracted every child I know. Sure, it was a wave of nostalgia for two generations. But like I said, Trolls were never my thing. Plus, how do you get a plot from those creepy things? The only other troll-related movie I know of is a horror film.