A Troll in Central Park

A Troll in Central Park
US Theatrical: Oct 07, 1994

Animation Studio: Don Bluth Entertainment

Popularity: 455th All Time, 483rd This Week

Characters on BTVA: 10
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said at 7:11 PM on Wed Nov 22 2017
A nature-loving troll is exiled from his community to New York City where he befriends two city kids. The nasty troll queen who banished him causes trouble and kidnaps the children, and so it's up to our hero to save the day. Following the derivative but well-intentioned THUMBELINA, this mostly harmless but disappointingly mediocre was yet another misfire for former Disney animator Don Bluth. His best films, THE SECRET OF NIMH, AN AMERICAN TAIL, and even THE LAND BEFORE TIME, all hold up because they have a lot of things that appeal not just to children, but grown-ups as well. A TROLL IN CENTRAL PARK, however, is targeted primarily toward kids, which represents the first problem. But the other major shortcoming is that this movie is utterly forgettable, despite fine voices such as Dom DeLuise and Cloris Leachman. (Even then, neither are at their best; DeLuise has done better than the wussy Stanley, and Leachman is given little to do except scream and be shrilly for her role as the evil Gnorga -- she sounds like she's really enjoying herself, so I give her points, but I honestly liked her as Dola in Miyazaki's CASTLE IN THE SKY a lot more.) Simply put, its storyline lacks the necessary ingredients to make it worthwhile fare. The songs are not all that great either, and honestly, I'm hard pressed to remember one. Even the occasional scary moments lack the dramatic bite from the aforementioned films. Saccharine, plodding, and predictable, it really is no wonder A TROLL IN CENTRAL PARK isn't well remembered. Compared to other films released around its year (notably THE LION KING) and in general, it simply doesn't sparkle.
said at 8:41 PM on Fri Nov 18 2016
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At least the Movie created a pretty good meme:

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