Hello, ask-artsy-oncie, my name's Lucy. I'm a Once-ling who saw Trolls about a month ago. I went & saw it because of the Sound of Silence clip I found online, & thought to myself 'omgoodness, I have to see this movie'. I appreciate that Poppy isn't a princess just because it's a kids movie. Some films & shows have princesses even when there's no King or Queen. But Poppy is training to be Queen, an earned title. I really appreciate that. That, and Clint Eastwood. Yes. Just yes.
I’m glad you liked the movie…!
I’ve always been very pleased by the fact that DreamWorks CGI movies with female protagonists (Monsters VS Aliens, Home, and Trolls) never defaulted to the princess formula. This isn’t to say I hate princess movies, I’m just happy to see more variety.
Even with Poppy being a princess on the road to becoming queen, this movie didn’t feel like it had a “princess formula”. Fuck, any romance in the movie that concerned Poppy was purely implied (the only romance that was grievously blatant was Gristle and Bridget’s) and she didn’t explore the disadvantages of being a princess and was more-or-less just treated like a normal member of society, the thing that made her stand out being that she’s the happiest troll ever born. When her role as princess becomes plot-relevant, it has more to do with the fact that she was inspired by what her father has done for their species as King and felt the responsibility and desire to follow in his footsteps.
It’s a princess movie without being a princess movie, and I like that :)