It’s been 12 days since the global release of Avengers: Endgame, and the movie has already past the $2 billion mark at the worldwide box office. After winning a second weekend at the domestic box office and raking in truckloads more money around the world, it’s now the fastest movie to reach $2 billion, and that was already an exclusive club to be in with only four other movies reaching the global box office milestone. Read More »
When UglyDolls opened with a scene of faceless dolls being manufactured on an assembly line, I wondered if it was being too on the nose. But subtlety, or irony, are not words that exist in the vocabulary of the STX Entertainment CG-animated movie, which produces as many empty platitudes and hollow proverbs about self-love as there are versions of UglyDolls.
Directed by Kelly Asbury (Shrek 2, Gnomeo and Juliet), UglyDolls is a movie designed for maximum outreach and replayability. In the ongoing content vs. cinema debate, UglyDolls falls squarely in the “content” arena: Its musical sequences presented like bright pop music videos, its characters made cute and non-threatening, its sweet self-empowering messages packaged up in tidy little bows. But the great tragedy of this shiny product is that the plush toyline upon which its based was a truly inspired creation made by two friends, David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim, who simply wanted to share their colorful characters with the world. Instead, their toyline has produced an empty piece of corporate media.
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Trying to follow in the footsteps of the vibrant, animated musical Trolls, we’ve got another animated adaptation of a popular toy brand coming to the big screen. However, rather than just delivering a slew of poppy covers, the UglyDolls movie is bringing a a lot more original music with it from the likes of Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton, Pitbull, Janelle Monáe, and Nick Jonas. Otherwise, based on this new UglyDolls trailer, this looks like a completely uninspired and has a voice cast that doesn’t fit the characters. Read More »
Who’s ready for another animated musical about how your quirks are what make you stand out from the crowd? STX Entertainment is getting into the animation game with an UglyDolls movie, which is based on the popular plush toys that debuted back in 2001. And since this is a musical, they’ve gathered some big names in the music industry to lend their voices to these weird, wacky characters: Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton, Pitbull, Janelle Monae, and Nick Jonas. Check out the second trailer below. Read More »
If we could have dancing Trolls and fighting LEGOs, why not singing UglyDolls? The line of plush dolls branded as weird, creepy-cute toys had no indication of any musical ability when they exploded in popularity in the mid-2000s, but here we are. But if you’re going to make UglyDolls into a musical, why not go all in, as STX did with the uber-talented voice cast including Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton, Janelle Monae, and Nick Jonas. See the UglyDolls trailer below.
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