Trolls World Tour appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Computer animated films tend to look good on Blu-ray, and Tour followed that rule.
Sharpness was fine across the board. This meant the movie delivered satisfying definition, with no obvious softness on display.
No signs of jagged edges or moiré effects occurred, and edge haloes were absent. Of course, print flaws never manifested themselves.
Colors tended to be broad and bold, with a wide palette on display. The Blu-ray delivered the hues in a lively, dynamic manner.
Blacks were dark and deep, while low-light shots offered nice clarity and smoothness. This became an appealing visual presentation.
Downconverted to Dolby TrueHD 7.1, we got a Dolby Atmos soundtrack that offered a lively soundscape, especially during the action sequences. Those fleshed out the spectrum in an involving way and gave us fine movement.
Unsurprisingly, music dominated, and the various songs and score used the channels in an engrossing manner. None of this added up to a terrific soundfield, but it worked pretty well.
Audio quality seemed pleasing. Speech always sounded distinctive and concise, while music was peppy and rich.
Effects offered solid reproduction, with clean highs and deep lows. I liked this mix and thought it gave the movie life.
As we move extras, we open with an audio commentary from director Walt Dohrn, producer Gina Shay and co-director David P. Smith. All three sit together for this running, screen-specific look at story and characters, animation and design choices, cast and performances, music, and related domains.
Though the commentary comes with a good array of movie-making nuggets, it also suffers from a lot of happy talk, and those aspects can make it a minor chore. Still, the participants bring a light, lively tone and turn this into a breezy chat, even if I’d prefer less self-praise.
An interactive element called Dance Party Mode runs alongside the movie. It offers prompts to sing along with the tunes, follow dance moves and/or little pop-up goofy bits. Kids might dig this but it seems fairly forgettable otherwise.
A new short, Tiny Diamond Goes Back to School goes for three minutes, 46 seconds and depicts exactly what the title indicates. Tiny preps for his educational career in this mildly amusing piece.
With Trolls Dance Academy, we get a tutorial. Across seven minutes, eight seconds, it teaches how to do moves under six musical genres. This already appears with “Dance Party Mode”, but it’s good to have on its own if it interests you.
Trolls World Tourist Map offers an interactive affair. It allows you to select the six music-related domains found in the film.
Each location presents a short “sales pitch” that mixes movie clips with narration. It’s cute and that’s about it.
Seven Deleted Scenes fill a total of 19 minutes, 24 seconds. That time includes introductions from Dohrn, Shay and Smith, as they give us some notes about each of the sequences.
As for those segments, they tend to focus on secondary characters or minor story elements. The look at what happened to Symphonyville is actually pretty good, but most of the clips feel superfluous.
Next comes Trolls Perfect Harmony, a four-minute, 29-second featurette with Dohrn, Smith, Shay, co-producer Kelly Cooney Cilella, head of story Tim Heitz, composer Theodore Shapiro, head of character animation Carlos Fernandez Puertolas, executive music producer Ludwig Göransson, and actors Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Anderson .Paak, James Corden, and Kunal Nayyar.
They provide basic notes about the movie’s cast and music. It’s fluffy and without much substance.
Across three parts, Backstage takes up a total of nine minutes, seven seconds. It offers info from Dohrn, Timberlake, Kendrick, Smith, Cilella, Shay, production designer Kendal Cronkhite Shaindlin, and actors Rachel Bloom, Ron Funches, George Clinton, Mary J. Blige, and Kenan Thompson.
“Backstage” looks at the design of the different Troll domains as well as cast and characters. Like the other features, “Backstage” tends toward the superficial side of the street.
The disc opens with an ad for Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts. No trailer for Tour appears here.
Even though I felt the first movie lacked creativity, I held out hope the sequel might improve on the model. Unfortunately, Trolls World Tour seems even less inspired, as it presents an utterly forgettable experience. The Blu-ray boasts strong picture and audio as well as a mix of bonus materials. Tour becomes an uninspired animated effort.