I’ve always found it amusing how movie makers can take beloved characters and turn them into movies. Take for example Barbie. I played with Barbie and her friends when I was a little girl. Fast forward a few decades later, and Barbie has her own mini movies and television series. I’ve even read that Warner Bros. and Mattel are working on a deal to bring Barbie to the big screen (in theaters). Wow!
Smurfs and Trolls are other toys from my childhood that made it to the big screen.
Coming this May, a childhood toy that was a favorite of my daughter’s when she was younger, Ugly Dolls, is also coming to the theaters. When I told her about it she was excited and wanted to know when it was coming out so she could go and see it with her friends (who were also apparently into Ugly Dolls). She even asked where her Ugly Doll collection was. Currently it’s buried in our basement storage unit. I’m sure we’ll have to dig them out after she sees the movie.
The film was directed by Kelly Asbury. I met him years ago, on my very first press trip, for Gnomeo and Juliet. He’s a really nice man. He’s very down to Earth and very friendly. He even replied to my tweets on Twitter back when he was promoting the film.
Ugly Dolls features the voice talents of Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, Blake Shelton, Janelle Monae, Wanda Sykes, Emma Roberts, Gabriel Iglesias, Wang Leehom and Pitbull.
Here is a bit more information about the film.
Unconventionality rules in Ugly Dolls, STXfilms’ new animated musical adventure starring the acting and singing voices of Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, Janelle Monáe, Blake Shelton and Pitbull. The film is inspired by the unique and beloved global plush toy phenomenon launched in 2001.
In the adorably different town of Uglyville, weird is celebrated, strange is special and beauty is embraced as more than simply meets the eye. Here, the free-spirited Moxy and her UglyDolls friends live every day in a whirlwind of bliss, letting their freak flags fly in a celebration of life and its endless possibilities, occasionally looking to the sky, where a new UglyDoll will appear and be embraced by the community.
Moxy (Kelly Clarkson) loves her square-peg life in this round-hole town, but her curiosity about all things leads her to wonder if there’s something – anything – on the other side of the mountain which nestles Uglyville. Moxy gathers a group of her closest friends and sets off to find what’s on the other side. They discover another world – Perfection – a town where more conventional dolls are trained in protocols before they graduate and are sent to the “real” world to find the love of a child.
In Perfection, Moxy and her crew are subject to the manipulations of Lou (Nick Jonas), the perfect doll in charge of training recruits. Here, the UglyDolls will confront what it means to be different, struggle with their desire to be loved, and ultimately discover that you don’t have to be perfect to be amazing because who you truly are is what matters most.
Check out the film’s trailer.
It looks super cute. My daughter even has a few of the Ugly Dolls featured in the film.
I’m adding this film to my “must see” list for 2019. My husband and I are “big kids” at heart, so I know we’ll both enjoy this film (Date Night!).
Check out the adorable Ugly Doll cookies that I received (pictured below). They are so cute!
What do you think of the Ugly Doll movie? Do you think you’ll go and see it in theaters?
Were you, or your child/grandchild, a fan of Ugly Dolls?
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