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A Troll in Central Park (1994)

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An evil witch banishes a flower loving troll named Stanley, to New York City, where he befriends two young children.

Directors:

Don Bluth, Gary Goldman

Writers:

Stu Krieger (screenplay), Don Bluth (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Dom DeLuise ... Stanley (voice)
Cloris Leachman ... Gnorga (voice)
Charles Nelson Reilly ... Llort (voice)
Jonathan Pryce ... Alan (voice) (as Jonathon Price)
Hayley Mills ... Hillary (voice)
Phillip Glasser ... Gus (voice)
Tawny Sunshine Glover Tawny Sunshine Glover ... Rosie (voice)
Neil Ross ... Generic Pansy (voice)
Will Ryan ... Boss (voice)
Pat Musick Pat Musick ... Snuffy (voice) (as Pat Musik)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Zambetti ... Himself, Ugly Little Tree Troll
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Storyline

Stanley is a kindhearted, popular troll who can create flowers with a mere touch. When Gnorga, the mean-spirited Queen of the Kingdom of Trolls discovers Stanley's secret, she banishes him to a faraway place where she assumes nothing green can grow - New York City! Taking refuge in Central Park, Stanley befriends two young children, Gus and his baby sister Rosie. The three share wonderful adventures until Gnorga decides to let her mischief-making magic loose in the Big Apple. Written by Lesley Sweeting (Taken from back of R1 DVD cover)

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Believe in Yourself and You Can Do Anything! See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

Ireland | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Troll in New York See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$71,368
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Don Bluth See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby (as Dolby Stereo)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Don Bluth: [object] Rosie carries her bottle with her throughout the film. See more »

Goofs

During the reprise of "Absolutely Green", some of the cities have been covered in plants in different points (the World Trade Center is an example, which was covered in three different points). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[Stanley runs and bumps into a troll from behind]
Troll: Hey! Watch yourself!
[Stanley accidentally grows a flower]
Troll: Say, what was that?
[the troll laughs as Stanley drops his bag behind him and the flower jumps in]
Troll: Oh, for a minute, I thought I saw one of them, um, um, uh, flower things.
[the troll laughs]
Troll: That's a relief. I'd sure hate to have to tell the queen. Oh, well, have a rotten day!
[as the troll walks off, Stanley picks up his bag and waves]
[...]
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Crazy Credits

After the credits are over, an image of Stanley appears. His green thumb lights up, and the words "A Don Bluth Presentation" appear, then they vanish. See more »

Alternate Versions

The DVD version omits the Warner Bros. logos, as it was released by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, which its logo appears instead. See more »


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Friends Like Us
Music by Barry Mann
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What hath Disney wrought?
31 March 2009 | by arc_a2007See all my reviews

A Troll in Central Park is not a terrible film. It's just extremely sweet and innocent and this world isn't ready for it. Anyone over six years of age will be embarrassed to watch this - even alone - but that's more of a societal problem. But there are definitely reasons to see this. The animation is amazing, particularly with the children. It's realistic but somehow completely believable in an animated world. And their movements are so fluid and realistic. You can tell every action was acted out and studied meticulously. I really wish this was done more often. The environments also look amazing, especially when the human world comes into play. As for the cute or humorous sidekicks, that's another story entirely. It's probably just a personal bias, but I hate the way Don Bluth designs his more cartoon-y characters. Their personalities aren't any better, ranging from "cute" to marshmallow-peep-flavored-vomit "cute".

Anyone who loved The Secret of NIMH will be shocked to see this film. I mean, how can the same guy who made a progressive, dark and outstanding film be responsible for this? The story is very fairy-tale esquire, like a children's storybook come to life. The villains are more humorous than threatening, the characters spontaneously break into song and dance and everything is whitewashed with cuteness. This is the result of Don Bluth finally giving in to the pressures of Disney, trying to replicate their formula, losing his identity in the process and ultimately falling flat. Luckily, Anastasia would be a healthy step up. But for fans of Bluth's one-hit wonder, it's kind of depressing.


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