A Troll in Central Park (1994)

 


 

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A friendly troll with a magic green thumb grows one flower too many for the queen, whose laws require all trolls to act meanly, be ugly and scare humans whenever possible. As a punishment, he is exiled to a world of concrete, where he should live a life of proper trolldom: Manhattan. But of all places, his pod lands in Central Park, where he feels right at home. He befriends a young brother and sister, out for the day unknown to their parents, and must immediately protect them from the queen\’s attack. In the process, the boy learns responsibility, and the unpopular queen is overthrown.

Written by
Cynan Rees <[email protected]>

When his parents are too busy to take him to the park, a bratty boy named Gus, followed by his toddler sister Rosie, take off on their own. While Gus plays with his toy boat, Rosie gets herself into a large underground area. There she meets Stanley, a friendly troll with a green thumb that will grow a flower at his thumb\’s touch. This run-down underground cave is now Stanley\’s home after he is exiled to Central Park from his home world, a terrible loveless dark troll world, for growing flowers. Gus is introduced to Stanley by Rosie and is not impressed. But when Gnorga, the evil queen of the troll world, comes to Manhattan armed with her purple thumb that turns things to stone, she sniffs Stanley out, with intentions of bringing Stanley, his friends and the city to a terrible conclusion.

Written by
Morticon

Genre: Animation,Family,Fantasy

A Troll in Central Park (1994)
   
Release Date: 7 October 1994 (USA)
Country: USA
Director:
Cast:
  • Dom DeLuise
  • Phillip Glasser
  • Tawny Sunshine Glover
  • Cloris Leachman
  • Hayley Mills
  • Jonathan Pryce
  • Charles Nelson Reilly


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26 Responses to A Troll in Central Park (1994)

  1. lil_queegy
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    Did anyone else notice that the parents of Gus and Rosie totally resemble (physically) Agents Mulder and Scully from the X-Files?

    …or am I just crazy?

  2. AbumchuckO2
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    :-D

    this is one of the best animated films ever made

    its a shame in only made $70,000 at the box office :-C

    "Whatas Fang Banga?" – Gran

  3. Twisted-Angel
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    I used to watch this movie as a kid..i loved it..i almost forgot about it.

  4. kristimiller1
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    I’m assuming he was actually in the city at some piont in his life. Was he there on vacation. For some good lessons in proper troll behavior? Any extra thought? Anyone?

  5. PixiedustPrincess
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    I may be confusing this with another naimated movie, but is there a part where the little boy goes to a secret magical land where the bad guy freezes everyone and he saves the day with some sort of a key that he wears around his neck?

  6. cheeky_charm910
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    I used to adore this movie as a child and i was browsing through names of the videos I had from when I was a child and came across A Troll In Central Park and thought.. Hey! Wonder what it’s score was on IMDB.com and I was absoutely mortified when I got here to discover the score! WTF?

    This movie is excellent. I know I was older then 5 or 6 when I watched it. It was something my Mum always put on for me when I was sick home from school to cheer me up- and cheer me up it did!

    This movie is a masterpiece! Right up there with Snow White and Bambi as far as I am concerned. Meh… what’s wrong with people these days?

    Stanley is an excellent role model for all children who want the world to be all happy and green, unlike those bad trolls who want to be mean and make the world a dirty place…

  7. TheGillman666
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    Alright… Troll in Central Park… I guess I’m a glutton for punishment. for starters I’ll just say that as a child who LOVED his cartoons, even I thought this movie sucked. Then again, I have a penis. And I can’t imagine any child possessing said organ could thoroughly enjoy this film past the age of 5. We begin our journey into ecoterrorist cave dwellers in the mystical albeit dismal Land of the Trolls where we quickly learn that flowers are completely OUTLAWED, as are smiles, sunshine, happiness of any kind… blah blah blah. But who cares, they’re TROLLS! Doesn’t all of this fall into the criteria of what we expect trolls to be. Nevermind, let’s move on. We’re introduced to Stanley, who is the lone rebel of this otherwise peaceful (yeah, peaceful) race. Of course, it’s not ALL Stanley’s fault. The Troll Messiah is also to blame for cursing Stanley with a green thumb, and I mean that literally. He actually has a glowing green thumb that can magically grow flowers of both the talking and non-talking variety. Stanley, however has made the best of this handicap by using it to grow a veritable Garden of Eden in his cottage. All goes south however when he decided to plant a "Big Rosie Posie right there in the middle" which grows to an enormous size and gives him away to the nearest NARCS. How ironic that the things he loved so dearly would be his undoing MUHUHAHAHAHA! We’re then introduced to the villain… or should I say villainess of the piece, the insidious Queen Gnorga. And after a terrible song about being a stone-cold bitch (There’s a pun in there) she banishes Stanley to the dead planet known to trolls as… EARTH! Apparently the troll guide to planets is a little outdated. Originally, Gnorga wanted to turn Stanley to stone, seeing how she had a black thumb to counterattack his green one. And like any inherently evil person, she’s addicted to POWER, and wants nothing more to turn the little rule-breaker into a pile of rubble. Personally, I was hoping she would and just spend the remainder of the film reciting Robert Frost poems! Seriously, I would have been an improvement. Instead, Gnorga takes the advice of her idiot husband… named King Llort, which brings to mind any number of Troll 2 references that I’m in no mood to make, and sends Stanley skyrocketing to our wonderful world where "nothing grows". Upon Stanley’s arrival on Earth, he is delighted to find out that stuff indeed grows on our planet in abundance! Of course, that initial feeling of relief is dwarfed when you’re at the center of the most unfortunate series of events that any cartoon character could ever endure! Stanely goes through so much punishment in the three minutes following his departure from TrollWorld that I almost begin to feel sorry for him… NAH! After his thorough ass-whuppin’, he hides out under a bridge (where he belongs) and makes "a little patch of green" to keep him company. What I fail to understand here is that Stanley could just create a flower-lover’s wet dream right now along with a posse of talking flowers to befriend and reassure him he’s not a total loser, but whatever. Then we meet "the kids" whose names I’ve thankfully forgotten. All you need to know is that there’s a boy and his younger sister. The boy is a brat and evokes no sympathy from me. His little sister is however, the epitome of cute. To the point where it seers your retinas to look at it for more than five seconds. In fact, this whole movie is so cute that it makes me want to throw up. Stanley had rosey cheeks and summons talking, dancing flowers at will, and his mission in life it seems is to turn the globe into an oversized Chia Pet. The rest of the film goes something like this… kid takes sister to the park, sister meets Stanley, boy meets Stanley, Gnorga finds out that Stanley is enjoying his punishment so she goes to Earth to make him suffer, Stanley musters up enough courage to battle Gnorga, good triumphs over evil… BUT WAIT! Stanley then gets turned to stone! AWESOME! If only the movie cut to black right there, and a caption came up that said "In the following days, everyone else in the film died of a highly contagious corrosive enzyme that seeped into their blood stream via direct contact with mutant trolls. Also, the world was repopulated by robots who fart lasers." Maybe then, this movie would have been good in the eyes of a child who no longer sucks his thumb. All I could say, is avoid a Troll in Central Park… he’s not a cuddly lovable dumpling of cute. He’s the world’s greatest ecoterrorist! The ending of the film is testament to that when he transforms all of New York into a ball of grass! It reminds me of more of Creepshow than a children’s movie! All in all I’d give it 0.5 out of 5. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to smash my copy. Tootles!

  8. Anonymous
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  9. gina_blue_september29
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    I’m looking for an animated movie, that I think came out between the 70s-90s but I can’t for the life of me remember the title.

    It was about a girl, and I think 7 sprite type women, and mother nature was involved. The girl had black/blue hair and wore a blue dress throughout the movie I’m pretty sure. And the sprite type women wore different colored outfits. And mother nature was a skinny woman I think. The girl had found her prince, I guess, but something had happened to him I think.

    I’d realllly like to know what this movie is so any help at all would be soo greatful, thanks!

    SUSAN/CASPIAN ALLIANCE

    Will Scarlett has stolen my heart.

  10. ducksonarow
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    it it has this boy who flies to this fantasy kingdom on his bed and ends up meeting the king and his daughter. there is this door that is accidentally opened and this black ooze stuff comes out and sucks up the king so the boy has to try and rescue him from the sludge. if anyone knows this movie it would be great to get some feedback.

  11. zande413
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    Agh, as a kid I was so jealous of her! I think I had a crush on Stanely…haha. She got to kiss him and he was like, "YIPPEEEE!" Damm that girl! It shouda been me!

  12. bransrubar
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    Does anyone have any idea why Stanley and Gnorga were the only trolls with magic thumbs? I think Stanley was related to Gnorga but still why only them?

  13. rpkpbdj
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    ok so i was looking threw channels and i saw that "A troll in central park" was on.Then it got me thinking about this other movie i used to watch as a kid. But i barly remeber anything about it, but if someone knows please tell.

    So in this movie there like this girl in a pink dress who a princess and i guess there like ugly trolls trying to get her and stuff. And there like this little kid who telling everyone if they see these trolls step on the toes or something like that.I know this is like very little info but can someone figure this out?

    Edward Saladhands just groped josh!

  14. LadyCeres
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    Was this movie in theaters?

    • murphy01
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      shut up

  15. musicluvr275
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    Is king lort there?

    Can I speak to king lort?

    aha

    Will Ferrell and Alec Baldwin are the best!

  16. kitcatty07
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    I’ve been trying to remember the name of another troll movie, and everytime I ask somebody, the answer with ‘A Troll In Central Park’ (which is a really cute movie and I liked it too when I was younger).

    What I remember from the movie is that the trolls live underground in this really watery, dark, glowy kingdom place, and both a boy and a girl are trying to find them. The poor, country boy uses a ball of string so he doesn’t get lost. He eventually gets found by the trolls, and he gets put in a cave, but he sings and jumps on their toes, which really hurts them for some reason.

    The girl is a princess, I think, and she goes through a tiny door when she notices a glowing pinkish red rose glowing on it. She sees her great god/grandmother or something there, and she’s spinning thread, and later she gives her a magic ring that has almost-invisible thread. She uses this to not get lost in the troll caves too.

    Help, please? It’s driving me insane!

    • ll22
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      I’ve been trying to find it too! I think it’s Princess and the Goblin :)

  17. Nofoodleft90210
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    I remember renting this out YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAARRRRRRRSSSSSSS ago, and it wasnt called a ‘Troll in Central Park’

  18. ShagMuffin
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    It was my favortie movie whne i was like 3 and i still love it:) I really don’t get the low rating

  19. ashleeeyy
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    Queen Gnorga kinda looks like the Goblin Queen in the Princess and the Goblin. The goblins look quite similar to the trolls…

  20. smithdouglas
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    If you haven’t seen A Troll in Central Park.. you must. It is like

    looking into the face of God and seeing Him smiling back and saying,

    "You are my most wondrous creation."

  21. angiebaby92
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    my friend was sleeping over and i fell asleep and i woke up to her lauhging at the ladybug with the mustache we watched that part for hours and to this day it still makes us laugh

  22. Anonymous
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  23. blinkblink
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    There are 3 movies everyone must see once in their life.

    Casablanca

    Citizen Kane

    and

    A Troll in Central Park.

    A mesmerizing tour-de-force!

  24. IceboxMovies
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    The version of A Troll In Central Park that I have at home is distributed by Warner Bros. Therefore, does anybody find it a little odd that Twentieth Century Fox bought this movie’s rights from Warner Bros and it is now their film? This is somewhat disturbing to me, considering the fact that Twentieth Century Fox has a small reputation for being the #1 sexploitation studio in America (The Rocky Horror Picture Show, anyone?) I liked it better when A Troll In Central Park was distributed by Warner Bros, a more classic and family-oriented studio.

    "Snap out of it!" -Cher in Norman Jewison’s "Moonstruck"

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