UglyDolls: A Movie Kids Should Love

It’s a tough time for movies now with Avengers Endgame being the best movie and people repeat viewing the movie as well. However, there is always that niche for animated movies and parents who need to bring their kids to the movies. UglyDolls is the story of dolls that don’t properly make it past the processing plant due to looking “ugly” and are thrown into Uglyville.

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The dolls aren’t aware of an outside world of kids and being held by them, except that the protagonist (played by Kelly Clarkson) believes there is one. She makes it out of Uglyville and is met by the antagonist and “perfect” doll Lou (Nick Jonas) who believes all dolls should look and be perfect. The stories resolution is met by that dolls should be able to handle more than being chewed up by dogs or sucked up by vacuum cleaners. As long they bring moments of joy and happiness to a kid, that’s all that matters.

It seems like the makers of this movie wanted the songs to shine. Especially with a cast that can sing like Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, Lizzo, Charli XCX, Blake Shelton, Bebe Rexha, and Pitbull all being the main characters. It’s clear what direction they wanted the movie to go in. In fact, I will give each of these singers credit. I couldn’t tell it was them voice acting till I looked them up. Although the songs aren’t memorable or catchy and the jokes fall kind of flat. I would say the funniest character is Uglydog played by Pitbull. 

One thing the movie has going for it is the animation. Uglyville is made of cardboard, and it seems lifelike at times. The dolls detail with thread and stitching was done well too. I wouldn’t say this is a bad movie. It’s not memorable. Nonetheless, I would recommend it for kids who are at the age that can’t comprehend what’s going on. Especially in movies like Endgame.

Have you seen UglyDolls? What did you think? Leave a comment below.

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