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Film review: Ugly Dolls is a light-hearted musical with a moving message

Expect some lovely music via Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas and Janelle Monae, and a valuable lesson for the young ones.

movie reviews Updated: May 03, 2019 16:22 IST
Rashid Irani
Rashid Irani
Hindustan Times
Dolls,Robert Rodriquez,Spy Kids
Can a community of misshapen dolls find love in a world geared towards perfect? Find out!
  • Direction: Kelly Asbury
  • Voices: Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas
  • Rating: 2.5 / 5

This straightforward yet affecting story revolves around a community of rejected dolls living in isolation in the unflatteringly named Uglyville. Clearly there’s very little chance of them ever becoming a child’s plaything.

Along comes Moxy (dubbed by Kelly Clarkson), the leader of the ugly dolls. She’s determined to venture beyond the confines of their village, and accompanies a ragtag bunch of misshapen colleagues to the neighbouring Institute of Perfection to see if they can’t change the plot here.

Primarily financed by a couple of Chinese promoters, the film is intriguingly co-produced by Robert Rodriquez of the Spy Kids series. The gifted musical voice cast includes Clarkson, Nick Jonas (a vain boy-doll villain named Lou) and Janelle Monae (the sole sympathiser among the lovely girl dolls); expect several moving and hummable tunes, including a standout track titled ‘Unbreakable’.

Overall, this is a light-hearted animated musical fantasy that sends home the valuable message that everyone should embrace their imperfections, love themselves and allow for flaws in others. The throwback style reminiscent of hand-drawn animation will likely appeal to pre-teens and adults alike.

First Published: May 03, 2019 16:22 IST