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UglyDolls

also known as “Ugly Dolls, “Aguridoru,” “Altamente Imperfeitos,” “Hoi Thu Bong Ngo Nghinh,” “Neglitas lellites,” “Paskudy. UglyDolls,” “Ružnjići,” “Ugly Dolls: Extraordinariamente feos,” See more »
MPAA Rating: PG-Rating (MPAA) for thematic elements and brief action.

Check back later for review coming from contributor Ruth Eshuis by Sep 14

not reviewed
Moviemaking Quality:

Primary Audience:
• Kids • Family
Genre:
Animation Musical Comedy
Length:
1 hr. 27 min.
Year of Release:
2019
USA Release:
May 3, 2019 (wide—3,652 theaters)
DVD: July 30, 2019
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Relevant Issues
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Self-image / body-image

Dealing in a healthy way with personal imperfections

SELF-IMAGE—I’m ugly. Why was God so unfair to me this way? Answer

Ways in which worldliness causes people to have unrealistic expectations and standards for personal appearance

Excessive concern with physical appearance

One of the world’s biggest and most common sins is SELF-CENTERED EGOTISM.


What is in your heart is more important than your external appearance

Who we are inside is what really counts

True beauty is not in the face, but in God’s light and love in your heart

ALIGN YOURSELF WITH GOD’S VIEW—your heart, thoughts and actions.

For a Christian, self-confidence is who we are in Christ; He is our identity, and God’s Holy Spirit dwells in us. Believe in what GOD can do THROUGH YOU. Devote your life to serving God faithfully, pursuing holiness, righteousness, being one who truly loves (an action, not an emotion)—doing good works.

What are goodness and righteousness?

For a follower of Christ, what is LOVE—a feeling, an emotion, or an action? Answer

TRUE LOVE—What is true love and how do you know when you have found it? Answer

What does the Bible say about HUMILITY?

HUMILITY before God is vitally important. Humility opens your eyes. Don’t think of yourself more highly than you ought (Romans 12:3). Pride comes before a fall (1 Timothy 3:6). What does God love, and what does He hate? (a humble repentant heart and a prideful sinful one) / If we suffocate pride, we will starve every other sin of its oxygen.

I must decrease, and He [Christ] must increase (John 3:30).

Good works

SATAN’S STRATEGY—What is one of Satan’s most successful strategies in dealing with followers of Christ? Answer

Narcissism / vanity

Featuring: Kelly ClarksonMoxy (voice)
Nick JonasLou (voice)
Janelle MonáeMandy (voice)
Blake SheltonOx (voice)
PitbullUgly Dog (voice)
Gabriel IglesiasBabo (voice)
Wanda SykesWage (voice)
Emma RobertsWedgehead (voice)
Leehom Wang … Lucky Bat (voice)
Charli XCX … Kitty (voice)
Bebe Rexha … Tuesday (voice)
Lizzo … Lydia (voice)
Laura Nicole Harrison … Jumbotron (voice)
Jane Lynch … Scanner, Electronic Voice
Stephen Zimpel … Michael (voice)
Jacques Colimon … Sporko (voice)
Ice-T … Peggy (voice)
Kelly Asbury … Gibberish Cat, Oliver, Chef, Buttons
Director: Kelly Asbury—“Shrek 2” (2004), “Gnomeo and Juliet” (2011), “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron” (2002)
Producer: Alibaba Pictures [China]
Original Force [China]
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Distributor: Distributor: STX Entertainment. Trademark logo.
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Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “Moxy (Kelly Clarkson) and her UglyDoll friends travel to the other side of the mountain where Uglyville nestles and finds the town of Perfection, a place where everyone is perfect. There they encounter Lou (Nick Jonas), who gathers recruits to train for perfection and ultimately find a child in the real world. Eventually, the UglyDolls learn that being oneself is more important than perfection when Moxy meets lonely perfect doll Mandy (Janelle Monae).

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.

The film features original music from Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, Blake Shelton, Janelle Monáe, Bebe Rexha, Pentatonix, Anitta, and Why Don't We. The musical score is composed by Christopher Lennertz while songs are written by Lennertz and Glenn Slater.”


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Secular Movie Critics
…It may not be perfect but this snappy animated musical confection has plenty of charms of its own. …[3/5]
Pete Hammond, Deadline Hollywood
…a winsomely appealing and joke-happy bauble for kiddies… feels like ‘Trolls Lite’ uses the Ugly Dolls to salute the power of being your beautiful ugly—individual—self…
Owen Gleiberman, Variety
…“UglyDolls” won’t stand the test of time as a memorable animated film. …
Carlos Aguilar, The Wrap
…less a movie than an infomercial for the plush Hasbro toys… It’s not bad. It’s just not very good. …[2]
Nell Minow, RogerEbert.com
…movie too comfortable with its own mediocrity… never pretends that it’s anything more than an 88-minute toy commercial…
David Ehrlich, IndieWire
…the story is only skin-deep… flat, listless and narratively bland…
Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service
…The biggest blunder is the film’s screenplay that goes all over the place as it's unable to keep its target audience in focus - it veers between catering to kids and then to adolescents… [2/5]
Neil Soans, The Times of India
…Preachy and lethargic, it’s a blatant infomercial… [3/10]
Susan Granger, SSG Syndicate