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A Troll in Central Park

DVD cover for the film
Directed by Don Bluth
Gary Goldman
Produced by John Pomeroy
Don Bluth
Gary Goldman
Written by Stu Krieger
Starring Dom DeLuise
Phillip Glasser
Tawny Sunshine Glover
Cloris Leachman
Music by Robert Folk
Barry Mann
Editing by Fiona Trayler
Distributed by Warner Bros. Family Entertainment
Release date(s) October 7, 1994
Running time 76 min.
Country U.S.A.
Language English
Gross revenue $71,368
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A Troll in Central Park is an animated movie directed by Don Bluth and Gary Goldman. It was released on October 7, 1994 by Warner Bros. Family Entertainment. The film features the voice talents of Dom DeLuise as Stanley, Phillip Glasser as Gus, Tawny Sunshine Glover as Rosie, Cloris Leachman as Queen Gnorga, Hayley Mills as Hilary, Jonathan Pryce as Alan and Charles Nelson Reilly as King Llort. Image File history File links Trollcentralpark. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Gary Goldman (born November 17, 1944 in Oakland, California) is American animator, director, and producer. ... John Pomeroy (born 1951 in Los Angeles, California) is an American animator who has worked for several major studios, including The Walt Disney Company and Sullivan Bluth Studios. ... Dominick Dom DeLuise (born August 1, 1933) is an American actor, comedian, film director, television producer and chef. ... Philip Glasser is an American actor born and raised in Tarzana, California, in October 4, 1978. ... Cloris Leachman (born April 30, 1926) is an Academy Award-, nine-time Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning American actress of stage, film and television. ... Barry Mann (born Barry Iberman on February 9, 1939 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American songwriter, and part of one of the most prolific songwriting partnerships in the world of rock music. ... Warner Bros. ... is the 280th day of the year (281st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... American cinema has had a profound effect on cinema across the world since the early 20th century. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Gary Goldman (born November 17, 1944 in Oakland, California) is American animator, director, and producer. ... is the 280th day of the year (281st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... Warner Bros. ... Dominick Dom DeLuise (born August 1, 1933) is an American actor, comedian, film director, television producer and chef. ... Philip Glasser is an American actor born and raised in Tarzana, California, in October 4, 1978. ... Cloris Leachman (born April 30, 1926) is an Academy Award-, nine-time Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning American actress of stage, film and television. ... Hayley Catherine Rose Vivien Mills (born April 18, 1946) is an English actress. ... Jonathan Pryce (born John Price; June 1, 1947) is a Welsh stage and film actor. ... Charles Nelson Reilly (January 13, 1931–May 25, 2007) was an American actor, director and drama teacher known for his comedic roles in movies, childrens television, animated cartoons, and as a panelist on the game show Match Game. ...


Plot

Stanley is a kindhearted, noncomforming troll with a magic green thumb that can create flowers with a mere touch. In the Kingdom of Trolls, all beauty is strictly forbidden and trolls are required to be mean and ugly and to scare humans whenever possible. As a result, Stanley hides all the flowers he finds or grows from the other trolls. For other uses, see Troll (disambiguation). ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ...


In the month of September, Stanley heads to his home, carrying fresh dew in a water carrier for his flowers. He then accidentally grows a huge 'rosie posie' right in front of the other trolls outside, prompting themselves to take him to Gnorga, the Queen of Trolls, for his punishment. Llort, the King of Trolls, convinces her to banish him to Manhattan in New York, U.S.A. to live a life proper for a troll, rather than turning him to stone (in which Gnorga enjoys). Stanley's pod lands in Central Park, and he proceeds to hide himself away in a cave under a bridge from the rest of the outside world. For other uses, see Manhattan (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see United States (disambiguation) and US (disambiguation). ... Central Park is a large public, urban park (843 acres, 3. ...


In an apartment, a boy named Gus was getting ready to have some fun with Alan (his dad) at Central Park, but he tells his son that he has a trial he's preparing for in a court (knowing that Alan might be a lawyer), much to Gus's anger. Gus, then asks his mom, Hilary, to take him, but she tells him that she's going to an open house on Park Avenue today. Both Alan and Hilary said goodbye and leave Gus and his baby sister Rosie with their nanny, Maria. Eventually, Gus tricked Maria by forbidding her to go to their bedroom, so that he quietly leaves the apartment, and taking Rosie on his wagon with him to Central Park. Park Avenue in the Upper East Side (2004) Park Avenue runs north and south between Madison Avenue and Lexington Avenue in Manhattan in New York City. ...


While playing with Gus's toy boat, the kids accidentally find Stanley hidden in the cave under the bridge in Central Park, and he befriends them. Once Gnorga, back at the Kingdom of Trolls, discovers Gus's initial behavior (which was rude) on Stanley, she puts a spell on Gus to cry a raging sea to drown them all. Stanley saves the kids and himself by carrying them in Gus's boat as a dreamboat he transformed (unknown to Gnorga), through the utopia he created under the bridge and hoping to perfect it. For other uses, see Utopia (disambiguation). ...


Back at the Kingdom of Trolls, Gnorga found out that the power is declining (acoording to the editorials in the troll newspaper 'The Wursta Times'), losing hold of most trolls. After Gnorga discovers Stanley is in Central Park still surrounded by beauty and happiness rather than being drowned, she was shocked. Because of that, many angry trolls call for her and Llort's resignation as rulers, knowing that any troll can start being good. Gnorga and Llort decided to go to Central Park to make sure Stanley's punishment is carried out properly, so that they won't lose their power among the trolls. They travel inside a tornado that Gnorga creates, in which trashes up Central Park. Once the kids are heading home, she kidnaps Rosie. Gus comes back to the utopia (that Gnorga has now ruined) for Stanley's help, but Stanley is too scared, knowing that Gnorga is using Rosie as bait to trap him. Gus angrily tells Stanley that he will never have a dream come true if he's too scared to fight for what he believes in, just before he leaves, along with several talking flowers and animals who decided to face Gnorga.


They manage to find and distract her to save Rosie, but she and Llort trap them. At that rate, Gus angrily calls Gnorga an ugly, disgusting troll, and in response, she transforms him into one. The flowers and animals surround Gnorga, messing with her, while Llort grabs Rosie until Gus turns his feet into stone, freeing Rosie. She runs and accidentally falls into a gorge, much to Gus's dismay. Luckily, Stanley, who uses Gus's boat and wagon for a flying boat, saves her. Although he is still afraid to face Gnorga (who evades the flowers and animals), Stanley decided to face her through his dreams and power, and angrily engages her in a contest of wills, wherein Gnorga is changed into a rosebush and sent home unhappy, along with Llort. But before her transformation, Gnorga uses her magic to force Gus (who is still a troll) to change Stanley into a stone figure of himself, only to be swept away by the undoing of her own spells (including the one she casted on Gus, turning him back to a human). As a statue for now, Stanley managed to take the kids back to their apartment, just in time before Alan and Hilary came home.


While authorities and officials try to find out about the cause of the tornado that trashed up Central Park, Gus, heartbroken, finds Stanley in a trash can (in which he landed) and he and Rosie returned him to the destroyed park and leave his forlorn image on a tree-stump. Gus's right thumb momentarily glows green, and he uses it to revive Stanley. The kids cheered for his return, waving goodbye to him, knowing that they will meet him again. Restored to life, the troll brings Central Park back to life, and covers New York City, including the Statue Of Liberty, with his new garden as his new utopia. The film ends with Llort reading the paper that shows: "Gnorga, Queen of Posies." For other monuments to freedom, see Monument of Liberty. ...


The film is loosely based on Gary Oldman's childhood experience in Central Park. He drew inspiration from the natural beauty and green foilage in the park.


Reception

Once released, it turned out to be a flop both commercially and critically. Rotten Tomatoes gave the film an average rating of 3.1/10, counting six mixed reviews, denouncing of its meaningless entertainment, and the last one unknown whether it was good or not. It was extremely poor at the box-office, only grossing $71,368 domestically (which is really less than even 1/4 of its budget), making it Don Bluth's lowest-grossing film to date. It was probably due to the distributor's lack of promotion; there was no television promotion, no advance screenings, and only a low-key print campaign. Despite its lackluster reception and promotion, it became a minor cult classic, considering it fun and suitable for children. It currently has a "C" at Box Office Mojo which is much better than its score of 0% "rotten" at Rotten Tomatoes. Warner Bros. bought the rights of the movie from Twentieth Century Fox. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... Box Office Mojo is a website that tracks box office revenue in a systematic way. ...


External links


  Results from FactBites:
 
A Troll in Central Park - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (497 words)
In the Kingdom of Trolls, all beauty is strictly forbidden and trolls are required to be mean and ugly and to scare humans whenever possible.
After Gnorga discovers he is in Central Park surrounded by beauty and happiness, she follows him there to make sure her punishment is carried out properly.
A Troll in Central Park (1994) • The Pebble and the Penguin (1995) • Anastasia (1997) • Bartok the Magnificent (1999) • Titan A.E. Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Troll_in_Central_Park"
A TROLL IN CENTRAL PARK - DVD (595 words)
Get banished to Central Park in New York, of course, the only place in the universe more unpleasant (according to Gnorga) than the trolldom.
Not content to be a worm in the Big Apple, fish-out-of-water intrigue, Don Bluth's excrescent A Troll in Central Park also manages to shoehorn in a Mary Poppins, "parents too busy to fly a kite" bit of nonsense.
All best attempts to ascribe a deeper meaning to the success or failure of A Troll in Central Park should, however, be accompanied by the disclaimer that the film most likely fails because it's almost entirely unwatchable.
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