A Troll in Central Park (also known as Stanley's Magic Garden) is a 1994 American animated musical fantasy-comedy film 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.
It is the last Don Bluth film to star Dom DeLuise. The film failed terribly at the box office where it got about $71,368 in US, barely earning back 0.3% of its budget and has been universally dubbed by fans of animation as Don Bluth's worst movie.
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. This is an adventure that teaches the importance of love and responsibility.
Why it Sucks
- Whats probable had been criticize by fans and critics alike is the movie's tone, its very light hearted with a lot of slapstick comedic here and there, this wouldn't be a problem, if wasn't for the fact that this was made by Don Bluth! You know, the guy that made The Secret of NIMH, one of the darkest and most beautifully animated movie ever to be made?!
- Poorly-written characters that are mostly total dim-wits and pointless. Stanley is a sappy coward, Gus is a selfish brat, Rosie is cute and the only character with a brain, and the parents of Gus and Rosie are pointless as they're barely in the film.
- The characters never shut up, like in The Magic Voyage and Felix the Cat: The Movie.
- Bad script.
- Dreadful morals.
- Childishly intelligence-insulting.
- The magic is never explained and does whatever the plot wants it to do.
- The scene where Gus cries an ocean when been cursed by Gnorga is a rip-off of the exact same scene from 1951's Alice In Wonderland.
- The ending where Stanley covers up the whole city of New York in plants is supposed to be happy and uplifting, but it is actually rather horrifying if you think about it.
- Way too much filler and pandering.
- The trailer of the movie gave away EVERYTHING about it!!! You're not supposed to do that in a movie trailer!!!
- The scene of Stanley running around Central Park goes on for way to long. Nostalgia Critic talked about this and told Bluth, "You're supposed to be telling a story, not one of your Dragon Lair games!"
- Just like We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story, the movie has a tacked-on last minute message about the love you have with your parents.
- Laughable dialog from most of the characters, one example is in the scene where Stanley encounters a troll on his way back to his home, the troll sings "I'm a bad troll. A very bad troll." Which is both dumb, unintentionally funny and (as said in the Nostalgia Critic review of the film) feels like a 5-year-old wrote this screen play.
- This film is so bad that the intended audience for the film is your wall (but even that's bad).
- Stanley's attraction to Rosie is unnerving, sickening, and creepy.
- Beautiful Animation, tho that's to be expected sense this was made by Don Bluth, also known as the directer of other animated films, such as The Land Before Time, American Tail and The Secrete of NIMH.
- The voice acting is still good. Dom DeLuise (who played Stanley) and Phillip Glasser (who played Gus) are best remembered for their voice work on An American Tail.
- Music is well composed.
- The villains are okay and somewhat entertaining, but only because of how hammy and over the top their acting is.
- There are some moments that are admittedly funny, such as the scene were Gnorga try's to chase Gus and Rosie while... riding a tricycle.