A Troll in Central Park
|A Troll in Central Park|
DVD cover for the film
|Directed by||Don Bluth
|Produced by||John Pomeroy
|Written by||Stu Krieger|
Tawny Sunshine Glover
Charles Nelson Reilly
Norman Gimbel (lyrics)
Cynthia Weil (lyrics)
|Editing by||Fiona Trayler|
|Studio||Don Bluth Entertainment|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Family Entertainment (Theatrical, VHS)
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (DVD)
|Release dates||October 7, 1994|
|Running time||76 min.|
|Budget||$23.5 million (estimated)|
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, creators of Thumbelina, The Land Before Time, and An American Tail. 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 did very poorly at the box office, barely earning back 0.3% of its budget, and was widely panned by critics.
The film begins in a "Kingdom of Trolls", where Stanley (Dom DeLuise) has a magical green thumb producing beautiful flowers at a touch. When he is discovered doing so, the other trolls take him as prisoner to Gnorga (Cloris Leachman), the Queen of the Trolls, who concludes that Stanley "[gives] a bad name to trolls everywhere" and demands that he be turned to stone. At the behest of her consort King Llort (Charles Nelson Reilly), Gnorga instead banishes Stanley to Central Park where, after a series of mishaps, Stanley hides himself under a bridge.
In Manhattan, two children named Gus and Rosie (Phillip Glasser and Tawny Sunshine Glover) learn that their father Alan (Jonathan Pryce) and mother Hilary (Hayley Mills) cannot take them to Central Park; whereupon, left alone, Gus takes Rosie to the Park himself. While playing with Gus's toy boat, Rosie befriends Stanley. When Queen Gnorga discovers Stanley happy in exile, she creates a flood, through Gus, to drown all three; but Stanley enlarges Gus's toy boat to escape, and shows the children his own ideals, depicted as a world of his own.
Determined to suppress Stanley, Queen Gnorga sends a tornado to destroy Central Park, and seizes Rosie; whereupon Gus, having failed to persuade Stanley's help, himself faces Gnorga. In the resulting fight, Gnorga changes Gus into a troll, while Stanley rescues Rosie. Having arrived, Stanley challenges Gnorga to a thumb-wrestling match, which when Stanley gains advantage, places roses on Gnorga's body. As Stanley, Gus, and Rosie escape, Gnorga uses Gus to turn Stanley to stone; whereupon Gus and Rosie fall into their apartment and the last of Stanley's power changes Gnorga into a rose bush. Gnorga, Llort and their dog then return to the Kingdom of Trolls, while Gus returns to his human form. The next day, Gus, Rosie, and their parents enter Central Park, where Gus and Rosie place the petrified Stanley on a makeshift pedestal, and attempt to revive him without apparent effect, only to find him revived after a moment's pause. Restored to life, Stanley recreates Central Park and covers Manhattan with flowering plants. In the Kingdom of Trolls, Llort takes Gnorga's place as a kinder ruler.
- Dom DeLuise as Stanley
- Phillip Glasser as Gus
- Tawny Sunshine Glover as Rosie
- Cloris Leachman as Gnorga
- Charles Nelson Reilly as Llort
- Jonathan Pryce as Alan
- Hayley Mills as Hillary
A Troll in Central Park took three years for the film to be produced from 1990 to 1992. Buddy Hackett and Robert Morley recorded their voices for Stanley and King Llort, but were eventually replaced by Dom DeLuise and Charles Nelson Reilly.
Also, the film was originally slated for a March 1994 release, but due to production difficulties, the film's release date was changed to October 1994.
The film did extremely poorly at the box-office, only grossing $71,368 domestically (with a budget of $23 million it grossed less than 0.33% of its budget), making it Don Bluth's lowest-grossing film to date (though not his film to lose the most money overall). Gary Goldman has said the reason for this was because the film was released without any sign of promotion and its release was limited. He also stated that its distributor Warner Bros. did not have any confidence in the film.
The film was widely panned by critics. It currently has score of 17% at Rotten Tomatoes based on six reviews. The film's score among audiences is higher, at 48%. Don Bluth talked about the film, said in an interview with ToonTalk, he said that development of "a story is like the development of a child in a womb; it takes time and it must be done right and building Troll, taught him this lesson, the hard way."
References in other media
In a comedy sketch in a 2001 episode of Saturday Night Live, Alec Baldwin played Charles Nelson Reilly in a parody of the show Inside the Actor's Studio. During the course of the sketch, host James Lipton (as played by Will Ferrell) comments on how he loved A Troll in Central Park — he says watching it "is like looking into the face of God and seeing him smiling back, saying: 'You are my most wondrous creation'" — and asks if he can "speak to King Llort". Reilly accommodates by holding index cards to his ears and saying: "Well, hello, James Lipton! I'm King Llort! There's a troll in Central Park! I'm King Llort!".
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