“UglyDolls”, the new musical animated STX Films, highlights the importance of hugging in spite of the differences, and encourages the audience to spread love to everyone, regardless of how they appear.
“They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but ugly is in the eye of the beholder,” said director Kelly Asbury to The Christian Post. “These phrases are just words, but can mean a lot to an individual. “This film is about going beyond what we see and find what is inside of each person and get to know them”.
“It is a lesson for everyone to learn: give yourself a break, put aside the things that we believe are perfect and see what there is beyond that,” he added.
Based on a popular line of plush toys released in 2001, “UglyDolls” follows Moxy (Kelly Clarkson) and his friends as they venture beyond their city of Uglyville and into the city of Perfection. Unlike Uglyville, where differences are celebrated and the strange thing is special, the people of Perfection are obsessed with appearances, led by the narcissistic Lou (Nick Jonas). Here, the dolls are trained to become “perfect” before they graduate and are sent to the “real” world to find the love of a child.
For the first time in his life, the UglyDolls must face what it means to be different, to struggle with his desire to be loved and, ultimately, discover that you do not have to be perfect to be amazing.
The film is whimsical, fun and fast, but it reinforces a powerful biblical truth: perfection is not attainable, and what matters most is who you really are, “for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart “(1 Samuel 16: 7b).
Asbury, who is also behind a large amount of animated films that include “Gnomeo and Juliet” and “Shrek 2,” said that this lesson is relevant to audiences of all ages, not only for children.
“I think that children have over adults when they are young; “They did not enter the world by being judgmental, walk the world with an open mind and are innocent about things,” he said. “Sometimes, that’s a good thing. I think it’s about keeping open minds instead of closing them “.
“We try to make the movie entertaining for all ages, but each film that I really liked has changed me in some way, either an animated movie or a movie of live-action,” he continued. “I would encourage people to go to this movie despite the fact that it is animated; it is possible to come out a little different.” Even if the message is mild, I hope it has an impact.”
Clarkson and Jonas lead an all-star cast that also includes Janelle Monae, Blake Shelton, Wanda Sykes, Gabriel Iglesias, Wang Leehom and Pitbull. The film is filled with upbeat songs and memorable with titles like “Today is the day” and “could Not be better”.
“The songs are very fun because that is how we present our characters,” said Asbury. “The songs they take on a life of its own, and I think that is what makes them so appealing.”
With a classification of PG and a message that will reveal truths timeless that both are needed in the culture that is obsessed with the selfie today, “UglyDolls” is an option for family movie night.
“Let’s be a little more friendly between us and with ourselves. It is okay if we are kind to others instead of approaching everything with anger, ” said Asbury. “I think the world could use more kindness. Maybe this triggered a little bit of that “.