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Movie Review: Ugly Dolls

Most movies created for a younger audience provide at least one ‘lesson’ embedded into the script combined with adorable characters – ‘Ugly Dolls’ fulfills this mandate, without a doubt

Featuring the voices of: Nick Jonas, Kelly Clarkson, Bebe Rexha, Emma Roberts, Pitbull, Gabriel Eglesias, Wang Leehom

One of the biggest areas of trauma in young, school-going children’s lives is not being accepted for who they are. Whatever the ‘defect’ in their compatriots’ eyes, it makes the time spent at school a miserable experience. ‘Ugly Dolls’ is the perfect vehicle to stimulate ambition; not to take “No” for an answer; and, stand-up for your beliefs.


When the toys on the production line do not meet the manufacturer’s specifications, they are rejected. In this particular case, the ugly dolls are sent down the shoot to Uglyville – a town where it’s the heart that counts and not outward beauty. The citizens of the town may have bumps and lumps or missing eyes and limbs, but their vibrancy and resourcefulness makes one smile.

Moxy (voiced by Kelly Clarkson) wakes up every morning hoping that she’ll find the one child who will love and adore her. However, the only chance she’ll ever have is if she leaves the comfort of Uglyville and travels to Perfection – the town on the other side of the mountain. Here, she discovers that being perfect isn’t all it’s claimed to be.

‘Ugly Dolls’ is a definite MUST SEE! It’s a delightful family movie that will entrance the parents as much as the kids. Here’s a sneak preview to whet your appetite:

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