I've watched the movie Trolls a few times now with my daughters. I've started to develop this idea that this children's movie was really about opium addiction.
Here's some of the things I've noticed:
- The main character's name is Poppy. You get opium from poppy seeds.
- The scientific name for opium is Lachryma papaveris. The king of the Trolls is named King Peppy, but it sounds like they're saying King Papa and when the king picks up the baby Troll she calls him "papa".
- The Bergens grow Trolls in the center of their town on a tree. Once a year they harvest the Trolls, consume them and the side effects are happiness. That's what people do with opium.
- The Bergen that prepairs the Trolls is called the Chef and she "cooks" the Trolls so that the Bergens can eat them. Cooking heroin is the most common way to use opium.
- The Bergens look like drug users with bad skin, teeth and posture.
- Actor Russell Brand is very vocal about his heroin addiction (heroin is made from opium). He's also the voice actor of Creek. That's the Troll in the movie who switches sides to help the Bergen catch the Trolls.
There are flowers in the movie that are similar to opium poppy flowers. Yes, the flowers are generic in design but they are a single flower on a stem with large similar colored petals and a yellow center.
Cloud Guy is a unique character in the film who feels really out of place. He is not consistent with the rest of the characters in design, and he adds nothing to the plot of the film. He appears in the middle and later at the end. I mean, I just don't understand this character. Why a cloud?
Does he represent the smoking of opium?
There is a phrase called "opium clouds" which has been used to title books and music. I don't know anything of it's origins just that it refers to the thick white clouds produced by smoking opium.
Cloud Guy has no shoes. Which is a strange detail and mentioned in the dialog of the film.
Did he forget his shoes because he was high? and did he just come out of an opium den?
When people go to an opium den they lay down on beds or platforms to smoke opium. Often people would remove their shoes, get high and forget their shoes when they walk home.
During the end credits there are poppy plants scrolling up on the screen.
Am I just seeing a connection that isn't really there or is this movie really about opium addiction? Where the Trolls represent opium, the Bergen are the users and the message of the movie is that drugs don't make you happy.