It's lighthearted and lightweight, so don't expect the next
“Frozen.” But it's cute, and it's winsome, and it's harmless, and very
much aimed toward the kids.
Moxy (the voice of Kelly Clarkson) is one of those dolls that has
been removed from the assembly line because of imperfections, then
robotically thrown down a chute, to plop into a whole collection of
misfits, inhabiting a place called Uglyville.
But they're all happy in Uglyville, because they all think that
they have a chance to be chosen, still, to go to a home and be loved as
somebody's doll. So they sing
together and enjoy one another's company and wait patiently for their big
Except that it never comes. And
one day they all find out it's not going to come.
Moxy's foray into the Land of Perfection has convinced her that she
lives in a world of rejects, and none of them are ever going to be chosen.
Uglyville then suffers from a group depression, complete with soup
lines and dilapidated buildings and plenty of sad-looking citizens with
nothing to do.
Meanwhile, Lou (the voice of Nick Jonas), who personifies
perfection, decides to toy with the rejects in front of his adoring fans,
and tells them that if they can run the gauntlet, they'll have a chance to
get to the portal where they can be shipped to real people wanting dolls.
Moxy and her friends are happy to try it, but it's fraught with
unseen danger, which they can only manage if they help each other.
Yes, it's about believing in yourself, despite your imperfections,
and it's also about helping others along the way, because that's how you
discover who you are. And at
the end, it's about finding the love. They're all good messages, and the
veteran singing voices add much to the enjoyment (including the singing
voices of Janelle Monae, Blake Shelton, and Pitbull).
It probably won't become an instant classic.
But it's enjoyable for the kids, and for the kid still residing in
each of us.