Trivia / A Troll in Central Park

  • Actor Allusion: Cloris Leachman voices Gnorga, the Queen of the Trolls in this film, and she had previously played a role as Cerena, Queen of the Trolls in the Hanna-Barbera Christmas special "The Little Troll Prince".
  • Box Office Bomb: One of the biggest percentage-wise in the history of filmmaking. The film had a budget of $23,000,000 and only grossed $71,368 domestically, which is less than one-third of 1% of its budget, making it one of the biggest box office bombs in the history of animated films (formerly the biggest until Delgo came along).
  • Creator Backlash: In the July 2001 issue of "Toon Talk", Don Bluth admitted the film was terrible, and regretted how badly the film turned out;
    “As it is never a good thing that a child is born prematurely, so it is with producing a film. Development of a script is like the development of a child in the womb; It takes time and must be done right. Building the movie, “A Troll In Central Park”, taught us this lesson, but indeed, the hard way.”I tell you all this in the hope that you might benefit from our foolish mistakes. Scrutinizing your own work is so important, but lets face it, we all are afraid of not measuring up, so we stubbornly cling to our own opinions, shutting out all others. Stanley could have been a richer character with more levels to his personality. Maybe he could have had a dark side, a troll side that he struggled with.”
  • Creator Killer: This was the second-to-last film from the animation studio Don Bluth founded after he left Disney on really bad terms, and the last one to actually credit him (he ordered his name removed from The Pebble and the Penguin). This movie's Defcon-1 sweetness level and the fact that it directly contrasted his earlier work effectively soiled the studio's reputation for good.
  • Fake American: The parents, who for some reason are voiced by none other than Jonathan Pryce and Hayley Mills. They don't do a very good job of it.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Gus bears a small resemblance to his actor Phillip Glasser.
  • Old Shame: Gary Goldman stated that he and Don Bluth were not impressed with doing this film.
  • Relationship Voice Actor: Gus (Philip Glasser) and Stanley (Dom De Luise) were Fievel and Tiger respectively in An American Tail.
  • Screwed by the Studio: According to the IMDB trivia. Gary Goldman stated that the reason the movie did so poorly at the box office was the fact that it was released without any promotion whatsoever, and what release it did have was limited. To which most people replied "Have you SEEN the thing?!"
  • Unintentional Period Piece: The Twin Towers remain visible in a number of scenes.
  • What Could Have Been: Bluth has said that, had they not rushed their production, he would have wanted Stanley to be a much darker character with more abundant flaws.
  • Writing by the Seat of Your Pants: The film was apparently a failed effort for Bluth's team to invoke this trope.