Two of the most multi-talented actors, performers, musicians around come together in a fun, colorful, music filled extravaganza with glitter, lots of glitter, as DreamWorks' Trolls Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick find their true colors as the voices of Branch and Poppy.
Get ready to enter the colorful new Troll world November 4th, 2016.
DreamWorks' Trolls Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick
Last week we attended the early press day for DreamWorks' latest animated film Trolls, a film about the wonderous, colorful world of those cute little pot-bellied dolls with neon hair from the 90's. The adorable little figures you would spend hours brushing their long brilliantly colored hair, scouring shops in hopes of collecting a rainbow of colored Troll toppers, trading with friends, and even finding the coveted gemstone bellybutton or glitter trolls. Yes, they're coming back and we couldn't be more excited!
As we previewed a few clips and listened to select songs from the film (the film's not quite finished yet) we instantly fell in love with the casting of Justin Timberlake and Ann Kendrick together as Branch, an over-cautious survivalist, and Poppy, an upbeat troll with a constant song on her lips. From an ironically placed Gorillaz Clint Eastwood to a beautiful rendition of Cyndi Lauper's True Colors, Justin and Anna are pitch perfect with their performances.
Here's more about what Justin, Anna, and filmmakers Mike Mitchell and Walt Dohrn have to say about bringing everyone's favorite trolls to life on the big screen.
DreamWorks' Trolls Press Conference
Q: For the whole panel, the Trolls have been around for so long. A lot of the people who were kids when they first came out or when they were really big in the '90s are now grown up or just starting to enter the real world after college. What is in this movie for all ages and those people?
Mike Mitchell: One, it's a super irreverent comedy like what Walt and I did in Shrek. It's a joke where a dad laughs then he looks down at his eight-year-old daughter. She's laughing at the same joke. I think that's magic. And two is just the music. It seems to span like all age groups, and it does the same thing that like Guitar Hero did.
Walt Dohrn: And we talk about also the theme of happiness, and I think that applies to everyone. There's a big idea here that we're all born with happiness. Sometimes we need someone to help us find it, but we're all born with this ability to be happy, and I think that's important.
Q: Justin. I'm really fascinated at the whole process with music producing and bringing something to life with film and music. How does that process work? Do you start researching songs and have an idea of the story before the film is at all created? Is that how that process starts?
Justin Timberlake: For a musical like this, which I think to stay with the theme of DreamWorks, what's made them so reverent and what Mike was alluding to is to take these classic toys and mythological creatures from so long ago and really modernize them. That was our MO with the music as well. It fits with the humor, and like Mike said, some seven-year-old's going to walk away knowing “The Sound of Silence”, which is very cool. And a song like “True Colors”.
I came on a little after some of the songs were sought after and cleared, and I don't know if you know about the clearance process but that can be, like, mind-numbing. Once these songs were cleared and I came in, “True Colors” was definitely already picked out for this moment in the movie. My job for that was hopefully to put our own spin on it, make it sound unique, make it sound like it belonged in the scene, much like a musical theater.
I wrote four original songs, one of them that you may or may not have heard, which is in the movie as well, and specifically written for the movie. I've never done anything like that as well. To write it specifically for the movie and to have a little bit of a hack code into the fact that some of the music does sound very '70s, the music definitely has like a little bit of like '70s funk to it.
Q: In the last clip there, we see this fabulous glittery troll. When the movie comes out, are we going to have like a tie-in with new dolls released or new merchandise?
Mike Mitchell: Yes. That was actually a toy. That was one of the trolls that was invented in the '90s, and that's the one time it doesn't wear clothes. They're very–they have a lot of body confidence. They just wear glitter, and now I'm going to nerd out again like I did with you guys before. Wasn't that like one of the biggest challenges of the film?
Walt Dohrn: The big challenge was the glitter. The computer couldn't understand the glitter. We always say there's this room somewhere where these guys have lab coats on and they're throwing glitter. It's a glitter taskforce, typing code. We've got it. We thought it would be the hair because the hair does everything in this film. It changes color. It changes shape. It stretches like a monkey tail. Holds onto stuff. But, it was the glitter was the part that–we were very glad that you noticed that glitter.
Q: It seems like there was a lot of variations, that each troll has some sort of special thing about them. I'm curious how many there are and what that process was like.
Walt Dohrn: There is 300,000. There's a lot. There's one called Fuzzbert that he has all hair and feet. Did you see the guy with the little worm? That's James Corden. His name is Biggie. He's bigger than all the other trolls.
Anna Kendrick: And Satin and Chanel are connected by their hair. They're the Fashionistas.
Q: You guys killed it on “True Colors”. Do you get nervous when you take on a classic like that? How do you approach it?
Justin Timberlake: I was very nervous, to be honest. I remember the whole time I was doing the recording session I was like what is Cyndi going to think?
Anna Kendrick: I do think though that having an acting objective, it's easier for me. When we sang it at Cannes, I was totally terrified. But, when I'm singing it in the movie and I'm listening to Justin, I'm thinking about what we have to accomplish for the story, it sort of distracts from that, and it gives me a simpler intention.
About DreamWorks' Trolls
From the creators of Shrek comes the most smart, funny, irreverent animated comedy of the year, DreamWorks’ Trolls. This holiday season, enter a colorful, wondrous world populated by hilariously unforgettable characters and discover the story of the overly optimistic Trolls, with a constant song on their lips, and the comically pessimistic Bergens, who are only happy when they have trolls in their stomach. Featuring original music from Justin Timberlake, and soon-to-be classic mash-ups of songs from other popular artists, the film stars the voice talents of Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Russell Brand, James Corden, Kunal Nayyar, Ron Funches, Icona Pop, Gwen Stefani, and many more.
DreamWorks’ TROLLS is a fresh, broad comedy filled with music, heart and hair-raising adventures. In November of 2016, nothing can prepare you for our new Troll world.
Portions of this material has been provided courtesy of 20th Century Fox & DreamWorks Animation.