I’ll admit that I had my doubts about DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls being an entertaining film considering that it was based on the ’80s toys that many of us have long forgotten about. But when that first gleeful trailer popped up, it came to many viewers as a pleasant surprise. Then they showed even more footage at the San Diego Comic-Con, and soon enough, the film caught my attention.
Now a new trailer has been released featuring the film’s lead voice stars, Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick, talking about the film and how music and animation go hand in hand. Check out the latest trailer for Trolls below.
Looking past the fact that the film is based on the nostalgic toys, there is something aesthetically pleasing that we rarely see in CGI animated films. Producer Gina Shay said that the film has a ’70s vibe with the world looking like it was created by arts and crafts materials right out of Michael’s or JoAnns. Considering that there is no real mythology to these Trolls, directors Mike Mitchell and Walt Dohrn took that as an opportunity to finally give the characters one.
Kendrick says the film is “…about happiness. How far some will go to get it, and how far they went to, to get it back.” Pretty self-explanatory, and I’m sure the musical cues will help push the narrative forward while striking the right emotional chord.
Overall, the film looks like a lot of fun. And if you are excited about the film, you can become a part of it, so to speak. Head on over to Trollify Yourself, where by using some fun tools you can create and share some Trollified version of yourself or your friends.
Here’s the official plot synopsis:
From the creators of Shrek comes DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls, a smart, funny, and irreverent comedy about the search for happiness, and just how far some will go to get it. This hilarious film transports audiences to a colorful, wondrous world populated by the overly optimistic Trolls, with a constant dance in their step and a song on their lips, and the comically pessimistic Bergens, who are only happy when they have trolls in their stomachs.
After the Bergens invade Troll Village, Poppy (Kendrick), the happiest Troll ever born, and the overly-cautious curmudgeonly Branch (Timberlake) set off on a journey to rescue her friends. Together, this mismatched duo embark on a rescue mission full of adventure and mishaps – trying to tolerate each other long enough to get the job done.
Utilizing music to further the film’s narrative, the Trolls soundtrack is produced by Justin Timberlake and features five original songs including songs by Justin Timberlake and Gwen Stefani in addition to a number of classic hits from the 60’s – 80’s.
Featuring the voices of Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Russell Brand, Zooey Deschanel, Jeffrey Tambor, Christine Baranski, James Corden, Kunal Nayyar, Ron Funches, Icona Pop, Quvenzhané Wallis, with John Cleese and Gwen Stefani, Trolls opens in theaters on November 4.