In November the creators of Shrek will bring you the magical world of the Trolls. A colorful, wondrous world populated by hilariously unforgettable characters with a constant song on their lips, and the comically pessimistic Bergens, who are only happy when they have Trolls in their stomach. 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.
I recently was blessed to interview Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, directors Walt Dohrn and Mike Mitchell at San Diego’s Comic-Con for their upcoming film. DreamWorks’ Trolls, a fresh, broad comedy filled with music, heart and hair-raising adventures. Before this interview, I had an opportunity to see a few minutes of footage for the movie and found the film’s backdrop captivating. I figure many of you would feel the same.
Therefore, I would like to cordially invite you into the World of DreamWorks’ Trolls.
As I watched the clip, it reminded me of my favorite video game ‘Little Big Planet.’ During our interview, producer, Gina Shay, and director, Walt Dohrn, shared their inspiration for the movie’s setting, which is filled with colorful characters against a scrapbook-like setting.
Set Design – The backdrop design is based on Scandinavian Modern with shapes big and round. The landscape was inspired by the Trolls’ funky hairdo.
“It all kind of has the ’70s feel to it. We took from shag rug, and roller skating and brutalist sculpture, and all these different kinds of things. ”
~ Gina Shay
Characters – The Trolls are round, as is the main character, Princess Poppy (voiced by Anna Kendrick), purposely having a Troll-like shape to reflect a positive and realistic body image for younger views.
“We feel it’s our responsibility as filmmakers to offer a positive image,” said Shay, adding, “We broke every princess rule in the book . . . My daughter is 11 and she has a powerful mind. I’d rather have her use it imaginatively than be obsessing in the mirror.”
~ Gina Shay
Wacky and Fun Sprite – Being fans of Miyazaki Japanese animated films and having friends that worked on Adventure Time, director Mike Mitchell and his team were able to combine influences to create a scenario that was fun and silly.
“I like those Miyazaki Japanese animated films . . . Spirited Away was one of his most popular. They do these strange fairy tales that have weird creatures in them. And we’ve got a bunch of friends that work at Adventure Time. That’s a TV show that’s really wacky and silly and fun, and so we thought, why can’t we bring those aesthetics into a CGI DreamWorks film?”
~ Mike Mitchell
Sound Track – The fun and upbeat soundtrack features original music from Justin Timberlake, and soon-to-be classic mash-ups of songs from other popular artists.
See More – Executive music producer Justin Timberlake talks about creating the soundtrack for DreamWorks’ Trolls.
TROLLS – IN THEATERS NOV. 4, IN 3-D
From the creators of Shrek comes the smartest, funniest, and perhaps most 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.
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