Justin Timberlake & Anna Kendrick on ‘Trolls’ and Working Together on the Soundtrack

     June 29, 2016

justin-timberlake-anna-kendrickFrom the creators of Shrek, the animated feature Trolls (due out in theaters on November 4th) will take audiences into a colorful and wondrous world populated by the always optimistic trolls, who are not only always smiling and singing, but even have hourly hug sessions with other trolls. Inspired by the toy phenomenon and with its very own mythology, this hair-raising adventure looks to have laughs, tears and a whole lot of great music, as well as a terrific voice cast that includes Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Russell Brand, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Zooey Deschanel, James Corden, Icona Pop and Gwen Stefani.

On June 23rd, Collider was invited over to the DreamWorks Animation campus for a preview presentation with directors Mike Mitchell and Walt Dohrn, who gave the media a glimpse into the world that they’ve created. As someone who had a significant assortment of trolls of varying hair colors when I was a teenager, I was definitely curious about what the world and characters would look and sound like.

dreamworks-animation-trollsWith an environment textured out of fuzzy felt and hair that does just about everything, including changing color and shape and growing as needed, the only thing the always happy trolls (who even poop cupcakes) have to worry about are the pessimistic Bergens, who are only happy when they have trolls in their stomach. So, when some of happy pink troll Poppy’s (Anna Kendrick) friends are captured, she turns to Branch (Justin Timberlake, who is also the executive music producer on the film), a grey troll who doesn’t partake in hugs or singing, to help her save the day.

The 15 minutes of footage we got to see made it clear that the huge variety of troll characters are undeniably cute and the music, made up of already known tracks (including “The Sounds of Silence” by Simon & Garfunkel, “Clint Eastwood” by Gorillaz and “True Colors” by Cyndi Lauper) and original tunes (including the already released and highly catchy “Can’t Stop the Feeling”), will definitely make you want the soundtrack. Following the preview presentation, Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake participated in a Q&A to talk about whether they had their own troll collection, the process of putting together the music, working in the recording studio together, narrowing down the songs, and the biggest challenges of it all.

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