DreamWorks Animation brought their trippy animated musical adventure Trolls to Comic-Con this year. As we’ve seen in the trailers, it’s a feature film adaptation of the wild-haired dolls that became popular in the 1990s, and it brings a bunch of pop music hits to the big screen with a so many bright colors, weird characters and creatures, all making for a delightful acid trip that’s safe for kids.
The studio showed off about 15 minutes of footage from the movie, and I was surprised to find that this wasn’t just a showcase for a bunch of pop songs for no reason. Instead, it’s a musical where the songs really motivate the story and help develop the characters. Plus, the original songs executive produced by Justin Timberlake are bound to be favorites of kids and adults alike.
Read more about the Trolls Comic-Con panel after the jump, including some additions to the cast that just might get you even more interested in an animated movie that looks truly original despite being based on a toyline. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, June 29th, 2016 by Angie Han
Troll dolls last peaked about twenty years ago, but now that the ’90s revival is in full swing, DreamWorks is making a valiant effort to bring back those tiny bright-haired creatures. Coming up from the studio this fall is Trolls, an animated adventure featuring the mellifluous voices of Justin Timberlake (who released his first new single since 2013 for it), Anna Kendrick, Zooey Deschanel, Russell Brand, James Corden, and Gwen Stefani.
Timberlake leads the cast as a grumpy troll who must join forces with an extremely chipper troll (Kendrick) to fight a greater evil. Can these total opposites learn to respect each other and work together? Will they be able to vanquish the villain with the power of love and/or joy? Will the cranky one eventually open up to reveal the song in his heart? Tough questions, if you’ve never seen a movie before.
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Director Mark Romanek has only been at the helm of a handful of feature films, including One Hour Photo and Never Let Me Go. But he’s had quite the lucrative career directing music videos for the likes of Taylor Swift, Madonna, Weezer and even Michael Jackson. Now he’s back behind the camera for a new music video from Justin Timberlake, and it just so happens to be for one of the many tracks that will be coming thanks to his starring role in DreamWorks Animation’s new animated musical comedy Trolls.
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Posted on Thursday, January 28th, 2016 by Angie Han
It’s been a good 20 years since trolls were in, but with everything else from the ’90s making it back to the big screen, from Jurassic Park to N.W.A., DreamWorks is hoping they can make trolls happen again in the year 2016. These new trolls are tiny, colorful, CG-animated, and hip to the musics of today, like Silentó’s “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae).” Watch these creatures get down in the first Trolls trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, January 7th, 2016 by Angie Han
Hollywood’s been rooting around in your old childhood toybox again, and this time they’ve dug up your forgotten troll collection. You remember trolls, right? Those pug-nosed plastic dolls with the bright big furry hair? Well, they’re getting their own movie from DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox later this year, and today we have a first look at its star-studded cast (including Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake) and the characters they’ll be voicing. Read More »
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Pitch Perfect leading lady Anna Kendrick has been situated to lead DreamWorks Animation’s musical adaptation of the Danish toy known as Troll dolls for over a year now. The project is simply called Trolls, and sees the Oscar nominee playing a relentlessly upbeat character named Princess Poppy.
Now Kendrick finally has some company on the animated adventure as recording star turned actor Justin Timberlake (The Social Network, Runner Runner) has just signed on to voice a lead character. And since this is a musical, it’s likely safe to assume that he’ll be doing some singing as well. Read More »
Posted on Monday, June 16th, 2014 by Angie Han
Troll dolls haven’t been relevant since the mid-’90s or so, but DreamWorks Animation announced last year that they were determined to bring back the fluffy-haired, jewel-bellied beasts. Now they’ve found just the people to do it.
Mike Mitchell (Shrek Forever After) is set to direct Anna Kendrick in the musical franchise-starter Trolls. Get character details, release date info, and more after the jump.
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Years after both the first and second wave of interest in the knotty little Danish troll dolls that feature placid grins and giant colored hair, DreamWorks Animation is thinking of making a movie. Created in 1959 and popularized in the ’60s, then in the ’80s, the trolls have already starred in games and a TV show aired in the ’90s.
Now the rights have been sold to DreamWorks Animation, which is turning to American Girl senior VP of marketing Shawn Dennis to spearhead the development efforts. Why this property? Two words: brand recognition. OK, two more: potential franchise.
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Most movie studios release information about their upcoming slates a year or two at a time. But today DreamWorks Animation released a four-year slate, driven in part by the new distribution deal the company has with Fox, as well as the long lead time needed to make animated films, and also perhaps by the not-so-hot view of the publicly-traded company on Wall Street.
We’ve known that DA has a mind towards heavy sequel production, and that is reflected in this slate, with dates for two more How to Train Your Dragon films, another Kung Fu Panda sequel, and another Madagascar spinoff. But, in addition to films we know about (The Croods, Turbo) there are some other new projects that adapt kids books, and more details on the previously-announced animated Bollywood-style musical. Read More »