Everyone attending the “Trolls” panel in Hall H at Comic-Con on Thursday (July 21) got a star-studded preview of the upcoming animated movie. After showing an exclusive 16-minute clip from the film, director Mike Mitchell, co-director Walter Dohrn, producer Gina Shay and co-stars Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake discussed why the characters stand out from other animated films in the most positive and awesome ways.
In regards to Poppy, Shay says, “We broke every princess rule in the book on this one.” Instead of having a Barbie-like figure, “We kept the troll shapes round, shoeless, a princess who’s shoeless, and my daughter’s 11, she has a really powerful mind and I’d rather have her using it to, to be imaginative instead of obsessing in the mirror because all girls are beautiful.”
Both Timberlake and Kendrick gushed about how much the loved being involved with a movie whose uplifting message they found to be impossibly contagious. While discussing the film’s hit theme song, “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” Timberlake says, “When I started to write the song, I was like, this actually makes me feel really good. It’s nice to be a part of something that you can put out in the world and it just makes people happy and there’s no rhyme or reason to it and you can be unabashed about it. That’s my favorite thing about this whole thing.”
Kendrick agreed while talking about voicing her “unhinged” and “unbalanced troll” character. “We wanted to make her really happy, but not the kind of thing you couldn’t stand for a 90-minute movie. She’s got layers. She’s messed up. It’s the kind of tiny troll that I like.” And that happy feeling bled into her real life.
“Every time I got an email that said these guys wanted to do another session, it made my week,” Kendrick says. “I would just be looking forward to it all week, getting to go in and say these weird lines about cupcakes and rainbows … This is the first time I’ve ever rushed to watch footage.”
No doubt fans will be rushing to theaters when the film hits theaters on Nov. 4, 2016.