This week, I flew to Las Vegas to attend 20th Century Fox’s presentation at CinemaCon, where I got my first look at the upcoming DreamWorks Animation film Trolls. Coming November 4th from the creators of Shrek, Trolls is a musical comedy with an all-star cast including Anna Kendrick as happy-go-lucky Poppy and Justin Timberlake as the surly loner Branch. When a group of trolls are kidnapped by miserable, troll-eating Bergens, Poppy and Branch must team up in order to rescue them. We got a special sneak peek at a clip from the film during the CinemaCon presentation, and it was so funny and full of great music! Take a look at the teaser trailer:
To celebrate Trolls during CinemaCon, I attended a special breakfast with Anna Kendrick to chat about the film. I asked Anna what drew her to this role, and she spoke to her love of animation as a big inspiration.
“Animation is the BEST thing ever and I would do it for free, but don’t tell anyone!” Anna joked. “It’s the best thing ever. It’s so much fun.” I wanted to know what she enjoys the most about recording a role like this, and she gave some interesting insights into movie making process.
“I mean, the big joke is like, ‘Oh, you can wear sweatpants and no makeup’, and that’s great, that’s a bonus. There’s so many other people’s jobs that have to go right on a live action movie, for your thing to be like, OK, we can put that in the movie. Everything has to be perfect, and when it’s animation, you just do it over and over again and you get so many more opportunities. And you can play so much, you can try things that are kind of crazy and out there because you’re not wasting anybody’s time. It’s not like, ‘Oh! We gotta reload the camera’, you know, so it’s great. And if somebody shouts a direction at you, you can just say it right then, whereas on a movie someone tells you a direction and then 10 minutes later, you shoot it, and you’re like, ‘Crap, what was the instinct that I had when I first got that direction?’ And there’s no delay with animation so when Walt [Dohrn] or Mike [Mitchell] suggest something to me, I can just do it in that exact moment. It feels like this really pure acting exercise that I get to do over and over.”
Although Anna is so warm and friendly – the first thing she did was compliment my pink hair when we met – she told our group that she’s actually not as gleeful in real life as her character Poppy.
“[Poppy’s] such a psycho! She’s so happy and so positive and because I’m kind of a grumpy person, it comes out kind of unhinged. I’m not the person who’s like, ‘Everything fine!’, I’m the person who’s like, ‘Everything’s ruined!’ even when it’s not, and so every time I play her really happy and really sunny and really excited about everything, it comes out a little weird and a little off, and I think that’s what’s fun about it. I don’t know, I like a girl who’s a little psycho. In a fun way!”