It was all sunshine and rainbows as Dreamworks Animation brought first-time SDCC attendees Justin Timberlake and Alec Baldwin to reveal never-before-seen extended footage of their upcoming films, Trolls and The Boss Baby. Here are six things we learned. — Susan Hornik
Known for the Shrek franchise, Mitchell and Dohrn talked about their upcoming movie, which is based on the famous Troll dolls from the 1970s. Since there was no backstory, the duo were able to imagine a storyline involving the Trolls’ always happy nature. Their positivity is suddenly threatened by their enemies, the depressed and dull Bergens, who can only find temporary joy by eating Trolls.
Both Kendrick and Timberlake wanted to make sure their characters were relatable to the audience. “I couldn’t help but be a little psychotic, and they really embraced that, I think especially in that song 'Get Back Up Again’,” said Kendrick. “You’re like, she is unhinged! An unbalanced little troll. 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.”
Noted Timberlake, “I remember working with Mike and Walt and being extremely concerned that [my character] was just going to be too cantankerous, that no one’s going to like this guy…It just became more funny that they were so polar opposites of each other.”
As executive producer on the soundtrack, Timberlake loved having the opportunity to help the story along via the music — four original songs are featured in the movie, including his uber popular "Can't Stop the Music.”
“I’ve never written a song like that under these type of circumstances, but when I started to write the song, I was like, this actually makes me feel really good,” Timberlake said. “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.”
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