The ‘Trolls’ are a-coming

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Poppy (voiced by Anna Kendrick) is the happiest Troll ever born who sets off on an adventure with the overly cautious Branch (Justin Timberlake)

Poppy (voiced by Anna Kendrick) is the happiest Troll ever born who sets off on an adventure with the overly cautious Branch (Justin Timberlake)

Just after this long Halloween break, DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls, a smart, funny and irreverent comedy about the search for happiness, will invade Philippine cinemas come November 2.

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The film transports audiences to a colorful, wondrous world populated by the overly optimistic Trolls—who have a constant dance in their step and a song on their lips—and the comically pessimistic Bergens—who are only happy when they have Trolls in their stomachs. After the Bergens invade Troll Village, Poppy (Anna Kendrick), the happiest Troll ever born, and the overly cautious, curmudgeonly Branch (Justin Timberlake) set off on a journey to rescue her friends. Their mission is full of adventure and mishaps, as this mismatched duo try to tolerate each other long enough to get the job done.

Happiness was foremost in the minds of Trolls director Mike Mitchell and co-director Walt Dohrn, even during the earliest stages of story discussions with screenwriters/co-producers Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger and producer Gina Shay.

The two filmmakers had worked together on DreamWorks Animation’s blockbuster Shrek franchise, and their familiarity with the beloved ogres of that world led them to their distant cousins, the Trolls.

The filmmakers note that they did embrace one aspect of previous Trolls history. “We were fascinated by how these creatures were originally scary and evolved over time into being cute and lovable,” says Mitchell. “In the 1970s they became a symbol for happiness.”

‘Trolls’ opens Wednesday in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox, and distributed by Warner Bros.

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