A colour­ful ad­ven­ture

> Anna Ken­drick opens up on the plucky Trolls, her own hap­pi­ness as well as her bril­liant ca­reer

The Sun (Malaysia) - - THE BIG PICTURE - BY ELAINE LIPWORTH Trolls?

ANNA KEN­DRICK’S Poppy epit­o­mises the world of the Trolls. She is in­trin­si­cally up­beat and cel­e­brates life. To­gether with her fa­ther, King Peppy, she and the other Trolls live in a Utopian world of friend­ship, cel­e­bra­tion, rain­bows and cup­cakes.

But one Troll doesn’t share Poppy and her friends’ op­ti­mism. Branch (voiced by Justin Tim­ber­lake) is per­pet­u­ally sad and gloomy. He hides him­self away be­cause he’s wor­ried that the Trolls are about to be cap­tured by their sworn en­e­mies, The Ber­gens.

The Ber­gens, ruled by Prince Gris­tle (Christo­pher MintzPlasse), hold a feast day called Troll­stice when they de­vour Trolls they have cap­tured.

Sure enough, Branch’s fears come true.

Ken­drick ( right) sat down for the fol­low­ing in­ter­view at DreamWorks An­i­ma­tion Stu­dios in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia.

What led to your in­volve­ment in the film?

“To be hon­est, I prob­a­bly would have done any­thing that DreamWorks had asked me to do. But they ex­plained the film and it sounded great. They told me about Poppy, us­ing a lot of vis­ual ref­er­ences, and after a while I was wait­ing for them to stop talk­ing so that I could say ‘yes!’”

Who is Poppy?

“When they were pitch­ing the movie to me, I was told that Poppy is the hap­pi­est of all the Trolls, and the Trolls are al­ready pretty happy. Poppy is love and joy and hap­pi­ness. She thinks there’s good in every­one and wants ev­ery­thing to be rain­bows and par­ties and cup­cakes all the time. Poppy has a lot of pep and spark.

“One of my favourite things about her is her op­ti­mism, which an­noys Branch, Justin Tim­ber­lake’s char­ac­ter. I was sur­prised by how much the di­rec­tors en­cour­aged me to be a lit­tle feisty and mis­chievous, but that was great be­cause be­ing re­lent­lessly happy can be an­noy­ing in a char­ac­ter.”

What is Poppy’s re­la­tion­ship with Branch like?

“Poppy loves ev­ery­thing and every­one, so she loves Branch re­gard­less, and I think that an­noys Branch even more. He wants to hide in a panic room, which he’s cre­ated. But he ends up help­ing Poppy on her mis­sion to save her friends from The Ber­gens, who have kid­napped a bunch of Poppy’s favourite friends and plan to eat them. Branch and Poppy need to go to Ber­gen Town and find a way to res­cue the Trolls.”

How in­ter­est­ing was it for you to be act­ing and singing in the film?

“It is a dream to do an­i­ma­tion and com­edy and mu­sic in one film. The mu­sic is so much fun. There is a lot of throw­back mu­sic, and I think Justin has tried to in­cor­po­rate that sound into the new songs. There is al­most like a disco flavour, but there are also beau­ti­ful bal­lads and orig­i­nal songs.”

You are so tal­ented and your films are so di­verse. Do you tend to plot a tra­jec­tory or are you more spon­ta­neous in your ca­reer?

“It is great, but it has been the very op­po­site of what I planned. I would say there have been lots of sur­prises. One of the big­gest sur­prises was Pitch Per­fect. We just didn’t see that film be­com­ing the hit that it be­came. I didn’t know how many peo­ple were go­ing to watch a movie about a bunch of dorks do­ing a cap­pella! Some­times you just have to take the op­por­tu­ni­ties that are in front you, and that’s what I’ve done so far.”

Can you sum up what peo­ple can look for­ward to with

“Trolls has an an­i­ma­tion style I’ve never seen be­fore. The film is en­gross­ing and it puts a smile on my face. Get­ting to watch these lit­tle crea­tures just makes me so happy. It is re­ally en­ter­tain­ing and I think the big­gest goal was to make some­thing that par­ents en­joy watch­ing, but also some­thing that chil­dren will love and will re­mem­ber fondly. We want peo­ple to leave the theatre feel­ing joy­ful.” – Twen­ti­eth Cen­tury Fox


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