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