Trolls take over Comic-Con

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SAN DIEGO: Trolls turned out in full force to kick off the first day of pro­gram­ming at Comic-Con – the ones with the wacky hair, not the ones that hurl in­sults on the in­ter­net.

Au­di­ence mem­bers in brightly coloured wigs watched on Thurs­day as Dream­Works An­i­ma­tion de­buted 16 min­utes of footage from Trolls, an an­i­mated fea­ture com­ing to US the­atres on Novem­ber 4. It’s based on the toy with tall, neon hair.

Co- direc­tors Mike Mitchell and Walt Dohrn said they were ex­cited by the prospect of cre­at­ing some­thing with no pre-ex­ist­ing mythol­ogy.

In this world, trolls are tiny pack­ages of pos­i­tiv­ity, who hug ev­ery hour. Anna Ken­drick and Justin Tim­ber­lake voice a pair of mis­matched trolls who have to res­cue their friends from troll-eat­ing gi­ants.

Tim­ber­lake served as ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer on the sound­track, which in­cludes remixes of clas­sics like Si­mon & Gar­funkel’s The Sound of Si­lence and four orig­i­nals such as Can’t Stop the Mu­sic.

Part of the footage shows Ken­drick’s char­ac­ter, Poppy, who is bright fuch­sia pink from hair to toe, tor­ment­ing Tim­ber­lake’s killjoy troll Branch with her singing. Branch gets his own mu­si­cal mo­ment too, even­tu­ally.

Pro­ducer Gina Shay said the film is in­formed by 1970s aes­thet­ics – the trolls are the happy, bright, lava-lamp side of things and the evil gi­ants, called Ber­gens, are bru­tal­ist and polyester.

“The whole pro­duc­tion has a cro­cheted blan­ket vibe.”

They also made sure to break “ev­ery princess rule in the book” by let­ting the fe­male trolls be stumpy, short, and shoe­less, he said.

Hall H au­di­ences also got a sneak peek at Boss Baby, an an­i­mated film about a de­vi­ous baby with a grown up de­meanour and voice. – ANA-AP

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