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New ‘Trolls World Tour’ Trailer Pinky Promises to Hit All the Right Notes

Dang! In a blistering, yet sparkly mélange of spoof, satire and ‘smooth jazz’ euphoria, DreamWorks Animation and Walt Dohrn tease us with ‘trollific’ new footage and images from their upcoming April 17, 2020 release. 

There’s nothing “droll” about the upcoming DreamWorks Animation feature, Trolls World Tour, hitting theatres April 17, 2020. In the latest trailer, director Walt Dohrn shows us that when it comes to CG animation color palettes, his team’s grading dial goes to 11. Possibly 11.5.

Riffing on contemporary music with a loving, but satirical mania equally suited for rocket sleds and big studio animated features, Trolls World Tour, in the best of DreamWorks’ traditions, pokes fun at every “note” we hold sacred, including the dangerously cool, breezy, hallucinogenic machinations of smooth jazz and the earth-shattering seriousness of a pinky promise. Dang!

Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake return, fronting an all-star cast in the sequel to the studio’s 2016 musical hit. In an adventure that will take them well beyond what they’ve known before, Poppy (Kendrick) and Branch (Timberlake) discover that they are but one of six different Trolls tribes scattered over six different lands and devoted to six different kinds of music: Funk, Country, Techno, Classical, Pop and Rock. Their world is about to get a lot bigger and a whole lot louder. With lots of color, and sparkles. Glitter too. Oh, and dare we say, loud, in-your-face musical numbers of all shapes and sizes.

Can I get a "Yo Dude?" A "Rock On?" Maybe? Watch the new trailer and check out the new images below:

A member of hard-rock royalty, Queen Barb (Rachel Bloom), aided by her father King Thrash (Ozzy Osbourne), wants to destroy all other kinds of music to let rock reign supreme. With the fate of the world at stake, Poppy and Branch, along with their friends — Biggie (James Corden), Chenille (Caroline Hjelt), Satin (Aino Jawo), Cooper (Ron Funches) and Guy Diamond (Kunal Nayyar) — set out to visit all the other lands to unify the Trolls in harmony against Barb, who’s looking to upstage them all.

The voice cast for the various musical tribes is impressive; DreamWorks has assembled one of the largest, and most acclaimed, groups of musical talent ever for an animated film. From the land of Funk are Mary J. Blige, George Clinton and Anderson .Paak. Representing Country is Kelly Clarkson as Delta Dawn, with Sam Rockwell as Hickory and Flula Borg as Dickory. J Balvin brings Reggaeton, while Ester Dean adds to the Pop tribe. Anthony Ramos brings the beat in Techno and Jamie Dornan covers smooth jazz. World-renowned conductor and violinist Gustavo Dudamel appears as Trollzart and Charlyne Yi as Pennywhistle from the land of Classical. And Kenan Thompson raps as a newborn Troll named Tiny Diamond.

Trolls World Tour director Dohrn, who served as co-director on Trolls, is joined by returning producer Gina Shay. The film is co-directed by David P. Smith and co-produced by Kelly Cooney Cilella, both of whom worked on the first Trolls.

Source: DreamWorks Animation

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