With massive musical medleys unleashing incomparable amounts of pizazz, untold volumes of glitter, and one lone tumbleweed, DreamWorks Animation shares the latest from its upcoming animated extravaganza.
With its April 10 theatrical release just around the corner, DreamWorks Animation has just revealed, or should we say, unleashed, it’s latest trailer and image set for Walt Dohrn’s CG-animated audio and visual extravaganza, Trolls World Tour. And its got more… everything: thumping musical mashups, textured CG sets, and vivid colors I haven’t seen since my eldest daughter’s first Gymboree birthday party. And that was in the last 1950s! Well, seems that long ago.
As more of the story unfolds, we learn Queen Barb (Rachel Bloom), aided by her humorously mumbling father King Thrash (Ozzy Osbourne, duh), wants to destroy all other kinds of music, turn everyone into head-banging zombies, and let rock reign supreme. Poppy (Anna Kendrick), ever the eternal optimist, and Branch (Justin Timberlake), ever the eternal buzz kill, 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. As you guessed, things don’t go as planned. Except for whomever planted all the glitter bombs.
The all-star sequel brings together one of the largest, and most acclaimed, groups of musical talent ever assembled 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 is directed by Dohrn, who served as co-director on Trolls, and is produced by returning producer Gina Shay. The film is co-directed by David P. Smith and co-produced by Kelly Cooney Cilella, both of whom also worked on the first Trolls.
Source: DreamWorks Animation
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