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Just two months ago, Justin Timberlake released a new earworm for the summer: "Can't Stop The Feeling," with a video featuring the cast of Trolls, including Anna Kendrick and James Corden, but no snippets of the actual movie. Now the first trailer just dropped, and we've finally got an idea of what this good feeling actually looks like.

If you're a bit confused at the sight of a pink troll with sparkly freckles and a whole bunch of neon, hairy, tiny heads jumping around, fear not — here's your complete guide to DreamWorks' next big thing, including cast, plot and insane trivia!

1. The Plot Of Trolls: A Sparkly Adventure

The story of Trolls is quite a simple one: A happy little troll princess named Poppy reigns over her troll kingdom, where daily activities oscillate mostly between eating cupcakes and dancing — when everyone's not busy sharing a big, loving hug. The trolls even own wristwatches that remind them it's time to hug someone!

The only troll not partaking in the general fiesta is Branch, a not-so-sparkly member of the community who spends most of his time making sure that his lair is apocalypse-proof. And he's (kind of) proven right the day the mortal enemy of the trolls, a Bergen, shows up and kidnaps the near entirety of the village. Cue Poppy and Branch, who are basically the opposite of each other, going on an adventure to rescue their friends.

2. Trolls Is Based On The Famous Troll Dolls

Remember these?!
Remember these?!

Initially, however, Trolls isn't based on the mythical creatures, but on the famous toys that were all the rage in the '60s, and later again in the '90s. This is their origin story, courtesy of DreamWorks' press release for Trolls:

The Troll doll phenomenon was born in 1959 when Danish fisherman and woodcutter Thomas Dam, too poor to afford a Christmas present for his young daughter Lajla, carved a doll for her based on the legendary Scandinavian troll. This modern-day Geppetto couldn’t have imagined that the Troll dolls would soon become one of the biggest toy crazes of the 1960s. The Trolls experienced a resurgence in the 1990s and their uniquely endearing faces and shocks of colorful hair continue to capture the hearts and imaginations of fans around the world.

Trolls, the movie, is about finding out how these little buddies earned their neon hair.

3. Meet The Cast Of Trolls

'Trolls' / DreamWorks
'Trolls' / DreamWorks

The cast of Trolls puts a heavy emphasis on music:

  • Justin Timberlake, the former ramen noodle-haired NSYNC heartthrob, plays grumpy troll Branch
  • Anna Kendrick, who's proven her vocal skills time and again with musical comedies such as Pitch Perfect, is the voice of happy-go-lucky Princess Poppy
  • James Corden, from The Late Late Show with James Corden, voices Biggie
  • Zooey Deschanel, from New Girl, is Bridget
  • Russell Brand is Creek
  • Music duo Icona Pop is Satin and Chenille
  • Gwen Stefani is DJ Suki

If you've never heard Anna Kendrick or James Corden sing before, they just recently performed together on Corden's show.

(I'm not including any songs by JT or Gwen because if you've never heard any, there's nothing I can do for you.)

'Trolls' / DreamWorks
'Trolls' / DreamWorks

Trolls was directed by Mike Mitchell, who was also a director for Shrek Forever After, and Walt Dohrn, who was a writer on Shrek 2. Kung Fu Panda producers Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger penned the script.

4. Trolls Will Feature Original Songs And Covers Of Timeless Hits

It's quite obvious from the trailer that Trolls is all about the music. We've already heard Timberlake's "Can't Stop The Feeling," and he co-wrote one song with Ariana Grande and another one with Gwen Stefani that will feature. On top of that, the movie will include several covers, from Simon and Garfunkel's "The Sound of Silence" to "Clint Eastwood" by Gorillaz and "True Colors" by Cyndi Lauper, the latter of which Timberlake and Kendrick covered after the screening of Trolls at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

As Timberlake told Collider:

"Some 7-year-old is gonna walk away knowing 'The Sound of Silence,' which is very cool."
'Trolls' / DreamWorks
'Trolls' / DreamWorks

Trolls comes out on November 4, 2016.

Are you looking forward to seeing Trolls? Did you have one of these dolls as a kid?

Sources: DreamWorks, Billboard, Collider


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