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“Trolls” brought to life by bleeding-edge effects tools

TrollsThe technology available for animated filmmaking is more sophisticated and photo-realistic than ever before.  In many features, for example, grass has never looked grassier and water never more… watery.

But the “Trolls” filmmakers had a very different kind of vision in mind for these bleeding-edge visual effects tools.  They decided to create a world unlike any other experienced on film.   “We wanted to transport audiences to a handmade universe,” says director Mike Mitchell.

From the creators of “Shrek” comes DreamWorks Animation’s “Trolls,” a smart, funny and irreverent comedy about the search for happiness, and just how far some will go to get it.  The film transports audiences to a colorful, wondrous world populated by the overly optimistic Trolls, who have a constant dance in their step and a song on their lips, and the comically pessimistic Bergens, who are only happy when they have Trolls in their stomachs.  After the Bergens invade Troll Village, Poppy (Anna Kendrick), the happiest Troll ever born, and the overly-cautious, curmudgeonly Branch (Justin Timberlake) set off on a journey to rescue her friends.  Their mission is full of adventure and mishaps, as this mismatched duo try to tolerate each other long enough to get the job done.

“Trolls” features a stellar cast, including Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Russell Brand, Zooey Deschanel, Jeffrey Tambor, Christine Baranski, James Corden, Kunal Nayyar, Ron Funches, Icona Pop, Quvenzhané Wallis, with John Cleese and Gwen Stefani.