Meeting Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick

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Every once in a while, Breezy Mama gets out of the day-to-day routine to hang out with Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick. Okay, maybe it only happened once, but it was AMAZING! And, every where I go, people ask me about it and I couldn’t be happier to fill them in !

This dynamic, charming duo will star in the upcoming movie Trolls, out in theaters nationwide November 4, and not only did I get to see an extended 15 minute clip at Comic Con in San Diego (which deserves another post entirely), but I also got to watch their panel of interviews AND THEN got to meet with them for interviews in a cozy room with another 10 or so “mom” bloggers. Below is my conversation with THE Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick!

Mr. Justin Timberlake: How is everyone?

Great. Fantastic job.

Mr. Justin Timberlake: Did you guys get to see the whole movie?

Just the clips.

Mr. Justin Timberlake: The clips? Oh, okay. Well, [deadpans] reserve your judgment.

We had tears on the second clip, just so you guys know. It’s very sweet. So you guys seem like you have a lot of great chemistry together, but you weren’t actually ever together?

Mr. Justin Timberlake: That’s probably why. I’m kidding.
We did work together on the music. On the recording of the music. So we did get to collaborate on that, and it’s kind of the same as making a live action film. Once you’re in, you’re in. You kind of just dive in, and so we did collaborate over that. But, I think we did do some the other day where we recorded some together.

Trolls-PosterYou guys are both very funny. Did you ever adlib in the script?

Mr. Justin Timberlake: Yes, because you’re not at the mercy of live action, you can try a bunch of different things. And because that’s one of the great parts about making an animated film is, you can really go back and tinker with your character. For instance, I brought up a lot of concern over being extremely, too cantankerous.

And because of how hilariously optimistic Anna made her character, it actually, the more sort of ornery I was, the funnier I think [Director] Mike [Mitchell] and [Co-director] Walt [Dohrn]were saying, everything was kind of working. So, because you do everything in such bits. You don’t get to see a lot of it put together for a while, so then when you do get to see, I was like, “Oh, okay, I get it.”

Anna Kendrick: But I really like improving. I find I really crack myself up, but even more, way, way, way more so doing this than I ever would in an improved live action movie. Because every time I say something, I’m imagining a six-inch fuzzy, pink creature saying it. So when there’s the scene about solid bird, branch, and I went off on this rant about like, “Somebody get some help here for that bird. Somebody call the burn unit.” And I thought it was the funniest thing. Not in the movie, but I was just like, “Ah, Poppy. Poppy wants you to call the burn unit.”

Earlier, you talked a little bit about building the music around the story. Can you maybe elaborate on how you pitched that?

Mr. Justin Timberlake: [Deadpans] Not really. Yes, yes. Sure. I’m kidding. I’m kidding. No, it’s just that I’m not intelligent enough to elaborate. Yes, you know, well for instance, Can’t Stop the Feeling was written specifically for a big, big moment in our movie where, without giving too much away, it’s sort of the triumphant peak of our movie.

And the other thing is when I first came on, there were songs that were – I don’t know if you guys know what the clearance process is like for getting songs cleared, but it’s like crazy. And so they had already cleared True Colors and they had cleared Sound of Silence and cleared, I think the Lionel Richie –

Walt Dohrn: Yes.

Mr. Justin Timberlake: Lionel Richie’s “Hello”, not Adele’s. Lionel Richie’s Hello. So there were certain songs that actually, they were pitched in because there were great sort of comedic moments or, like you said, more, I don’t know how you could find a song better than True – I could not – if I was to have to write a song for that, it would be like, uh-uh, I’m not your guy.

After I heard the True Colors one, because it’s just so perfect. It fits so perfect, and like you said, if it gave you that feeling, that’s how you know. And there’s so much you can do with music. I mean you can really, you know, you can really just transform anything in a movie with music.

And I think the other thing is, wanted to take a modern approach. So with something like Can’t Stop the Feeling, I kept referencing, for some reason, I don’t know why, but I kept referencing Saturday Night Fever. When we had our first meeting for the soundtrack or Grease or kind of the same era, like Urban Cowboys, Saturday Night Live, Saturday Night Fever. Why do all three of those have John Travolta? Why John Travolta?

Subconsciously I just realized that. But those movies where the soundtrack was sort of fed the movie in such an exciting way. And that opening scene in Urban Cowboy where he’s sort of driving in his truck, and what’s the name of that song?

It’s Glenn Campbell.

TROLLSMr. Justin Timberlake: Thank you, yes. It’s like you can’t imagine – thank you, thank you. Sorry, too many interviews today. I’m like, my mind is mush. But, see, I’m not intelligent enough to elaborate. I’m just like spitting ridiculousness right now. But I said, once we had Can’t Stop the Feeling done, I sort of pitched, well, let’s release it now because maybe it’ll get people excited about the movie.

And that’s how I kind of remember – I don’t think I was alive, but that’s how I remember going back and looking at how those certain soundtracks like Staying Alive, when you say Saturday Night Fever, immediately in your hear you hear, da, da, da, da. And you want to give the movie its own DNA.

I wanted this to feel a little bit different. And the way that the humor felt, sort of modern and reverent, I feel like I wanted the music to feel that way, too. Even though we were doing remakes of songs that have already been recorded and are older songs. There’s three more originals on the soundtrack, so, and Gwen Stefani does one of them, and Ariana Grande does one.

So to me, this movie, when you look at the post, you’re like, oh. The first word that comes to my mind is pop. The colors pop. The vibe of the movie, it pops. Literally, our hero has “pop” in her name. So I just felt like I wanted to make the soundtrack and everything in the movie feel like something you could hear on pop radio.

Anna Kendrick: The other things, like Move Your Feet, is a little bit more performance, and Sounds of Silence a little more performance and she’s having a good time. But that is showing all these neurosis and all these layers to her personality, so I just love that she is tiny and she has pink hair and she loves parties, but she’s also on this adventure to save her friends.

And she’s the one. Nobody else in the troll world is brave enough to go, and she’s the one who goes after her friends in that song, is just this awesome platform for her to psych herself up and be brave and be courageous while being tiny and pink.

Mr. Justin Timberlake: Yes, that song is definitely Poppy’s version of alone time car singing.

Anna Kendrick: Yes. Like, I could do it. You go in there and you get that promotion. You could do it.

Mr. Justin Timberlake: Or shower. Just either the shower or the car, you know, when you’re by yourself and you are Madonna. You’re like, [Sings] “Like a,” you’re just like – and yes, that’s definitely her. But also too, that song – we knew that there was going to be – we went back and kept touching it up, because the animators kept coming up with ideas for what was physically happening to her character. So we would go back and punch lines in.

Anna Kendrick: Yes, there were some really pretty singing bits that are now just me shouting, “I can remember when.”

Can we talk about hug time for a moment? With my kids, I’ll do hug day, and I’ll just be like, “Today’s hug day.” Every, maybe every hour or whatever, I’ll be like, “Hug time.” I don’t say what time it is. Hug day. We’ll tackle each other. And so I saw that movie. I’m like, “That’s so great.” Because sometimes people just need a good hug.

Mr. Justin Timberlake: Oh, yes.

Watch this hilarious clip of Justin and Anna in action in Trolls here:

Trolls-Banner2About Trolls
From the creators of Shrek comes the most smart, funny, irreverent animated comedy of the year, DreamWorks’ Trolls. This holiday season, enter a colorful, wondrous world populated by hilariously unforgettable characters and discover the story of the overly optimistic Trolls, with a constant song on their lips, and the comically pessimistic Bergens, who are only happy when they have trolls in their stomach. Featuring original music from Justin Timberlake, and soon-to-be classic mash-ups of songs from other popular artists, the film stars the voice talents of Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Russell Brand, James Corden, Kunal Nayyar, Ron Funches, Icona Pop, Gwen Stefani, and many more.

DreamWorks’ TROLLS is a fresh, broad comedy filled with music, heart and hair-raising adventures. In November of 2016, nothing can prepare you for our new Troll world.

Director: Mike Mitchell
Co-Director: Walt Dohrn
Producer: Gina Shay
Release Date: November 4, 2016

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  1. Sounds like such a FUN interview!

  2. It was a blast!

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