DreamWorks Animation kicked off the first of the big Hall H panels at Comic-Con today with a huge amount of unseen footage from Trolls, the studio’s next release set for November 4, as well as the first real look at its upcoming The Boss Baby, with a surprise appearance by Alec Baldwin in his Comic-Con debut.
With the Trolls panel, DWA practically gave away the milk for free, with co-directors Mike Mitchell and Walt Dohrn introducing a new clip that contained mostly never-seen footage along with the musical sequence featuring the Benj Pasek and Justin Paul-penned “Get Back Up Again” that was rolled out earlier this year at Cannes. But that’s not all: Near the end of the discussion, still more footage was shown off from what has to be the setup to the climax, making for a surprising 20 minutes (give or take) of clips from Trolls. A newly released still from the film is below, along with the first teaser poster for Boss Baby.
Emphasizing the way music works in the relentlessly positive and upbeat film, the footage showed off how the world of Trolls focuses on a society that is constantly in the midst of some form of celebration. As such, songs — a mixture of originals and pop classics produced by Justin Timberlake — came fast and frequent, always according to the moods of its characters. Featured in the clips alongside “Get Back Up Again” were covers of “Clint Eastwood” by Gorillaz, the standard “Dream a Little Dream,” Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors”, and Simon and Garfunkels “The Sound of Silence,” which you can see above.
Twenty minutes of footage at Comic-Con is not unprecedented, but it is unusual, a sizable amount of the film that reveals major character beats and even how the plot will be resolved. But honestly, Trolls looks great, and having so much spoiled just makes me impatient for the whole thing. Expect it to make a mint this fall.
The Trolls panel also included voice stars Timberlake and Anna Kendrick, who have been stumping for the movie since Cannes when they also first showed off their duet chops on “True Colors.”