We’ve seen the trailers and can’t wait for the movie release! Can you tell us a little bit about how the idea for DreamWorks Trolls came about?
Mike Mitchell and I worked together on the Shrek films, along with our producer Gina Shay. Between the three of us, we spent years developing the backstories and culture of ogres, and couldn’t help but stumble upon their not-so-distant cousins, the trolls.
As iconic as the dolls from the ‘70s were, the trolls actually had no backstory, so we had a blank canvas from which to create their world. It was too perfect a scenario to pass up! We truly got to create our own mythology and worldview for these Trolls, stemming only from the fun, irreverence of their colors and hair.
Right away, we honed in on this theme of happiness as our driving force, and we let it inspire — and infect everything, from our character design to our music.