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.
This movie is based on the Good Luck Trolls created by Thomas Dam, in Gjøl, Northern Jutland, Denmark. The first ones were filled with wood shavings. Many styles and sizes were made and even animals from donkeys, elephants, giraffes, horses, lions and monkeys. Coincidentally the music used in this movie and trailer is "Move Your Feet" by the group "Junior Senior", whose members, Jesper Mortensen and Jeppe Laursen, also were born in the same part of Denmark, in Thisted and Aalborg respectively. (IMDB)
Looking for any way to get away from the life and town he was born into, Tripp (Lucas Till), a high school senior, spends his time building a truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars. After an accident at a nearby oil-drilling site displaces a strange and subterranean creature with a taste and a talent for speed, Tripp may have just found the key to getting out of town and a most unlikely friend.
> MONSTER TRUCKS was originally set for release on May 29th, 2015. The release was moved to December 25th, 2015, then March 18th, 2016, then January 13th, 2017 to complete post-production.
> While set in North Dakota, the British Columbia filming locations bear no resemblance of the topography of North Dakota. The state if very flat, with a few rolling hills in the western portion of the state. There are no alpine lakes, mountains, or evergreen forests anywhere near North Dakota.
> When Viacom took a major loss for the 3rd quarter of 2016, it blamed unspecified failures in its motion picture distribution division. Reporters pieced together some details in the profit and loss statement, and discovered that this film was blamed for the loss.
> Jane Levy starred in the 2013 remake of EVIL DEAD, and Samara Weaving starred in the first season of ASH VS EVIL DEAD.
A devoted dog (voiced by Josh Gad) discovers the meaning of its own existence through the lives of the humans it teaches to laugh and love. Reincarnated as multiple canines over the course of five decades, the lovable pooch develops an unbreakable bond with a kindred spirit named Ethan. As the boy grows older and comes to a crossroad, the dog once again comes back into his life to remind him of his true self.
> Prior to theatrical release, controversy arose when behind the scenes footage surfaced and appeared to show a distressed dog being forcibly submerged into turbulent pool water during filming. As a result of the leaked footage, the filmmakers chose to cancel the U.S. premiere. However, it was announced on February 4th by the American Humane Association that the footage was indeed fake.
> Based on the book "A Dog's Purpose" by W. Bruce Cameron. The Maya segment of the film differs somewhat from the events in the book. In the book, Maya is a fellow K9 officer who takes over ownership of Ellie after her owner Sven (Carlos in the film) is shot and non-fatally injured by the kidnapper. In the movie, it is Ellie who is shot (fatally) by the kidnapper, then reincarnated as Tino the Corgi, then adopted by Maya, a college student.
> During the Corgi segment of the movie, the missing tail was humorous because Welsh Corgis are born with their tail naturally short or missing. Others may have their tails docked between 2-5 days old due to historical tradition or as a measure of conformation to the Breed Standard.
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