PODCAST: JONATHAN AIBEL & GLENN BERGER ON WRITING “TROLLS”

Aibel & Berger

Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berg share on how they came to write the screenplay for Trolls. One of the interesting things about trolls is that there was no backstory or a universe available for them.

Aibel and Berger got an opportunity to architect and create a whole new world and backstory for these happy-go-lucky trolls. Their world consists of music, dance and hug time and making sure they stay clear from the Bergens, who are these grumpy, unhappy creatures. The only way Bergens can be happy is when they eat happy little Trolls. For 20 odd years the Trolls managed to stay safe. But, then one day a Bergen discovers the safe haven of trolls and what happens next is what the film is about.

We spoke to Aibel and Berger on how they became writers in Hollywood and for a string of TV and film including the Kung Fu Panda trilogy.

Trolls is a 3D animation films and stars Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel, Russell Brand, James Corden and Gwen Stefani.

  • Title: TROLLS
  • Running Time: 114 minutes
  • Status: Releases Nov 4, 2015
  • Country: USA
  • Genre: 3D Animation

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VIDEO: JONATHAN AIBEL & GLENN BERGER ON WRITING & TROLLS

We sat down with Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger to talk about how they wrote the screenplay for Trolls. Happiness is the central theme of this 3D animated film. How did they write the screenplay and create a universe for trolls?  Tune in to find out.

A long time ago in a far away city where the Charles river flowed Aibel and Berger worked as management consultants. While they made some moolah they realized they were not cut out to be consultants. Their gut instincts proved to be true. One fine morning Providence intervened in their life when one of them spotted a TV script lying on a colleague’s table. That script was their stairway to discovering a whole new life in the world of entertainment.The rest is history as they say. The duo packed their bags and went west to Los Angeles and started writing scripts for TV and eventually films.

Aibel and Berger wrote the script for the Kung Fu Panda trilogy and many other films. Their films have raked in a couple of billion dollars in revenue. They are Unicorns to use that term from Silicon Valley.

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VIDEO: MIKE MITCHELL & WALT DROHN ON “TROLLS”

Mike Mitchell and Walt Drohn are the directors of Trolls, a new 3D animation film from Dreamworks. Relentlessly happy is the phrase that comes to mind when I watched the film a few days ago. I wondered if the directors themselves were relentlessly happy folks. Tune into to find out.

Happiness is the central theme of Trolls. The film has Anna Kendricks, Justin Timberlake, James Corden and others. The film has a nice collection of old and original songs.

Stay tuned for a longer video and audio interview with Mitchell and Drohn, where we talk to them about the making of film and their local San Francisco Bay area connection.

Trolls releases on November 4, 2016 in San Francisco Bay area.

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