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Justin Timberlake takes Trolls to Sydney

AAP logoAAP 20/11/2016 Danielle McGrane

Justin Timberlake believes his new animated movie Trolls carries a strong message of acceptance and inclusion, particularly for women and young girls.

The singer and actor walked a rainbow carpet in Sydney for the Australian premiere of the film about the toys with the crazy colourful hair and extolled its feminist principles.

"It's always nice to break a stereotype for young people who feel like they have to fit in, especially with females and the way they grow up. Women have had to fight for their rights since the beginning of time," Timberlake told AAP.

The hero of the film is Poppy, a troll voiced by Anna Kendrick who Timberlake's character, Branch, accompanies on a mission to save their fellow trolls from the bad Bergens.

Timberlake says he believes the film about these strange-looking toys teaches a message of acceptance and inclusion that he could have learnt from when he was younger and which he's now glad his own goddaughters get to see.

"To have two goddaughters that are so impressionable now, and having been a young person a long time ago and not realising how impressionable young females can be, to realise that now it's nice to have a moment where you're involved with a movie where our hero is a female," he said.

"She has a big belly and big feet and big ears, she's a tomboy and that feels exciting to tell young females 'you don't have to be skinny and you don't have to wear the right clothing, and it doesn't matter if a boy likes you or not, you can be happy and be individual and find your groove'," he said.

It wasn't until he had his one-year-old son Silas with wife actress Jessica Biel, that Timberlake realised how easily affected kids can be by comments.

"I think it's obviously fair to say that starting off as a teenager you just don't realise how impressionable people can be by something you say or do and I don't think anybody realises it until they have a kid to be honest," he said.

"I hope females take away that message that you can have a belly and you can not have to be the head cheerleader or you don't have to impress the boy."

The film features a soundtrack produced by Timberlake including the hit song Can't Stop The Feeling which he says really promotes the movie's ethos

"I think kids and adults alike are reminded of the message that you don't need anything to make you happy. It's there within you, you can access it and it's a beautiful thing. That's what Can't Stop The Feeling is about," he said.

Working on both the soundtrack which features songs by Ariana Grande and Gwen Stefani, and the film took its toll on Timberlake. But he's keen to make a sequel.

"It was more work than I thought it was going to be but it was worth it. I really enjoyed it. I hope we get to do it again," he said.

"I'm hoping there's a Trolls 2. I've found my animated movie."

* Trolls opens in Australian cinemas on December 1

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