Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton are both getting animated this year! The Cali girl and the country boy are voicing characters in separate animated movies based on pop culture crazes, and it looks like their personal styles will be reflected in their cute cartoon counterparts.
According to People, Gwen Stefani is lending her voice to an adorable mythical creature in DreamWorks upcoming Trolls movie, which is based on the troll dolls that first became a huge toy craze in the ’60s. The smiling creatures with colorful hair and bejeweled bellies are still around today, and they continue to spark debates over whether they’re cute or creepy.
— Gwen Stefani (@gwenstefani) January 6, 2016
Gwen Stefani recently tweeted the photo above that shows her posing with her Trolls character, DJ Suki, and the updated troll is definitely cuter than the classic toys. The pocket-sized music lover is rocking massive headphones and a sporty, belly-baring top that was likely inspired by Gwen Stefani’s funky fashion sense. Surprisingly, Gwen’s troll character doesn’t have pink hair – she’s been given pink skin instead. It also looks like troll Gwen has traded stick-on forehead jewels for a permanent purple belly button gem.
Gwen Stefani isn’t the only music artist voicing a character in Trolls. Justin Timberlake is the movie’s executive producer, and he’s playing a grumpy-looking gray troll named Branch who is described as a “hardcore survivalist who hides his surprising true colors.” According to the Hollywood Reporter, Timberlake is also writing and performing original songs for the Trolls movie.
— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) January 6, 2016
Branch is one of the movie’s main characters, along with Anna Kendrick’s Princess Poppy. According to Coming Soon, the two trolls will set out on an “epic adventure” that takes them “far beyond the only world they have ever known,” and you can bet that they’ll break out into song more than once during their journey.
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) January 6, 2016
There’s no word on whether Gwen Stefani’s Trolls character will get to belt out any tunes, but it’s hard to imagine Justin Timberlake letting the Voice coach’s vocal talent go to waste. Other Trolls cast members include funnyman Russell Brand, The Big Bang Theory star Kunal Nayyar, Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo of Icona Pop, Undateable star Ron Funches, The Late Late Show host James Corden, and YouTube personalities GloZell Green and Meg DeAngelis.
You’ll be able to check out Gwen Stefani voicing her first animated character when Trolls hits theaters on November 4, 2016.
Before Gwen Stefani gets her troll on, her boyfriend will lend his Southern accent to a colorful cartoon character that lacks her troll DJ’s luxurious head of fluffy, neon-colored hair. According to Entertainment Weekly, Blake Shelton has been cast as a pudgy green pig (now you know where one-half of green eggs and ham comes from) in another upcoming animated movie. Blake’s portly porker character named Earl will appear in The Angry Birds Movie, which is based on the popular smartphone game. Earl the hillbilly hog seems to share Blake Shelton’s affinity for cowboy hats and shiny belt buckles, but it’s kind of hard to imagine Blake Shelton wearing chaps with nothing underneath them like the living pork chop does.
— Angry Birds (@AngryBirds) December 30, 2015
Blake Shelton said that he actually struggled to sound “country” enough while recording Earl’s voice.
“They kept saying, ‘More country!'” Shelton said. “I felt like I was doing a voice-over for Dukes of Hazzard.”
— MovieTickets.com (@MovieTickets) January 6, 2016
According to ABC News Radio, Gwen Stefani’s boyfriend also wrote and recorded a song called “Friends” for The Angry Birds Movie. Blake Shelton told Entertainment Weekly that he struggled to pen a tune for the cartoon because he’s used to writing about his own life experiences, and he doesn’t “have a whole lot of experience being shot out of a slingshot at pigs.” However, Blake knows a thing or two about making friends after becoming such close pals with Gwen Stefani and the other coaches on The Voice, so perhaps he was able to draw from that experience. Blake also admitted that he played Angry Birds quite a bit before getting cast in the movie, so at least he was familiar with the game.
Angry Birds will hit theaters on May 20, 2016, and Blake Shelton’s co-stars include Jason Sudeikis, Maya Rudolph, and Kate McKinnon.
Which movie are you looking forward to more, Gwen Stefani’s Trolls or Blake Shelton’s Angry Birds?
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