Justin Timberlake is taking on a recent trend with “Can’t Stop the Feeling.” The star-studded video above appears to be taking cues from other releases by fellow musicians.
The trend began when “Weird” Al Yankovic did his spoof on Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” from Despicable Me 2. “Tacky” featured cameos from a variety of fellow celebrities, one of which actually had a voice credit in the animated film. Kristen Schaal joined the likes of Jack Black, Aisha Tyler, Margaret Cho, and Eric Stonestreet, dressed in tacky clothes and danced while lip-syncing to Alfred Yankovic’s vocals.
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The second major music video to use the trend now featured in Justin Timberlake’s latest release was “Bad Blood” from Taylor Swift, which featured a bunch of cameos from fellow artists and celebrities. Among the cast were Selena Gomez, Gigi Hadid, Ellie Goulding, Hayley Williams, and Jessica Alba, and the video actually rivaled most of the year’s action films with its visuals.
Soon after this, Madonna made her own entry to the trend with “B*tch, I’m Madonna,” and featured a collection of celebrities who were basically famous for notorious reasons. Beyonce was one of the few who wasn’t almost instantly hated among them, as she shared screen time with Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Chris Rock, Miley Cyrus, and Katy Perry. The video was controversial for having borrowed ideas from other musicians such as Britney Spears (the opening line of “Gimme More” is “It’s Britney, b*tch”).
Justin Timberlake appears to be bringing the trend of celebrity cameos back to a more positive light, as he performs a single featured in his upcoming animated film Trolls.
Don’t confuse it with the series ending in the laughably bad Troll 2, which spawned the line, “They’re eating her, and then they’re going to eat me! Oh my god!” The delivery of this line was what made it memorable for most fans as Darren Ewing dragged out the last word a little too long.
Trolls, however, is a Dreamworks children’s film about the 90s toy with stylish “realistic” hair coming to life. It shares several stars with the music video for “Can’t Stop the Feeling.”
Anna Kendrick plays the role of Poppy, and in the music video, she holds a hairbrush like a microphone as she dances in her dressing room. She is the other lead, opposite Timberlake, and not the most surprising member of the cast.
That honor goes to Kunal Nayyar, who is more readily recognized by The Big Bang Theory fans as the actor behind Rajesh Koothrappali. He was the Indian import who made a dramatic turn by finally being able to talk to women after being dumped by Lucy (Kate Micucci). Normally, he does voice acting, like in Trolls, where he does the voice of Guy Diamond.
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There are three female singer cameos in Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” including Gwen Stefani (formerly of No Doubt) and duo Icona Pop (Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo).
James Corden takes a break from hosting the Late Late Show to dance on a rooftop, while comedian Ron Funches dances through a video game arcade.
Taking a cue from Pharrell Williams’ “Happy,” it appears Justin Timberlake is looking to bring fun back in this music video for Trolls, “Can’t Stop the Feeling.”