Rise of the Guardians: Final Preview

Posted by Grey Saturday, November 24, 2012

Santa Claus! Jack Frost! Easter Bunny! The Tooth Fairy! The Sandman! The greatest guardians of children all over the world assemble in RIse of the Guardians, the latest 3D computer animated film from DreamWork Animation. The Daily Zombies takes a final look at the animated film that has been winning rave reviews from the critics.

While many uninformed journalists have credited the origins of DreamWork Animation's latest 3D computer animated film, Rise of the Guardians to the box office-smashing success of Marvel Studios' The Avengers, we find that a most perturbing misinformation that we have address first and foremost: Rise of the Guardians is based on American author/illustrator William Joyce's The Guardian of Childhood book series as well as The Man in the Moon, a short film by Joyce in collaboration with Reel FX. For those unfamiliar with Joyce's works on children books, he was part of the crew behind the conceptual art and design of the original Toy Story, A Bug's Life, the writer-director behind the Academy Award-winning animated short film, "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore", as well as the executive producer and writer of next year's animated feature film from 20th Century Fox, Epic. With that stellar credential, we believe we can stop harping over the film's connection to the might Avengers. After all, the only similarity is how a collective of established cultural and mythical icons in their own rights assembled to "protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children everywhere" against an evil force.

Directed by Peter Ramsey with a screenplay by David Lindsay-Abaire, Rise of the Guardians boasts a stellar cast of voice talents depicting the titular protagonists: The Guardians. But who exactly are The Guardians? They are the well-beloved holiday mascots and mythical figures deeply entrenched in the psyches of everyone, be it child or adult across the world in this age of globalization. They are North, or Santas Claus as we know it (Alec Baldwin), Bunnymund or the Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman letting loose his Australian accent to the Australian anthromorph), Tooth, the Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher), the Sandman (the quiet one who does not speak in the film), and latest recruit, Jack Frost, the spirit of Winter (Chris Pine). And the evil force we are talking about that requires the Guardians to rise to the occasion? Pitch, The bogeyman himself (Jude Law) in a quest to engulf the world in darkness and fear. One might be led to ponder what conventional villainy such a quest is and doubt if this is yet another animated films targeted at the lucrative children market during this festive season. While we totally agree that this is a fair assessment, we really must implore you to have a sampling of the film via the influx of trailers and clips released thus far. Yes, we thought it actually looked pretty awesome.

While we may never be able to figure out if Guillermo del Toro's creative consultant roles in the recent spate of DreamWorks animated films (from Megamind, Kung Fu Panda 2, Puss in Boots, to Rise of the Guardians) is the reason behind the notable improvement of their qualities, we have to put on the records that DreamWorks Animation has come a long way and has more than proven their weight in the considerably remunerative animation market. With their massive inputs in recent years, it appears that DreamWorks Animation has finally gotten the trick of the trade and the trailers of Rise of the Guardians is a staple example of that.  Apart from the lush animation and appropriately funny tone, the film looks set to be a children's film with a big heart and a sense of wonder and awe instead of the action-comedy one might expect.

Without further ado, hit the jump to check out the trailers for the film. 

Official Trailer 2

Official Trailer 1

A series of character featurette clips have been released for the film.

First up, North, AKA Santa Claus, the leader of the Guardians, voiced by Alec Baldwin.

Jack Frost, the spirit of Winter, voiced by Chris Pine.

E.Aster Bunnymund, the film's version of the Easter Bunny, incidentally an Australian creature voiced by Hugh Jackman.

Sandy, the Sandman, the oldest of the Guardians who does not speak in the film.

Tooth, the Tooth Fairy voiced by Isla Fisher.

And here are the posters released thus far for the film.

The first set of character posters.

Another set of character posters.

The South Korean edition.

Beautiful concept art for the film.

Here’s the synopsis for the film: 

RISE OF THE GUARDIANS is an epic and magical adventure that tells the story of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman, and Jack Frost – legendary characters with previously unknown extraordinary abilities. When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children everywhere.

Featuring the voices of Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, Isla Fisher and Jude Law, Rise of the Guardians was released on November 21 and is now available in theatres everywhere.


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