They may not be the superheroes that you would imagine to assemble together to save the world, but they are the superheroes of your childhood! Today, Dreamworks released the first trailer for their CG animated film ‘Rise of the Guardians’ which is based on ‘The Guardians of Childhood’ book series by William Joyce.
The film focuses on a group of immortal heroes that we all grew up with: North aka Santa (voiced by a Russian accented Alec Baldwin), Bunnymund aka the Easter Bunny [voiced by Hugh Jackman (‘Real Steel’, ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’)], Tooth aka the Tooth Fairy [voiced by Isla Fisher (‘Scooby Doo’, ‘Confessions of a Shopaholic’)], and the Sandman. When Pitch the Nightmare King [voiced by Jude Law (‘Hugo’, ‘Sherlock Holmes’)] threatens to take over the world and send it into “eternal darkness”, it is up to the Guardians to join forces to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of the children of the world. Chris Pine (‘Star Trek 2′) voices the cool teenage Jack Frost who is torn between aligning with the Guardians or with Pitch.
The film has Guillermo del Toro (‘Pacific Rim’) and Michael Siegel (‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’) as executive producers and Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire (‘Robots’, ‘Inkheart’, ‘Rabbit Hole’) wrote the screenplay . Peter Ramsey and William Joyce share directing credits.
Joyce is a wonderful author and several of his works have already been transformed into films and TV shows such as ‘Rolie Polie Olie’, ‘George Shrinks’ and Disney’s ‘Meet the Robinsons.’ He even created conceptual characters for the films ‘Toy Story’ and ‘A Bug’s Life.’ At this year’s Academy Awards, Joyce won an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film with Brandon Oldenburg for their work on ‘The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.’ Combine his storytelling talent with the people who brought ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ to the big screen and you have what looks to be a delightful movie that the whole family can really enjoy.
The trailer gives a hint of the wonderment and awe that is reminiscent of childhood. It really makes you want to believe again… and who knows? After watching the movie you just might start.
‘Rise of the Guardians’ Trailer:
‘Rise of the Guardians’ will open in theaters on November 21, 2012.