Yeah, yeah, I know, you’re sick of Christmas by now and ready to turn on your inner Scrooge, but keep the spirit burning at least to the end of this story. Still with me? All right. So, “Rise of the Guardians,” a Dreamworks animation flick slated for the holiday season in 2012 features the voices of Alec Baldwin as North (Santa), Hugh Jackman as Bunnymund (Easter Bunny), Isla Fisher as The Tooth Fairy, Chris Pine as Jack Frost, and Jude Law as the Boogeyman.
The plot: “Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, Jack Frost and the Sandman band together to form a united front against the Bogeyman.”
Based on a series of books by author William Joyce, the film is co-directed by Joyce and Peter Ramsey (that Dreamworks Monsters vs. Aliens Halloween special). Joyce has already established this “otherworldly” tale in a number of his books, especially “Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King.” The film is apparently based on an as-yet-released book. Here’s the description of the aforementioned book from Amazon, which gives you an idea on the overall theme of the series:
Before SANTA was SANTA, he was North, Nicholas St. North—a daredevil swordsman whose prowess with double scimitars was legendary. Like any swashbuckling young warrior, North seeks treasure and adventure, leading him to the fiercely guarded village of Santoff Claussen, said to be home to the greatest treasure in all the East, and to an even greater wizard, Ombric Shalazar. But when North arrives, legends of riches have given way to terrors of epic proportions! North must decide whether to seek his fortune…or save the village.
When our rebellious hero gets sucked into the chaos (literally), the fight becomes very personal. The Nightmare King and his evil Fearlings are ruling the night, owning the shadows, and sending waves of fear through all of Santoff Clausen. For North, this is a battle worth fighting…and, he’s not alone. There are five other Guardians out there. He only has to find them in time.
Sounds a little “Nightmare Before Christmas” and judging by the poster, maybe a little “Sons of Anarchy” as well? I’m intrigued by the sheer weirdness of it all. I could see this as a really cool R-rated flick, but something tells me they aren’t going that route. Just a hunch.
Below is the newly released poster featuring a tatted-out Santa and another, very different poster that was released at the 2011 Licensing International Expo back in June, followed by a clip of concept art.
Just like anything, this could be really cool or really lame, but I think a lot of that will hinge on how far Dreamworks is willing to go when trying to make this a “bad ass” or “edgy” holiday animation movie. I can’t believe I just typed that.
“Rise of the Guardians” (not to be confused with that fucking Owl movie) beats holiday cheer into your life on November 21st, 2012