In what amounts to a fairy-tale version of The Avengers, DreamWorks new film Rise of the Guardians assembles The Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher), Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin), The Sandman, and The Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman) to fight against the Boogeyman, Pitch (Jude Law). There’s no word if The Skrulls are involved, though Star Trek‘s Chris Pine is also in the cast. Check out the trailer below…
Though this preview doesn’t show it, Pine plays Jack Frost, who – at least to start – is the least well known of the bunch and is invisible to humans because of it. From the footage presentation that DreamWorks recently had, it sounds like the character goes on some sort of hero’s journey to discover himself and his full powers. He’s also the new team member to the fantasy squad, which makes me think that the filmmakers took to heart that Red Letter Media review of The Phantom Menace.
The film is due out November 21, and this sells a very serious tone. It also cuts through a lot of the film’s set up to to deliver a strong narrative (and – to be fair – the easiest way to do that is not talk about Pine’s newcomer character). What’s striking about the trailer is that there’s no real comedy in it. DreamWorks has made a lot of silly animated movies, and though the footage showed had jokes, they’re playing this pretty straight here, perhaps to hook older comic-book fans.
Are you sold?