Fantastic First Trailer for DreamWorks Animation’s RISE OF THE GUARDIANS

     March 28, 2012


The first trailer for DreamWorks Animation’s Rise of the Guardians has gone online, and I’m kind of in love with it. Executive produced by Guillermo del Toro, the adventure story centers on a group of heroes who must join forces to protect “the hopes, beliefs and imagination of the children all over the world.” The twist is that the heroes are Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Sandman, etc. This trailer is kind of incredible, as it has the same sweeping tone and sense of wonderment that was prevalent in How to Train Your Dragon. The animation is gorgeous and DreamWorks thankfully eschews hokey jokes and gags in favor of awe and tone. The story comes from author William Joyce, who also created the very touching Oscar-winning short The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, and if the final film is anything like this trailer I’ll be over the moon.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer. Directed by Joyce and Peter Ramsey, the film features the voices of Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, Isla Fisher and Jude Law. Rise of the Guardians opens on November 21st.

Click over to Apple to watch in HD.

Here’s the synopsis for Rise of the Guardians:

Rise of the Guardians, based on the forthcoming books by William Joyce, will be released on November 21, 2012. It is directed by Peter Ramsey (Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space) and co-directed by Joyce.  The film is being produced by Christina Steinberg (Bee Movie, National Treasure) and Nancy Bernstein, long-time head of Production at DreamWorks Animation. Rise of the Guardians is being written by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole) and executive produced by Guillermo del Toro and Michael Siegel.  It stars Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, Isla Fisher and Jude Law. More than a collection of the well-known childhood legends, Rise of the Guardians is an epic adventure that tells the story of a group of heroes – each with extraordinary abilities.  When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces for the first time to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children all over the world.


  • Lizard King

    For some reason I could have sworn I heard Jack Frost was on their team, but I didn’t see him in the trailer. And I feel like Punxsutawney Phil (Groundhog’s Day) should be on their team as well!

    • Bill Graham

      I’m not sure where you “heard” it because it’s definitely not mentioned in this trailer. And yea, I don’t see him in there either. But he… IS in the film. Or was.

      Chris Pine was supposed to voice “Jack Frost” yet there is no mention of the Sandman in that piece.

      Which, to me, means that Jack Frost became the Sandman. Maybe that is part of GdT’s influence?

      • John

        Jack Frost is in the movie and he is the main character. He is also voiced by Chris Pine. Dreamworks is probably putting him under the wraps for good reasons.

        The Sandman doesn’t talk, if you’re wondering. He communicates by shaping images with sand

      • FigmentJedi

        Jack Frost is the newcomer to the team in the movie’s story. Probably will see him in a later trailer.

  • mr_poliachi

    And why do they have an Russian accent? :D

  • Phoenix

    Anyone else get the feeling that the villain in this movie is somewhat (in spirit only) akin to Tom Hiddleston’s portrayal as Loki?

    • Ur mom

      YEAH!! When he talked abou his army being ready, that’s when I noticed. :)

  • mr_poliachi


  • Tenebrous

    If only they used Dream of the Endless from Gaiman’s Sandman series…..sigh….

    Anyways, neat trailer.

    • feloniousmax

      Yeah, I think it’s a good thing they left Gaiman’s Dream out of it, that should be an HBO series not a kid’s film.

  • BeenBag

    Looks cute.

  • JZ

    I can already see a sequel coming out for this one…

    Beautiful trailer, love the premise. Unfortunately, it didn’t explain who the villain is supposed to be. Oh well, IMDB can answer that.

  • alex4D

    For the description of the book covering the back story of one of the characters at the iTunes Store

    “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.”

    The Easter Bunny book is already out, and the Sandman book is due in October. Seems the series started with a book about The Man in The Moon.

    Odd that the press release states that “Rise of the Guardians is being written by…” You’d think that if it due to come out by the end of the year an animated film should be described as having had been written!

    The question is what does Pitch get out of ‘snuffing out the hopes and dreams of children everywhere’? Surely you can cause more sadness if children have those dreams and have adulthood naturally take those dreams away…

  • Farzan

    It was a decent trailer, but hardly something I would call fantastic. Considering this is from Dream

  • Singularity

    Rise of the Guardians: The Eggs of Ga’hoole?

    • Ur mom

      I thought

    • Ur mom

      I thought this movie involved owls too.

  • Sam S.

    It’s like The Expendables for kids. The villain looks like a negative Na’vi though. I also share the sentiment of the Owls of Ga’hoole. The title threw me at first.

  • Pingback: RISE OF THE GUARDIANS Images and Character Details

  • Pingback: Rise of The Guardians – Debut Trailer « The Weekly Threesome

  • animationy

    Music from the trailer is “Fate Has Smiled Upon Us” from Robin Hood by Marc Streitenfeld.



  • Pingback: RISE OF THE GUARDIANS Character Posters

  • Pingback: RISE OF THE GUARDIANS TV Spot | Collider

  • Pingback: Influence Film – movies news » New 90-Second TV Spot for RISE OF THE GUARDIANS