Dreamworks just released the second trailer for their upcoming feature Rise of the Guardians. It's set for release this November, and I could not be more excited. The film is based on William Joyce's The Guardians of Childhood book series, and Joyce is serving as Executive Producer along with Guillermo del Toro. Voice talents include Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, Isla Fischer, and Chris Pine. If you haven't seen the initial trailer, here is is:
And the new one:
I get goosebumps when I watch these. Dreamworks continues to make good on their vow to not repeat visual styles, and this one looks like their best looking yet. Jack Frost has just enough of a Rankin-Bass vibe to stir up childhood memories of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Santa Claus is Coming to Town. My favorite part so far has to be the portrayal of Santa Claus. The "Naughty" and "Nice" tattoos and the Russian accent are definitely what do it for me. I haven't read the original books, but if these trailers are any indication, this will be a treat for the holidays.
Also: In an unrelated bit of news, Ernest Borgnine died earlier this week. He was a fantastic actor and the voices he lent to animation over the years will always be remembered. Rest in Peace.