Posted on Thursday, December 3rd, 2009 by Peter Sciretta
Dreamworks Animation announced today that Leonardo DiCaprio will make his animated feature film debut as Jack Frost in The Guardians. After the jump you can see a concept rendering of DiCaprio’s computer animated character, along with the official press release.
Based on an upcoming book series by William Joyce, whose work inspired Disney’s Meet The Robinsons. Described as “a contemporary fairytale based on existing fairytale characters,” The world’s five unlikeliest heroes – Jack Frost, North (aka Santa), Bunnymund (the Easter Bunny), Tooth (the Tooth Fairy), and Sandy (the Sandman) – must band together to stop an ancient spirit called Pitch (the Boogeyman) from plunging the world into eternal darkness. Of course, the characters have been “somewhat renamed and massively re-imagined”. The first book has a tentative release of Christmas 2010. Visual effects artist and animator Jeff Lynch makes his feature directorial debut. The Guardians, currently a working title, is scheduled to hit theaters on November 2nd 2012.
LEONARDO DICAPRIO TO MAKE ANIMATED FEATURE FILM DEBUT IN DREAMWORKS ANIMATION’S “THE GUARDIANS” (working title)
Glendale, CA – December 3, 2009 – DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (Nasdaq: DWA) announced today that Leonardo DiCaprio will make his animated feature film debut when he headlines the cast of the Company’s November 2, 2012 release, “The Guardians” (working title) as Jack Frost.
DiCaprio is the first actor announced for “The Guardians,” (working title) which is produced by Christina Steinberg and Nancy Bernstein, and directed by Peter Ramsey.
When an evil spirit called Pitch becomes bent upon taking over the world by inspiring fear in the hearts of kids everywhere, a group of our greatest heroes—Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman and Jack Frost—band together for the first time, determined to stand in Pitch’s way. More than a collection of storybook subjects, “The Guardians” are also a band of superheroes, who possess their own special powers. Now joined in opposition of a common foe, the Guardians heed the call and combine their powers to defeat Pitch and protect the world from his campaign of fear. The film is based on “The Guardians of Childhood,” a series of highly anticipated books by William Joyce.
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