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.

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We’ve known about the Dreamworks Animation adaptation of William Joyce’s The Guardians of Childhood for some time. The book series, called “a contemporary fairytale based on existing fairytale characters” has a band of unlikely characters joining forces to stop the boogeyman from plunging the world into darkness. Now we know that the film has an award-winning writer, and one who is already familiar with Dreamworks. Read More »