Rise-of-the-Guardians-Story-ArtDreamWorks’ Rise of the Guardians saw the animation house return to the big screen over the weekend in the US, and now its UK release has arrived today, and the excitement is naturally running on high.

The film has already been submitted for the Best Animated Feature category at the Oscars, alongside twenty others, and it’s going to be very interesting to see how the final nominees stack up in January.

We recently caught a great new TV spot for the film, and now its official Facebook has debuted an excellent series of artwork, telling a story behind the characters.

It’s no secret that animation houses like DreamWorks, Disney, and Pixar like to promote from within, and give the artists who’ve worked on past projects a chance to direct somewhere down the line, so the work we see below could well be that of a big director in the years to come.

“RISE OF THE GUARDIANS is an epic and magical adventure that tells the story of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman, and Jack Frost – legendary characters with previously unknown extraordinary abilities. When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children everywhere.”

Hugh Jackman, Chris Pine, Jude Law, Isla Fisher, Alec Baldwin, and Dakota Goyo lead the terrific voice cast, with Peter Ramsey (head of story on Monsters vs. Aliens) making his feature directorial debut, from a script by David Lindsay-Abaire (Robots, Rabbit Hole), adapting William Joyce’s popular book, The Guardians of Children.

Rise of the Guardians is now playing in 3D in theatres across the US, and is released here in the UK today, 30th November. For now, here’s the great new series of artwork, which you can click through to enlarge and read in full.


“Learning to Fly” by Rise of the Guardians visual development artist WoonYung Jung, inspired by an idea from Peter Ramsey.

“Spring 1968” by Rise of the Guardians visual development artist Perry Maple.

“Cat Nap” by Rise of the Guardians visual development artist Perry Maple.

“Winter Spirit” by Rise of the Guardians visual development artist WoonYoung Jung.

“Pitch Black” by Rise of the Guardians story artist Johane Matte (rufftoon) and colored by visual development artists Perry Maple and Woon Jung.