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Leonardo DiCaprio Will Voice Animated Jack Frost In “The Guardians”

9 December 2009 2:47 PM, PST | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

Leonardo DiCaprio has signed up for his first animated movie DreamWorks’ “The Guardians.”

DiCaprio will voice Jack Frost in the Peter Ramsey-directed project.

David Lindsay-Abaire will adapt the script from William Joyce’s (Shrek) highly anticipated yet-to-be published books “The Guardians Of Childhood“

The plot centres on an evil spirit called Pitch, who wants to inspire fear in the hearts of kids around the world. Jack Frost (DiCaprio), Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and the Sandman join together to bring down the villainous spirit and protect the world.

They must join forces to squelch Pitch’s diabolic plan and restore justice across the globe. Not only are the Guardians known for their own holiday prowess, they are also superheroes that possess their own individual super powers.

DiCaprio is the first actor to be announced in associated with the project. No other cast members have been revealed yet. »

- Fiona

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Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: December 6, 2009

6 December 2009 8:33 AM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

It’s Sunday and that means that it’s Wrap Up time.

This week:

The box office is Blind Sided; if you go down to the woods today you might see Tom Cavanagh in Yogi Bear; Leonardo DiCaprio knows Jack Frost in The Guardians; Have you ever heard Gun, With Occasional Music? Beautiful Creatures say P.S I Love You; John Madden will Dolittle directing with My Fair Lady and it’s all in the double barrel name as Paul Thomas Anderson and Philip Seymour Hoffman find religion.

 

Box Office

Sandra Bullock’s The Blind Side just keeps doing better and better. The uplifting sports drama has took the top spot with an impressive $20 million after three weeks on the charts. 2009 has been a great year for Bullock and if Warner Bros. gives the actress the expected Oscar push then 2010 shouldn’t be too bad either.

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- Niall Browne

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DiCaprio ready for cartoons

4 December 2009 5:59 PM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Leonardo DiCaprio will make his animated feature debut in DreamWorks Animation's "The Guardians."According to Variety, DiCaprio will voice an updated version of the Jack Frost character."The Guardians" reinvents five iconic childhood legends (Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman and Jack Frost) and updates them as members of a superhero squad who fight an evil spirit named Pitch.Christina Steinberg and Nancy Bernstein will produce for a release date of Nov. 2, 2012. »

- Adnan Tezer

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Leonardo DiCaprio Gets Animated for "The Guardians"

4 December 2009 2:54 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Leonardo DiCaprio is getting 'toon up for the very first time! He'll make his cartoon debut in "The Guardians" from DreamWorks Animations. DiCaprio is set to voice the Jack Frost character with a twist!

Variety told us that "The Guardians" reimagines five popular childhood heroes -- Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman and Jack Frost -- as members of an elite superhero squad who join forces to fight an evil spirit named Pitch (which suggests there are at least five more juicy voice parts yet to be filled).

Fun!

The film is based on an upcoming series of books by William Joyce called "The Guardians of Childhood." Peter Ramsey, who directed the DreamWorks Animation special "Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins From Outer Space," is set to helm.

"The Guardians" is targeted for release on Nov. 2, 2012. »

- Manny

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Leonardo DiCaprio Joins Cast Of Animated Superhero Movie 'The Guardians'

4 December 2009 12:29 PM, PST | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

Despite having a slew of connections to the comic book world — including producer roles on "Ninja Scroll" and "Akira," plus a once-rumored connection to "Button Man" — Leonardo DiCaprio has kept his hands clean of superhero fare... until now, that is.

According to Dreamworks, DiCaprio is set to lend his voice talent to "The Guardians," a new animated project from DreamWorks Animation. DiCaprio will play the legendary Jack Frost, who bands together with a group of other famous storybook heroes to fight an evil spirit named Pitch.

The group of heroes in "The Guardians" consists of the aforementioned Jack Frost, as well as Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and the Sandman. But beyond their status as folklore icons, the Guardians are also "a band of superheroes, who possess their own special powers."

"The Guardians," based on an upcoming series of children's books from author William Joyce, will be »

- Josh Wigler

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Leonardo DiCaprio Gets Animated for The Guardians

4 December 2009 2:40 AM, PST | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio has played a wide variety of roles during his career, from a drug-addicted teenager in The Basketball Diaries to the visionary industrialist Howard Hughes in The Aviator. Now, the three-time Academy Award-nominated actor is preparing to add a completely different type of character to his impressive resume by starring in his first-ever animated feature.

A recent DreamWorks press release has been announced that DiCaprio will lend his voice to the character of Jack Frost in The Guardians (working title), a feature-length animated film based on The Guardians of Childhood series of books by William Joyce. The DreamWorks release included a brief synopsis of the movie's plot.

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, »

- BrentJS Sprecher

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Leonardo DiCaprio Joins The Guardians

3 December 2009 11:05 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

DreamWorks Animation Skg, Inc. has announced that Leonardo DiCaprio is attached to make his animated feature film debut in “The Guardians” as Jack Frost. Peter Ramsey is directing the film, which is being produced by Christina Steinberg and Nancy Bernstein. From Dreamworks; “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 [...] »

- Costa Koutsoutis

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Leonardo DiCaprio Is Jack Frost

3 December 2009 5:34 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Leonardo DiCaprio is one of those actors that most animation studios would love to nab for their projects, and now DreamWorks has secured him to voice Jack Frost in 'toon adventure The Guardians.The film - Guardians is the working title for now - will be adapted by playwright David Lindsay-Abaire from William "Shrek" Joyce's upcoming novel series The Guardians Of Childhood.Bet you want to know the plot, so here it is: an evil spirit called Pitch (boo!) hatches a plot to take over the world by scaring kids everywhere (hiss!), a group of our greatest heroes - including Santa, The Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and Jack Frost (DiCaprio), join together to use their various powers to fight the fresh danger. Hooray! Sorry... Went a bit panto there.Peter Ramsey is directing with assistance from Joyce, who will publish the first book in 2011. The film, meanwhile, will arrive »

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Leonardo DiCaprio Finally Voices an Animated Character: Jack Frost

3 December 2009 4:15 PM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

It's hard to believe that after so many years being one of Hollywood's biggest movie stars, Leonardo DiCaprio had never lent his voice for an animated film. Alas, in these times where studios still think A-list names sell tickets, even when you can't see their pretty faces, it was only a matter of time before Leo went before the microphone to speak for a cartoon character. He'll be heard as the voice of Jack Frost in DreamWorks Animation's The Guardians, based on the upcoming series of books by children's author William Joyce (A Day with Wilbur Robinson, source of Meet the Robinsons).

The computer-animated film will be directed by Peter Ramsey, whose only known credit is the recent Monsters vs. Aliens DVD spin-off Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space. Interestingly enough, The Guardians is also somewhat holiday-related. In addition to Jack Frost, characters include Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, as »

- Christopher Campbell

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Leonardo Dicaprio to Make Animated Feature Debut in DreamWorks The Guardians

3 December 2009 3:35 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

DreamWorks Animation has announced Leonardo DiCaprio will make his feature animation debut in their 2012 release The Guardians.  The story is when an evil spirit threatens the kids of the world, a group of heroes - Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman and Jack Frost - band together to stop the threat.  DiCaprio will play Jack Frost.

While DreamWorks is clearly behind industry leader Pixar, I’m a huge fan of animated films and hope this one works.  Check out the full image and the press release after the jump:

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.

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- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Leonardo DiCaprio Gets Animated, Teams Up with Santa

3 December 2009 2:15 PM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Dreamworks Animation announced today that Leonardo DiCaprio has joined his first animated feature film, their upcoming release The Guardians. This is not to be confused with the Zack Snyder directed Warner Bros. release The Guardians of Ga'Hoole, as DiCaprio will be voicing Jack Frost. And Jack Frost is clearly not an owl. Directed by Peter Ramsey (a story artist who has worked on Shrek the Third, Fight Club and other fine films), The Guardians tells the story of a group of holiday heroes -- Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman and Jack Frost -- who band together to take on an evil spirit called Pitch, who dares to take over the world by inspiring fear into the hearts of its children. The film will show that these "Guardians" are more than just holiday icons, all possessing special powers that will come in handy against this new form of evil. It's »

- Neil Miller

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Leonardo DiCaprio Set to Voice Jack Frost in The Guardians

3 December 2009 12:58 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Though Leonardo DiCaprio has starred in more than his fair share of diverse and unique films, the actor has never before been cast in an animated movie. However, all that changes as DreamWorks Animation has officially announced that he is the first actor to join the voice cast of the recently announced movie The Guardians, which focuses on an Avengers-like assembly of imaginary icons like Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny who protect children from the forces of evil. DiCaprio will voice Jack Frost (as seen above) who truly looks like him if he were thrown into an animated winter Tim Burton-esque universe. Read on for the plot. The film, which isn't due out until 2012, is based on a series of highly anticipated yet-to-be published books written by William Joyce. Here's the skinny on the story that we'll see play out over the course of the movie: "When an »

- Ethan Anderton

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Leonardo DiCaprio To Make Animated Feature Film Debut With The Guardians

3 December 2009 10:22 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

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 »

- Peter Sciretta

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Leonardo DiCaprio to Make Animated Feature Film Debut in 'The Guardians'

3 December 2009 7:58 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

DreamWorks Animation Skg, Inc. 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 »

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DreamWorks Adapting Upcoming Book Series The Guardians

3 November 2009 10:01 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Despite my incessant frustration regarding Hollywood's obsession with adapting established intellectual property and books, somtimes a decent enough idea comes along that makes me forget my woes. Such is the case with Variety's recent announcement of DreamWorks Animation's new project The Guardians (due out in 2012), an adaptation of an upcoming series of books written by author William Joyce (who wrote children's books like Rolie Polie Olie and George Shrinks) which focuses on an Avengers-like assembly of imaginary icons like Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny who protect children from the forces of evil. The film will be adapted from the forthcoming series entitled The Guardians of Childhood which is set to be published in 2011 (a long ways out). The guardians themselves are made-up of childhood imaginary heroes including Santa Clause, the Easter Bunny, the Man in the Moon, Jack Frost and many more. This isn't the first time Joyce's »

- Ethan Anderton

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Who's imagining The Guardians?

3 November 2009 8:16 AM, PST | Corona's Coming Attractions | See recent Corona's Coming Attractions news »

DreamWorks Animation caught the screen rights to kids book writer William Joyce's upcoming new work The Guardians and is in the early stages of developing it as a film slated for release in November 2012. Now the studio has hired David Lindsay-Abaire to adapt Joyce's work for the screen, giving the project a little bit of oomph because the writer is a Pulitzer Price winner for his lyrics on Shrek the Musical.

The book won't be out until the year before the movie. Joyce, the creator of George Shrinks, Rolie Polie Olie and Meet the Robinsons, will also receive a co-direction credit under director Peter Ramsey, newly promoted after acting as the head of story development on Monsters vs. Aliens.

Joyce's Guardians include imaginary figures like Santa Clause and the Man in the Moon, and they act as heroes sworn to protect the world's children from bad guys. It sounds »

- Patrick Sauriol

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Pulitzer-Winning Playwright to Adapt Children’s Series The Guardians for Dreamworks Animation; Film Gets New Director and Release Date

3 November 2009 7:03 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

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. Variety reports that Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire will adapt the story for the film called simply The Guardians. Lindsay-Abaire has already been nominated for a Tony for his work on the book and lyrics for Shrek the Musical, so I suppose he's a good choice to write a film in which Jack Frost, North (aka Santa), Bunnymund (the Easter Bunny), Tooth (the Tooth Fairy), and Sandy (the Sandman) fight the Boogeyman.This isn't the author's first brush with bringing classic characters to the »

- Russ Fischer

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Peter Ramsey to Direct The Guardians

3 November 2009 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

DreamWorks Animation Skg, Inc. today announced that Peter Ramsey, director of the Company's hit Halloween special, "Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space," is set to direct The Guardians (working title), the previously announced film based on "The Guardians of Childhood," a series of highly anticipated children's books by William Joyce. Pulitzer Prize winning writer David Lindsay-Abaire (upcoming Spider-Man 4 ) has signed on to write the script. In addition to directing "Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space," Ramsey served as Head of Story on DreamWorks Animation's Monsters vs. Aliens and has served as a storyboard artist on a number of live action feature films. Lindsay-Abaire was most recently nominated for a Tony »

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Playwright Found For Guardians

2 November 2009 11:18 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

David Lindsay-Abaire, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and screenwriter for Spider-Man 4, has signed on to write the script for The Guardians, the DreamWorks fantasy kid's movie based on an upcoming series of books called The Guardians of Childhood by William Joyce.Yes, the books aren't even published yet and they've already got a scriptwriter. The premise of the stories is that Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Man in the Moon and Jack Frost are part of a team that protects children from the forces of evil. Presumably with super-powers like eating cookies, hiding eggs and, er, shining in the sky at night.Lindsay-Abaire got his big break when his play, Rabbit Hole, won Tony Awards and Pulitzer Prizes in 2007, and has written screenplays for Inkheart and Robots as well as Shrek the Musical back on Broadway.This effort, meanwhile, has Peter Ramsey set to direct - he was Head of Story on Monsters vs. »

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David Lindsay-Abaire to Adapt The Guardians

2 November 2009 5:57 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire will adapt DreamWorks Animation's The Guardians, an adaptation of the upcoming children's book series by William Joyce, according to Variety.

The Guardians will be directed by Peter Ramsey, and centers on a group of iconic figures sworn to protect children from the forces of evil. Their ranks include Santa Claus, Jack Frost, the Easter Bunny and the Man in the Moon. The books, a mix of text and illustrations, will be published in 2011 under the title "The Guardians of Childhood." Each book focuses on one of the Guardians. Joyce, the creator of "Rolie Polie Olie" and "Meet the Robinsons," will be co-director.

DreamWorks Animation has set a November 2, 2012, release.

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