'Rise of the Guardians' Featurette: Easter Bunny as Down Under Warrior

Wednesday, 31 October 2012 08:52 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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'Rise of the Guardians' Featurette: Easter Bunny as Down Under Warrior

"When I say 'Easter Bunny,' what's the first thing that pops into your mind?"  That question kicks off another character featurette promoting next month's Rise of the Guardians, and the answer that follows encapsulates the animated feature's rambunctious, adventurous approach to familiar holiday figures.

In the film, the Easter Bunny is, in fact, known as Bunnymund, and he's voiced by Hugh Jackman with a full-on Australian twang that the actor rarely busts out onscreen.  Bunnymund does some of the things you'd expect from the Easter Bunny, mostly involving pastel-colored eggs rounded up by a veritable army down under.  He also gets into superheroics, hurling egg bombs and wielding a boomerang.

Bunnymud is one part of the Guardians, a Justice League-style group of holiday figures led by Santa Claus.  Alec Baldwin voices Santa, aka North, and narrates this featurette, while Isla Fisher contributes a vocal performance as Tooth the Tooth Fairy and the Sandman goes silent.  The newest recruit to the Guardians is Chris Pine as Jack Frost, a figure who can control the wintery elements, as seen in another featurette yesterday.

This little video debuted at Yahoo! Movies.

The story finds a reluctant Jack Frost joining this team of superpowered fable figures in order to combat Pitch, an evil force voiced by Jude Law and bent on attacking Earth.

A deviation from the usual DreamWorks Animation model of wisecracking animals, Rise of the Guardians is receiving positive reviews in its earliest screenings, and the concept is odd enough that it could be something special families hitting the movies this Christmas season.  Peter Ramsey is making his first feature as a director here, working from a screenplay David Lindsay-Abaire, a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright.  The movie is based on a novel by William Joyce, and apparently there's a series, so DreamWorks is doubtless hoping for a franchise here.  Oh, and Guillermo del Toro is executive producing.

Rise of the Guardians arrives nationwide on November 21st.


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