Rise of the Guardians

The Trailer Park: More Animated Mischief

Two more animated films, one from DreamWorks and one from Fox, are expected to light up cinema screens this year. A franchise favorite is sure to draw in audiences, while an adaptation to a still fairly new series of children’s books takes a chance during the holidays.

‘Rise of the Guardians’

Visually, this CG-animated adaptation of William Joyce’s children’s book looks intriguing and is likely to impress. Narratively, the plot doesn’t seem all that exciting. The voice talent involved, however, promises to be at least somewhat entertaining. Part of the blame for the lack of interest could be placed on the trailer, but another reason could be Peter Ramsey using this as his directorial debut. And Guillermo del Toro’s name attached as producer also doesn’t hold as much weight as it used to. Since I’m an animation fan, I’ll still watch, but I’ll keep my expectations low.

‘Ice Age: Continental Drift’

I’m less surprised that the filmmakers behind the ‘Ice Age’ franchise would make a fourth entry than I am that they’re seemingly able to keep things fresh and amusing. The one aspect I find most appealing about this trailer, other than seeing Scrat once again go on another maddening search for his acorn, is the underlying theme of friendship and family while the world rapidly changes around the motley pack. The thought of hearing Jennifer Lopez’s voice as Diego’s love interest, unfortunately, has me cringing with dread, but knowing that Peter Dinklage is also involved as the main antagonist makes me feel a whole lot better.

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  1. JM

    The international ‘Prometheus’ trailer and ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ uber trailer both just came out…

    And you’re Trailer Parking generic kiddie shit?

    Is this a form of hipster blogger humor, to take the piss out of the geek mafia?

    • E. writes these posts in advance, and we sometimes schedule them 2-3 weeks ahead. Also, although I haven’t set any restrictions on what he can or can’t write, I would personally prefer not to post “trailers” that appear to give away every plot point in a movie from start to finish, including enough information to piece together the likely ending, as the latest Prometheus ad does.

    • M. Enois Duarte

      Along the lines of what Josh is saying, the only thing I’m picky about is when trailers are careful not to reveal too much.

      I love trailers — though I prefer the ability to skip them on BD/DVD — but I hate it when they “seem” to give away major plot points. The newest previews for ‘Dark Knight Rises’ and ‘Prometheus’ definitely appear to give away far too much. I’d rather focus on trailers which keep the mystery going but manage to build excitement for the movie, be it a god-awful one or an excellent one.

      For example: teaser trailer for ‘Transformers 2’


      Total shit movie, but utterly fantastic preview, especially if you have the subs to handle the very deep low-end.

  2. Barsoom Bob

    Oh yeah, I have seen both and they are great but they are getting dangerously close to giving it all away now. I am officially swearing off watching anything further on these two fims until I sit down in the theater to watch them.

  3. JM

    Psychological Science suggests that minor spoilers enhance enjoyment…

    But I respect your personal preference.

    That T2 teaser was always my favorite.

    Maybe once and a while you could use The Trailer Park to spotlight some of the greatest trailers in cinema history.

    • M. Enois Duarte

      Actually, I love that idea! With summer blockbusters coming up, maybe we can revisit some of the best trailers of the past, including some really cool vintage previews.

      • JM

        Some say the trailer for ‘Alien’ is the greatest of all time…

        But actually it’s ‘Dr. Strangelove.’

      • EM

        I’m rather partial to the six-minute Psycho trailer in which Alfred Hitchcock hosts a travelogue of the Bates Motel and the house next door. I carry it around with me in my pants!

  4. There’s a thing called “The Rule of Sean Connery”, which states that anything starring The Scot will automatically be or become better.

    I vote for installing “The Rule of Peter Dinklage”. That man is awesome.