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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