Animation award going to “Rise of the Guardians”

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Rise Of The Guardians

Dream­Works Animation’s “Rise of the Guardians” will receive this year’s Hol­ly­wood Ani­ma­tion Award at the 16th Annual Hol­ly­wood Film Fes­ti­val and Hol­ly­wood Film Awards gala cer­e­mony, to be held Octo­ber 22 at the Bev­erly Hilton Hotel.

The announce­ment was made Tues­day by awards founder and exec­u­tive direc­tor Car­los de Abreu.

It is a great plea­sure to rec­og­nize Rise of the Guardians as the recip­i­ent of our ani­ma­tion award. This piece of avant-garde ani­ma­tion style surely will be another clas­sic for gen­er­a­tions to come,” de Abreu said.

Directed by Peter Ram­sey and writ­ten by Pulitzer Prize win­ner David Lindsay-Abaire (Rab­bit Hole), Rise of the Guardians is based on the highly acclaimed series of children’s books by William Joyce. Joyce, who won an Oscar last year for his ani­mated short The Fan­tas­tic Fly­ing Books of Mr. Mor­ris Less­more, was named by Newsweek as “one of the top 100 peo­ple to watch in the new millennium.”

Rise of the Guardians stars the voice tal­ents of Chris Pine, Alec Bald­win, Hugh Jack­man, Isla Fisher and Jude Law. Pro­duced by Christina Stein­berg and Nancy Bern­stein and exec­u­tive pro­duced by Guillermo del Toro, Michael Siegel, and William Joyce, the Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion fea­ture film will be released Novem­ber 21 by Para­mount Pictures.

Said DWA chief cre­ative offi­cer Bill Dam­aschke: “This award is a tes­ta­ment to the vision and ded­i­ca­tion of our direc­tor Peter Ram­sey and our pro­duc­ers Christina Stein­berg and Nancy Bern­stein, who saw in William Joyce’s beau­ti­fully writ­ten books a truly mag­i­cal world that he was able to bring to life with the help of David Lindsay-Abaire’s won­der­ful screen­play and, of course, the out­stand­ing work by his entire film­mak­ing team. We could not be more proud of the movie, or this recog­ni­tion, and we thank Car­los and the Hol­ly­wood Film Awards for this great honor.”

Past recip­i­ents of the Hol­ly­wood Ani­ma­tion Award include Cars, Rango, Rata­touille, Toy Story 3, UP and Wall-E.

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’s 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.

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