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.”
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.