Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
Vote Now: Jameson Empire Awards 2015
The Farewell To Middle-earth Issue
The 2014 Christmas Gift Guide
Get 12 Issues For Only £25 Today
The perfect gift this Christmas
Farewell To Middle-earth
Full details of our Peter Jackson-edited issue
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
When Frodo Met Bilbo
Martin Freeman and Elijah Wood come together for Empire photoshoot
Exclusive: Colin Trevorrow Talks Jurassic World Trailer
“I’m comfortable going to Crazytown…”
Lake-town's Burning In New Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Pics
Benedict Cumberbatch's Smaug takes flight
Kevin Bacon Is Off To A Jungle
For Greg McLean's new survival thriller
The Independence Day Sequel Is Greenlit
Fox makes it officially official
First Trailers For Unfinished Business
Vince Vaughn's European work trip
Natalie Portman In Talks For Steve Jobs Film
Danny Boyle is looking to bolster his cast
Dan Gilroy Adapting Storming Las Vegas
Nightcrawler man working on the script for Antoine Fuqua
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
25 November 2014
Joe Wright's Pan Teaser Trailer Arrives
Head off to Neverland
More Movie News

RELATED FUTURE FILMS
Pan
17 July 2015
Chappie
06 March 2015
Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb
19 December 2014
Penguins Of Madagascar
05 December 2014
More Future Films

RELATED REVIEWS
Life Of Crime (2014)
Empire Star Rating
X-Men: Days Of Future Past (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)
Empire Star Rating
The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Seduced And Abandoned (2013)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

DreamWorks Shows First Guardians Footage
And new Madagascar 3 scenes...

14 March 2012  |  Written by James White  

submit to reddit

On Wednesday morning in Los Angeles, DreamWorks Animation held its annual preview of material from its upcoming cartoon output, which this year means we watched fresh scenes from both Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted and mythological adventure Rise Of The Guardians.

As you might expect from a Madagascar entry, there’s plenty of the usual hijinks, with lion Alex (Ben Stiller), zebra Marty (Chris Rock), hippo Gloria (Jada Pinkett Smith, who showed up to help introduce the footage) and giraffe Melman (David Schwimmer) showing up in Monte Carlo on the trail of the ever-troublesome penguins. After (literally) crashing a casino event, they find themselves, along with the chimps and King Julien (Sacha Baron Cohen) on the run from driven animal control officer Captaine Chantel DuBois (Frances McDormand).

We got to see a frenetic chase through the streets of the city (some of which you can see in the trailer, below), chock full of crazed moments and physics-defying stunts (DuBois, in particular, is ridiculously tough for a human).

Eventually, they give her the slip and in another scene, our heroes board a circus train that is home to various performing animals. Russian tiger Vitaly (Bryan Cranston) is very much against the new arrivals, while jaguar Gia (Jessica Chastain) and wacky Italian sea lion Sefano (Martin Short) are more welcoming.

Also shown was a much less finished sequence showing the results of Alex and co trying to reinvent the stodgy circus (that has been bought by the penguins and chimps with their casino gambling winnings, which sadly also represent penguin Private’s college fund) and putting on an elaborate, Cirque Du Soleil influenced new show. While the 3D wasn’t yet in place, we predict it’ll look pretty spiffy.

But even more anticipated was Rise Of The Guardians, which has, as director Peter Ramsey put it, been “flying under the radar for three years.” While a couple of posters and some concept art have given a glimpse of the characters, this was the first proper look at footage. And it did not underwhelm.

Based on William Joyce’s novel series, Guardians charts a new mythology for icons such as Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, the Sandman and Jack Frost. Revolving around disaffected fantasy figure Jack, the plot finds him unwillingly joining his peers when the dark bogeyman Pitch threatens to spread fear and stop the world’s children believing in the bringers of joy and wonder.

The characters include North (Alec Baldwin), the Father Christmas figure who does deliver toys and lives among elves, but actually uses yetis to make his toys (and provide strong arm security) and Bunnymund (Hugh Jackman, sporting his actual Aussie accent for once) who is friends with North but considers Easter superior.

There's also fairy leader Tooth (Isla Fisher) who takes lost teeth and stores them safely for kids, replacing them with money and Sandy, who doesn’t speak, but gets his wise and sometimes funny message across with sand imagery. Jack (Chris Pine) reluctantly tags along when Pitch (Jude Law, cackling and cunning as a British villain) plots against them all.

Guardians has employed Joyce’s style and features a script from Rabbit Hole writer David Lindsay-Abaire, who is also something of a comic book fanatic. It shows, because the scenes we saw (including Jack’s introduction and his first meeting with the team) had a definite sense of blending superhero tropes with fantasy in a slightly Neil Gaimanesque fashion. There’s a palpable sense of magic, especially when you watch Sandy drift through cities spreading dreams with his golden sand.

The trailer, which we got to view in 3D, will be arriving in cinemas within a few weeks and should be online around the same time.

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted will be out on October 19 here (and June 8 in the States), with Rise Of The Guardians following on November 30 (November 21 across the pond).

For more from the directors and producers of both movies, flick your peepers across our blog about the event.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Rodrigo Santoro Back For 300 Sequel?
The original Xerxes may return...
Denzel Washington Could Be The Equalizer
Update: He's in!

SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS

6 issues for £20 plus free Gourmet Society Membership worth £69.95!
Get 6 months of Empire for just £20 and not only receive the world's greatest movie magazine and exclusive subscriber covers but you'll also receive up to 50% off restaurants nationwide and more with a free Gourmet Society Membership worth £64.99!Click here to find the perfect offer for you


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Empire's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Spoiler Podcast
Featuring the director, Francis Lawrence

Empire's Jurassic World Trailer Tour
Updated: Director Colin Trevorrow guides us through the first trailer

Vote Now: The Jameson Empire Awards 2015
Tell us your favourite films and stars of the year

The Gift Guide 2014: 50 Must-Have Items This Christmas
Box sets, hardware, clothing, books and stocking fillers to buy

Empire's Hobbit: Battle Of The Five Armies Covers
Five armies. Five covers. The eagles, dwarves, elves, men and orcs prepare for battle in our Peter Jackon guest-edited issue

Josh Hutcherson On The Hunger Games Phenomenon
'I've done my fair share of young adult material now'

What Is A Squidward? A Beginner's Guide To SpongeBob SquarePants
If you aren’t already a massive fan, prepare to become one

Subscribe to Empire magazine
6 issues for £20 plus free Gourmet Society Membership worth £69.95!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save money on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £25!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)