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Peeking out for a few minutes

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Oh wow, when was the last time I updated this poor journal?

Heck, I've not really done any updates anywhere, except a few things on Tumblr but nothing I would call...productive? What can I say, daytime work is occupying my every waking moment (and some sleep hours too).

So all that is happening in my life is work, really. Being on the subject of that...


I can't help but show this everywhere. I've been on this one project for over a year now, and could not show or share anything. It was gnawing at me! When it's all you do and you have to keep it bottled up...
But finally, FINALLY, some information and art is starting to trickle out, like our first official teaser poster:

Teaser Poster

The first article that gives a few hints about the project (and is not too spoilery)
http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/motion-captured/posts/we-sit-down-with-william-joyce-for-a-first-look-at-rise-of-the-guardians

As mentioned, there's a teaser trailer in the work. It should be ready some time in...Spring? Maybe? I have no official dates.

I just want to start helping to create a buzz around it. I'm dreading our opening weekend. Five days before our movie opens, the Twilight juggernaut will start steam rolling over all other movies that will open after it (ours included). If the Twilight this year could erase Muppets, Hugo and Arthur Christmas and keep the top spot for 3 weeks, imagine what the final film will do next year? Damn you, Twilight movie (and sorry to the fans who like it, I am biased).
...
Two weeks after Guardians open, The Hobbit starts up. And Disney will also have an animated film out a few weeks before ours: Wreck-It Ralph.

We'll end up like the mustard in the movie sandwich. Eeeep!

I was tempted to post on Tumblr an image of the voice cast for Guardians. A quick visual recognition of the actor talent that is working on the film

Photobucket

Chris Pine (Jack Frost)
Hugh Jackman (Easter Bunny)
Isla Fischer (Tooth Fairy)
Jude Law (Pitch/The Bogeyman)
Alec Baldwin (North/Santa)
Not pictured, Dakota Goyo as Jamie.

I hesitated, as I'm dreading this may start the old venomous discussion about having known actors as voice talent. Every big studios is doing it too, but still...
I understand the argument: less well known voice actors can do outstanding work too!
But in the fight against Twilight, maybe it can help a little if we can brandish known names at the crowds?

I tell you, the world of promotion is a dangerous, pitiless place. It scares and baffles me.

Stopping here. I have some sleep hours I need to catch up on.
And darn it, maybe I will post the cast picture on Tumblr.
I have the weekend to think about it.

Comments

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kilted
Dec. 17th, 2011 08:00 am (UTC)
Ha, yes. We must do all we can in the fight against Twilight!
I am really excited for this movie! I hope it does really well. I know how tough that time of year is, with all the movies that come out for the holidays... (I work at a theater. Ugh.) So yeah, like I said- I hope this will end up doing well! I will definitely see it!
kilted
Dec. 17th, 2011 08:01 am (UTC)
P.S. the post is excellent.
rufftoon
Dec. 17th, 2011 08:10 am (UTC)
I guess many factors come into play. I'm looking at this weekend opening of MI4 and the second sherlock Holmes. I'll be curious to see how well they do in this last mad rush of holiday shopping.

One little thing that may work in Guardians favor: it won't compete as a family film against 2 other similar type movie.
Having Muppets, Hugo and Arthur Christmas all at the same time must have divided attention, leaving Twilight enough strength to pummel them down.

We can only hope to arrive a solid second. *sigh*
snapes_angel
Dec. 17th, 2011 08:04 am (UTC)
With Hugh Jackman and Jude Law? Who wouldn't want to see this, instead of Twilight! I mean, stuff comes out on video too, but I'd rather, if I get out, go to see a movie that Zhao's housemate is in. XD (I mean, come on! You talk about buzz, and the humor was a good source, too! You were buzzing the movie before it was buzzing, if you know what I mean!)

It really is too bad that that one Zhao icon was too large a file for me to use on LJ. :p
rufftoon
Dec. 17th, 2011 08:07 am (UTC)
Ha ha, one can only hope that the smexy voices of the cast can outshine sparkly vampires and werewolves.
*sigh*

Edited at 2011-12-17 08:10 am (UTC)
snapes_angel
Dec. 17th, 2011 08:27 am (UTC)
Not just the voices (though they win), but the mental images of the actors behind them.

Ah, one funny story. You know, Hugh Jackman's from Australia, right? Well, I've always loved the X-Men variety (Marvel mutant comics). In particular, I have always been rather fond of certain characters, like Storm, Kuirt, Hank, and Logan. One incarnation, in particular, of an X-Men animated series, te VA interpretted Logan as having an Australian accent. So, I still can't help giggling sometimes, because the one guy who did Logan with an Australian accident apparently had a problem when it came to doing an Australian accent, but Hugh Jackman, IMO, had no problem with a passable Canadian accent. Of course, you're actually from Canada, right? So I don't know if he would have passed there, but for me, he was an Australian who managed, plausibly, to actually sound more North-Americanish than that noe VA sounded Australianish, fi you know what I mean. Plus, his Logan...he very much looked the part. For once, they made a good choice. Actually, they did a fair job of casting, for the first movie. The others were oaky too, but the first in a series always makes the largest impression.
snapes_angel
Dec. 17th, 2011 08:27 am (UTC)
KURT. TDLT. Lucky thing I get my new glasses next week, after two cataract surgeries.
rufftoon
Dec. 17th, 2011 08:36 am (UTC)
Being french canadian, I'm actually pretty bad at spotting a good english canadian accent. My poor ears aren't that sharp.
Unless you're from the maritimes.
Newfoundland Wolverine anyone?

Edited at 2011-12-17 08:37 am (UTC)
snapes_angel
Dec. 17th, 2011 08:46 am (UTC)
That could be pretty cool, actually. Xd Or just plain Wolverine, really. I'm not picky. Adamantium claws make for great, spare can openers!
sdskuld
Dec. 17th, 2011 10:53 am (UTC)
So if Wolverine had been played by Kate Beaton, you'd've spotted it immediately?

Lovely to have you back on LJ, by the way.
rufftoon
Dec. 17th, 2011 11:13 pm (UTC)
If Kate Beaton had been Wolverine, I certainly would have spotted it right away, ha!
Sorry for being away from LJ for so long. I really had not much to share.
eiko82
Dec. 17th, 2011 08:09 am (UTC)
That is one badass Santa!! I'd love to see the rest of the gang.
rufftoon
Dec. 17th, 2011 08:12 am (UTC)
I don't know when more images will be revealed. Maybe around the time of the teaser trailer, whenever that may be.

putri_nih
Dec. 17th, 2011 08:41 am (UTC)
ISLA FISHER!! More reason to watch this movie :D
rufftoon
Dec. 17th, 2011 08:54 am (UTC)
You know she was also in the animated film Rango?
She did really well :)

Edited at 2011-12-17 08:54 am (UTC)
putri_nih
Dec. 17th, 2011 11:24 am (UTC)
Rango didn't come to my country because frikkin' distributors refuse to pay taxes and henceforth the censor board was all like NU. PAY TAXES FIRST.

CURSE YOU POLITICS.
rufftoon
Dec. 17th, 2011 11:13 pm (UTC)
Well that sucks!!
Hopefully then, you can manage to get a copy, either from a friend or if you travel.
teacup_werewolf
Dec. 17th, 2011 03:48 pm (UTC)
FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF OMG HAI
I am so stoked for the movie. Mostly because it sounds pretty interesting from what I have heard.

Is Santa like Odin but with toys?
rufftoon
Dec. 17th, 2011 11:15 pm (UTC)
Glad it got your attention (gotta make sure it is still up a year from now, ha!)
Now I'm imagining Santa with an eyepatch and with ravens.
tammylee
Dec. 17th, 2011 05:25 pm (UTC)
I'll be there to see it!
rufftoon
Dec. 17th, 2011 11:16 pm (UTC)
Yay! Thank you for your support (though we'll see if you're still interested a year from now and after a few trailers).
mana_runigha
Dec. 17th, 2011 06:45 pm (UTC)
Definitely sounds interesting. I at first thought it was somehow related to that owl movie when I saw "Guardians". I like the idea of all these 'holiday' myths (What's with the almost communist-Russia tattoo?) Well, hope you get at least the number two spot in the box office. There's just no hope to outdo Twilight until it has been out a month.

Arthur Christmas had horrible advertising that prevented it from doing amazing, but it has done steady business in the box office.

And that Mr. Bean Avatar picture freaked me out!
rufftoon
Dec. 17th, 2011 11:19 pm (UTC)
Ha ha, you don't know how often we hear people saying that they thought it had something to do with the owl movie.
If we can't beat Twilight (I doubt it too, but that's my personal opinion), hopefully we can be not too far behind.

Glad to hear Arthur Christmas is doing good. I saw it and thought it was a charming, funny movie. I wich it a continued success.
miana_dude
Dec. 17th, 2011 06:59 pm (UTC)
Oooh that looks awesome! :D
rufftoon
Dec. 17th, 2011 11:20 pm (UTC)
That's just one pic- hopefully, the others will come out looking good too (cross fingers).
redvelvetaddict
Dec. 17th, 2011 10:44 pm (UTC)
Starring such hot voices! I know I'll see it :3
rufftoon
Dec. 17th, 2011 11:23 pm (UTC)
Going to see hot voices.
...
There's a joke to be made there, but my brain is too tired (but I completely understand what you mean. Heck, I saw Arthur and the Invisibles for David Bowie!)
egoulet
Dec. 18th, 2011 08:32 pm (UTC)
Yay! News! :)

I can't wait to see Guardians... that is all. Also, I love Isla Fisher's voice. It think her character in Rango was pretty swell!

Et je nous souhaite de se voir en 2012! haha! ;)

Happy Holidays dear friend!
Emilie

rufftoon
Dec. 19th, 2011 05:06 pm (UTC)
Just a wee bit of news, but news nonetheless :)
Oui! J'espere aussi avoir une chance qu'on se voie en 2012!!
badjelly
Dec. 19th, 2011 07:02 am (UTC)
Oh man... I keep forgetting just how short we are of time on the first H-bit film - it makes me cry... At least it's not another Tintin...

But I'm really looking forward to Guardians! and I hope it blows stupid Twatlight out of the theatres... frickin' sparkly vampire shite...
rufftoon
Dec. 19th, 2011 05:08 pm (UTC)
The chances of blowing Twilight off its pedestal are slim, at best.
Never underestimate a fandom, and the Twilight one is scary and strong.
meryl_jed
Dec. 21st, 2011 02:35 am (UTC)
Well, I will definitely be going to this move twice. Once for me, and once for the Twifight.

FINALLY! People are beginning to understand that Father Christmas is a badass!
rufftoon
Dec. 21st, 2011 04:49 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you! Though you'll see how your budget and liking of the film influence you a year from now, ha ha!
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