Peter Ramsey's Rise of the Guardians will be presented with the Hollywood Animation Award, which honors the year's best animated film, at the 16th annual Hollywood Film Awards gala ceremony -- the first awards show of the Oscar season -- on Oct. 22 at the Beverly Hilton. ...
Funny thing. I spent the middle of the day at DreamWorks Animation's Glendale campus and got to see some footage of The Croods, and also too, ROTG.
There were a number of staffers on their last scenes for Guardians, and one of them said "Not much more to do. No time left anyway."
Rise of the Guardians looks considerably different from other DWA features. Characters are not your standard-issue DWA designs, and the environments and story are departures from the DWA norm.
So the question is, does HFA presage an Academy win? Does it foretell big box office? I haven't the foggiest, but the scenes and clips I've seen look pretty edgy, and the crew (admittedly not always the best judge, since they're right on top of it) seem to think so.
In two and a half months the wider movie-going world will have some idea.