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Director Peter Ramsey on "Rise of the Guardians"

Director Peter Ramsey talks about the animated movie, "Rise of the Guardians" starring the voice talents of Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin, Chris Pine, Isla Fisher, and Jude Law.

-Oh no. -Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, Sandman, the Tooth Fairy. I know you'd come. -Surprise! We came. -You guys, he's still awake. -Sand, knock him out. -Huh? -With the dream sand, yeah gumbies. -No, stop that's the Easter Bunny. What are you doing Abby? Down. -Alright, nobody panic. But that's a-- that's a greyhound. Do you know what greyhounds do to rabbits? -Well, he's a pretty safe bird. He's never met a rabbit like me, 6 foot 1, nerves of steel, master of Tai Chi and the ancient art of-- Crikey! -Stop! Sit! Down girl, down! -Oh ho ho ho. -[unk] Get this bingo off me. -Candy canes. -Woah! -Whoops. -What was the-- the appeal besides kind of the obvious childhood nostalgia of these-- these characters? -Uh huh. For me, there were two things. There was the opportunity to tell it big epic fantasy story with these characters and, you know, I just-- as seen in the movie, we go to a lot of different worlds. There's-- They-- You know, they are like superheroes. They can do these incredible things. So, there's a-- there's a lot of scope and scale and that was really exciting to see them presented in that way. But for me, the even bigger thing was the fact that, you know, when you're young you actually do believe those characters are real. -Uh huh. -I mean it's not like another, you know, the people make movies out of like, you know, everything these days, board games, you name it. -Yeah. -These characters were characters that when you're, you know, a kid you make a wish for Christmas gift and on Christmas Day it's there under the tree. -Uh huh. -So, they're real to you. -Yeah. -And thinking about that idea and what they-- what these characters represent to people. That's what really got me excited very well. -You said that kind of the-- the movie and the books were like being a made wake a little bit at the same time? Is that correct? -Is that you safe to say or-- -Yeah. The-- William Joyce had-- basically had all this material like years ago. Yeah. So before-- before even he began writing any of the books, he had the histories and the illustrations and art work for characters that he had done all lay that-- and he's still working on the book series now. -Yeah. -It's still evolving and developing as we go and like I say he's writing the stories of the histories of the characters and how they came to be and the movies about the first time they all come together. -Did you have a hand in kind of the whole look of the movie and how these characters presented themselves 'cause I did get a chance to look at the-- the characters online from the books -Uh huh. -compared to the characters that I saw on screen. I didn't see that much difference, but did you have a hand in any of that? -Yeah, sure. Working with our-- our character designers and our production designer, Patrick Hanenberger, we did a lot of work on the characters. You know, for animation a lot of times you had to simplify or redesign things to make them work for the animation process; thus, we-- thus we can technically animate them. So those were the-- the kind of changes we had to do to build original designs, which are really detailed and really, you know, they have this beautiful kind of vintage -Yeah. -style to them that-- that build this-- that's kind of his trademark. And for the movie, we had to streamline them a bit for animation, but we still wanna try to hold on to the flavor of his design. -And what about the casting process with the voices. Did you have a hand that as well? -Sure, yeah. Yeah, myself and our producer, Christina Steinberg and Bill Damaschke and Jeffrey Katzenberg who run Dreamworks, we all like, you know, our team had list of names. We had people that we thought could really portray these characters and luckily enough we pretty much got our first-- our first choices for our cast, which was great because I think they're all fantastic, you know. -You pretty much know-- met on the head with a lot of them. -Uh huh. -So, that was pretty cool. And what about-- I think-- And I think it sets out for more films and do you have any plans for that? What are, besides that, any other projects in the Works? -Uh huh. Well, you know, this one literally, we just pulled it out of the open 2 days ago, so right now I'm kind of-- I'm pretty much-- -I wanna take a break. I just think, you know-- -Yeah. Let's take in everything just to get this one done. But I'm-- It's, you know, the world that-- that William Joyce created it's big enough and it's broad enough and there's no end to the story as you could tell. -Yeah. -So, I'm sure there will be more. -It's a pretty cool world too. I-- I personally enjoyed it. -Okay. Thank you. Thank you. -Well, thank you very much. -It's my pleasure man. -Yeah. Thanks. -Ha ha ha ha. -Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, Jack Frost, Sandman. You know each other? -Nobody panic. -Crickey. -DreamWorks Animation invites you to discover the secret of the greatest legends on earth. -It is our job to protect the children. -Ye haa! -On November 21st. Who will be-- -Who were you talking to? -The guardians? -Okay. -Watch Rise of the Guardians.