The Art of Rise of the Guardians at MOMI in Astoria


Image courtesy of Museum of the Moving Image. The exhibition, “The Art of Rise of the Guardians,” is on view at Museum of the Moving Image in New York, November 10, 2012, through March 3, 2013. 

The new animated film, Rise of the Guardians, is in theaters starting today, and we can tell you that it is fabulous (we are told that this is the most advanced animated film in history). We attended a press preview the other day, and were really impressed with what the Museum of the Moving Image has done to present the art involved with this movie. Their exhibit is called The Art of Rise of the Guardians, and it is full of art and artifacts from the filmmaking process.

Creating an Epic (dir. Patrick Hanenberger, 70 mins), a sort of “behind the scenes” film, is also screening continuously in the Bartos Screening Room (a small theater found as you turn left at the first hallway) from 2pm to closing during weekdays, and from noon-6pm on weekends. The museum shop also has several related books for sale, including a fun pop-up book and a coffee table book on the art.

In case you are not familiar with this film, here’s the blurb:

Rise of the Guardians tells the story of a group of heroes — each with extraordinary abilities. When an evil spirit, known as Pitch, lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces for the first time to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children all over the world.

The voices are Alec Baldwin as Santa, who sports a Russian accent and “naughty” and “nice” tattoos on his arm; Isla Fisher as the Tooth Fairy, presented as a hummingbird; Hugh Jackman as the Easter Bunny, a 6 foot tall sort of Australian rabbit, complete with boomerangs; Chris Pine as Jack Frost; and Jude Law as Pitch, the villain in this story. Another character, Sandman, does not speak during the film.

Here’s MOMI’s description of what they are presenting:

Rise of the Guardians, the new animated feature from DreamWorks Animation, is a visually enthralling film based on William Joyce’s The Guardians of Childhood book series, with Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and other beloved characters reinterpreted as action heroes in a parable about the ongoing struggle between good and evil. This gallery exhibition takes a look behind the scenes, revealing the innovative collaborative process behind the making of the film. Original artwork, both digital and hand-drawn, an exclusive time-lapse video presentation of in-process footage progressing to the finished film, and a revealing documentary that takes us into the DreamWorks Animation studio, show how the colorful world of the movie and its memorable characters were created.

Here are a few images from the art exhibit:


Santa and Pitch


Image courtesy of DreamWorks Animation. “Bunny Island,” a scene depicting Bunny dyeing eggs created by visual development artist Tim Lamb. Digital. On view in “The Art of Rise of the Guardians” at Museum of the Moving Image through March 3, 2013. 


The different characters and their central shapes (hexagon, triangle, etc).

Every Saturday and Sunday at 1pm MOMI will be screening DreamWorks animated features, including Antz, How to Train Your Dragon, and much more.

The Art of the Rise of the Guardians runs from November 10–March 3, 2013 at the Museum of the Moving Image.

Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria, NY;  (718) 777-6888; GMAP

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