Dreamworks Animation announced today that Leonardo DiCaprio has joined his first animated feature film, their upcoming release The Guardians. This is not to be confused with the Zack Snyder directed Warner Bros. release The Guardians of Ga’Hoole, as DiCaprio will be voicing Jack Frost. And Jack Frost is clearly not an owl.

Directed by Peter Ramsey (a story artist who has worked on Shrek the Third, Fight Club and other fine films), The Guardians tells the story of a group of holiday heroes — Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman and Jack Frost — who band together to take on an evil spirit called Pitch, who dares to take over the world by inspiring fear into the hearts of its children. The film will show that these “Guardians” are more than just holiday icons, all possessing special powers that will come in handy against this new form of evil.

It’s all based on a series of “highly anticipated” books by William Joyce. An interesting concept, to say the least — but fitting amongst the middling fare of Dreamworks Animation’s slate. Then again, I could be wrong — this could be the next Kung Fu Panda, but with Santa. The Guardians is scheduled for release on November 2, 2012.

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