By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood October 2, 2012 at 7:51PM
The Rome Film Festival (November 9-17) will award the "Vanity Fair International Award for Cinematic Excellence" to Dreamworks' animated 3-D holiday-character adventure "Rise of the Guardians" (opening November 21) for the film's "innovative, artistic and strategic contribution" to contemporary cinema.
"Rise of the Guardians" centers on various Hallmark heroes (Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, a boomerang-wielding Easter Bunny -- the usual) whose universe is thrown in peril with the arrival of evil spirit and kiddie dream-infiltrator Pitch. Produced by Guillermo del Toro, it looks to be darker than standard holiday family fare, with Chris Pine, Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin, Isla Fisher and Jude Law lending their voice talents. Trailer below.