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Meet Peter Ramsey: The Director Of Dreamworks Animation’s Rise Of The Guardians

Meet Peter Ramsey: The Director Of Dreamworks Animation's Rise Of The Guardians

Well like they say, you learn something new every day.

The brother in the photo is Peter Ramseywho is the director of Paramount/Dreamworks Animation’s new feature film, Rise of the Guardians, which is coming out on Nov. 21.

There are, of course, many people of color involved in animation, but Ramsey is, to my knowledge, the first one involved as director for such a major, big budget, studio release as Guardians.

His background is rather interesting, starting out as storyboard artist in the early 1990’s on many live action movies, such as Panic Room, A.I., Man in Black, Minority Report and Fight Club

Along the way, he also worked as the second unit director on a few films, including two John Singleton pictures – Higher Learning and Poetic Justice.

He eventually, about five years ago, became involved with Dreamworks Animation as an artist and director on a couple of TV projects, which in turn resulted in his biggest challenge and carrer move to date, directing the Guardians feature.

I never thought there would ever be a reason to post the trailer for Guardians. But now there is:

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Hey Serg,

I took my son to see this movie before I knew it was directed by an African American. I must say, it was wonderfully done! My 9-year-old didn't origanally want to see it because he is still in the 'Star Wars' phase of his life, but it was extremely engaging and he enjoyed it just as much as I did. The characters were interesting, especially the Easter Bunny, who was a bit gangsta. This movie is a must see for everyone during the holidays and for those of us who support our artist of color.


I thought this was a sequal to that god awful titled : 'Legends of the Gaurdians: The Owls of Gahool'

Geneva Girl

I was not interested in this movie and was hoping to send the munchkin off with her dad or godmother. Now that I've seen the director I'll have to bite the bullet and support him.


First time hearing about this film…..


Behind the scenes, there are many African-Americans in comics/animation/gaming, etc…but on paper you pass over them because many have assumably Euro-sounding names. This has been the case in the present and the past. So unless you see a picture, it's like they don't exist. They do though.


That's great. I hope the film does well. Maybe some day he can do a film with minorities represented. There may be some in this film, but I can't tell by the commercials.

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