Mouse Guard was a comic book series by David Petersen that featured an epic fantasy world about inhabited by sentient mice. Imagine Game Of Thrones or Lord Of The Rings, but replace humans and dragons with mice and owls. In fact, the concept of the Mouse Guard in the source material’s lore is similar to the real-world Knights Templar or even Game Of Thrones’ Night’s Watch.

An adaptation of that would’ve been awesome but unfortunately, the Disney-Fox merger has killed the Mouse Guard animated movie project and we’re only left with a demo of what could’ve been instead. Screenwriter Gary Whitta and director Wes Ball broke the news via Twitter:

The 9-minute-long Mouse Guard animated demo reel was rendered using Epic’s Unreal Engine, and it definitely shows, with gorgeous visuals. The mice ride on giant owls like dragons, with giant tortoises and snakes roaming the lush forests. We also get a glimpse of the intricate world with snippets of epic sword fight scenes.

The likes of Idris Elba, Andy Serkis, and Thomas Brodie-Sangster were already said to be attached to the Mouse Guard animated movie. Check out the amazing Mouse Guard animated movie demo reel below while I huddle into a corner and cry.


 

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