The Golden Compass loves its bears: they’re ornately armored, lovingly
animated, and arguably the visual centerpieces in a fantasy flick already filled
with splendor and spectacle. If these killer Knuts are your kind of thing,
you’re in luck: Rotten Tomatoes has picked up
two exclusive Golden Compass clips, including an action-packed bear
There’s a lot of back story to The Golden Compass:
based on the first His Dark Materials book by Philip Pullman, the plot takes
place in an alternate world where humans are accompanied by animal spirits
called daemon. In the first clip, a polar bear named Iorek (voiced by
McKellan) explains that a bear’s armor is tantamount to a human’s daemon.
In the second clip, Iorek engages in an electrifying
outdoor duel with another armored bear, a fine example of Golden Compass‘s
crisp CGI, human performance, and swooping camerawork.