Though The Golden Compass is still months away from its theatrical release, New Line is getting the ball rolling by attempting to introduce viewers to the film's beautiful, magical and complicated world right now, as we speak. For example, a new feature on the pic's official website allows you at home to create your own daemon. In case you don't know what that is -- and if you've never read Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, then chances are the word 'daemon' is pretty foreign to you -- a daemon represents a person's soul. And, in the world of The Golden Compass, these daemons take the form of an animal spirit that accompanies each person through life.
Early on, your daemon continuously changes (depending on your mood, etc), because as a youngster you have yet to truly experience life. However, as you get older, your daemon settles into one form and stays with you until the day you die. To help put it into perspective, in Pullman's world, if you don't have a daemon, that's like saying part of your body has been mutilated. As you can see above, my daemon is a ladybug named Olyandra. I assume that means I'm weaker than I originally thought. (I mean, point me toward a ladybug that really kicks some ass.) Thanks New Line for making me feel puny! In all fairness, this movie does look pretty awesome -- I should know, I was one of only a handful of people who actually got to visit the set while it was still in production. While some might feel Chris Weitz (American Pie) is not the right man for this type of job, I think he's perfect. I talk up a lot of films on this site with nothing more than a few stills and a trailer to back up my fanboy enthusiasm. However, as far as The Golden Compass goes, I can assure you that I've seen, with my own eyes, some pretty impressive stuff. The Golden Compass (which is the first book in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy) arrives in theaters on December 7.