Museum Trailer Exhibited Online

If you’ve ever wondered what goes on at a major museum after visiting hours, you may want to check out the trailer for Night at the Museum, a new Ben Stiller fantasy comedy featuring a rampaging Tyrannosaurus skeleton and other CG-animation visual effects. The 20th Century Fox film is slated for release on Dec. 22, but you can get your first glimpse now at

In the film, Stiller plays a down-on-his-luck dreamer who takes a job as the graveyard shift security guard at a museum of natural history. What he thinks is a piece-of-cake gig turns into a harrowing adventure when the exhibits start to come to life. Carla Gugino, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Ricky Gervais, Paul Rudd, Steve Coogan, Dick Van Dyke, Ernest Borgnine and Mickey Rooney co-star.

Night at the Museum was originally going to be directed by Stephen Sommers of The Mummy and Van Helsing fame, but was instead turned over to Shawn Levy, who helmed both Cheaper by the Dozen comedies and the 2006 Pink Panther remake. The script for Museum was penned in part by Reno 911! Stars Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant. Rhythm & Hues handled the lion’s share of the visual effects work.