Yahoo! Movies! has just posted the first five minutes from New Line's highly anticipated film adaptation of The Golden Compass. You can watch it here:

This is the first movie based on the bestselling Philip Pullman novels. The "His Dark Materials" trilogy is comprised of The Golden Compass, "The Subtle Knife" and "The Amber Spyglass". It revolves around a young girl who travels to the far north to save her best friend. Along the way she encounters shape-shifting creatures, witches, and a variety of otherworldly characters in parallel universes.

The film opens this week, December 7th, 2007.