In a just world, we would be on Rise of the Guardians 3 by now! Released in 2012, Rise of the Guardians is yet another masterpiece from the people at DreamWorks. It has an all-star cast, amazing special effects and it is one of the more interesting animated “kids” movies to be released in the last decade.
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The Movie Review
Rise of the Guardians is a really interesting story. All of the “fantasies” that we grew up with. Santa, The Easter Bunny, Jack Frost, The Tooth Fairy, and The Sandman are all real. Not only are they real they are there to not just make sure we enjoy each holiday, have a good time or enjoy childhood. They are the guardians of childhood itself and it is a position they all take very seriously.
Unfortunately, another “real” person is the Boogeyman or as the movie calls him Pitch Black. While there will always be fear, the rest of the guardians have done a great job in keeping Pitch Black in check. Now though Pitch Black has come back and he wants to snuff out every bit of child light, hope, dreams, and love and bring the world into darkness.
While it would be so easy for me to say that the whole movie is just about the Guardians fighting Pitch Black to try and save everyone’s childhood.
Rise of the Guardians is far more than that.
I would say that Jack Frost is the main character and the movie is as much about him becoming a guardian, realizing who he is, what he lost, where he came from and why it is so important to look after the light that is inside each and every child.
You may look at this and say “that is a kids film” but that is really unfair. This is one of the darker movies that DreamWorks have done and I would bet there were more than a few kids who had a nightmare or two as a result of Pitch Black and the horrible things that he got up to.
The animation is absolutely fantastic, but what really makes this a great movie for me is the characters. Chris Pine as Jack Frost, Alec Baldwin as Santa, Hugh Jackman as the Easter Bunny, Isla Fisher as the Tooth Fairy and Jude Law as Pitch Black all bring these characters to life in a truly amazing way. I love how Santa is kind of the leader and takes Jack under his wing.
At the same time, I love how Jack constantly is messing with the Easter Bunny and trying to get under his skin. Each of the characters has interaction with each other and it is done very, very well. So well that you really do care for these characters and when the time comes to learn about Jack Frost’s backstory it is actually quite sad.
Rise of the Guardians is a truly fantastic animated movie. It has action, scares, drama, laughs and it takes you on an emotional roller coaster. Sadly the movie did not do all that well and that was why we have never had another. However, that does not mean you cannot watch it and I highly recommend that you do.