DreamWorks Animation’s magical adventure film “Rise of the Guardians” (2012) is an entertainer for kids with a positive message in it.
Based on the book series The Guardians of Childhood (by children’s book author William Joyce), the film, directed by Peter Ramsey, is truly an epic adventure with great animation and cinematic excellence.
“Rise of the Guardians” is sort of The Avengers with childhood icons such as Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, and the Sandman. The story for the first time brings together some of the legendary guardians- Jack Frost (Chris Pine), the Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman), Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin), and the Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher).
While all of them came together to defeat Pitch Black (Jude Law), who turns children’s dreams into nightmares and who is on a mission to take away the hopes, faiths, and imagination of every child in the world, the movie tells the story of Jack Frost – a carefree boy, who enjoys playing mischief, and whom kids don’t believe in.
When the Man in Moon tells all these existing Guardians that a new star Jack Frost has been chosen to join them to save the world from Pitch Black (the Boogeyman), they must convince Frost to take up the cause.
As in our childhood, we believe in and have faith in a lot of things before some evil spirit strikes to tell the other side of our world, the movie in a similar scenario yet again raises hope among children for all their little-known fairytale characters to fight against the evil spirit, cynicism and non-believing things.
Overall, “Rise of the Guardians” is a pleasant surprise if you enjoy animated superhero movies because it has lots of enjoyable parts for both kids and adults.
Directed by Peter Ramsey
Screenplay by David Lindsay-Abaire
Based on The Guardians of Childhood by William Joyce
Cast/Voice: Alec Baldwin (Santa Claus), Chris Pine (Jack Frost), Hugh Jackman (Easter Bunny), Isla Fisher (Tooth Fairy), and Jude Law (Pitch or Boogeyman)
Release Date: November 21, 2012