Rise of the Guardians

  • PG
  • Peter Ramsey (2012)
  • US
  • 97 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

This beautifully rendered and energetic revisionist fairy tale based on William Joyce's acclaimed book series is destined to become definitive holiday entertainment for all the family. A sort of child-friendly Avengers Assemble that focuses on iconic figures from childhood, it sees "snowballs and fun times" Jack Frost (voiced by Chris Pine) get serious when chosen by the Man in the Moon to join a tattooed Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin), a confrontational Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman), a flirty Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher) and the Sandman to overthrow bogeyman Pitch (Jude Law), who's trying to get the children of the world to stop believing in them. It's a classic good v evil saga, revived through a vivid old-fashioned storybook aesthetic with an impressive and often breathtaking sense of scope and scale. There's plenty of exhilarating chase action and the flights of fantasy incorporating visual puns such as Pitch's "night-mares" and Bunny's "egg-plants" are a marvellous and magical delight.

Plot Summary

Magical beings from folklore, including Santa Claus, Jack Frost and the Easter Bunny, join forces to defeat the plans of an evil spirit, who intends to steal the dreams of children and use the power they grant him to dominate the world. Animated adventure, with the voices of Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, Isla Fisher and Jude Law.

Cast and crew

Cast

Jack Frost
Chris Pine
North
Alec Baldwin
Pitch
Jude Law
Tooth
Isla Fisher
Bunny
Hugh Jackman
Jamie Bennett
Dakota Goyo
Caleb
Khamani Griffin
CupCake
Dominique Grund

Crew

Director
Peter Ramsey

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Paramount
3D
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 30 Nov 2012
Certificate PG
Distributor:
Paramount Home Entertainment (UK)
Categories
Childrens
Drama