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Rise of the Guardians

By ROBERT HAM

As with any successful children's book, it was only a matter of time before Hollywood set its sights on adapting The Guardians of Childhood series. These novels follow the adventures of the titular defenders—Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny, among others—as they seek to protect the purity and joy of young people around the globe. And, as you might expect, much of the arch weirdness and fantastical beauty that author William Joyce is known for has been shorn off and replaced with over-the-top humor, blowsy voice acting and a tidy but trite narrative. In the film, the evil Pitch (voiced by Jude Law) threatens to blanket the spirit of the world's children in blackness, a move that compels the Guardians to join forces and defend their charges. As they do, they bring a new Guardian into the mix: the creator of winter chaos, Jack Frost (a whiny-sounding Chris Pine). If you can't figure out what happens from there, you haven't seen enough movies. Still, the journey is pleasant enough, thanks to some pretty incredible animation and some surprisingly dark moments that might spook or confuse younger attendees. 

 
  • Genres: Animated, Adventure, Fantasy
  • Running Time: 97 minutes
  • Release Date: Wednesday, November 21, 2012
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • MPAA Rating: PG [ Some Mildly Scary Action, Thematic Elements ]
  • Critic's Score: C
  • Starring: Chris Pine [Voice of Jack Frost], Alec Baldwin [Voice of North], Jude Law [Voice of Pitch Black], Isla Fisher [Voice of Tooth], Hugh Jackman [Voice of Bunny], Dakota Goyo [Voice of Jamie]
  • Directed by: Peter Ramsey [Director], David Lindsay-Abaire [Screenwriter], Christina Steinberg [Producer], Nancy Bernstein [Producer], William Joyce [Executive Producer], Guillermo del Toro [Executive Producer], Joyce Arrastia [Film Editor], Alexandre Desplat [Original Music], Patric Hanenberger [Production Design], Max Boas [Art Director], Leslee Feldman [Casting], Christi Hilt [Casting]
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