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The quirky spin on its famous characters isn't the most interesting aspect of Rise of the Guardians.  The most interesting part of the film is how it upholds fame as the biggest power in the world.  It's an odd subtext for almost any movie, and especially a family film.  On the surface, there's not much going on other than some fast-moving visuals and a smattering of jokes that wear too quickly on the premise.  Director Peter Ramsay and screenwriter David Lindsay-Abaire may not have crafted a particularly thrilling adventure, but they've perhaps unintentionally created a fascinating value judgment. The children of the world are protected by "guardians": a group of beloved holiday figures and mythical creatures.  There are other mythical figures in the world, but they can't be seen by children because "no one believes in them".  One of these non-guardians is Jack Frost (voiced by Chris Pine), who »

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