1 December 2012 4:01 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Christmas always seems to be under threat in the movies: undermined by Scrooge in one of his manifestations, menaced by the Grinch, brought to a stop by strikers in Santa's north pole workshop or undermined by disputes within the Claus family. In this lacklustre DreamWorks animation picture, adapted from an original William Joyce story by the Pulitzer prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire, Pitch, the English bogeyman (Jude Law), is setting out to create fear among children the world over and undermine their faith in hope and beauty as represented by the Guardians. They're a middle European Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin), the Australian Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman), the American Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher) and the silent Sandman. For some reason, this international alliance of the willing needs further support to meet the formidable challenge of Evil, so set about convincing the maverick Jack Frost (Chris Pine) of his epic duties.

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- Philip French

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