MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Down 302 this week

Rise of the Guardians (2012)

7.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 90,541 users   Metascore: 57/100
Reviews: 159 user | 250 critic | 34 from Metacritic.com

When the evil spirit Pitch launches an assault on Earth, the Immortal Guardians team up to protect the innocence of children all around the world.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (book)
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 45 titles
created 05 Jan 2012
 
a list of 30 titles
created 23 Aug 2012
 
a list of 36 titles
created 08 Apr 2013
 
a list of 25 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 31 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Rise of the Guardians (2012)

Rise of the Guardians (2012) on IMDb 7.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Rise of the Guardians.

User Polls

Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 11 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Brave (2012)
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.

Directors: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives.

Director: Rich Moore
Stars: John C. Reilly, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch
The Lorax (2012)
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.

Directors: Chris Renaud, Kyle Balda
Stars: Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Danny DeVito
Turbo (2013)
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A freak accident might just help an everyday garden snail achieve his biggest dream: winning the Indy 500.

Director: David Soren
Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Maya Rudolph
Animation | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

On Christmas night at the North Pole, Santa's youngest son looks to use his father's high-tech operation for an urgent mission.

Directors: Sarah Smith, Barry Cook
Stars: James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Pirate Captain sets out on a mission to defeat his rivals Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz for the Pirate of the year Award. The quest takes Captain and his crew from the shores of Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London.

Directors: Peter Lord, Jeff Newitt
Stars: Hugh Grant, Salma Hayek, Jeremy Piven
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Tad is a celebrity archeologist and adventurer just like his hero Max Mordon... in his dreams! In reality, Tad is a Chicago construction worker. One day, however, he is mistaken for a real ... See full summary »

Director: Enrique Gato
Stars: Óscar Barberán, Michelle Jenner, Pep Anton Muñoz
Zambezia (2012)
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Set in a bustling bird city on the edge of the majestic Victoria Falls, "Zambezia" is the story of Kai - a naïve, but high-spirited young falcon who travels to the bird city of "Zambezia" ... See full summary »

Director: Wayne Thornley
Stars: Leonard Nimoy, Jeremy Suarez, Abigail Breslin
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Mumble's son, Erik, is struggling to realize his talents in the Emperor Penguin world. Meanwhile, Mumble and his family and friends discover a new threat their home -- one that will take everyone working together to save them.

Directors: George Miller, Gary Eck, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Pink
Animation | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In Paris, a cat who lives a secret life as a cat burglar's aide must come to the rescue of Zoe, the little girl he lives with, after she falls into a gangster's clutches.

Directors: Jean-Loup Felicioli, Alain Gagnol
Stars: Dominique Blanc, Bernadette Lafont, Bruno Salomone
Animation | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A young boy becomes a man as he embarks on a quest to become a knight.

Director: Manuel Sicilia
Stars: Antonio Banderas, James Cosmo, Michael Culkin
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A 3D-animated movie set in Paris in the year 1910 and centered on a monster who lives in a garden and his love for a beautiful, young singer. Paris.

Director: Bibo Bergeron
Stars: Matthieu Chedid, Vanessa Paradis, Gad Elmaleh
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Jack Frost (voice)
...
North (voice)
...
Pitch (voice)
...
Tooth (voice)
...
Bunny (voice)
...
Jamie Bennett (voice)
...
Caleb (voice)
...
Claude (voice)
Georgie Grieve ...
Sophie Bennett (voice)
Emily Nordwind ...
...
Monty (voice)
Olivia Mattingly ...
Pippa / Jack's Sister (voice)
...
Cupcake (voice)
Ryan Crego ...
Burgess Dog Walker (voice)
April Lawrence ...
Burgess Pedestrian #1 (voice)
Edit

Storyline

When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces for the first time to protect the hopes, beliefs, and imaginations of children all over the world. Written by DreamWorks Animation

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

When darkness falls, the Guardians will rise. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements and some mildly scary action | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

21 November 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El origen de los guardianes  »

Box Office

Budget:

$145,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$23,773,465 (USA) (21 November 2012)

Gross:

$103,400,692 (USA) (5 April 2013)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Jack's animators and the directors have stated he's 18 in the film. His voice actor, Chris Pine was 32 when he recorded his lines for Jack. See more »

Goofs

When the Man in the Moon communicates to North to identify Jack as the new Guardian, the moon is full. One day later when viewing the moon from North's home, the moon is clearly 3/4 full. Way too much has disappeared over a period of 24 hours. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jack Frost: Darkness. That's the first thing I remember. It was dark, and it was cold. And I was scared.
See more »

Crazy Credits

Jack Frost replaces the fishing boy in the DreamWorks logo; the logo gets covered in frost, then bursts into snow flakes. See more »

Connections

References Dot and the Bunny (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Still Dream
Music by Alexandre Desplat
Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire
Produced by Alexandre Desplat
Performed by Renée Fleming
Renée Fleming appears courtesy of Decca Music Group
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
A Nutshell Review: Rise of the Guardians
22 November 2012 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

I thought I was probably in a period of time where it would be difficult to sit back and enjoy what is an animated film aimed squarely at kids, but I was indeed surprised by how Rise of the Guardians, based upon The Guardians of Childhood series created by William Joyce, actually encapsulated all the good stuff, from quality of animation, voice casting and to characterization that was pretty basic but good fun. There are many in the same class of late that tried to be too intellectual, but by keeping things simpler, and never forgetting the fun element, Rise of the Guardians stand out from the pack, and dare I say one of the most enjoyable animated movies of the year.

This is the story of a new Guardian, Jack Frost (voiced by Chris Pine), who's about to join the ranks of other luminaries such as Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin), The Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher), Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman) and very silent Mr Sandman, all of whom thrive in today's world being the beacon of hope, and everything good, to all the little children of the world. Chosen by The Man in the Moon, the Guardians and the children form a very symbiotic relationship, that the chosen few are there to safeguard the well being of the young, while the latter fuel the powers of the Guardians through sheer belief in their existence. Lose one, and you lose the other side quite quickly.

The narrative develops at breakneck pace, with introduction to the Guardians, their abilities, and the threat from arch enemy Pitch Black (Jude Law) being the boogeyman personified, thriving on fear and nightmares, and hell bent on snuffing out hope and joy amongst the children. There's a running theme of being alone, and forgotten, that pops up every now and then, being the common thread between antagonist, and the new kid on the block, who is confused as to who he is, and what his destiny lies ahead. It's somewhat of a zero to hero story, about finding one's purpose and calling in life, and the making of sacrifices to get there. Wholesome themes somewhat, for young ones to be able to sit through and enjoy.

We would already be very familiar with the many main characters such as Santa Claus, Tooth Fairy, Sandman and Easter Bunny, but what Rise of the Guardians managed to do, is to introduce a little spin of fresh air into these characters, making them unique yet retaining many of their iconic traits that make them who they are. This is something I'd really liked, and had kept me engaged, eagerly waiting for yet another surprise to pop up now and then. Santa Claus complete with tattoos, swords and a thick Russian accent? The Tooth Fairy who is part hummingbird? The Easter Bunny as Australian and with something kept up the sleeve by the story tellers for the final act, and how about The Sandman who's a lot more powerful than he looks? And they offer a lot more in terms of abilities, cause and what they bring to the table, limited only by the powers of the filmmakers' imagination.

It's preaching fun, and never to lose sight of having a little fun in life, and the movie walked the talk by filling itself with plenty of side gags, contributed by the many supporting acts each established Guardian came with, such as Santa's tiny elves, and Tooth Fairy's lovelorn fairies who swoon at the presence of Jack Frost, for his perfect pearly whites of course. You'll never look at Santa's lodge and elves in the same way ever again, nor will you at the Tooth Fairy's and Easter Bunny's operations. These unique perspectives, seen and told through the eyes of the protagonist Jack Frost, makes it a journey that we're emotionally vested into from the start, right until the end, and to me they did not disappoint a bit.

While I hadn't watched this in 3D or IMAX versions, there are enough set action pieces that tried to exploit these formats, which I suppose either format would have enveloped the viewer and provided a more vivid experience, especially with characters being made to pursue and battle each other in the air, or the numerous extravaganza moments where the prowess of the characters will wow. The quality of animation is superb and is the score contributed by Alexandre Desplat, and again, the simple tale, its treatment and development, are refreshing in not biting off more than it can chew.

Director Peter Ramsey has now launched his career with a very solid delivery of a film for children, and balanced this appeal for the adults as well. I'm already all for a sequel should one be created, but as a standalone, this one is definitely for keeps. Highly recommended!


70 of 89 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Jack's super powerful attack mid way through? Vohn_exel
An exercise in Paganism princexjeo
Rise of the Guardians vs. Wreck-it Ralph MovieLoverHannah
Pitch's Face? Xendor
Should have been nominated for Best Animated Feature Oscar disneyprincess209
The strangest thing happened after I saw this movie... MovieLoverHannah
Discuss Rise of the Guardians (2012) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?