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Rise of the Guardians (2012)

PG  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Family  |  21 November 2012 (USA)
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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.



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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)
Burgess Pedestrian #1 (voice)


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

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

21 November 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El origen de los guardianes  »

Box Office


$145,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$103,400,692 (USA) (5 April 2013)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


A post-film dedication appears: "For Mary Katherine Joyce. A Guardian fierce and true." This refers to William Joyce's daughter who died at age 18 from a brain tumor. The movie was based on Joyce's book series "Guardians of Childhood" which was inspired by stories he told his daughter. See more »


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 »


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

During the end credits, there are several scenes showing how the children are put back to bed before morning. See more »


References Crocodile Dundee (1986) See more »


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
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Delivers the goods - for kids and adults alike.
4 December 2012 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

The first major family flick of the holidays, this Avengers-for-children boasts the most epic line-up of characters you're likely to see this Summer: Santa (Alec Baldwin), Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman), Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher), Jack Frost (Chris Pine) and the dream-making Sandman going up against fear himself, Pitch Black (Jude Law). It's a neat concept to begin with, but Dreamworks amps up the fun by contorting our preconceptions of these icons – especially the Easter Bunny, here played as an ocker warrior – and delivering the goods in humour, emotion and action. It goes a moralistic touch too far on occasion, and the story is certainly predictable, but the overwhelming sense of giddy excitement running through the movie's veins outweighs any plot contrivances or missteps that occur. A sweet start to the festive season for kids of all ages – including those in adulthood.

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