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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?


Aside from the Guardians and Pitch, none of the adult characters' faces are clearly seen. 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

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


Featured in The Big Review: Fall Trailer Park (2012) See more »


The Firebird, Suite for Orchestra
Written by Igor Stravinsky
Performed by Philharmonia Orchestra
Conducted by Robert Craft
Courtesy of Naxos
By arrangement with Source/Q
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User Reviews

'Guardians' gives kids some holiday inspiration
11 November 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here's a fresh look at old tradition: a tatted-up Russian St. Nick and an Australian kangaroo-looking Easter Bunny. Rise of the Guardians is based on an original children's book series by William Joyce, who produced the film along with Guillermo Del Toro. The books were inspired by the author's 6-year-old daughter when she asked him if Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny knew each other.

Admittedly I was skeptical going in, but the chemistry of personalities works wonderfully. It creates an original formula that goes against certain expectations. Perhaps one improvement in potential sequels would be to focus more centrally on Santa (or "Nicholas St. North"), but Jack Frost's story is incredibly touching and I found it clever how it parallels the antagonist's motives. The film is slow to start but picks up at a fast pace with non-stop action. By the end, the entire movie theater was in applause.

Rise of the Guardians is a cute, adventurous, and heartwarming family film that focuses on hanging on to the best thing about childhood: belief.

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