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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Jack Frost (voice)
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North (voice)
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Pitch (voice)
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Tooth (voice)
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Bunny (voice)
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Jamie Bennett (voice)
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Caleb (voice)
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Claude (voice)
Georgie Grieve ...
Sophie Bennett (voice)
Emily Nordwind ...
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Monty (voice)
Olivia Mattingly ...
Pippa / Jack's Sister (voice)
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Cupcake (voice)
Ryan Crego ...
Burgess Dog Walker (voice)
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Burgess Pedestrian #1 (voice)
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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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When darkness falls, the Guardians will rise. See more »


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

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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)
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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 »

Goofs

When Tooth punches Pitch near the end, there are five tooth fairies hovering by her shoulder. However, the scene switches and she is not shown for a moment. When the scene switches back, only one tooth fairy, presumably Baby Tooth, is with her. As the scene continues, the number of fairies with her continues to change, first to eight, then to none, then back to five. See more »

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[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 »

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Featured in 70th Golden Globe Awards (2013) See more »

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Kemp's Jig
Arranged and Performed by John Bullard
Courtesy of Bunyan Bullard Music
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'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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