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Rise of the Guardians (2012)

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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 14 wins & 31 nominations. See more awards »



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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)
April Lawrence ...
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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Santa Claus Is More Than A Legend See more »

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 USA:

$23,773,465, 23 November 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The last DreamWorks Animation film to be distributed by Paramount before 20th Century Fox took over. See more »


When the guardians decide to help Tooth collect the remaining teeth after Pitch kidnapped all the fairies, they encounter a tooth-mouse (from the European division). If such divisions exist, having the fairies kidnapped would not have been such a big deal since the job was clearly still being done. 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

The DreamWorks Animation logo features Jack Frost on the moon; he uses his powers to cover the logo in frost and crackle off snowflakes. See more »


References Despicable Me (2010) 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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User Reviews

'Guardians' gives kids some holiday inspiration
11 November 2012 | by 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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