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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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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)
April Lawrence ...
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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Naughty, nice. You better believe. 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  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$145,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$103,412,758

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$306,941,670
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Jack Frost is first kidnapped to the North Pole, there is a tapestry on the wall behind North that depicts North and the yetis shaking hands. This could be from a time when North asked the yetis to work for him. 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 »

Quotes

[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 »

Connections

References The Night of the Hunter (1955) 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
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A Nutshell Review: Rise of the Guardians
22 November 2012 | by 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!


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