Rise of the Guardians (2012) Poster


Bunny mentions that Jack Frost caused a blizzard on Easter Sunday of 1968, a reference to an actual event.
In one scene, the Tooth Fairy finds a mouse beneath a pillow and identifies it as "one of us, European division." Ratoncito (Little Mouse) Perez, or "The Tooth Mouse", is a children's book character created by Spanish author Luis Coloma in 1894 said to replace lost baby teeth with gifts in Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, and Latin America.
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. MK, the main protagonist in Epic (2013), is based off of her.
Aside from the Guardians and Pitch, none of the adult characters' faces are clearly seen.
Whenever North is surprised or alarmed, he exclaims loudly with the name of a classical Russian composer. For example, he yells, "Shostakovich!'' just before he falls down the rabbit hole, and "Rimsky-Korsakov! That's a lot of eggs!" in Bunnymund's warren (relevant composers: Dmitri Shostakovich and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov). This may be an homage to the "Rocky & Bullwinkle" cartoons, where Boris Badenov's favorite expression was "Raskolnikov!," the criminal from Fyodor Dostoevsky's "Crime and Punishment." It may also be a nod to Ira Gershwin's and Kurt Weill's famous novelty song from Lady In The Dark, "Tchaikovsky," the lyrics of which consist entirely of the names of various famous Russian composers, including the ones used by North. In the beginning of the movie, when North is making a train set out of ice, he can also be heard humming to famous Russian composer Igor Stravinsky's "Firebird Suite",
At the beginning of the movie, Jack Frost walks through a Colonial American village. In the background, the folk song village musicians are playing is called "Kempe's Jig." This was a popular early eighteenth century English dance song, named in honor of William Kempe, a famous sixteenth century English comic stage actor, whose work influenced modern comedic acting, stand-up comedy, and improvisational comic skits.
Bunnymund opens a rabbit hole and jumps down it. This is a reference to Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland", where a rabbit hole leads into another dimension.
When Jack Frost is kidnapped to North's Headquarters, he calls Bunny a kangaroo. Later on, Frost apologizes for that, to which Bunny replies, "It's the accent, isn't it?" This is a reference to Hugh Jackman, the voice of Bunny, who was born in Australia, known as "the land of kangaroos."
The last DreamWorks Animation film to be distributed by Paramount before 20th Century Fox took over.
Leonardo DiCaprio was originally set to voice Jack Frost, but dropped out of the film during pre-production.
Jack Frost's age has been a debatable subject among the fans. William Joyce, Executive Producer, and author of The Guardians of Childhood series, on which this film is based, has confirmed that Jack Frost is fourteen years old, and wanted Leonardo DiCaprio to voice the character, because he believed he could capture the inner child. During a Q&A on Reddit, Director Peter Ramsey said that he believes Jack to be seventeen years old. Chris Pine was 32 years old when he recorded his lines for Jack.
On any globe in the film, the island state of Tasmania (off the southeast coast of Australia) is non-existent, despite it being quite large.
When Sandy is signaling everyone to look at the Man in the Moon, a crescent moon appears above his head. This is otherwise known as the DreamWorks Animation logo.
Bunnymund paraphrases Crocodile Dundee from _Crocodile Dundee (1986)_ ( qv), as he compares his bag of teeth to Jack Frost's. "You call that a bag of choppers, now this is a bag of choppers," is paraphrased from the famous "You call that a knife..." line.
When Jack Frost, voiced by Chris Pine, who portrayed Captain James T. Kirk in Star Trek (2009), Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), and Star Trek Beyond (2016), refuses to join The Guardians, North says to Jack, "Walk with me." In Star Trek (2009), Captain Robau of the U.S.S. Kelvin, says this in the same fashion to James Kirk's father, First Officer George Kirk, thus promoting him to Captain, before Robau is transported to the Romulan ship to meet his death.
Christopher Lee, Dwayne Johnson, Natalie Portman, Hugh Laurie, Ian McShane, and voice actor Tom Kenny were all rumored to be involved in this movie at various points of production.
When Sandman appears for the first time, he is in Rio de Janeiro, as evidenced by the Christ the Redeemer Statue in the background.
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Alec Baldwin (North) and Chris Pine (Jack Frost) had both played the character Jack Ryan in two different films, Baldwin in The Hunt for Red October (1990) and Pine in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014).
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Alec Baldwin's 2nd Dreamworks Animation film after Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008).
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First Dreamworks Animation film to release on Thanksgiving. The 2nd would later be Penguins of Madagascar (2014) in 2014.
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Hugh Jackman's 2nd Dreamworks Animation film, after Flushed Away (2006).
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Dreamworks Animation's 2nd Non-Original Computer Animated Film, after Shrek (2001) which is based off a picture book but with a different story, Over the Hedge (2006) which is based off a Comic Strip, and How to Train Your Dragon (2010) which is based off a Children's Book. Rise of the Guardians (2012) is based off the Guardians of Childhood book series by William Joyce.
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