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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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Peter Ramsey

Writers:

David Lindsay-Abaire (screenplay), William Joyce (based on the book series "Guardians of Childhood" by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Pine ... Jack Frost (voice)
Alec Baldwin ... North (voice)
Jude Law ... Pitch (voice)
Isla Fisher ... Tooth (voice)
Hugh Jackman ... Bunny (voice)
Dakota Goyo ... Jamie Bennett (voice)
Khamani Griffin ... Caleb (voice)
Kamil McFadden ... Claude (voice)
Georgie Grieve Georgie Grieve ... Sophie Bennett (voice)
Emily Nordwind Emily Nordwind ... Jamie's Mom / Jack's Mother (voice)
Jacob Bertrand ... Monty (voice)
Olivia Mattingly Olivia Mattingly ... Pippa / Jack's Sister (voice)
Dominique Grund ... Cupcake (voice)
Ryan Crego Ryan Crego ... Burgess Dog Walker (voice)
April Lawrence 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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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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Trivia

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. See more »

Goofs

When Jack takes Jamie on a sled ride through town, Jamie passes by the park two times. 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

During the end credits, there are several scenes showing how the children are put back to bed before morning. See more »

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Soundtracks

Kemp's Jig
Arranged and Performed by John Bullard
Courtesy of Bunyan Bullard Music
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An imaginative and epic adventure that exceeded my expectations

Before the end of the thanksgiving weekend I had with my cousins, I went with my brother to see this particularly in 3D, hoping that it would exceed my expectations as the trailer had promised. Later, after seeing the movie, I couldn't believe that my expectations were raised by not only how interesting it look, but how beautiful it looked. So, are there any flaws? Well, let's just say that there is one for it does drag a bit on the middle, but there isn't anything else to fault this epic adventure with.

Some people may find the story of this movie predictable due to it's good vs evil concept, but for me, I don't think it was that bad. It had it's heart in the right place and has some nice messaging about using your courage and it did got me shedding some tears since it reminded me what it's like to be a child. The dialog is also witty and the script is refreshing and funny. What I also like about the story is how it focused on Jack Frost's origins and how he came to be. I would've like to see the origins on some of the other childhood icons like Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Sandman, and the Tooth Fairy, but I think that Dreamworks Animation is saving those for the sequels if they ever make them. The music from Alexandre Desplat is beautiful, tear-jerking, and whimsical and it's orchestra is well done which makes it one of his best music in a feature length film.

There are some other redeeming aspects of the movie. First, there's the characters which are likable in every way. Jack Frost is a charming lead, Nicholas St. North (or Santa Claus) is a bada** character with his Russian accent and has a sleigh machine, the Sandman is silent, but that's what makes him more interesting and his comedic moments is funny, the Tooth Fairy (or Toothiana) is a beautiful female character and the way she explains her ways of getting all of the children's tooth is well thought out, and Bunnymund, the easter bunny, is a great fighter and by the far the most hilarious character that most people would adore. Pitch, however, steals the show and is a great villain thanks to Jude Law's menacing voice-work. In fact, the voice acting for the character is great especially Alec Baldwin who was a great surprise being here. The fight sequences and the chase scenes are not only amazing, but exhilarating, but the strongest aspect goes to the animation.

It's character animation is well inspired and creative, but what stands out the most about the animation is it's visuals. The places are amazing in scope including the North Pole, the Toothfairy's land, Pitch's evil lair, the Easter Bunny's home with the eggs being the highlight and more. Looks like Dreamworks Animation never fails to amuse me with their beautiful animation.

Overall, Rise of the Guardians is by no means a classic and with all of my heart, this deserves some recommendation to those who haven't seen it yet. Go watch it! It's that good just like Disney's Wreck-It Ralph.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

21 November 2012 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$145,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,773,465, 25 November 2012

Gross USA:

$103,412,758

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$306,941,670
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DreamWorks Animation See more »
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1.85 : 1
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