"Rise of the Guardians" most certainly follows a different path of storytelling when it comes to legends of these mythical icons, but ends up feeling really awkward and slightly confusing for the first half of the movie. Aside from that (and a Russian Santa Clause that never comes across as jolly or Mr. Kringle in general), the voice acting and heart put into the second half is incredible.
A good let go of the parody movies and into something a little more straight-to-the-mind comedic. Everyone seems to pull off their role well (David Spade mostly. Rob Schneider....not so much). The plot is well thought out and this movie shows you what you could do in your childhood besides staying inside all day. Well done