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A sort of Avengers for the elementary school set, Rise of the Guardians is wonderfully animated and briskly paced, but it's only so-so in the storytelling department. Read critic reviews

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Generation after generation, immortal Guardians like Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin), the Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman) and the Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher) protect the world's children from darkness and despair. However, an evil boogeyman named Pitch Black (Jude Law) schemes to overthrow the Guardians by obliterating children's belief in them. It falls to a winter sprite named Jack Frost (Chris Pine) to thwart Pitch's plans and save the Guardians from destruction.

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  • Jul 12, 2015
    When this first came out in theaters I skipped it as it didn't look as if it were my cup of tea: the animation was wrong, the concept stilted, I simply wasn't buying it. I hate it when I'm wrong. Beginning with the opening shots of Jack Frost zinging around a pond somewhere, freezing it over, this is simply an entrancing film, DESTINED TO BE A CLASSIC, hitting all the marks for truly enveloping a child's fantasy world while simultaneously reminding adults of that very same. The voice acting too is inspired. A not-to-be-missed tale of the power of dreams.
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  • Dec 31, 2014
    Although the animation was good and the story was certainly out of the box, I found its portrayals of beloved figures rather disconcerting. Who can warm up to a grumpy Russian Santa Claus who beats up the competition? Or a nasty, iconoclastic Easter bunny? It's just not a "fun" holiday film in my eyes, and seems to try too hard at being edgy.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 17, 2014
    DreamWorks Animation delivers a magical adventure with the children's film Rise of the Guardians. The story follows Jack Frost as he's recruited by the Guardians to stop a ruthless villain who's seeking to extinguish children's believe in magic. Featuring the voice talents of Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Jude Law, Isla Fisher, and Hugh Jackman, the film has a good cast that's able to bring the characters to life. And, the animation style and character designs are extraordinarily well-done; creating a colorful and surrealist look. However, the plot is weak and doesn't really have much substance to it. Also, the film has a rather poor message, that seeing is believing; which is contrary to most children's stories. Yet despite its problems, Rise of the Guardians has a certain charm and is a lot of fun.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 07, 2013
    I thought the film was so so. They had a good idea for a film, but didn't execute it correctly. What surprised me about the film was the dark tone, which was reflected through the villain Pitch. I can see that turning off some kids from the movie. I thought all the actors doing the voices did a great job.
    Sol C Super Reviewer

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