Movie Review: Rise of the Guardians

Darkness and fear is threatening the children of the world. And each of the guardians have met to induct another guardian into the protective society. The trouble is that no one can see him.
Jack Frost is the hero of this film but unlike the other heroes: Santa Claus (he’s called North in the film), Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, and the Sandman
Jack isn’t seen by the children. In fact when a child asks about “Jack Frost nipping at your nose” their parent says that “it’s just something you say”.

This bothers Jack he wants to know his purpose why does he exist, why are others of his kind (North, Tooth Fairy, et al) able to be seen and felt by children but children just walk through him.

And then there is Pitch literally the monster under the bed, the bogey man. He’s tired of the guardians keeping him at bay and he has learned some new tricks to reduce their powers.

Visually this is a very appealing film the animation is perfect and the character design is great. I even liked the tattoos on Santa Claus (naughty on one arm nice on the other). The twists on the themes, yetis actually make the toys they just tell the elves that they make them. Or the tooth fairies look like humming birds, and the Easter bunny carries boomerangs. I especially loved the elf design which is essentially a cone with legs and a bell. Just great.

The story is good, not too scary for younger children and it also shows the triumph of good over evil.

I’m giving this four out of five ice crystals.