‘Rise of the Guardians' Limited Edition Easter
With its enchanting vision for and innovative reimagining of beloved childhood legends, DreamWorks Animation's “Rise of the Guardians” gleefully taps into the magic of youth.
Based on William Joyce's book series, the computer-animated film's painterly style often outstrips its conventional storytelling. But helmer Peter Ramsey takes a cue from the holidays represented in the family-friendly adventure, loading his big-screen directorial debut with so much whimsy, action and exuberance that youngsters in particular will happily overlook its shortcomings.
Clearly intended as a franchise starter, the story centers on the roguish Jack Frost (voiced by Chris Pine), your archetypical reluctant hero with a shadowy past, who delights in bringing snow days to the children of the world, even though they don't really believe in him.
When the fear-monger Pitch (Jude Law), AKA the Boogeyman, unleashes a new herd of nightmares on youngsters across the globe, the Guardians of Childhood spring into action.
But the enigmatic Man in the Moon instructs the delightfully cliche-defying “Big Four” — Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin), a sword-spinning Cossack warrior/craftsman; the Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman), a 6-foot-tall boomerang-tossing harbinger of hope; the Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher), a hyper half hummingbird-half princess who leads a flock of mini-fairies; and the silent Sandman, who conjures dreams out of golden sand — to add Jack Frost to their ranks to defeat their nemesis.
The movie creatively answers some lingering childhood questions like what does the Tooth Fairy want with all those teeny incisors.
Plus, the gorgeously rendered adventure holds up reasonably well even with repeat viewings.
— Brandy McDonnell