It isn’t everyday that the objects of our childhood imaginings come together in one place. Of course you must know who I’m talking about, or did you not hear the big news? The Holiday movie is back and it’s bigger than ever! In case you still don’t understand what in God’s name am I talking about, thank you for your patience. I am referring to Dreamworks Entertainment’s new animated film “Rise of the Guardians”. Borrowing a few notes from last summer’s “The Avengers”, “Rise of the Guardians” is perhaps the biggest holiday film of them all.
It’s plot is relatively simple, but very enjoyable. Made all the better by a very likeable cast of characters and a well crafted artistic look to the film. I have to give in up to Dreamworks; after “How to Train Your Dragon”, I didn’t think I’d see another animated film that would spark my imagination. Of course, here it is. When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must band together for the first time in order to protect the dreams, beliefs and imaginations of children all over the world. Brought together by unknown celestial forces, these five individuals will fight to protect us in our darkest hour.
In “Rise of the Guardians” children’s fables get reimagined as superheroes. It’s characters comprised of North (Santa Claus), Tooth (The Tooth Ferry), E. Aster Bunnymund (The Easter Bunny), and Sandy (The Sandman). They must work as one in order to defeat the evil Pitch aka The Boogey Man from taking over the dreams of all the world’s children. As they are about to begin, the moon delineates that it is time for another Guardian to be brought into the company of heroes. Our protagonist of the film returns to the spotlight, Jack Frost. The Guardians welcome him as one of their own, but Jack is reticent to say the least. Never truly believed in by children, Jack asks why he should bother himself with protecting them.
“Rise of the Guardians” is as much an adventure film as it is a story about finding one’s own identity or in the terms of the film; one’s “center”. Jack must find his center in order to understand his true purpose of existing.There are no accidents after all, we all exist for a reason. Very much like Santa’s sleigh, “Rise of the Guardians” is meant to be a fun and energetic ride comprised of some new well crafted imaginings that coat a familiar exterior. “Guardians” is gorgeous to look at and quite often laugh out loud funny, thanks to the talented team of artists and actors who created it.