Several months ago my husband and I were at the movies and we saw a trailer for a film called Rise of the Guardians. We both did not know what to make of the film. It featured Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, Jack Frost and the Sandman. That was sort of an odd collection of characters. We assumed it was a Christmas move since it was just before the holidays when we saw the trailer. The trailer was enough to intrigue us. We love holiday movies so we added Rise of the Guardians as a movie we needed to see.
Sadly, we never saw the film in the movie theater. Thankfully the movie is not going to be available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download. Look for it where ever movies are sold starting tomorrow, March 12, 2013.
I received an advanced screener copy and I was so excited to watch it that we made a Family Movie Night out of it, with the exception of our daughter who slept over her friends house.
Before watching the film I assumed it was a Christmas movie. In the trailers it seemed like Santa was the main character. I was surprised to see that he wasn’t the main character but one of the main characters. There are several main characters including Jack Frost, the Sandman, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny and of course Santa. In fact the main character is really Jack Frost.
Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Sandman and the Tooth Fairy are known as “guardians”. The guardians protect the hopes and dreams of children all over the world.
The characters are not cute and cuddly like you have seen them in other movies. Santa is a big, burly guy with tattoos (voiced by Alex Baldwin). The Easter Bunny (voiced by Hugh Jackman) can be a bit gruff. He’s certainly not a fuzzy little bunny that you want to snuggle with. And the Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher) is a humming bird/bird like fairy, not a traditional fairy.
The guardians learn about an evil plot by the wicked spirit called Pitch (Jude Law) they need to ban together to find a way to stop them.
The guardians are ruled by the moon, and the moon directs them into what they should be doing. The moon tells the guardians that there is another one, a new guardian, who can help them to defeat Pitch – Jack Frost (voiced by Chris Pine).
Jack Frost has no interest in helping anyone out. He’s a loaner and typically uses his powers against humans, not to help him. After all, Jack Frost is responsible for the snow and ice that makes people slip and hurt themselves and cars have accidents. How is that someone like Jack Frost could even be considered a guardian. Since they others have to go by what the moon tells them it’s up to them to convince Jack Frost to help them against Pitch.
Initially Jack is reluctant to join the other guardians. He doesn’t see himself as a guardian and is not interested in helping them wage a war against Pitch. With each passing day Pitch is becoming more and more of a threat and without Jack’s help the other guardians might be powerless against him.
Will Jack Frost finally give in and help the other guardians, or will Pitch find a way to take over the world once and for all? To find out you’ll just have to pick up a copy of Rise of the Guardians, available every where movies are sold on March 12, 2013.
Some Rise of the Guardians packages also include a pair of hopping eggs (just wind them up and they hop around).
I didn’t see this as a Christmas movie. If anything I think it would lean more towards Easter, which would make this a great Easter basket stuffer (especially if you can get the package with the hopping Easter Eggs). This movie can actually be enjoyed any time of the year too. Even though if features a couple of holiday characters (Santa, Easter Bunny…) you can still watch this in the middle of July and it would not see odd, unlike watching Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer.
I loved the movie. Visually speaking the animation was amazing. I imagine it would have been so much nicer on the big screen. Still, on my TV the colors were vibrant and spectacular and the animation was truly amazing.
The characters were like-able. I was a little “iffy” about them at first but as the movie when on I liked them more and more.
Overall it was a fun movie for the whole family. My husband loved it and even my hard to impress 13 year old liked it.
There are a few scenes involving Pitch that might be a tiny bit scary for younger children (the under 5 crowd). You will have make that judgement yourself when it comes to your own child or grandchild. I would think most kids would be fine but the overly sensitive or easily scared children might find Pitch, especially his horses, a bit creepy.
There are A LOT of great bonus features that come in the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack.
Disc 1 (Blu-Ray):
Blu-ray Exclusive Bonus Features:
- Jack Frost Snowball Showdown!—Use your remote to duck and dodge snowballs!
- Rock, Paper, Scissors with Sandy—See if you can beat the Sandman in this classic game.
Additional Bonus Features:
- Behind the Magic—Explore the filmmakers’ journey to create Rise of the Guardians’ enthralling look, characters, effects and music
- Dreaming Up the Look
- Naughty & Nice: Designing Memorable Characters
- Enchanting Effects
- Creating an Epic Score
- The Man Behind the Guardians—Learn how DreamWorks Animation worked with author William Joyce to bring his novels to life.
- Dreamers and Believers—A look at the cast and characters of Rise of the Guardians.
- Sandy’s Dream Guide—The Sandman helps interpret your dreams in this interactive guide.
- Filmmakers’ Commentary—With director Peter Ramsey and producers Christina Steinberg and Nancy Bernstein.
Disc 2 (DVD):
Feature film in standard definition
- Dreamers and Believers
- Sandy’s Dream Guide
- More Magic (DVD-ROM)—Printable egg holders, coloring sheets and more—perfect for Easter fun!
- Filmmakers’ Commentary
I haven’t made my way through all of the bonus features yet. We did play both of the games. I actually got pretty good at throwing snowballs and dodging them in the Jack Frost Snowball Showdown! game.
I have to put the DVD in my computer to check out the printables. I haven’t done that yet. I love that they offer printables. I think that is a cute idea for a bonus feature.
Dreamers and Believers is a great feature because you get to see the cast of the film. I would have loved to have been on that set, especially with Huge Jackman, Chris Pine, Jude Law and Alex Baldwin.
Dreaming Up the Look and Naughty & Nice also provide viewers with an in depth behind the scenes look at what it took to bring these characters and their world to life. It’s truly fascinating.
Rise of the Guardians is a great Easter gift for your child or grandchild and a perfect addition to any family’s movie collection.
Look for Rise of the Guardians where ever movies are sold.
You can also check out the film’s official website, www.RiseoftheGuardians.com. There are games and printables on the movie’s website too. There is even an app you can download.
The movie also has a Facebook page worth checking out.
Here is the movie’s trailer for your convenience. You can also see the trailer here, http://bit.ly/12FLOAc.
*I received a free screener copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and were not influenced in any way.