Of Santa, Easter Bunny, Sandman and Tooth Fairy in Animated 3D

Rise of the Guardians (2012) Movie Review
By Priyanka Dutta

Rise of the Guardians (2012) Animated 3D Movie PosterThe animated film ‘Rise of the Guardians’ is based on the book series “Guardians of Childhood” by William Joyce and the short film “The Man in the Moon” by Joyce. This 3D animated film revolves around the animated characters like Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Sandman and the Toothfairy. All these characters are part of the folklore and they have been chosen as the main characters in the film which released this Christmas weekend.

The film is set in a beautiful and bright world. It is also vibrantly colorful. ‘Rise of the Guardians’ begins with a prologue by Jack Frost (voice given by Chris Pine). He wakes up in an ice cold lake and he cannot remember how he got to that place. He had even forgotten his identity. He however realizes that he has been given the power of the cold weather. He finds out that he has a crooked magical staff in his possession. He starts creating things like snowy days, slippery ice and similar other things with the help of his magical staff.

Next the film’s time period is taken to three centuries later. Santa like North (Alec Baldwin) is seen busy preparing for the gifts for Christmas. It is then he sees that the boogeyman Pitch (Jude law) have been frightening small children with ghastly nightmares. After seeing this, North along with the other Guardians like Bunny (Hugh Jackman) and Tooth (Isla Fisher) tries to convince Jack Frost to join them and stop Pitch. They wanted to rope in Frost so that they could prevent children from disbelieving in them and also in the magic. The latter parts of the film reveal how the effort goes on.

The characters in the film are all from the folklore which everyone is well associated with. However the presentation of the characters have been made in such a way that they look and feel different. The character of North which is similar to that of Santa has tattoo on his arms and bears a Russian accent.  Bunny on the other hand is a fashionable hero with Australian accent and carries a boomerang. The character of Jack Frost is that of a carefree youngster while Tooth is a hummingbird who multitask her little fairies. Pitch reminds us of Voldemort (the antagonist in the Harry Potter series).

Peter Ramsey who was the storyboard artist proves his merit in the film. The film is full of fascinating elements. The Easter island with the egg type Juggernaut walking on the island, the manner in which the Tooth fairies were been designed, the way in which Toothfairies opened up the memories of a person, all speak heavily of the artistic elements that the director has imbibed in his film. This made the sequences visually appealing. Ramsey kept up the pace of the film and the battles were of a magnum nature.

However the director faltered in the narrative department. The film has its heart in the right place but the story is predictable. This makes the plot a bit preachy at the end when it highlights on the importance of companionship and the power of belief. The dialogues are also a bit on the serious side and lack the punch to capture the minds of both the young and old alike.

Watch Rise of the Guardians 3D Animated Movie Trailer

The 3D technology has been sewed subtly. The backgrounds are full of colors, the characters look great and is a treat to the eyes. The camera movement is quite similar to that of a live action film. This has been done by director of production Roger Deakins.

On the whole Rise of the Guardians is a visually appealing film. However it lacks a fine narrative element which would have made this visually appealing film a better story to be perceived on the big screen.