Director: Peter Ramsey
Original Release: 2012
Choice: Purple Penguin's
My Overall Rating: 4 stars out of 5
I'm a sucker for stories of holiday worlds come to life. Sometimes, in my mind, I plan mini film festivals and Rise of the Guardians would combine nicely with The Nightmare Before Christmas, Arthur Christmas and perhaps even Elf. That is not to say it's strictly a Christmas movie, though it could serve. Ultimately, it is a tale about protecting the innocence of youth by defending children's imagination. I'm all for that.
The voice cast is excellent. Chris Pine is Jack, the reluctant hero of the gang. Jude Law does well as the villain. Alec Baldwin (Santa), Hugh Jackman (Bunny) and Isla Fisher (Tooth) are all strong. While reasonably successful critically, the film did not do so well at the box office. While $306 million worldwide certainly seems like a huge load of cash, the movie lost money against its production and marketing budgets. We certainly enjoyed it at our house.