From the creators of How To Train Your Dragon, DreamWorks brings you a seasonal computer animated fantasy-adventure film for children based on William Joyce’s The Guardians of Childhood book series. Rise Of The Guardians might not have the most original characters, made up by Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin), the Easter Bunny ( Hugh Jackman), the Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher), Jack Frost ( Chris Pine) and The Sand Man, but it is easy to connect with the film cheme aiming at protecting children’s innocence all over the world.
Dreamworks assured Joyce that Rise Of The Guardians would respect his vision for the characters and he would be involved during production, he was the co-director for some years but left the position after the death of his 18yo daughter from a brain tumour and carried only assisted as an executive producer with Peter Ramsey taking over full direction of the film.
Children will love Rise Of The Guardians, it will capture their attention with amazing dazzling visuals and make them laugh with an hilarious dialogue, Rise Of The Guardians will put everyone in the Christmas spirit, this is definitely the right time of the year to watch a pleasing film featuring Santa Claus fighting evil. The 3D CGI effects of the sand and frost are breathtaking and the snowflakes appear to come right at you, this is a worthwhile 3D film that shows how this technology can capture audience attention. DreamWorks developed a new tool called OpenVDB to store volume data, this has now been released as an open source project with the hope to make it an industry standard.
The only things I was not too pleased about was meagre script consistency and seeing Santa Claus covered in tattoos, apparently it has to do with the original book series but it is not something one expects to find in a Christmas family film, despite that, Rise Of The Guardians broadcasts a good overall message to the children making it fun to watch and easy to understand. There is a plethora of elements in this movie to keep adults and children entertained and the few scary scenes with the Bogeyman are appropriate for all young kids.
You will not regret taking your children to watch this film, it is full of good heartedness and humour, I can predict that when this movie becomes available on Blu-Ray it will make for an awesome Santa Claus Christmas present.
Synopsis: A bizarre and fearsome group of heroes with supernatural abilities is assembled to protect children’s innocence around the world from an evil spirit assault on planet Earth determined to bring darkness.
Director: Peter Ramsey Writer: David Lindsay, William Joyce Starring: Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin and Isla Fisher Runtime: 1 hour 37 minutes