In recent years, Dreamworks studios have been battling alongside Disney and Pixar to create big budget, blockbuster animations and been incredibly successful. However, with Despicable Me 2 and How to Train Your Dragon 2 being released in the not too distant future, another big budget animation wasn’t expected from the studio, or rather, not much was expected from the film itself. But upon the release of the trailer, the internet swelled at the prospect of Rise of the Guardians, a film bringing together the childhood figures that everyone grew up with, worldwide voicing talent and beautiful animation.
The story… When the evil Pitch Black (Jude Law) returns to the world, aiming to stop children believing in their childhood heroes and rid the world of the magical guardians – North (Alec Baldwin), Tooth (Isla Fisher), Sandy and Bunnymund (Hugh Jackman). They must unite, with help from new Guardian Jack Frost (Chris Pine) – who is unsure why he’s been chosen as a Guardian – to stop Pitch’s fear taking over the world.
Child and adult a-like will enjoy this feel good trip through childhood. It is a film that you can’t help but love with its adorable characters, gorgeous animation and enchanting story. Based on a series of books by William Joyce, the film is incredibly detailed, right down to the unique patterns on the Easter eggs. It is full of cuteness – North’s Elves, Bunnymund’s walking eggs, not to mention baby Bunnymund himself – but not in a sickly way.
With voicing talent from all around the world, each character is brought to life with ingenious twists. From the intimidating Russian Santa to the cocky Australian Easter Bunny, every character is as great as the other. As usual, the British accent of Jude Law is used perfectly to create the ever menacing Pitch – I don’t know what it is about the British accent, but something makes it ideal for evil characters!
The screen stealers, however, are the ones that have no lines what-so-ever. Sandy, the little golden Sandman, is completely silent throughout the whole film but his expressions and inventive form of sign language, as well as his use of an elf, are thoroughly entertaining. Similarly, the Yetis and Elves in North’s workshop will provide giggles throughout. The Elves, for me, were the best part of the film. They were very similar to the little yellow Minions in Despicable Me, bringing in a wonderful Christmas element and with bells on their heads and not an ounce of intelligence between them – they are utterly hilarious!
It’s almost certain that a sequel to this fabulous film will be created, more in response to audiences than anything else. With amazing fantasy worlds created alongside the real world, Rise of the Guardians fits so much into its 97 minute run time and never falters once. Fast-paced and funny, it is a film that the entire family will enjoy, whether it is a baby sister cooing over Bunnymund or Grandad laughing over the idiotic Elves. A must see.