Rise of the Guardians

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Jack Frost voice of Chris Pine, The Easter Bunny voice of Hugh Jackman, The Tooth Fairy voice of Isla Fisher, The Sandman, and Santa Claus voice of Alec Baldwin team up to stop the malevolent specter Pitch voice of Jude Law from stealing the dreams of children, and using his dark powers to rule supreme. Guillermo del Toro serves as executive producer of this fantasy adventure based on the book by William Joyce who co-wrote the screenplay with Robots scribe David Lindsay-Abaire.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Jack Frost puts a sparkle in the eyes of innocent children and fun-loving moviegoers in Rise of the Guardians, an Avengers for the kiddie set filled with awe-inspiring set pieces, whimsical twists on familiar mythologies, and a complex villain who's just chilling enough to strike fear in the hearts of youngsters without giving them the nightmares that he thrives on. Imaginative and visually dazzling, it's a contemporary classic for all holidays. As North aka Santa Claus, voice of Alec Baldwin oversees preparations for the Christmas season from his bustling workshop at the North Pole, a malevolent force that hasn't been seen since the Dark Ages returns with a vengeance. His name is Pitch voice of Jude Law and he's the bogeyman incarnate. Determined to ensure that the balance of power remains with the forces of light, North rallies the Easter Bunny voice of Hugh Jackman, Tooth aka the Tooth Fairy, voice of Isla Fisher, and Sandy aka the Sandman to help drive Pitch back into the shadows. Together, North and his crew are the Guardians, a group of mythological figures sworn to protect the innocence of children everywhere. This time, as the Guardians unite to defeat an old foe, the Man in the Moon reveals that a new warrior has been chosen to join them in battle: Jack Frost voice of Chris Pine, a wind-riding mischief maker with no memory of his past. When Pitch begins replacing the dreams of children with nightmares in a bid to get them to stop believing in North and company, it's up to the Guardians to defeat him and solve the mystery of Jack's origins. Pitch is a powerful enemy, but just when it seems as if he's gained the upper hand over his fabled counterparts, the Guardians get some much needed assistance from unlikely allies. When it comes to portraying the holiday figures that have become so ingrained in our collective consciousness over the centuries, adding something new into the mix can be a risky endeavor. Many storytellers have tried to reinvent the mythological characters that we've passed down through tradition, though few have succeeded. In adapting the book by author William Joyce, Rise of the Guardians screenwriter David Lindsay-Abaire Inkheart, Rabbit Hole effectively breathes new life into the legends beloved by generations -- and achieves this formidable feat in a way that feels smart and entirely organic. From an inked-up Russian Santa who remains jolly even when wielding a pair of swords in battle to an Easter Bunny with an attitude and a thick Aussie accent, his twists on the iconic characters who populate Rise of the Guardians take numerous liberties while retaining the core values and traits that endeared us to them in the first place. Meanwhile, once that new groundwork has been laid, Lindsay-Abaire plunges them into a conflict where the stakes are high, the connection between the hero and the villain runs deep, and the only thing that limits the action is the author's imagination. Between Joyce and Lindsay-Abaire the breadth of inspiration is fairly bountiful, and director Peter Ramsey does a wonderful job of realizing it visually. A prolific storyboard artist whose filmography includes work for Francis Ford Coppola Bram Stoker's Dracula, Barry Sonnenfeld Men in Black, David Fincher Fight Club, and Steven Spielberg A.I.: Artificial Intelligence, Ramsey has a great eye for detail that's complemented wonderfully by a talented crew of animators, acclaimed cinematographer Roger Deakins working as a visual consultant, and gorgeous art direction by Max Boas Kung Fu Panda. From the frayed textures of North's sweater to the sparkling winter landscapes and fluid action direction, Rise of the Guardians is a visual feast that uses 3D in all the right ways. At the same time, the unmistakable fingerprints of executive producer Guillermo del Toro can be sensed in the nightmarish, German Expressionism-inspired lair of Pitch, and with original author Joyce also onboard in the same capacity, we can rest assured that his vision remained faithfully intact. For moviegoers who have been burned a few too many times by films that strive to be new holiday mainstays, it would be easy to overlook Rise of the Guardians. After all, outside of the talented voice cast its greatest assets are modestly buried deep in the credits. Like a treasure hidden in plain sight, this is one film that will no doubt be cherished by children and adults who are fortunate enough to recognize its enchanting glimmer.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/25/2013
  • UPC: 032429136763
  • Original Release: 2012
  • Source: Dreamworks Animated
  • Region Code: 1
  • Format: Blu-ray

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alec Baldwin North, aka Santa Claus, Voice Only
Hugh Jackman Voice Only
Isla Fisher Voice Only, Voice Only
Chris Pine Voice Only
Jude Law Voice Only
Dakota Goyo Voice Only
Alexandre Desplat Conductor
Technical Credits
Peter A. Ramsey Director
Nancy Bernstein Producer
Max Boas Art Director
Roger Deakins Cinematographer
Alexandre Desplat Score Composer, Songwriter
Guillermo del Toro Executive Producer
Patrick Hanenberger Production Designer
William Joyce Executive Producer
David Lindsay-Abaire Screenwriter
Michael Siegel Executive Producer
Christina Steinberg Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Rise of the Guardians
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9
10. Chapter 10
11. Chapter 11
12. Chapter 12
13. Chapter 13
14. Chapter 14
15. Chapter 15
16. Chapter 16
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Disc #1 -- Rise of the Guardians
   Rise of the Guardians: Chapters
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted March 16, 2013

    Great movie for children and the young-at -heart! So far the bes

    Great movie for children and the young-at -heart! So far the best family-friendly movie of this decade...

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 19, 2013

    One of the finest films ever made! This was visually stunning, t

    One of the finest films ever made! This was visually stunning, the script was original and amusing. And the point had to do with children protecting their own innocence and that they were the guardians of all the children of the world from the darkness of violence, ugliness, fear and evil that so prevade our society today. When other stories for children these days shove violence and darkness down their throats as entertainment and people continuously strip children of their childhoods in do doing, bravo for a film that defends childrens dreams and the characters that symbolize that. 5 stars for this film on every front!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 3, 2013

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    Review title: Fun in Fantasy-land. Oh, this was great entertainm

    Review title: Fun in Fantasy-land.
    Oh, this was great entertainment, a special twist to the good versus evil storyline. Watch the action and daring as Jack Frost, Father Christmas, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth-fairy, and the Sandman go to work. Viewers are sure to be drawn into this fantasy and enjoy this storyline as well as the cast of characters. There are several laugh-out-loud moments as well as some tense and frightening moments. This maybe a good family DVD for families with youth over the age of twelve, and you will understand why as you view the DVD.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2013

    A fun, beautiful, heart-warming children's movie.

    A fun, beautiful, heart-warming children's movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2013

    I heard its good

    I heard its good

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