Our movie following Thanksgiving dinner this year was RISE OF THE GUARDIANS (2012), an animated film from DreamWorks which proved to be a nice surprise.
In an era when so many films are "reboots" and remakes, RISE OF THE GUARDIANS was enjoyable in part simply because the original thought which went into it was so evident.
Jack Frost (Chris Pine) is a bit lost and unhappy, not understanding his purpose in the world, but he finds himself when he unites with Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin), the Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman), the Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher), and the Sandman to defeat the Boogeyman, Pitch Black (Jude Law).
The film ladles on well-thought-out and creative details, such as Pitch's black horses racing through children's rooms (night mares -- it took me a while to get the joke!). There's a nice balance of humor and drama, and the voice characterizations are excellent. I particularly enjoyed Hugh Jackman as a rather militant Aussie bunny who does not want to be cute and cuddly!
The movie may not quite have that extra something special which distinguishes the very finest animated films, but it's a very good, entertaining effort which is definitely worth seeing.
RISE OF THE GUARDIANS was directed by Peter Ramsey. It runs 97 minutes.
Parental Advisory: This movie is rated PG, but I'm not really sure why. IMDb says it's for "thematic elements." It's spooky at times, but it's not any scarier than a film like SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS (1937). With one exception, the film is also free of the crass bits which have marred a film like WRECK-IT RALPH (2012). It strikes me as appropriate viewing for all ages.
RISE OF THE GUARDIANS is available on DVD or Blu-ray. It can be rented from Netflix. It can also be downloaded for purchase from Amazon.
It was nice to learn after the fact that Leonard Maltin responded to the film in much the same way. This is an enjoyable film worth checking out, and it's especially appropriate viewing for this time of the year.