Rise of the Guardians
Rise of the Guardians is a 2012 American 3D computer-animated fantasy-adventure film based on William Joyce’s The Guardians of Childhood book series and The Man in the Moon short film by Joyce and Reel FX. Peter Ramsey directed the film, while Joyce and Guillermo del Toro were executive producers. Produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures, it was released on November 21, 2012 and received mixed to positive critical reception.
Set about 200 years after the book series, Rise of the Guardians tells a story about the Guardians (North or Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, Bunnymund or the Easter Bunny, and the Sandman), who enlist Jack Frost to stop Pitch from engulfing the world in darkness. It features the voices of Chris Pine (Jack Frost), Alec Baldwin (Santa Claus), Hugh Jackman (The Easter Bunny), Isla Fisher (The Tooth Fairy) and Jude Law (Pitch).
Movie2k Watch Movies – Rise of the Guardians – Plot
The spirit of winter, Jack Frost (Chris Pine), describes how he came to be hundreds of years ago, lifted from the ice by the Man in the Moon, and has been invisible ever since because people don’t believe in him. At the North Pole, North, better known as Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin), is alerted that Pitch the Bogeyman (Jude Law) has returned and is threatening childhood with fear. After summoning fellow Guardians the Tooth Fairy (Tooth) (Isla Fisher), the Easter Bunny (E. Aster Bunnymund) (Hugh Jackman) and the Sandman (Sandy), North learns from the Man in the Moon that they are to induct Jack as their new member. Jack is brought to North’s headquarters and they attempt to swear him in. Jack, frustrated by centuries of isolation caused by children’s disbelief in him, declines to join. Regardless, North persuades him to cooperate for now by explaining their mission and the looming threat of Pitch.
At Tooth’s palace, the team discovers that Pitch has attacked, taken all the children’s teeth, the childhood memories stored in them, and all but one of Tooth’s baby fairies, Baby Tooth, whom Jack saves. Pitch declares his intention to destroy children’s faith in the Guardians in revenge for his own disbelieved-in state, beginning with Tooth, who immediately begins weakening as children stop believing in her. To avert this, the Guardians perform her teeth-collection themselves for the interim, with a promise to find Jack’s teeth to recover his previous life’s memories. A young boy named Jamie (Dakota Goyo) is delighted to discover them in his room, as he believes in all of them except Jack, which renders Jack still invisible. Pitch learns of the Guardians’ resistance and attacks Jack and Sandy; despite Jack’s great efforts to save him, Sandy is overwhelmed by Pitch and seemingly destroyed.
The dejected Guardians next rally by helping Bunnymund prepare his eggs for Easter to keep children’s belief strong. Although slightly complicated by the intrusion of Jamie’s toddler sister, Sophie, the operation goes smoothly through to the distribution stage. Jack takes Sophie home, and discovers the entrance to Pitch’s headquarters, where Tooth’s baby fairies and the teeth are being held. Pitch urges him to step aside as a neutral party with the promise of his teeth’s memories. Jack refuses, and Pitch attacks Bunnymund’s domain, ruining the Easter-egg distribution and shattering children’s faith in the Easter Bunny.
The Guardians’ spirit broken, a despondent Jack departs in disgrace to Antarctica. There, Pitch tempts him to join forces, but Jack again refuses, as he wants to be loved, not feared. In response, Pitch reveals he has Baby-Tooth, and threatens to kill her unless Jack relinquishes the source of his power, his staff. Jack submits, but Pitch reneges and the resulting fight leaves Jack trapped in a crevasse with Baby-Tooth while Pitch breaks his staff. To counter Jack’s despair, Baby-Tooth convinces Jack to unlock his memories, which reveal he was a mortal boy who died saving his sister from falling through ice, and because of that heroism was changed into a winter spirit and chosen as a Guardian by the Man in the Moon.
Inspired at this revelation, Jack is able to restore his staff and his power. The Guardians and Pitch learn there is only one believing child left: Jamie. Jack races to the boy and not only confirms Jamie’s faith in the Guardians, but also instills a belief in Jack Frost, enabling Jamie to finally see him. The diminished and weakened Guardians arrive to join him as they confront Pitch, while Jamie gathers his friends to support them. Pitch’s seemingly overwhelming power of nightmare proves no match against the children’s faith, which restores the Guardians’ full power to battle the villain. Sandman is resurrected by this belief, and joins the fight, leaving Pitch defeated and children’s faith restored, as well as in Jack Frost. Pitch is taken down by his own fear and is forced back into his lair.
At this victory, Jack is finally sworn in as a Guardian and resolves to protect the world’s children with his new friends.
Movie2k Watch Movies – Rise of the Guardians – Cast
Chris Pine as Jack Frost, the spirit of winter and the Guardian of Joy/Fun. Jack Frost is a teenage hellion who enjoys creating mischief and has no interest in being bound by rules or obligations; he just wants to use his staff to spread his winter magic for the sake of fun, but also wants to be believed in.
Alec Baldwin as North (Santa Claus), the leader of the guardians, and the Guardian of Wonder. He lives at the North Pole in the Ice Castle and is served by loyal North Pole natives Yetis (who built the castle and workshop) and the Christmas Elves. He carries a Russian accent/culture persona.
Hugh Jackman as E.Aster Bunnymund (Easter Bunny), the fabled keeper and bringer of Easter eggs and the Guardian of Hope. He has an Australian accent.
Isla Fisher as Tooth (Tooth Fairy), the mythical tooth collector and the Guardian of Memories. Tooth is part human and part hummingbird. Assisted by baby fairies, she collects the children’s teeth, which hold their most precious memories. Tooth stores them in her palace and returns memories when they are needed the most.
Jude Law as Pitch (The Boogeyman), the essence of fear and the Nightmare King.
Dakota Goyo as Jamie, a child who has not given up on believing in the guardians.
Sandy (The Sandman) the Guardian of Dreams is the oldest of the Guardians and the first Guardian chosen by Man in the Moon. He does not speak, but communicates through sand images that he conjures above his head.
Dominique Grund as Cupcake
Movie2k Watch Movies – Rise of the Guardians – Production
In 2005, William Joyce and Reel FX launched a joint venture, Aimesworth Amusements, to produce CG-animated feature films, one of which was set to be The Guardians of Childhood, based on the Joyce’s idea. The film was not realized, but they did create a short animated film, The Man in the Moon, directed by Joyce, which introduced the Guardians idea, and served as an inspiration for the film.
Early in 2008, Joyce sold the film rights to DreamWorks Animation, after the studio assured him it would respect his vision for the characters and that he would be involved with the creative process. In November 2009, it was revealed that DreamWorks had hired Peter Ramsey to make his feature debut as director of what was then titled The Guardians, and playwright David Lindsay-Abaire to script. Joyce acted as a co-director for the first few years, but left this position after the death of his daughter Mary Katherine, who died of brain tumor. Joyce continued to assist as an executive producer, while Ramsey took over full directing, making him the first African American to direct a big-budget CG animated film. As with some previous DreamWorks films, Guillermo del Toro came on board as an executive producer. Present almost from the beginning, he was able to help shape the story, character design, theme and structure of the film. He said he was proud that the filmmakers were making parts of the film “dark and moody and poetic, and expressed hope this might “set a different tone for family movies, for entertainment movies.” The final title, Rise of the Guardians was announced in early 2011, along with the first cast.
Roger Deakins, the cinematographer who had already worked on the previous DreamWorks’ film, How to Train Your Dragon, advised on the lighting to achieve its real look. He selected photographic references for color keys, and during the production gave notes on contrast, saturation, depth of field and light intensity. The film contains a lot of special effects, particularly the volumetric particles for depicting Sandman and Pitch. For this, DreamWorks Animation developed OpenVDB, a more efficient tool and format for manipulating and storing volume data, like smoke and other amorphous materials. OpenVDB had been already used on Puss in Boots and Madagascar 3, and was released in August 2012 for free as an open source project with a hope to become an industry standard.
Although Rise of the Guardians is based on the Joyce’s book series, it contains differences from the books. The book series, begun in 2011, explains the origins of the characters, while the film takes place about 200 years after the books, and shows how the characters function in present time. Joyce explained, “Because I don’t want people to read the book and then go see the movie and go, ‘Oh, I like the book better,’ and I also didn’t want them to know what happens in the movie. And I also knew that during the progress of film production, a lot of things can change. So I wanted to have a sort of distance, so we were able to invoke the books and use them to help us figure out the world of the movie, but I didn’t want them to be openly competitive to each other.” The idea for the Guardians came from Joyce’s daughter, who asked him “if he thought Santa Claus had ever met the Easter Bunny.” The film includes a dedication to her, as well a song, “Still Dream,” sung over the end credits.
Originally, Rise of the Guardians was set to be released on November 2, 2012, but DreamWorks Animation pushed the film to November 21, 2012 to avoid competition with Pixar’s upcoming film Monsters University, which in turn had been pushed to November 2, 2012 to avoid competition with The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2. Monsters University was then pushed to June 21, 2013, with Wreck-It Ralph taking its place.
Movie2k Watch Movies – Rise of the Guardians – Music
French composer Alexandre Desplat composed the original music for Rise of the Guardians, which was released on November 13, 2012 by Varèse Sarabande. The score was recorded in London at Abbey Road Studios and Air Studios, and performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, with a choral contribution by London Voices. David Lindsay-Abaire wrote the lyrics for the end-credit song, “Still Dream,” which was performed by soprano Renée Fleming. Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite can also be heard during the scene where North first appears.
Movie2k Watch Movies – Rise of the Guardians – Release
Rise of the Guardians had its premiere on October 10, 2012, at The Mill Valley Film Festival in Mill Valley, California, followed by the international premiere at The International Rome Film Festival on November 13, 2012. Under distribution by Paramount Pictures, the film was released on November 21, 2012, in American theaters. Digitally re-mastered into IMAX 3D, it was shown in limited international and domestic IMAX theaters. It was the second film released in the firm Barco’s Auro 11.1 3D audio format, after Red Tails. The film was also shown in Dolby Atmos, a surround sound technology introduced in 2012. Rise of the Guardians was the last DreamWorks Animation film distributed by Paramount, as DreamWorks has signed a five-year distribution deal with 20th Century Fox, starting in 2013.
- 3d Computer
- Adventure Film
- Alec Baldwin
- Childhood Book
- Chris Pine
- Critical Reception
- Dreamworks Animation
- Easter Bunny
- Executive Producers
- Fantasy Adventure
- Guillermo Del Toro
- Hugh Jackman
- Isla Fisher
- Jack Frost
- Man In The Moon
- Paramount Pictures
- Reel Fx
- Tooth Fairy
- William Joyce