Rise of the Guardians

 
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Release date: Oct. 10, 2012

Based on: The Guardians of Childhood (series of novels by William Joyce)

Directed by: Peter Ramsey

Starring: Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, Isla Fisher, Jude Law

Budget: $145 million

Box office: $306.9 million

 

Immortal Guardians team up to protect the innocence of children from an evil spirit.

Giving audiences a world where holiday icons and mythological beings exist, Rise of the Guardians tells an interesting story where a few of these characters are tasked with the protection of children around the world. Though simple, it winds up being a fascinating premise as the characters find themselves facing an old foe they have not had to worry about in centuries. At the same time, one of the characters goes through a journey of self-reflection in order to discover himself. Despite it being a secondary plot, it ties into the main story incredibly well to make both stories engaging.

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Additionally, the villain not only has the weight and gravitas to come off as a menacing foe with a grudge he’s harbored for years, he has the power and well-done voice performance of Law to back it up. It’s good characterization as well, considering he is the antithesis of everything the Guardians are. Where they look out for the children of the world and actively care about their safety and well-being, all he cares about is defeating the Guardians, covering the world in darkness and making it so the children have nightmares for all of eternity. In effect, he becomes the perfect representation of an evil from time immemorial.

Nevertheless, the film does have its problems, most of which come from its heroes. The makings for great characters are there, yet they feel incomplete. The five main characters shine well together. However, the only one who really gets ample enough screen time to fully flesh out their character is Jack Frost. Further, the film casts a shallow net on the icons and legends who make up the world. While the audience gets to see the main five and the villain, those are essentially the only ones who appear or even get a mention other than a throwaway line about a leprechaun.

This is definitely a fun film and makes for an enjoyable experience, but its flaws prevent it from being great.

Awards

Won

African-American Film Critics Association Awards

  • Best Animation

Annie Awards

  • Animated Effects in an Animated Production

  • Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production

Black Film Critics Circle Awards

  • Best Animated Film

BMI Film & TV Awards

  • Film Music

CinEuphoria Awards

  • Best Animated Film - International Competition

Hollywood Film Awards

  • Animation of the Year

Indiana Film Journalists Association, US Awards

  • Best Animated Feature

International Film Music Critics Awards

  • Best Original Score for an Animated Film

Mill Valley Film Festival

  • Audience Award - Best Children’s Feature Film

  • Audience Award - Children’s Film

Satellite Awards

  • Best Youth Blu-Ray

  • Best Motion Picture, Animated or Mixed Media

Women Film Critics Circle Awards

  • Best Family Film

Nominated

Alliance of Women Film Journalists Awards - EDA Awards

  • EDA Female Focus Award - Best Animated Female (Tooth)

American Cinema Editors, USA - Eddie Awards

  • Best Edited Animated Feature Film

Annie Awards

  • Character Animation in a Feature Production

  • Character Animation in a Feature Production

  • Character Animation in a Feature Production

  • Production design in an Animated Feature Production

  • Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production (Jude Law as Pitch)

  • Editorial in an Animated Feature Production

  • Best Animated Feature

Awards Circuit Community Awards

  • Best Animated Feature Film

Black Reel Awards

  • Best Director

Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards

  • Best Animated Feature

Cinema Audio Society, USA

  • Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for Motion Pictures - Animated

Georgia Film Critics Association Awards

  • Best Animated Film

Golden Globe Awards

  • Best Animated Feature Film

Golden Schmoes Awards

  • Best Animated Movie of the Year

Houston Film Critics Society Awards

  • Best Animated Film

Image Awards

  • Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Theatrical or Television)

Italian Online Movie Awards

  • Best Animated Feature Film

Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA - Golden Reel Awards

  • Best Sound Editing - Sound Effects, Foley, Dialogue and ADR in an Animation Feature Film

Online Film & Television Association Awards

  • Best Animated Picture

PGA Awards

  • Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures

Russian National Movie Awards - Georges Award

  • Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

San Diego Film Critics Society Awards

  • Best Animated Film

St. Louis Film Critics Association, US Awards

  • Best Animated Film

Visual Effects Society Awards

  • Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture

  • Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature Motion Picture (“The North Pole”)

  • Outstanding FX and Simulation Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture (“Last Stand”)

Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards

  • Best Animated Feature

World Soundtrack Awards

  • Film Composer of the Year