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Animated 'Rise of the Guardians' shows plenty of heart

Dec. 06, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

Movies & More reviewer John Gillispie thinks "Rise of the Guardians," rated PG and featuring the voices of Alec Baldwin, Jude Law, Isla Fisher, Hugh Jackman and Chris Pine, is an entertaining animated film.

"Rise of the Guardians" brings to mind the excitement that children receive from the holidays and the enjoyment of simple pleasures such as playing in the snow and anticipating the arrival of Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny. It is also packed with action and adventure and some humor.

In this animated film, Santa Claus (who is called North), the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny and the Sandman are guardians of the children of the world in addition to having the duties for which they are already known. They can be seen by children who truly believe in them while Jack Frost (voiced by Chris Pine) is a loner who is invisible to children. As the movie's main character, Jack Frost doesn't remember his past or how he became who he is.

When Jack Frost is selected to be a new guardian, he joins North (voiced by Alec Baldwin), Tooth (voiced by Isla Fisher), Bunnymund, aka the Easter Bunny (voiced by Hugh Jackman), and the silent Sandman in an effort to stop the villain Pitch (voiced by Jude Law) from using fear to make the children of the world stop believing in the guardians. Jack Frost's character learns to work with the other guardians and feels better about himself when he recalls his past.

"Rise of the Guardians," which is playing in theaters, offers some insight into the importance of friendship and teamwork and features plenty of action. At times, the movie seems a little gloomy as the villain works against the guardians yet the film shows plenty of heart as it goes along.

John Gillispie is the public relations director for the Huntington Museum of Art. Contact the writer at jgillisp@hmoa.org.