Saving the World with "Rise of the Guardians"

Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures
October 1st, 2012

Saving the World with "Rise of the Guardians"

-- Children and adults alike are eagerly awaiting the November release of the newest animated flick "Rise of the Guardians." The epic adventure follows the efforts of a group of heroes as they work together to prevent the takeover of the world by an evil spirit named Pitch. While the premise of a group of heroes banding together to save the world is certainly not new, what is novel about the upcoming film is the identity of the superheroes. In "Rise of the Guardians," viewers will be able to see their favorite childhood heroes join forces for the first time in history. Santa Claus, Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny, Sandman, and even Jack Frost all come together and put their own extraordinary abilities to the test in a concerted effort to thwart Pitch's evil plans.

Scheduled for release on November 21, 2012, the film is directed by Peter Ramsey and co-directed by William Joyce. The writer for the script is none other than Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire. Their collaboration is anticipated to bring an exceptional level of eye-catching cinematography to the film's overall experience.

The film is based on the highly popular series of children's books originally penned by William Joyce. Mr. Joyce is also the author of numerous other classics and has had a hand in guiding the look of numerous animated films, including "Meet the Robinsons" and "Robots." In a recent interview, Joyce stated that the idea for the book series first came to him after the birth of his first child. Once he realized there was no unified idea to questions about the origin of mythical characters such as Santa Claus and Jack Frost, he was onto something.

While the film's smallest viewers will be certain to recognize their favorite heroes on the big screen, adult viewers may pick up on the sound of their favorite actors' voices. The film stars Alec Baldwin, Chris Pine, Isla Fisher, Hugh Jackman, and Jude Law. The main character of the film will be voiced by Hugh Jackman.

Along with its star-studded cast, "Rise of the Guardians" will also be filled with a host of impressive animated features that is certain to delight fans of all ages. Brimming with adventure and fantasy features, this ode to childhood from DreamWorks is expected to be a highly successful crowd-puller this holiday season.

DreamWorks has already previewed footage of the film that includes an introduction from Jack Frost and an insight into how he came to be. From that introduction, it can be surmised that each of those fantastical figures we all know and love were actually created by the Man on the Moon. Upon their debut into the world, they were each imbued with what was to become their purpose in life.

Adult viewers who may expect the celebrity cast to instill within their characters at least a hint of originality will not be disappointed. Santa, who is voiced by Baldwin in the film, will appear with a Russian accent, which helps clearly delineate his character as a force to be reckoned with. Isla Fisher appears as Tooth Fairy and does a credible job of portraying the beloved figure as a somewhat mystical, beautiful, half-human sprite always to be relied upon.

With Hugh Jackman as an Australian version of the Easter Bunny, "Rise of the Guardians" manages to provide audiences with more than a little humor, particularly when it comes to Bunnymund's propensity for using the word mate quite frequently and effectively.

Jude Law completes the cast as the character of Pitch, also known as The Boogeyman. While believing in the film's other characters comes easily for kids and perhaps even for some adults, Pitch takes center stage as the ultimate bad guy that no one wants to believe in. Unlike the other characters, all of whom can be relied upon to bring something nice to children around the world, the only thing Pitch delivers is bad dreams when he hides under your bed. Compared to the rest of the film's fantasy characters, Pitch is the absolute last figure anyone would want to believe in.

That concept, the idea that fantasy creatures are only able to exist as long as a child believes in them, is actually at the heart of this much-anticipated film. Once belief in the characters begins to diminish and eventually fades away, so do the childhood legends.

Will this band of legendary characters be able to succeed in their attempt to overcome Pitch's plan to take over the world? Viewers will find out when the film is released in theaters in November.