With Rise of the Guardians opening November 21, last week I got to see the finished film at DreamWorks Animation and it’s really well done. Not only is the animation great to look at, it’s got a strong story that’s character driven and it doesn’t rely on stupid jokes. In addition, unlike most superhero films that spend half the time introducing characters by explaining their origin and showing off their powers, what’s fantastic about Rise of the Guardians is we join almost everyone in the middle of the story. I wish more “origin” stories would do this.
If you’re not familiar with the story, it revolves around the rebellious Jack Frost (Chris Pine) teaming up with other mythical figures North aka Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin), E. Aster Bunnyman aka Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman), Tooth aka The Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher), and the Sandman to battle the evil Pitch (Jude Law). Hit the jump for more.
Besides getting to see the film at DreamWorks, I spent half the day with a small group of online reporters as we were shown how the film came to life and we also spoke to the filmmakers. Shortly after seeing the film, I recorded a video blog with Devin from BadAss Digest. We talked about our thoughts on the film, what we did at DreamWorks, how Guillermo del Toro (who produced the film) was very involved, and a lot more.
For more on Rise of the Guardians, here’s all our previous coverage which includes posters, clips, images, and more.