In Rise of the Guardians, Santa Claus teams up with Jack Frost, Tooth Fairy, Sandman, and the Easter Bunny to battle against the boogeyman named Pitch (Jude Law). It is a typical good versus evil story. Santa, who is known as North in the movie is not the leader of the pack. Pitch steals Sandman’s dreams that he delivers to sleeping children and replaces them with nightmares. Sandman is mute and communicates with others via facial expressions, body languages and images drawn in sand.
Rise of the Guardians provides lots of visual delight with its color palette and texture. But it runs into trouble in the second act when writer David Lindsay-Abaire relies much on dialogue in order to tell the tale of Jack Frost, voiced by Chris Pine). Jack Frost tries to discover the secrets of his past.
It is also in the second act of Rise of the Guardians where it tries to preach about the power of believing in mythical creatures. Pitch stops the operations of the Tooth Fairy and Easter Bunny that caused the kids not to believe in them anymore. The movie drags as the pace slows down. But in the end, the good guys prevail and doubts will be erased.
Rise of the Guardians is directed by Peter Ramsey. He makes it into a light and funny feature for the little ones. A lot of the elements in this movie are common with other holiday animated features, such as silly elves, funny voices, good versus evil plot, and a character that leaves only to return at an important moment.
Just as when Rise of the Guardians is starting to be boring, it draws back the audiences with a high-speed sleigh ride or a snowball fight. The characters are not typical but the story is. It is predictable but the Guardians manage to rise to the occasion.