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CLIPS MOVIE REVIEWS
by Roger Tennis

On CLIPS In December, 2012

RISE OF THE GUARDIANS

RISE OF THE GUARDIANSJack Frost (the voice of Chris Pine) joins the Immortal Guardians to protect children from an evil plot by the boogeyman in this animated feature.

TRIVIA: Which actor, who dropped out during pre-production, was originally cast to voice Jack Frost?


ROG'S VIEWPOINT
cameracameracamera  (3 CAMS)        RATED PG

When boogeyman Pitch (the voice of Jude Law) carries out his plot against children, Jack Frost (Chris Pine) joins Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin), the Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman), the Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher) and the Sandman to bring an end to this nightmare. "Rise of the Guardians" is a colorful and mildly entertaining animated adventure for the entire family. Based on the book "The Guardians of Childhood" by William Joyce (who is also one of the film's executive producers), this holiday original is filled with wonder and excitement - after a slow start. Jack Frost needs to find himself and his purpose in life. Once he joins the Guardians, the action is non-stop. Director Peter Ramsey does a fine job of mixing action with tender moments while delivering a positive message. The small ones may be frightened by the boogeyman and his army, but the outcome will please them. Strictly for the kids: some adorable elves, who seem to be patterned after the minions in "Despicable Me". The entire cast is excellent, with Hugh Jackman providing the most memorable voice as Bunny. Filmed in 3D, now a standard in the cartoon world, it's the little things that are amazing. There are snowflakes that float right in front of your face. Yet the movie is just as enjoyable in 2D. "Rise of the Guardians" may not raise the bar of animation, but it's a mystical diversion from holiday stress.      

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