Escape to the Movies: Rise of the Guardians

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Rise of the Guardians

Santa, the Easter Bunny, Sandman and the Tooth Fairy fight the Boogeyman, it's the Avengers for childhood fairy-tales.

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Of course Bob finds some way to diss the new Star Trek movie. Why am I not surprised?

I really liked the movie, but I think it compares better to a Justice League, at least in the powers. Santa is kind of the batman, the rich one with the hand to hand combat skills, the Easter bunny can create wormholes between points in space, the Tooth Fairy is actually a bit lackluster in her powers, but I enjoyed her, and the Sandman is the Green Lantern. No questions asked. I did like how Jack's powers basically make him Iceman, though.

Looking at a Rise of the Guardians movie poster

Mom: "What's that?"
Me: "The Avengers, but with Santa, the tooth fairy and the Easter bunny."
Mom: "Oh. Is it American?"

OT: I'm surprised. It does sound like a really, really silly premise but that is an unusual (now-a-days) way to throw the audience right in there.

Your'a'mean one, Mr.Chipman.

Rather short and to the point this vid, still, definatly seeing this movie.

JUST THREE MORE WEEKS!!!

I'm glad to hear this one was good. See, I have sort of a love/hate relationship with DreamWorks animated movies.

The ones I like, I really like. The Shrek movies (except Shrek 3) Flushed Away, MegaMind, etc. etc.

But the ones I hate...I RE-HEA-HEA-LLY hate...Shrek 3, The Madagascar movies, Over the Hedge, etc. etc.

So it's nice to hear that this one is a more enjoyable picture that I look forward to checking out.

I can't wait for the Oscars to come up, because Best Animated Picture is gonna be pretty tough.

Brave, Wreck-It-Ralph, Rise of the Guardians...this has been a pretty good year for animated films.

I can honestly feel that Dreamworks animation seems to be drifting away from the kind of pop culture reference saturation it had back in, say, 2004, with several of their more recent movies having settings that don't really allow for much of that stuff, like Kung Fu Panda and HTTYD, with the possible exception of certain dialogue choices from the characters. If they can make more stuff like that and like Guardians, I'lll be just fine with Dreamworks.

Also, I was going to point out that Bob sounds exhausted, but then the video pointed that out for me.

Also, a question for Bob: we all know The Hobbit is going to be a big deal, but don't you think that some of the hype behind the film prior to release (new format, conversion to a trilogy, etc.) has impacted or has the potential of impacting the overall final product? Or are you just confident that the filmmaker(s) can do a good job regardless?

That how we roll...

*puts on sunglasses*

...in the hood

I was worried when I heard that Chris Pine was headlining this, particularly when everyone else, especially Alec Baldwin and Hugh Jackman, sound like they're having a blast

Good to hear that Dreamworks are back to crafting an interesting world with interesting characters and great animation work. Will definitely give this a look.

It's technically a children's book series, which includes other characters such as Mother Goose and the Man in the Moon. I'm glad the Dreamworks team apparently did the original source material justice, though it helps that the author is an executive producer on this movie. I hope this becomes a series, I'd like to see the characters from the books make an appearance eventually.

Oh man.. The Hobbit... In Sweden they just announced TODAY that the tickets will go on sale next Sunday, so I've had to spend the day rearranging my schedule for some major line-waiting. On the other hand, we get it in the 12th, so two whole days to mock America, that's not bad.
The Rise of the Guardian seems fun, wish I had time to go see it but apart from the Hobbit I'll doubt I'll have the time

So the main character is called jack frost?
Great now while watching this movie I will be thinking of shin megami tensei constantly hee-ho!

why did this review to be less... less.... content

the trailer at the beginning although probably given for "context" seemed more like padding as this is the first review where bob just blatantly fills time with trailer.

Saying Avengers could be really limiting to this as you could probably make a bunch of parallels to several "super" hero teams.

Soundchekz:
Of course Bob finds some way to diss the new Star Trek movie. Why am I not surprised?

Because it sucked?

On another note, the fact that it falls onto H2H combat disappoints me. When you have mythic entities, I rather think it shows a lack of creativity to reduce them to punching each other. It's like if Niel Gaimon's Morpheus suddenly stopped being a god who uses his power over human imagination to manipulate things behind the scenes so he can punch out bank robbers.

Heh i thought from the title it was a sequel to legend of the guardians.

RJ Dalton:

Soundchekz:
Of course Bob finds some way to diss the new Star Trek movie. Why am I not surprised?

Because it sucked?

Personally, I thought the new Star Trek was really good.

I have never heard of Sandman. Is that a bad thing?

EDIT: PLEASE. STOP. QUOTING ME! I know who sandman is now.

Glad this was good. Hope to see it soon.

I also look foward to seeing you review The Hobbit. ;)
Hope it lives up to it's hype!

ProtoChimp:
I have never heard of Sandman. Is that a bad thing?

Not really. He's not THAT much of a "celebrated" character, but most people have at least heard of him I think.

Too bad 1/3 to 1/2 the plot was lifted out of a Discworld novel. If you're an adult without kids, save yourself some time and watch HOGFATHER.

I'm tired of people being tired of Bob dissing Star Trek.

ProtoChimp:
I have never heard of Sandman. Is that a bad thing?

He's got quite a few titles and a differing history and abilities, depending on the name they use. Orpheus is another name that sometimes get associated with him.

My question is.....Does Santa have a Russian accent ?

What is it with the neverending popularity of 'Rise of the...' in titling?

A good Dreamworks movie!??, you don't say!.

I'll definitely check this one out when I get the chance to (along with Wreck-It Ralph).

Saw a trailer for this movie a while back and it was the first time in several years a trailer made me laugh (don't actually remember what point, though), so definitely interested in this. Hope it comes out in EU soon as well.

themilo504:
So the main character is called jack frost?
Great now while watching this movie I will be thinking of shin megami tensei constantly hee-ho!

I had actually forgotten about that. I can't stop thinking about the comic book series The Invisibles. Great, now the next time I re-read that, I'll be adding "hee-ho" in my head to everything.

ProtoChimp:
I have never heard of Sandman. Is that a bad thing?

He sprinkles magical sand into the eyes of children that makes them close their eyes and causes them to feel sleepy. It's basically the answer for small children to the question:"Why do we sleep?" without having to explain like science and whatnot. I believe it's originally a German thing, but I might be wrong. He's a widely known mythological figure here in Holland at any rate. Although we call him "Klaasvaak" for reasons I don't comprehend either.

I'm glad you liked it Bob, but you didn't talk to much about why or anything that was wrong with the film itself. This review was only three minutes long plus one minute of the first trailer. I'm obsessing over this film and I haven't seen it yet, only some clips, and I have SO much to talk about from just those! I don't care if you were to like it or hate it, I just wanted MORE.

ProtoChimp:
Orpheus is another name that sometimes get associated with him.

I think you mean Morpheus, the Greek god of sleep. Orpheus was the one who played a lyre and went to the underworld to get his wife Eurydice back. As far as Sandman is concerned I'd say more people heard of him in connection with Neil Gaiman, nowadays at least.

Movie's looking good, but I'm gonna see the Cloud Atlas tomorrow and, oh gods yes, Hobbit in just three weeks.

CoL0sS:
My question is.....Does Santa have a Russian accent ?

Yup. There's no reason not to, but considering sovereignty issues around the North Pole I have to wonder what the movie would be like if he were Canadian...

Makhiel:

ProtoChimp:
Orpheus is another name that sometimes get associated with him.

I think you mean Morpheus, the Greek god of sleep. Orpheus was the one who played a lyre and went to the underworld to get his wife Eurydice back. As far as Sandman is concerned I'd say more people heard of him in connection with Neil Gaiman, nowadays at least.

Movie's looking good, but I'm gonna see the Cloud Atlas tomorrow and, oh gods yes, Hobbit in just three weeks.

Isn't the only connection between Morpheus and the Sandman the Neil Gaiman comic?

SwimmingRock:

ProtoChimp:
I have never heard of Sandman. Is that a bad thing?

He sprinkles magical sand into the eyes of children that makes them close their eyes and causes them to feel sleepy. It's basically the answer for small children to the question:"Why do we sleep?" without having to explain like science and whatnot. I believe it's originally a German thing, but I might be wrong. He's a widely known mythological figure here in Holland at any rate. Although we call him "Klaasvaak" for reasons I don't comprehend either.

The choice of "sand" specifically also has to do with the left over rheum, or that crusty stuff in the corner of your eyes that's sometimes there when you wake up.

Is just me or did this review seem really short? Maybe it's because he didn't go into any analysis and did a lot of summary. or maybe its because he wasn't angry and those reviews involve more ranting. Not gushing/ranting sound more like 'meh' movie to me.

CoL0sS:
My question is.....Does Santa have a Russian accent ?

Yes, yes he does. More confusing to me is how Santa also has Russian prison tattoos. Did Santa spend some time in the Gulags?

I'm not sure, but I think something is happening in 3 weeks?

:)

SwimmingRock:
Saw a trailer for this movie a while back and it was the first time in several years a trailer made me laugh (don't actually remember what point, though), so definitely interested in this. Hope it comes out in EU soon as well.

themilo504:
So the main character is called jack frost?
Great now while watching this movie I will be thinking of shin megami tensei constantly hee-ho!

I had actually forgotten about that. I can't stop thinking about the comic book series The Invisibles. Great, now the next time I re-read that, I'll be adding "hee-ho" in my head to everything.

ProtoChimp:
I have never heard of Sandman. Is that a bad thing?

He sprinkles magical sand into the eyes of children that makes them close their eyes and causes them to feel sleepy. It's basically the answer for small children to the question:"Why do we sleep?" without having to explain like science and whatnot. I believe it's originally a German thing, but I might be wrong. He's a widely known mythological figure here in Holland at any rate. Although we call him "Klaasvaak" for reasons I don't comprehend either.

Most of the fairy tales talked about in English-speaking culture are germanic in origin. Britain for a long time with a generally germanic culture with Frenchified elites (the Normans conquered England), and than later a mixed germanic-latin culture with germanic elites (the British parliament gives the Crown to the House of Hannover for being the Protestants closest to the throne). The Grimm brothers work was also instrumental in spreading germanic folklore.
Some of the more esoteric Germanic mythological beings are missing though, like that one that sits on your chest and sucks blood through your nipples (explanation of night paralysis and breathing difficulties) and that Christmas character that's black (I forget what he is called or what he does). The sandman is known in passing, but isn't really used or explained anymore unlike Santa or the tooth fairy. Same with the Easter Bunny I think, but I am not a Christian so I am not exposed to that.

Commissar Sae:

CoL0sS:
My question is.....Does Santa have a Russian accent ?

Yes, yes he does. More confusing to me is how Santa also has Russian prison tattoos. Did Santa spend some time in the Gulags?

Communism was really tough on mythological beings. They were labelled reactionaries and enemies of the proletariat for their support of the feudal system and the peasantry.

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