Rated: PG

Distributed By:

Paramount Pictures

Directed by:

Peter Ramsey


Voices of Chris Pine as Jack Frost; Alec Baldwin as North; Jude Law as Pitch; Isla Fisher as Tooth; Hugh Jackman as Bunnymund

Adapted From:

Plugged In Online

Rise of the Guardians

The Guardians are a team of seasonal superheroes. North (Santa Claus), Tooth (Tooth Fairy), Bunnymund (Easter Bunny) and Sandman have protected kids for centuries. So when North invites Jack Frost to join their group, the icy teen feels intimidated. Compared to these guys, he’s a nobody.

But this is no time to be picky. The Guardians need all the help they can get. Pitch, the dream-spoiler, has raised an army of galloping nightmares. If he can prevent the Guardians from doing their jobs, children will stop believing . . . which then opens the door to all kinds of evil.

Each guardian has special powers, ranging from Jack’s ice-blasting staff to Bunny’s teleporting “rabbit holes.” These gifts were given to them by the silent Man in the Moon, who watches over everyone from the night sky. As Pitch convinces kids to stop believing, the heroes lose their powers and their strength. But even though they’re powerless, the Guardians still limp forward to protect the children. And it’s at that point that the kids—full of new belief—step up to protect the Guardians from Pitch’s nightmares.

The nightmares are black, ghost-like figures that change form. To fight them, North swings around a pair of swords and Sandman uses whips of sand.

Jack’s origin story is kept a secret for most of the movie. (Spoiler alert: He drowned in an icy lake while saving his sister.) The flashback could scare some younger viewers.

Around Christmastime, Hollywood loves to remind us that “you’ve just gotta believe.” But who you believe in makes a difference. It’s fun to tell stories about fairies and giant bunnies, but as Christians we put our faith in someone so much bigger than that—someone whose power never fades. With characters representing Christmas and Easter, it would’ve been nice to hear something about Jesus. The closest we get is when Bunny says, “Easter is new beginnings, new life. Easter is about hope.”

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