'Rise of the Guardians' rises to animated occasion

By Gary Wolcott, atomictown.comNovember 21, 2012 

Rise of the Guardians introduces a couple of new heroes and an interesting new villain to children.

Okay, and to an adult or two. Or three. We've all seen Santa and the Easter Bunny in this flick or that. The Tooth Fairy has seen a season in the sun. What we haven't seen before is the Sandman and Jack Frost.

-- Local show times, theaters, trailer.

The villain, Pitch Black has risen from imprisonment and is convincing kids worldwide that Santa, the Easter Bunny and the others aren't real. The guardians have pledged to protect children and must go to battle. But before they can, the Moon -- who seems to run things from a distance -- tells them a new guardian will join them. It's Jack Frost.

Chris Pine (Star Trek) voices main character Jack Frost, who's trying to find out who he is and why he's Jack Frost.

Joining Pine is Jude Law whose Pitch is perfect, Alec Baldwin doing Santa who is called North, Hugh Jackman is Bunny and Ilsa Fisher gives voice to the Tooth Fairy, simply known as Tooth.

Screenwriter David Lindsay-Abaire, who did the excellent Inkheart and first-time director Peter Ramsey do a wonderful job of turning William Joyce's popular children's book into a 3D movie. This one is fun and is worth a couple of extra dollars for the 3D version.

Mr. Movie rating: 4 stars

Director: Peter Ramsey

Stars: Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Jude Law, Hugh Jackman, Ilsa Fisher

Rated PG for some mature themes. It is playing at the Carmike 12, the Fairchild Cinemas 12 and at Walla Walla Grand Cinemas.

5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen

4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.

3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.

2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.

0 stars: Speaks for itself.

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