RISE OF THE GUARDIANS REVIEW (GRADE: A-)
Engaging, charming, and original, this family-friendly adventure from Dreamworks Animation finds Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin), the Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman), the Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher), Sandman, and Jack Frost (Chris Pine) teaming up to protect the world from the Bogeyman (Jude Law), who wants to replace children's hope and happiness with fear. A first-rate family animated film with a creative mythology, solid humor, and tender-hearted morality, Rise of the Guardians is highly recommended for children and adults. The animation is gorgeous, the characters are memorable, and the story is surprisingly satisfying.
CONTENT OVERVIEW: Rise of the Guardians is rated PG. The Bogeyman turns children’s dreams into nightmares (represented by black horses), casts large shadows, and speaks in an ominous voice. The Tooth Fairy tosses the villain a quarter, than punches out one of his teeth. Jack Frost sends the Bogeyman reeling after firing a bolt of light at the darkness he was creating. Santa wields swords but never uses them on anyone. An elf kisses another elf on the cheek (leading the latter to punch the first in the chest).
MESSAGES TO DISCUSS: We can get along with people who are different from us if we take the time to get to know them, understand them, and see the good in them. Love and laughter cast out fear.
Jonathan Decker is the clinical director of Your Family Expert. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist, husband, and father of five. Jonathan earned a masters degree in family therapy from Auburn University as well as a bachelor's degree in clinical psychology from Brigham Young University. He is an actor, author, and television personality.