The Rise of The Guardians comes out on Blu-Ray and DVD on March 12, 2013. The Dancing Hotdogs had a wonderful movie night at home to check out the film and have one of our patented family movie nights. What’s better than watching a fun movie eating some popcorn and other snacks with the entire on the couch together? D and I have to take advantage of this time while we can, before the boys become too embarrassed to hang out with us.
The Rise of the Guardians was created by the same team that gave us the hit DreamWorks film: How to Train Your Dragon. Based on a novel by William Joyce, The Rise of the Guardians uses some of our favorite holiday characters such as Santa (Alec Baldwin) the Tooth Fairy (Isa Fischer) and the Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman), who act as guardians for the world’s children against the evil of the bogeyman. Amidst this battle we are treated to the heartfelt adventure centering on the mischievous and ultimately lonely Jack Frost (Chris Pine) who stands as possibly the only way to stop evil nightmares from spreading.
The film takes advantage of the latest technology, available in both HD and HD 3-D, the scenes just pop off the screen and the director created a number of instances that really standout such as when the Sandman would send his magic sand to sleeping children in order to give them wonderful dreams. I also enjoyed that the film gave us a different take on Santa (as a tattooed Russian strong man), the Easter Bunny (a 6 foot tall Australian action hero) and the Tooth Fairy (a humming bird like creature)
The Blu-Ray Combo pack also comes with a number of extras including:
- A snowball showdown with Jack Frost where you use the remote to dodge snowballs.
- A featurette that takes you behind the scenes of the look, characters, effects and music of the film.
- A dream guide.
- Commentary by the director and the producers.
While I don’t think it is ready to join the classic holiday film pantheon with Charlie Brown, Rudolph and the rest, I do think that Rise of the Guardians brought a little bit of everything. The film was fun, filled with great visuals and fast paced action. With that said, I never felt that things got too violent or scary for younger children.
Disclosure: We received a review copy of the Film. This post represents our unbiased opinion.