Santa Claus is Coming to Town…And He Brought Some Friends! (Rise of the Guardians Video Game Review)

There’s no use hiding the truth.  We all used to believe in fairytales.  We believed in the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and, of course, Santa Claus.  To many of us out there, these imaginary figures stood strong in our imaginations, unwavering and bringing hope to us in the right occasion.  However, as time ticked away, children grew and these figures vanished from their minds and hearts.  In the end, there really isn’t an Easter Bunny or Santa Claus…right?

What if I told you that all these figures existed, but not as you knew them?  What if I told you that they had another mission, to protect the children of the world when great evil threatened them?  DreamWorks showed a whole different side to these characters in ‘Rise of the Guardians.’

Pitch Black (Boogeyman) has finally returned to drown the world in darkness.  In order to stop him, North (Santa Claus), Bunnymund (Easter Bunny), Sandy (Sandman), and Toothiana (Tooth Fairy) must once again join forces.  However, they are not enough.  A new Guardian must join their ranks if they wish to finish a battle that never ended.  However, no one could predict that the newest member would be the infamous Jack Frost, an immortal and mischievous teenager whose only wish is to be seen by humans.  With a new member to the team, the Guardians hope to defeat Pitch before everything they stand for is destroyed before their very eyes.

I know that at first glance, more than a quarter of college students would just brush aside this movie, mainly because they would view it as being childish.  However, is it so wrong to act like a child every now and then?  Watching this film, memories began to flood my mind.

Who doesn’t remember trying to stay up on Christmas Eve with a plate of cookies and warm milk for the man who gave them not only gifts, but wonderment?  If you don’t celebrate Christmas, you at least should remember placing a tooth under your pillow and waking up with a coin or a dollar, ecstatic about the late night visitor you had.

Yes, the film may seem childish, but it is a real treat for those who like to reminisce about the past.  It is also a great film for children who love these imaginary figures right now.  The film is not as funny as some of DreamWorks’ other works, such as Shrek, or How to Train Your Dragon, but it had some little moments that will leave you with a good laugh.  All in all, this movie was meant to be watched with a family.

The material that was placed in the movie in nothing short of genius.  The original idea for these figures becoming Protectors of Childhood came from William Joyce.  From there, it only took an extra step to put all these famous childhood characters into a film where they acted like holiday power rangers.

In all seriousness, it took a large amount of ingenuity to bring these beings together as a group.  The end result was this film, which I would not mind watching again.  So to sum up some pros: it brings back memories, great for kids, family-friendly, and it is a great idea altogether.  On a scale of 1-5, this movie deserves at least a 4 in my opinion.

In the movie, the Tooth Fairy is known as the Guardian of Memories.  It makes sense, because memories are like teeth.  Once you lose them, they never come back.  However, as time goes on, new teeth, and memories, grow and strengthen.  However, that doesn’t mean that the old memories should be forgotten.  Some people say that they are too old to believe in these characters that seem to pop right out of fairytales.  They say that they are too old to remember.  I don’t believe that.  Because no one is too old to remember their pasts.


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