Many children grow up with tales about the Tooth Faery and other Guardians that give gifts to those who are good and the Boogeyman that lives under their beds to scare them at night. What would these beings’ appearances be, and how would children effect their powers? If these spirits are to protect children are any of them evil or merely misunderstood?
Tale of The Guardians
DreamWorks film Rise of The Guardians plays on that concept that the fables, we grew up with are real. Jackson Overland is reborn as Jack Frost, the teenager of ice and snow. He had been wondering the world for three-hundred years before coming to the guardian’s attention. The Guardians are led by the Man in the Moon, who were in a war with the Nightmare King and Jack was chosen to become a new guardian, forcing him to decide which side of the war he wants to belong to.
Heroes Vs Villains
Jack Frost is a three-hundred teenager that spends his time creating snow days for children and playing pranks on other immortals. Jack ends up becoming the Guardian of Fun, using magical snowballs to make people happy. Jack became an immortal after sacrificing himself to save his sister from falling through the ice while skating on the lake. Jack is mischievous and enjoys playing pranks on people. He would rather have fun then take things seriously to hide his true emotions.
Toothiana or more commonly known as the Tooth Faery, this bird woman hybrid focus is teeth. Tooth and her mini faeries are tasked with collecting the teeth children leave under their pillows at night. The teeth contain memories and are used to remind children of happy times when they are lost or sad. Tooth is very hyperactive talking quickly and contently flying around.
Sanderson Mansnooxie is a man of few words being the Sandman. Sandy is a mute using his sand to create pictures to speak for him. Sandy is the Guardian of Dreams, using his golden sand to bring children’s imagination to life. He is the silent but thoughtful type, a person many go to for guidance and to vent when they need someone to listen to them.
Nickolas St. North is not the typical fat man most people consider when thinking of Santa Clause. Nick is a large Russian that was once a pirate before becoming the Guardian of Wonder. He oversees Christmas using ice to create presents for all the girls and boys that are on the nice list. He I the leader of the Guardians and has an open mind. He is understanding and tries to be a role model for Jack. He is the translator for Tsar Lunar or Man in the Moon was the first guardian created to fight the darkness. He is trapped in the moon but uses moonbeams to communicate with the other Guardians
E Aster Bunnymund is the last Pooka after Pitch killed the rest of his kin. A six-foot rabbit it’s no surprise that this Australian is the spirit of hope and in charge of Easter. He is short-tempered and quick to anger. He sees Jack as a nascence and is anger about the year Jack made it snow on Easter Sunday. He sees hope as new beginnings marking the first day of spring. He uses chocolate, eggs, and Easter egg hunts to help spark the children’s spirits.
Pitch Black is the famous Nightmare King and Boogeyman who knows children’s fears turning dreams into nightmare. He was once a man who was in charge with keeping the fearlings locked up in a cage, but was tricked by them when they mimicked his daughter’s voice leading to his downfall. Pitch plans to consume the world in darkness hoping that this would force children to believe in him no longer wanting to be ignored.
Do You Believe
I still believe in beings that were told in fables to this day and I enjoy seeing a film that makes people wonder if there is more to them than merely being stories. I would give this film an eight out of ten rating, though my favorite character is Pitch Black. I love how they make him seem like the villain because everyone is afraid of fear, yet we need fear just as much as fun, hope, dreams, wonder, and memories. Fear makes us reach for goals outside our comfort zone and keep us safe in times of danger. I love the animation and the story that is told.
The story is about children believing in these spirits but also showing that no one wants to be ignored. Both Jack and Pitch were isolated for three-hundred years, both showing the good and bad of what isolation can do to a person’s emotions and mind. I didn’t enjoy that they tried to show good guys versus bad guys not taking into consideration that fear is something that shouldn’t be destroyed. I was a it confused why they all turned on Jack when Easter was destroyed not allowing him to explain the situation nor give him a chance after he tried to save Sandy.
Furthermore, it’s clear that the film was written for both children and the adults watching the film with them. On the surface, there are light tones of family and finding your place in the world. Yet the film also touches on what it’s like when the world is against you blaming you for being your true self. That people will seek out a scapegoat for their problems not caring if the person is hurt or emotionally scarred in the end so long as they feel comfort. For the movie shows that there are those who care for others and those who will only look out for themselves in the end.
Now, shush, I’m trying to read,