RISE OF THE GUARDIANS

USA 2012
Genre: Animation / Adventure
Directed by: Peter Ramsey
Written by: William Joyce (book “The Guardians of Childhood”), David Lindsay-Abaire (screenplay)
Produced by: Christina Steinberg, Nancy Bernstein. Executive Producers: William Joyce, Guillermo del Toro

Runtime: 97 minutes
Release Date (USA): November 21, 2012
Filming Dates:
Production Budget: $145,000,000 (estimated)
Box Office: $103,412,758 (USA) | $306,941,670 (worldwide)

Cast & Characters:
Chris Pine (Jack Frost, voice), Alec Baldwin (North / Santa Clause), Hugh Jackman (Bunnymund), Isla Fisher (Tooth), Jude Law (Pitch), Dakota Goyo (Jamie)

 

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SUMMARY

RISE OF THE GUARDIANS is an epic adventure that tells the story of a group of heroes – each with extraordinary abilities. When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces for the first time to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children all over the world.

TRAILER



INTERVIEWS



BEHIND THE SCENES

PRODUCTION NOTES

Alec Baldwin on North/Santa: “In my mind, North is a combination of personalities. He’s kind of a magician – almost like the Wizard of Oz. He’s very benevolent, like your favorite teacher, and he has the best interests of his constituency – children – at heart. On the more human side, he’s obsessed with getting credit for everything. He wants to make sure everybody knows that Santa is the one who’s laying down this deal here. Christmas is number one. He’s constantly fighting with the Easter Bunny about which is more important, Easter or Christmas. In that regard, he’s like Donald Trump.”

Director Peter Ramsey:  “Alec personifies North, (…). “He’s playful and mischievous, and he’s a bit of a hotshot. When audiences see North’s eyes on screen with Alec’s voice coming out of him, there will be no mistaking whose soul is inside that character.”

Producer Christina Steinberg: “I can relate to North, because like a producer, he has to will everything into existence, even when he doesn’t actually know if he can pull it off, (…) He truly believes he can make anything happen just because he says so. We always describe him as a Hell’s Angel with a heart of gold. He has this amazing spirit of joy, wonder, and hope. At the same time, he’s tough and analytical. There are no gray areas for him.” (Source: Dreamworks Animation)

Alec in the eye of the critics

“With a top-notch voice cast including Alec Baldwin, Chris Pine, Isla Fisher and others working in concert with top-notch animation from the DreamWorks creative and the helping hands of luminaries like director Guillermo Del Toro and cinematographer Rodger Deakins, Rise of the Guardians is one of the best kid’s films of the year, full of delight and action and charm and comedy.” (Boxoffice Magazine)

“The other Guardians get to play it bigger, and there seems to have been no limit on how big they let Alec Baldwin go with his performance.  If Sean Connery had starred in a version of “Boris and Natasha,” that would perfectly describe the accent  he’s using here, and he plays North much like Jackman plays the Bunny.  There’s a softness inside this blustery outsized presence that explains how a Cossack soldier could also be the gift-giving spirit of Christmas.” (HitFix)

“Thanks to Baldwin and Jackman, who each offer a novel vocal spin on these familiar characters, the movie finds enough freshness to remain interesting and frequently, it’s very funny.” (The Vancouver Sun)

“Baldwin, who does a surprisingly credible Russian accent, makes an appealing, if unusually unjolly, Santa, with Jackman’s Aussie-accented, boomerang-wielding Easter Bunny providing much of the comic relief.” (Washington Post)

AWARDS & NOMINATIONS

  • Annie Awards – Best Animated Feature – Nominated
  • Critics Choice Award – Best Animated Feature- Nominated
  • Golden Globe – Best Animated Film – Nominated
  • Hollywood Film Award – Best Screenplay – Animation of the Year: Peter Ramsey – Won
  • San Diego Film Critics Society Awards – Best Animated Film – Nominated
  • Satellite Awards – Best Motion Picture, Animated or Mixed Media – Nominated
  • Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards – Best Animated Feature – Nominated

—> More at IMDb

ARTICLES, INTERVIEWS & REVIEWS

Metro: Alec Baldwin sharpens Claus for Rise of the Guardian role. November 21, 2012

SpinOff Online: Rise of the Guardians Producers On Wooing Cast, Del Toro’s Pitch. November 21, 2012

USA Today: Alec Baldwin: Between ’30 Rock’ and a ‘thrilling’ place. November 20, 2012

The New York Times: Careful, That Fanciful Being Has Some Serious Backup. November 20, 2012

Los Angeles Times: Review: ‘Rise of the Guardians’ gives the storybook an edge. November 20, 2012

shockya.com: Interview: Alec Baldwin and Isla Fisher Talk About Their Roles in Rise of the Guardians. November 20, 2012

Boston Herald: Alec Baldwin voices a tough Russian Santa in ‘Guardians’. November 17, 2012 (from the press conference; Alec on his role)

galesburg.com: An ‘edgier’ holiday role for Alec Baldwin. November 16, 2012 (from the press conference)

Static (blog): Alec Baldwin Talks about 30 Rock & Being Santa. November 16, 2012  

Kidzworld: Rise of the Guardians Actors Talk the Holiday Film  Read more: Rise of the Guardians Actors Talk the Holiday Film. November 16, 2012

HitFix: Review: Animated ‘Rise Of The Guardians’ opens the door to a beautiful family franchise. November 15, 2012

HitFix: Alec Baldwin and Guillermo Del Toro aim for timelessness with ‘Rise of the Guardians’. November 11, 2012

Hollywood Reporter: Rise of the Guardians: Film Review. October 11, 2012

Variety: Rise of the Guardians. October 11, 2012

MacLeans.ca: Alec Baldwin, Cannes court jester. May 18, 2012

The StarPhoenix: Guardians rise at Cannes. May 17, 2012

The Hollywood Reporter: Cannes 2012: DreamWorks Animation Promotes ‘Rise of the Guardians’. May 17, 2012

Collider.com: New Images and Character Details from DreamWorks Animation’s RISE OF THE GUARDIANS. March 29, 2012

EW.com: You’d better watch out for DreamWorks Animation’s ‘Rise of the Guardians’ — NEW PICS & TRAILER. March 29, 2012

CinemaBlend: Rise of the Guardians Trailer Shows Santa As You’ve Never Seen Him Before. March 28, 2012

Movieweb: Madagascar 3 and Rise of the Guardians DreamWorks Animation Sneak Preview. March 16, 2012

Movie Fanatic: Rise of the Guardians: Inside DreamWorks’ Ode to Childhood Fantasy. March 14, 2012

IGN: Chris Pine Previews the Guardians. March 14, 2012

The Hollywood Reporter: DWA Previews ‘Rise of the Guardians,’ ‘Madagascar 3′. March 14, 2012

Alec Baldwin News: First Teaser Poster and Details on RISE OF THE GUARDIANS. December 26, 2011

—> More reviews at Rottentomatoes & metacritic

 

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