If you believe you're going to have a good time with "Rise of the Guardians," you're going to.
The animation is strong, the voice work is great and the story takes us all back to the years of our childhood and the legends that helped make the seasons magical and kept us believing.
While we're all aware of the primary functions of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and the Sandman, we're probably not as aware of their more important functions as designated by the Man in the Moon. The foursome are recognized as "The Guardians," whose most important job -- even beyond their individual roles -- is to come together when children face bigger challenges.
Santa (Alec Baldwin), Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman), Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher) and Sandman (who never speaks) are called together when the Boogeyman aka Pitch Black (Jude Law) returns to strike fear into the hearts of children and steal their belief, thereby ending the Guardians who exist on belief.
The Guardians are forced to seek the assistance of Jack Frost (Chris Pine), who would much rather provide fun for the kids than get involved in a big battle, but when he is forced into battle, he steps up to the challenge.
As an animated project it stands on its own, but as a story it offers the value of friendship and the importance of belief.
My two young sons enjoyed it, as did my wife and I, which is truly the sign of any good family movie. There was plenty of humor and action to keep the parents waiting, alongside their children, for what was coming next.
Credit the folks at DreamWorks Animation for another solid win.
Randy's Rating: "Rise of the Guardians" on a scale of 5 popcorn buckets fills 3 1/2. Get the big bucket, this is one for the whole family to enjoy together. Running time: 97 minutes. MPAA Rating: PG. This field was reviewed at Southpark 7 Theaters in Spencer.