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Rise of the Guardians

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Didj Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Just saw it. The effects were amazing (80% of the reason I saw the film right there). The characters and sets very well designed. The story... eh, hit and miss. Not spoiling anything but the closer it got to the ending the more it became animated family movie bingo. "Oh, he pointed at the young character's chest and said "I'll be in here"! Five across, BINGO!". Other than that, there were just a few plot holes that bugged me. In the end, it is essentially Avengers with fairy tale characters.

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TamarViewStudio Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012   Photographer
It felt a bit rushed for my liking, it never settled down and got to grips with its plotline. However, the graphics and effects and characters were brilliant :) I hope they can slow things down for the next one
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narutokunobessed Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student General Artist
Jack's baby face. Actually, the design reminded me of final fantasy character.
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my-canga Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
I was actually really wary of it when I first heard the title and saw the first few commercials. I wasn't really digging the designs of the side characters at first. But they won me over pretty fast. I was worried about Jack frost too, the commercials really featured him after a while and all I could think was "oh they're just pandering to the young ladies and men who loves them a baby-faced male". Of course I totally loved the Jack frost design and he was a main reason I was keen on the flick (so good job marketing?). I only went for a full price showing because some friends invited me along.
I saw it a second time because the characters are all really interesting, and the design is fantastic. The textures and colours were beautiful, the animation was mesmerizing (most of the time) especially the expressions. A really heart wrenching scene involving jack is just beautiful for his facial acting, I swear I could see tears welling up.

The ending is what keeps it from being an amazing film. But it still has me wanting more, and I really hope they do a sequel with more fantastic creatures, and back-stories. Makes me wanna read all the books too.

Also it blows my mind that it's Peter Ramsey's full-length directorial debut. But seeing as how he's a successful storyboard artist, that explains why the movie looked so amazing.
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BubblegumShotgun Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student Filmographer
I agree with you %100. Story telling wise it felt kinda odd? the flow was kinda bizarre and not what I would have expected, and I kinda don't like how they handled pitch at all. Kinda spoliery (hope I'm spelling that right) but I don't feel like pitch shouldn't have got sent to the blackness in the end? Fear is an important emotion to have, you can't be brave if you where never scared of something in the first place. I felt if they tried more to make the movie for everyone rather then just kids it would have had a better story telling flow, and if they tried to iron out the plot holes more it could have been truly great. I felt if maybe the movie was as long as a lotr film or harry potter film that could have helped it but for what it was I did certainly get interested in the world and the lives of the fairy tale characters.
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my-canga Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
I agree on the pitch ending thing. The man in the moon created him in much the same way as he did santa, jack, and the others. It didn't seem fair to me that he just got the generic bad guy punishment. Maybe there will be a sequel where he redeems himself?
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BubblegumShotgun Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student Filmographer
it was a really shame they did make him generic bad guy in story telling sense but as a character over all I feel like there was so much more to him and they just kinda under used him or didn't use him to the fullest that they could have. It was at the part where he was with jack that I though he really shined as a character because we got a bit of how he felt about his situation in life.
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my-canga Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
yeah exactly. I wish they had just taken the time and really focused on him and jack. They did alright with jack, but he didn't get as much development as they were hinting he might. Also, they purposely pointed out the fact that he didn't choose who he was.
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NevaeL Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I felt in love with Toothiana ! I love the character ! I love it so badly that I made a fanart of her haha.
About the movie I think, it was a really great one. Honestly it's in my top 3 movie right now. I love how about Jack's quest about finding how he is but I think it's too light as a story to be a great one.
Hopefully there was all those effects ! As a student in animation 3D, Rise of the Guardians fits perfectly what I was looking for.
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pawi666 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
I love the characters
but I think they should show more about the rest--I mean the tooth fairy, Santa, Bunny and Sandie :O 'cuz I'd want to know more about minor (can I call them like this?) characters as I want to know about Jack Frost.

the plot's ok, like you said it ended up like a fairy tale version of the Avengers LOL

but it's enjoyable anyway :D

and Jack Frost is cute XD
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Sartanis Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I saw it last night and was quite impressed. I was expecting much less while walking in, but it didn't disappoint. The animation was fantastic as well. :D
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Frollopocalypse Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Student General Artist
I liked it. Yeah, it was more childish than I expected, but the effects were amazing!
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RageTH Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't really know enough to say one way or another. I hardly know anything about it.
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Hanimetion Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll be seeing it on the weekend
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Doodleniks Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I liked it! The whole thing with the kids at the end and fighting Pitch of or whatever didn't really appeal to me, but hey, it's a kid's show (though I'm fairly certain if I had been younger I would have been like OH COME ON). But it made sense plot and theme wise, so eh. The pacing had some issues, but I think that was because it was based off a book series and it's hard to cram everything in there. Overall, I liked it and did not regret seeing it.
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Soriyns-Knight Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Student General Artist
Best Dreamworks movie yet, I don't regret passing up Wreck-it Ralph for this.
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Doodleniks Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Even compared to How To Train Your Dragon?
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Soriyns-Knight Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Student General Artist
I knew someone was going to ask me this. The funny this is that I actually didn't see How To Train Your Dragon until the night before I saw this, and personally I just liked it more.
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Doodleniks Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's fair. I just prefer my dragons I guess c:
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pawi666 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
it's hard to decide which is cuter D: toothless or Jack Frost D:
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Doodleniks Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nnnnooooo they're both adorable ;-;
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pawi666 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
awwww ok that's the only conclusion LOL
and I love the Easter Bunny! when he lost his power X3 awwwwww, please lose your power forever Bunny!
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Doodleniks Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nah, I liked him big. c: We've got ordinary bunnies to look cool, we need Easter Bunny to take care of Easter.
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CometColt Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Meh. :shrug: It looks OK, but I'm not particularly interested in it. If I was going to watch any animated movie in theaters this year, I would want to see Wreck-It Ralph.
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Cup-of-Javo Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
I just got its title confused with "Legend of the Guardians" and thought for a minute you were talking about that owl movie. :lol:

Not interested in seeing this one.
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Didj Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Yeah, in terms of uninspired generic movie titles, this one takes the cake. Which is dumb because it's based on the series of books by William Joyce called "Guardians of Childhood". Which would have been a much more fitting title. But, it's not the most inappropriate movie title I've ever heard. Such as a certain movie released not too long ago about a kid moving to China and learning Kung-Fu from Jackie Chan called "Karate Kid".
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RageTH Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
If they don't re-use the old name, how will the masses know it's just a reboot?
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HappyDuckCreator Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks like every other kiddy CGI film to me, only with a crappy holiday theme to it. :shrug:
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defaultking Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Not just a crappy holiday theme, but all the crappy holiday themes rolled up into one CGI monstrosity.
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HappyDuckCreator Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ugh, that's what I'm most worried about.
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defaultking Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Be afraid... Be very afraid...
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HappyDuckCreator Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:fear:
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defaultking Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Something like that.
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Didj Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
In all fairness, the only two holiday themed characters are Santa Clause and the Easter Bunny. All of the others- The Tooth Fairy, Sandman, the Man on the Moon, Boogyman, and Jack Frost, are not holiday themed. It's more of an assemblance of our childhood mythologies. If there was a holiday depicted in the film, it was only Easter. To put it in perspective, The Nightmare Before Christmas was more of a holiday movie than this was.
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defaultking Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Either way, it just doesn't look like my kind of movie.
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Didj Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Eh, I wouldn't really recommend it unless you're an animation junkie like myself. And even then I rank it third in the recent theatrical release animation movies (below Wreck-it Ralph and Hotel Transylvania). But when it eventually appears on Netflix or something which you don't have to pay money to see it, it's not that bad.
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defaultking Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
That makes sense. I'm not quite as much of a straight CGI fan as you are, but I still wanna see Wreck-It Ralph. It also goes without saying that the big Pixar films (apparently not Cars 2, though, which I haven't seen) are beyond reproach.
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Didj Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Wreck-It Ralph is by far the best movie in theaters right now. At least that's the opinion of a guy who gets more excited over an animated film than a James Bond film. Technically, it's a Disney film, not a Pixar film. Although Disney does own Pixar, they are still separate production houses. But John Lasseter did served as executive producer, to which he's filled that roll on a lot of good Pixar films. And the quality of his work shows.

FYI, you're not missing anything by not watching Cars 2. It's the kind of cash-in sequel that you'd think it would be. And apparently they're in production of a spin-off movie called "Planes". Me thinks that the Cars movies are Pixar's little cash cow. I'm just saying, if this was Dreamworks, we'd see a crappy TV series of it by now.
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defaultking Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
My first clue that Wreck-It Ralph would be good is that they used a Talking Heads song in the trailer. Also, even though DreamWorks also has ensemble casts for all of its animated animal movies, that formula dried up a couple years ago. Wreck-It Ralph is new in more ways than one.
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LegendarySuperman Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haven't seen it, don't intend to. But if it's Avengers with fairy tale characters, I already know it's biggest flaw: needs more War Machine :iconbadassplz:
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Cosmic--Chaos Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I realized that about the movie this morning. :P
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