Rise of the Guardians is a vigorous 3-D animated film about various childood icons (most notably Jack Frost) and how they earned the right to be caretakers of children all around the world.
After a special screening I went to a while ago, director Peter Ramsey said of the film, “It’s really a full meal.
“Eighty pounds in a 75-pound bag.
“I apologize if anyone was traumatized by it,” he added, smiling.
Not at all.
I found it fun, with strong turns by Alec Baldwin as a Russian Santa, Hugh Jackman as a bunny with bravado, and Jude Law as the evil spirit.
There was just one moment that did disturb me a bit.
When Jack Frost finally gets his title after his heroic deeds, all the characters are giddy and happy.
One elf impulsively kisses another on the cheek to show his joy.
And the one who’s been kissed punches him in the face and knocks him over!
Gay panic. Gay bullying. Gay yuck.
Not a great message to send out to kids.
Otherwise, I hope Guardians will rise.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on November 27, 2012