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Rise of the Guardians


This, in my opinion, is the best computer-animated film I have seen so far. But why was it not nominated for an Academy Award, when this could clearly have given Pixar a run for its money?

Jack Frost. No relation to Robert Frost.

Is it because Alec Baldwin doesn't sound like Alec Baldwin at all while portraying Santa Claus? Is it because Santa speaks in an Eastern European accent? Is it because the Sandman was voiced by Morgan Freeman[citation needed], and yet the Sandman never talks? Is it because the Tooth Fairy doesn't look like a fairy at all, but like a… I don't know what she looks like. Like a weird kind of bird, probably.

Or a dinosaur.

I think the reason for its Oscar snub is because computer animation has become too good. Take a look at this film's action sequences. Now imagine that kind of action in the Incredibles sequel. I know, right?


Sorry, enough about Pixar. This is a DreamWorks flick, and it is bloody brilliant. And just like I predicted in my review of How to Train Your Dragon, DreamWorks has indeed caught up, and in my perfectly legitimate and intelligent opinion, Rise of the Guardians should've won the Best Animated Feature Oscar for 2012, making it the first DreamWorks animated film since 2005's Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit and the first DreamWorks computer-animated film since 2001's Shrek to break the almost all-Pixar monopoly on Animation Oscars.

I think if this was a stop-motion flick, it would've been nominated. And won.

We'll get 'em next year, Sandy.

Rise of the Guardians. USA. 2012.

Original rating: 8.0 / 10
Best onscreen human flight: + 0.1
Jude Law sounding like Jude Law: - 0.05
Hugh Jackman in full Aussie mode: + 0.1
Action sequences: + 0.1
Final rating: 8.25 / 10

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