DREAMWORKS ANIMATION president Jeffrey Katzenberg recently lamented the dearth of holiday-themed movies headed to your multiplex this year. But in foisting "Rise of the Guardians" upon unsuspecting audiences for the holidays, it's clear he just wanted some cover.
"Guardians" is the worst animated movie to ever wear the DreamWorks logo.
It's based on William Joyce's The Guardians of Childhood books, about a team that includes the Easter Bunny, given an Aussie accent by Hugh Jackman here; North, a/k/a Santa Claus, made all Slavic and silly by Alec Baldwin; the Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher), and the silent, roly-poly Sandman.
They need the help of newcomer Jack Frost (Chris Pine) if they're to have a prayer of stopping Pitch, short for Pitch Black, the night-terror voiced by Jude Law. He's seeing to it that kids across the world are giving up their belief in magic and magical figures. And he's giving them night terrors.