VIDEO: Rise of the Guardians (2012)

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Sofie went to the theater to see one of the few movies she could see at the same time as the rest of the world (dubbed into Danish, alas). Here’s her review of the epic Rise of the Guardians, starring the voices of Alec Baldwin as a Russian Santa Claus, Hugh Jackman as the Easter Bunny, Chris Pine as Jack Frost, and Jude Law as the Boogeyman!

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  • So, Rise of the Guardians was released in Danish Language Dub?  Previously, you said (in detail) that English language media, including movies, TV shows, and music, are never dubbed, just subbed.  Perhaps the actual film makers localized it for your country’s audience, to have better appeal?  Did it work?  Did you enjoy it more in your language, or would you prefer to re-watch on DVD in English?

    And Brave did have the potential for a large story.  But then it became a more personal, smaller story.  I guess that’s okay, if that is what the film maker was going for, but, yeah, I wanted something bigger.  Brave is definitely a movie I’ll NOT be seeing again.

    • Sofie Liv

       Every-thing except animation movies is what I meant!

      I would personally have enjoyed it more in the original languet, but had I been younger, like ten or even fourteen I would have prefered it in Danish, that’s how I grew up with the 90’s disney animated movies. and I wouldn’t have understood those had they been released in English at the time, so I can grant the children that.

      I’ll be watching Brave again! yeah it’s a flawed movie, but when it worked it did indeed work, and there’s plenty of good things in it, it’s just a shame it wasn’t as good as it could have been. Especially that set-up that spelled. “this will be epic.” and then it… wasn’t.. just merely good.

      • Oh, well that makes sense.  I guess children may have a weaker understanding of English language.  Which makes me wonder, how early is formal training in English?

        It must be great to be bilingual, and actually get to use your second language regularly enough to stay fluent.  I studied French when I was 12 in 6th grade until I graduated High School, but since I never used it afterwards, my French is very weak.

        • Sofie Liv

           Well, because of my constant exposure to English I were capable of understanding simple english and speak few sentence before I even started to get *formal training* as you call it.

          School children are taught english from the fourth grade, which means they are between 10 and 11.
          And as I told before, every-body is constantly exposed to it from society, so we do actually learn it more from our exposure than our school training to be honest.

          I will say using english this much comes with a price, i litterately spend english so much now, meaning every-day, when I have a home alone day and just sit by the computer working, I write in english and thus think english, my Danish is starting to suffer, I still speak words fine of cause, but some-times I lack the right word in Danish but know the english word.

          But I can actually relate to have studied a languet and use it so little that I can barely utter a sentence in it. I had german in sixth grade and all the way up till I graduated in tenth grade, then an additional course two years after my tenth grade so I could meet the access demands to another education in Dramaturgi (why I needed the extra english class to gain access to that eductaion, don’t ask me!) but since I don’t use it, I just really really suck at it.

  • The_Stig

    But Sophie, Robert Pattinson IS the king of darkness! 
    Wait, you were in this movie? Ok, this I have to see. Pics or it didn’t happen, Sophie!

  • Joseph Tedesco

    I agree, this movie had a large scale to it! 

    And thank you! You hit the nail on the head with “Brave!” At least this movie delivered what it was supposed to bring… a ensemble cast of childhood icons fighting to save humanity! That, and if you do hear the english dub, I found Chris Pine to do a pretty good job as Jack Frost; however I’m in the minority who thinks that. Even in animation, he can still be pretty charming! 

    Also, I couldn’t stop thinking about Loki when looking at Pitch. BTW did you notice the portal to his domain is under a bed frame… that’s clever!

    • MephLord

      Joey I love it when you represent the NE USA and go all New Jersey accent.  It gives you personality when you do that, I recommend doing it more often, unless it’s a prick from Staten Island making a movie, then you be a super hater all you want…just leave Long Island alone, capiche?  OK that’s the end of my attempts to sound like a New Yorker, I apologize to anyone that was offended by that awful rendition of attempting to fit in.

      • The_Stig

        He has a bit of a tendency to veer into sounding like a Goodfella though. Just saying :)

        • Joseph Tedesco

          What? Do I amuse you? What am I? A F–king Clown?!

          • Sofie Liv


          • Joseph Tedesco

            (looks back at the Juno review)

            …oh my god… I AM A CLOWN!!!

          • Sofie Liv

             We all are my friend, we all are.

          • Clown shoes.

    • Sofie Liv

      Well, Pixar does make small compact movies, that’s always what they have done, and there’s nothing wrong with that at all.
      The problem with brave is that it has the build-up of a huge epic movie, you sit and exspect that set-up to have a huuuge epic pay-off, and inside you are thinking. “Oh boy, here it comes! here it comes! ancient curses, all these clanchmen you collected fighting united, the entire world at stake.. some-thing big!” and then the mothers turns into a bear and every-thing looses scale instead of gaining it.

      Again, didn’t see it with english dub, saw it in Danish dub, which had persian not russian santa (the voice actor just couldn’t do russian accent, but by god he tried.) so I really don’t have an opinion on that before the DVD gets released.

      You saw the movie, did you see mini me? I swear I even had the same hair when I was that age oO;

      Also cool have they made the mystical characters feel bigger than they were before-hand, Santa is not just a guy handing out presents because.
      He is a symbol of “Wonder.” and keeps. “Wonder.” alive inside of children.
      Honestly, that makes soooo much more sense to me than any other santa interpretation I ever had. I never really liked santa as a figure, I mean come on, how many christmas exists where the plot is “Christmas is ruined if billy doesn’t get his toy.” fuck spiritualism, christmas is all about materalism, it’s ruined without toys! and no-matter how you get around it, that’s what santa is about, and that stinks to me… except in this movie where he specifically states. “I am a guardian of wonder, I make children wonder and dream.” that’s a lot cooler.
      Easter bunnie. “I bring spring, and there-fore hope, that is what I protect.” toothe-fairy. “I don’t just collect your teethes, but your child-hood memories and emotions, so I can help you remember when you need it as an adult.” those are so cool upgrades! .. the Sandman is kind of self explanatory with the dreams thing I think.

      • Joseph Tedesco

        I agree, the early marketing for the movie put me under the impression that “Brave” will be Pixar’s stab at a movie like “Princess Mononoke.” It makes sense considering they made a movie worthy of being one of the best superhero movies, “The Incredibles.” So it’s worth seeing them break away from the same genre. But no… there’s unfunny hi-jinks :-/

        Lol, you’re right! That little girl does look like you! Just be careful if Jeffrey Katzenberg knows we exist… he’ll shut us down especially for my early Shark Tale review!

        • Sofie Liv

           yeah both the marketing and the movie itself did this mistake.
          The movie really did feel like it was building up to some-thing really big as I watched it, I absolutely exspected Meridath to run far away from home, and then then come back years later to find her home ruined, that her price for freedom was seeing her home vanish or some-thing, and then having to battle an evil spirit to free the country or some shit like that.

          But nope.. the stakes though genuine, and had me eventually emotionally involved, seemed very small in comparison to the slow yet big set-up.

          Had Katzenberg any-thing to do with Shark Tale? please tell me you are kidding… and why would he shut us down because I happen to look and is called the same as one of their characters. I’m pretty sure I existed before the character did… otherwise I’m pretty surprised.

          • Joseph Tedesco

            lol, he’s head of the animation studio since the beginning. The “K” in Dreamworks SKG is named after him, the “S” is Spielberg and the “G” is for David Geffen.

  • Same time as the rest of the world eh? Not quite! The UK has to wait another week for it to come out and Wreck-It-Ralph is coming out in February! I don’t know the release schedule behind certain movies in certain countries but that just seems a bit weird that there would be those gulfs in release dates for some movies than there are for others. It’s probably a marketing thing.

    I remember having a conversation with you about the Disney-Dreamworks mind swap that the grand nature of the Disney films and the compact and quirky nature of Dreamworks interchanged in recent times (Dreamworks still keeps that quirkiness like you said but they do up the epic factor more now). Do you think it’ll change back or will it be sporadic that Disney decides to release a big grand epic film and in between releasing small, quirky films? What I mean by that is a Disney original, not Star Wars or a Marvel product.

    • Sofie Liv

      I have no idea what the thought process about their distribution is either. Do you know that I was one of the very very first to get the Avengers to??? I got that one a few weeks before the UK did and like an entire month before the US. I have NO idea why, but it was sweet while it lasted. “HAHAHA! i’ve all-ready seen it suckers, and it was an awesome movie! see how I feel US see how I feel!!!”

       Obviously Dream Works intends to keep this up with bigger and bigger movies, I mean say what you want about the Kung-fu Panda movies, they still feel pretty damn big to watch, with so many sets, and this was even bigger. Not only that, this movie was a lot about building its world, so for it to be the beginning to an entire new massive franchise.. that’s not a theory so far out as one might would believe, and remember, the next movie they are going to release is gonna be. “How to train your dragon 2” and dude.. building more on top of the world all-ready established in the first movie… could be huge.

      But here’s definetely a big difference between Dream-works and Disney at current time when it comes to animation.
      Dream-works are directly aiming at making new franchises, not just single stand-alone movies, franchises.
      And that for sure has pros and cons to it, we are a lot of people sick and tired of all the sequels around now, but that is what dream works is going for.
      Disney how-ever has put an effectiv “stop.” towards all animated sequels, meaning they are not aiming at creating franchises but merely to make stand-alone movies.. which is nice and how it should be and what we are all the time walking around saying hollywood should do more off.

      What does this means for their movies? well.. they have finished compacted stories, which is a con. Why don’t they make bigger films? I don’t know, as I first heard about Tangled and saw the pictures, I was lead to believe it would be some-thing feeling like a big film.. but it wasn’t.. Princess and the Frog never ever tricked you, it always looked like a little cosy film, I was just very excited about having hand-drawn animation back.
      I had hoped that their film version of “The Snow queen.” or “The elf king.” was going to be hugely scaled movies.. but I have no idea at this point, simply, no idea.

      There’ll probably be a time where it turns, movies and movie productions follow trends, and the trend in animation and particularly 3D animation, has been to make it modern and compact, which is some-thing Pixar and Dream-works started. Now Dream-works has challenged that with such works as Kung-fu Panda and Rise of the Guardians, and at some point some-one at Disney will catch up on that.. I even think that is what they tried to do with Brave at first, and now with the hobbit soon coming out, maybe a trend in big ass fantasy movies is coming back and Disney will follow suit.
      Or.. they’ll feel like their boys franchise is some-thing they have in form of the Avengers and Lucas film, and should aim their animated department strictly at girls and make movies with princess main characters in safe settings. I don’t know. But again, there are trends here and different eras, at some point, Disney will go into a new era yet again and produce another form for movies, and things changes, yet again.

      • Muthsarah

        “I have no idea what the thought process about their distribution is
        either. Do you know that I was one of the very very first to get the
        Avengers to??? I got that one a few weeks before the UK did and like an
        entire month before the US. I have NO idea why, but it was sweet while
        it lasted. “HAHAHA! i’ve all-ready seen it suckers, and it was an
        awesome movie! see how I feel US see how I feel!!!””

        My guess is that The Avengers was released LATER in the US by design and not EARLIER in Europe, because local distributors like to pick the most-promising weekends to release movies in each market, as lots of countries have local film industries that international releases have to work around (especially if the local film industry has a say in these things), or holidays where more people traditionally see movies.  For example, if a big Chinese film is set for release in China on the same week a big Hollywood film is set for international release (with the dubbing/subbing done ahead of time), they might delay the Hollywood film’s release there for a week or two to give the local film a chance to do a lot of business without having to compete with the foreign product.

        In the US, the “summer movie season” tends to start in May and run until mid-July.  Yeah, that prolly seems weird, as summer used to begin in June (Jaws, the prototypical summer blockbuster, was released on June 20, and Star Wars on May 25), but they’re creeping up earlier and earlier as studios are trying to get their big product out before the others.  May is now probably the most important movie month, as that’s when so many big “summer” films are released, even though the “summer” films are supposed to be targeted at teens and kids who are out of school for the summer, even though school doesn’t get out until mid-June here.  The Avengers was released here on May 4, almost a month after its international release, so either you guys have a different idea on when the “summer movie season” runs, or you just don’t care about release dates in the same way we do, and would be just fine releasing a big family film in some month other than November or December or a big, dumb action movie in some month other than May or June.  This wouldn’t have been much of an issue 20 years ago, back when it was expected that films would be in theatres for many weeks (back in the 1950s and 1960s, successful films would sometimes run for almost a year), so there wasn’t so much pressure to pick the PERFECT release date to make all your money as quickly as you can before the next big movie comes out.  Nowadays, if a film doesn’t have a big opening DAY, it can be declared an instant flop, advertising is pulled, and the film dies. If you don’t plan to see a film in its first week, it might end up being pulled from most theatres, and if you don’t see it in the first two weeks, it might not be there at all. That’s how important release dates have become.

        • Sofie Liv

           We don’t care about how release dates fits.
          The Danish cinema just release them the date that they can.

          Seriously, it is so rare that there is any reason or logic behind when a movie is getting released here.
          Just take my autumn vacaction back in october, I would have loved to go watch a horror movie there, that is what I wanted to see, or at least some kind of big thing. And yeah, Autumn vacation is the same for all of us in Denmark, it’s mid october.. There was nothing in cinema! NOTHING! not one single lousy horror themed movie because we get them so much later than you guys.
          And if a major movie gets released, we will get it the exact same day as you guys… except for few exceptions like the Avengers.
          But.. movies like “The Dark knight rises.” “The Amazing Spiderman.” “Skyfall.” and of cause the ever popular. “Twilight.” got those the exact same day as you guys.  which is why the Avengers coming so early was such a huge surprise to us as a collected nation, that we got it before both the US and the UK.. okay that never happens, what the??? We also got the DVD release before the UK did, just.. wauw.. but why? What could you possibly gain from letting itsy bitsy denmark have the thing first? I don’t know, but again I wont complain, it was great while it lasted.

          As for vaction spots.. yeah we follow your curve in a pretty parallel way, our summer vacation is also starting in June!

          And guess what, christmas and winter vacation, that happens the exact same dates as over seas, those aren’t different, christmas is still December 24…. what? you don’t celebrate christmas the 24? .. huh okay, I guess things are a little different then, but my point still stand, we are pretty close. (and yeah.. in my country we open presents and eat goose dinner evening of 24th. that’s just how it is here.)

          If there is a rime or reason behind the Danish release schedule, I cannot detect it myself, I am clueless.
          Yes we have releases which are Danish movies, but.. reaching a nerdier audience, the “Comic book action audience.” hah.. Denmark got nothing, us trying to make a real action movie? what a joke that would be. Five million people in the entire country.. five million people.. that’s like half the people who works in Hollywood <_<
          We tried our hands on a Steven Spielberg inspired fantasy movie ones.. it didn't work out.
          So what we have, are sort of social dramas, comedies and 'exsperimental' artsy movies… which are very popular abroad. the "Pusher triology." Lars Von Trier, in china they eat dogs.
          Works that happened because we have to be creative, we don't have the budget for big things, so using little Danish film-makers just needs to go different and some-time.. quite edgy. to stand out.. but making some-thing that feels like a big supehero blockbuster? … lol no, that single movie cost ten times as much to make as the leading Danish film studio uses on a year on several movies. Also note, they have to earn themselves in while only being distributed to five million people.. every-thing is small in Denmark.

          • Muthsarah

            Regarding Danish films, I’m planning on seeing “A Royal Affair” in a couple of days.  Was it a big deal in Denmark?  It apparently cost about 46 million kronor/$8 million, which per capita (FWIW), would make it the equivalent of a $480 million production here.  Was it a hit there?  Was it one of those made just for export?  Have you seen it?

            Don’t worry about spoiling anything, I’ve read the book it’s mostly based on (even if not officially).

            P.S. The population of Washington state (where I live, obviously, or I wouldn’t be mentioning it) is almost 7 million, and we’re not even in the top ten in population.  Denmark’s so tiny and cute! :D

          • Sofie Liv

             I havn’t seen it myself, but yep, it was actually a huge deal around here, and thankfully gained a lot of positive reviews.
            Also was it made for shipping all though not to the US, it was made for shipping to the UK. Which does make sense since the UK apparently are big fans of Danish film art, we are really highly regarded over there, it’s a little odd.

            And her, no, you mis-calculated that, 46 million kroner is the equalliant of 8 mio Dollars, there-fore in your terms the movie did cost 8 mio dollars. And believe me, that’s an enourmus deal for us, that usually never happens, and would never happen if the movie weren’t A; meant for shipping, B; was partially founded by the UK.. so no, didn’t pay for all of it ourselves.

            So yeah, heard it should be good, give it a go if you feel like it.. and yeah.. yeah we are.

          • Muthsarah

            I meant if you compared the size of the film’s budget with the population of the country making it.  If little Denmark, with its 5 million people, made an $8 million film, that would be like America, with 300 million people, making a $480 million film.  Ratios.  They’re…uhh…fun.

            I’m surprised that the UK is a big market for period costume dramas. I had assumed that the Brits made all those movies so they could sell them to us. :)

    • Wreck-It-Ralph is worth the wait. 
      It’s a great not-a-Pixar-movie.

      • Sofie Liv

         I believe you, don’t worry, having a movie not be as large scaled or go with a different style does NOT make it a worse film. And I’ve heard nothing but good things about Wreck-It-Ralph. How-ever, that is a movie that has yet to be actually released in cinema in this country, so I have have not, and cannot see it at current time.

  • Randolph Quazalpene

    Two Things:  1) in the modern day I still am amazed that they dont get that worldwide releases at the same time would actually stem spoilers; I also love it when distributors dont release stuff b/c their marketing dept told them dont bother releasing it in X place, but get upset/confused when it gets a bad rap and/or fan base before they get there (had this problem w/ iron sky, which was never released here, got it on DVD just recently that well run legally on our regional systems). 
    2) are you really in the movie sofie!!!!

    • Sofie Liv

       Probably would also help against pirating, not fixing it, but help a little (I’ve been to vietnam, i’ve seen the actual Pirate DVD stores there’s all over the place on that continent.)
      At this point in time, there’s just no reason for belated relases any-more. It hurts the movies way more than doing them any good in our modern world.

      Well, there’s a little blond girl in the movie, called “Sofie.” and not only is she called it, but she also looks like me, I had the exact same hair when I was that age! and personality wise reminds of a me in that age, it’s a bit uncanny, but it’s also adorable XD

      So yeah.. i’m sort of in the movie, or at least mini me is.

  • Where was Hanukkah Harry???!!!

    • Sofie Liv

       On holliday at Hawaii.

      All though, the movie does specificially state that more mystical creatures than just these five excists, a lot more, it just so happens that only these five were specifcially appointed guardians by the man in the moon, and he can appoint new guardians when-ever he feels like, so if you follow the rules of the movie, there could be a Hanukkah Harry some-where, he just hasn’t been appointed a guardian.

  • FEnM

    LOL!  Oh my God, you ARE in this movie!

    Nice “Suburban Knights” posted in the background.  (-:

    So..  I just saw this movie, today, and I loved it!  I agree, Disney and Pixar movies have gotten “‘smaller” lately, while Dreamworks’ have gotten more expansive.  This was so nice to see after the disappointment of “Brave”; I think it’s the best animated film I’ve seen since “How To Train Your Dragon”, which I love SO MUCH.

    Okay, I’m a little confused as to your issues with Pitch’s design?  Is it that he’s so plain? If so, than, yeah, I agree that he’s rather bland next to the good guys (especially the bad-ass Santa and the colorful Tooth Fairy).

    Anyway, thanks for the review.  (-: