Review: “Eyes full of wonder, with dreams that are waiting to be fulfilled…”. What a wonderful world it is! Like every year, this holiday season comes a specially made film for kids, teens and adults that shall leave you with that warm, fuzzy feeling that shall linger on for a long time after. The film comes with no set agenda, it is meant to be a family entertainer and it proves itself so. Peter Ramsey, previously associated with films such as Shark Tale, makes a great effort delivering a film that will be savored across all age groups.
The film talks about the ‘guardians’ of the children across the world and the challenges they face while having to save them from the dark side of life. There’s North, better known as Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin), Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman), Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher), Sandman (The Dream Weaver) and their newest contemporary, Jack Frost (Chris Pine) – all guided by the Man on the Moon. He is the supreme power to have decided who should be bestowed with the special powers to protect the children of the Earth, so their dreams stay alive. The film will give you a very Avengers-like feeling, since it pretty much celebrates the coming together of the guardians to fight for one cause, against one evil force – Pitch (Jude Law) – also known as the Boogie Man.
It’s easy to be transported back to the time when we were kids and did all the same things the film portrays. The only part that might be disconnect in the film is the lesser understanding amongst kids in India of some of the holidays as celebrated by the Western World. The film’s concept although great, shall still seem confusing to some. With superb animation (Dreamworks) coming into play, the disconnect in the story hits harder than it should have. But again, the end result was still amazing. So, the brownie points just swept in like a breeze in the summer.
You believe, you smile and you dream – that’s how you look at life with rose-tinted glasses, yes. Based on William Joyce’s, The Guardians of Childhood book series and The Man in the Moon short film by Joyce and Reel FX, this one is highly recommended to everyone. Perhaps, it could make it to your list of DVD collectibles. Enjoy the beginning of the holidays with this film that’s nothing short of being a red-velvet cupcake.
Release date: Dec 21, 2012
Genre: Adventure, Animation, Family
Voice Over: Isla Fisher, Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo, Khamani Griffin, Kamil McFadden and Jude Law
Director: Peter Ramsey
Length: 1 hr 37 mins
Writer: David Lindsay-Abaire, William Joyce