By Ranny Levy, President/Founder of Kids First!
The latest film from Dreamworks offers you a perfect choice to share with your grandkids ages 3 and up – depending on their ability to enjoy fantasy characters. Calling in the voice talents of Alec Baldwin and Hugh Jackman, among others, DreamWorks Animation put together a company of superheroes made up of such childhood idols as the Easter Bunny (under the slightly different name of E. Aster Bunnymund), Santa and the Tooth Fairy. If that sounds a little mixed up, eight-year-old KIDS FIRST! youth film critic Morgan Bertsch finds that to be part of the 3-D movie’s charm: “It mixes up holidays, so you can watch it year around and get into the mood for the seasons,” she says. And there are plenty of heroes to go around: The Guardians need to protect the children from losing hope, but it’s the children who keep the world safe by having hope. KIDS FIRST! critic, Cheyenne Nguyen points out the lesson in this movie: “Find Your Passion And You Will Know Your Purpose In Life.”
Paramount Pictures is releasing Rise of the Guardians on November 21, just in time for Thanksgiving.
Rise of the Guardians
Reviewed by Morgan Bertsch
Video review here
I have seen a lot of movies, and this movie had the most amazing graphics and best 3-D I have ever seen. I felt like I was in the same room as the scenes. The snowflakes come right at you and make you feel like it is really snowing on you. The Man in the Moon needs the help of The Guardians to defeat the evil Pitch. The Guardians are amazing. The animators and writers did a stupendous job of creating believable characters.
The Guardians consist of Santa, who is fromRussia. He is jolly and lives in an amazing castle. He has the cutest elves with jingle bells on their heads. They are very funny and helpful. The Easter Bunny is tough. He’s fromAustraliaand has a boomerang. His adorable eggs actually have legs and can run around.
The Tooth fairy is very different. She is a bird. She has pink wings and blue and green feathers. Her baby birds that help her are the sweetest little creatures. The Sandman is the one who makes all your dreams come true while you are sleeping. The graphics for his amazing talents were fabulous.
Jack Frost was one of my favorites. Everything he touches turn into frost. The animation of the frost covering everything was absolutely beautiful.
Pitch wants the world to be dark and sad and to lose all hope. The children keep the world safe by having hope. Santa has a magic globe, which is bright with lights as long as the children believe, but once they stop believing their light goes out.
The intricate design of the scenery was the best I have ever seen. Everything, from the smallest detail to the large wandering dinosaurs, is breathtaking.
This movie is humorous, adorable and magical. My favorite scenes are when the Easter Bunny goes on a sleigh ride with Santa Clause and also when the baby eggs are running around. The sandman’s magic makes your heart glow.
The message is to stop and find out what makes you special. You have to find out what it is that you do best and find your center so you know how to make yourself and others happy.
I love this movie. It mixes up holidays, so you can watch it year around and get into the mood for the seasons.
I recommend this for ages 6 and up. Pitch is frightening. The oversized Santa might be too much for the little ones because — I am not joking — he looks like you are right next to him.
I give this movie five *****out of five twinkling stars.
Rise of the Guardians
by Cheyenne Nguyen
Video review here
Today I am reviewing Rise of the Guardians in 3D. This is a magical movie with all the favorite childhood guardians comes together to protect the children.
This is another great movie from DreamWorks. Santa Clause (Alec Baldwin), Easter Bunny (Hugh Jack man), Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher), Sandman and Jack Frost (Chris Pine) are chosen by the man in the moon to guard the children. They make sure that all children have wonderful dreams and faith. The more the children believe in the guardians the more power they have.
However, the Boogie man (Jude Law) rise to take over the sweet dreams and create nightmares. Children are beginning to lose faith in the guardians. Without faith or believes, the guardians will disappear and the lights will turn off and the earth will be filled with darkness. This is when the guardians join forces to fight the Boogie man. However, Jack Frost did not join forces to fight. He just wanted to have fun and not worry about anything.
There are so many funny lines in this movie. My favorite part of the movie is when the Tooth Fairy looks at the collection of teeth; she knows which one flosses and who it belongs to.
The part I did not like is the Boogie man seems so real and I don’t want to see him when I sleep.
The 3D special effects in this movie are so clear it is unbelievable. When Jack Frost is flying it feels like you flying with him and actually feels the cold air. The rivers of colors are so bright and clear. However, the music is so and so, not very exciting.
The lesson in this movie is finding your passion and you will know your purpose in life.
The customs are so awesome. Especially the Fairies and Santa and his elves.
The message in this movie is joining forces can be more powerful than being by yourself.
My favorite character is Jack Frost. He’s very fun to be around.
I rank this movie 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 3 and up.
Morgan review http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o28lnEuBM6Q
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