When I first saw the trailer for this film, I knew I was going to go and see it at some point. The animation looked amazing and the story intrigued me. It sort of mirrors the Avengers but instead of superheroes we have legendary figures – Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, Sandman and Jack Frost, all working together to defeat the evil Bogeyman.
The animation definitely lived up to expectations throughout the film. I loved the level of detail and quality. The effects of Jack Frost’s snow and ice, the sandman’s dreams and the bogeyman’s nightmares made the film colourful and magical to watch.
(Jack Frost, voiced by Chris Pine)
As far as character designs go, I loved how they used unconventional designs for the guardians. It definitely set the film apart from the usual Christmas films about Santa and elves. I especially loved the Russian, sword-wielding, tattooed, and technologically advanced Santa Claus.
The characters aren’t just pretty faces though, while some are more rounded than others, I found myself sympathising with all of them. I was getting involved in their back-stories, wanting them to do the right thing and feeling genuinely concerned when they were in danger. The only downside to this was also feeling the same way about the bad guy, which I’m pretty sure wasn’t supposed to happen.
There were some funny lines, but I wouldn’t say they were laugh out loud moments. Obviously, the humour is aimed at kids and I’m sure they’d find it hilarious. There weren’t a lot of hidden ‘grown-up’ jokes like you might find in Shrek. However, there was one part involving one of the elves that made me laugh for way longer than it probably should have. I won’t spoil it.
The only bad thing I can say about this film is that it was predictable in some places (the most predictable being that the bad guy is, of course, British). And yes, it is pretty much another of those ‘I do believe in fairies, I do, I do’ kind of Christmas films. I could guess pretty easily what was about to happen. But again, this is for kids and as far as plots go, I would say this is a good one for the type of film it is, with enough twists and turns to set it apart from the others.
Overall, I think it’s a great film and it definitely filled me up with excitement for winter and Christmas.