The Sixth Annual James Proclaims Advent Calendar of Christmas(ish) Films – Door 13

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2012’s DreamWorks feature Rise of the Guardians is a fun little adventure movie that doesn’t require a great deal of effort on the part of the viewer. Indeed, it’s all quite prosaic from a storytelling perspective, but it looks great, and has a voice-cast that is nothing short of stellar.

Really its USP is the fact that the eponymous guardians are the folkloric figures we all know and love from childhood – notably the ‘big three’ of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy, but also the Sandman and Jack Frost. And the bad guy is the Bogeyman.

It’s an interesting concept that is quite probably underused, but Rise of the Guardians knows its audience and I’m pretty sure I’d have loved this as a kid.

Score for Christmasishness

This has to be the most Christmassy movie ever made to be set at Easter. Santa Claus is one of the main characters and we get the full works of sleigh, reindeer and elves. And the base of the eponymous guardians is his workshop. Also, because Jack Frost is one of the characters, we also get a lot of snow and ice to add to the Christmasishness. But the movie can’t quite get full marks because, when all is said and done, it is still set in April. Which is not Christmas.

  3 comments for “The Sixth Annual James Proclaims Advent Calendar of Christmas(ish) Films – Door 13

  1. December 13, 2022 at 5:32 am

    It behoves us to remember that Santa does have a life outside of December, so thank you for implicitly acknowledging that with this fulsome score.

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  2. December 13, 2022 at 2:56 pm

    Cadburys eggs for Christmas dinner – YUM!

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  3. December 13, 2022 at 6:09 pm

    We’ve seen this several times and I really like this film. The rivalry between Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny is far too much fun.

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