Hugh Jackman Weekend – Rise of the Guardians (2012)

Director: Peter Ramsey

Writer: David Lindsay-Abaire (Screenplay) William Joyce (Book)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Jude Law, Isla Fisher, Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo, Khamani Griffin


Plot: When the evil spirit Pitch launches an assault on Earth, the Immortal Guardians team up to protect the innocence of children all around the world.

Tagline – The Sandman Is More Than A Dream

Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Fun Family Animation


Story: Rise of the Guardians starts when Pitch or the boogeyman decides he wants to take back his role as the one children feared, the guardians of childhood memories, North (Santa), Tooth (tooth fairy), Bunny (Easter Bunny) and Sandy (Sandman) must bring in the newest guardians Jack Frost, the one that is being ignored as never believed in by children.

When Pitch starts to gain more power, the guardians must use all their abilities to fight back to keep the childhood hopes and happiness alive as Jack will find his place along side the guardians.


Thoughts on Rise of the Guardians


Characters – Jack Frost is the spiritual figure that nobody believes in, he keeps children happy everyday, but no one will remember him for his work, now he gets given a chance to become a guardian giving him the chance to be the hero the world needs. North is the leader of the guardians the first selected to help to replace Pitch giving the children of the world hope, even if he does feel like colossus from Deadpool. Pitch was once the one that struck fear into children, he wants his crown back and will look to take the belief out of any children in the world. Tooth, Bunny and Sandy make up the rest of the guardians that have mixed feelings towards Jack being chosen as their newest member. Using the iconic fantasy characters does make us understand what they thieve for, but is often used for a pun throughout the film.

StoryThe story here follows a reckless potential new guardian that must prove his place in the guardians with the much more experienced and famous icons of fantasy. While this does follow a generic idea, it is fun throughout and does play into the idea of childhood innocence keeping legends alive. The idea of Jack Frost needing to find his place in the battle is the strongest part of the film and is easily the one part of the film you want to see most of.

Adventure/FantasyThe adventure that Jack Frost must go on brings him to the next moment of his stage of immortality, being on a level with a Santa or Tooth Fairy, this is him finding himself in this world that is full of fantasy icons that children will always be believing in.

SettingsThe film takes us to different lands which would be the ones you would imagine finding the fantasy icons, the north pole being the most iconic.

AnimationThe animation standard is top notch just like we are expecting from a major study involvement in a film.

Scene of the Movie –
The final battle.

That Moment That Annoyed Me A lot of the jokes are aimed at how people would imagine talking to each of the guardians.

Final ThoughtsThis is a fantasy family animation that can be enjoyed by all, it doesn’t over test the audience and comes off fun throughout.


Overall: Fun family animation that will give you a smile.




ABC Film Challenge – Animation – M – Meet the Robinsons (2007)

Director: Stephen J Anderson

Writer: Jon Bernstein, Michelle Bochner Spitz, Don Hall, Nathan Greno, Aurian Redson, Joseph Mateo, Stephen J Anderson (Screenplay) William Joyce (Book)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Angela Bassett, Daniel Hansen, Jordan Fry, Matthew Josten, John H H Ford, Dara McGarry


Plot: Lewis is a brilliant inventor who meets mysterious stranger named Wilbur Robinson, whisking Lewis away in a time machine and together they team up to track down Bowler Hat Guy in a showdown that ends with an unexpected twist of fate.

Tagline – If you think your family’s different, wait ’til you meet the family of the future.

Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes


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Verdict: Nice and Simple Animation


Story: Meet the Robinson starts as we meet orphan Lewis, a brilliant inventor that keeps getting over looked for adoption, tired of this, he uses his intervention skills to build a machine which could open the door to memories. When this ends up going wrong, he meets Wilbur a boy from the future, the two go into the future where Lewis will be in his element with the world being full of inventors.

Lewis while happy here must fix the time machine and return to his own time to finish his memory scanner before the future he is in now changes.


Thoughts on Meet the Robinson


Characters – Lewis is an orphan with bring dreams of being an amazing and brilliant inventor, when he gets a new friend in Wilbur that takes him to the future and his family of inventors, Lewis might have found his place in the world. Lewis is the typical Disney hero figure, worried about one part of their life while missing the truth about another part. Wilbur is the boy from the future that is trying to make up for his own mistake which could change the future he now lives in, this character shows us just what type of responsibility youngsters will need to learn about.

StoryThe story follows a young boy as he looks for answers to why he became an orphan, but over the span of his adventure he ends up in the future where he learns the importance of keeping on working towards his own destiny in typical Disney storytelling process. The story does feel like a flashy version of the Sims video game which is strange for large parts, it does have too many easy twists too.

Adventure/Comedy/Family/Sci-FiThe adventure takes our young orphan inventor to the future which plays into the sci-fi ideas which is his dreams throughout. The comedy is hit or miss with most missing in the most part though.

SettingsThe settings bring us to a future where inventors have become celebrities and their creations are everywhere with everyone using them.

AnimationThe animation works well but you do feel it could have been at a higher level for Disney.

Scene of the Movie –
Closing sequences.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It misses the jokes too many times.

Final ThoughtsThis is a basic animated movie that is everything Disney do when it comes to being safe.


Overall: Safe Disney movie.




Epic (2013)

logoDirector: Chris Wedge

Writer: James V. Hart, William Joyce, Daniel Shere, Tom J. Astle, Matt Ember (Screenplay) William Joyce, James V. Hart, Chris Wedge (Story)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Amanda Seyfried, Josh Hutcherson, Jason Sudeikis, Colin Farrell, Beyoncé Knowles, Chris O’Dowd, Christoph Waltz, Aziz Ansari, Blake Anderson  

Plot: Young Mary Katherine (M.K) returns to her eccentric scientist father’s home, but his all-consuming quest to discover a tiny civilization in the neighbouring forest drives them apart. However, M.K soon finds herself shrunken down by Queen Tara of that forest who was mortally wounded by the putrefying Boggans, and charged to deliver a pod bearing the new Queen to safety. Together with a veteran Leafman warrior, two goofy mollusks and a young maverick, M.K agrees to help. As the villainous Boggan leader Mandrake closes in, M.K and her new friends must draw on the best of them together and discover what they have to save their world.  

Verdict: It is amazing what goes on in your backyard

Story: We have a mix of the generic rebelling against parental figures here, following a human girl struggle with a relationship with her father and his strange ways. We also have a leaf man, who refuses to listen to his teacher, but both learn to accept that they are who they are and they need these people in their lives. With all that going on we also have a battle between light and dark trying to control the forest. Having all the young characters learning that they have a responsibility to become the heroes in their own right we see how unity will save the day. (7/10)  

Character Reviews  


M.K.: Sent to live with her estranged father who has given up everything to prove the existence of the forest people, she becomes one after saving the next queen, M.K learns that she is only alone because she chooses to be and that however different family is, it is all you have. (8/10)  


Nod: The reluctant hero in the making among the leaf men, who wants to do things his way instead of listening to his mentor. Good hero that eventually shines character but nothing truly stands out here. (6/10)  


Mandrake: The evil dark destroyer of the forest who sees that this moment is his chance to final take over the forest. Good villain but nothing that we haven’t seen before. (7/10)  


Grub: The snail guardian of the pod who joins the adventure with his partner, they both provide good comic relief but are not a double act you will remember for long.(5/10)  

Queen Tara: She is the one creature who can help the forest regrow but when her time comes to pass over that power to the next generation she has to select the pod, but while doing so she is killed by the evil Mandrake. She helps the story happen and her fighting spirit sums up her leadership and good nature. (8/10)  


Ronin: The hero leaf man who vows to protect the queen at all costs, but when he fails he will give up everything to make sure he protects the pod and that the kingdom remains. Good hero role but like most characters in this, it’s nothing new. (7/10)  ronin

Mub: The slug guardian of the pod, provides the laughs with Grub but all simple jokes. (5/10)  mud

Director Review: Chris Wedge – With the films that he has under his belt I would expect better, but this is just average animated adventure. (6/10)  

Adventure: The adventure side of the story is very good, filled with peril throughout. (8/10)

Animation: The animation quality is top level which is what you would expect from the company and people behind it. (9/10)

Family: Very good for the family to enjoy. (9/10)

Settings: Each setting makes for a different type of peril, adding to the story. (9/10)

Suggestion: This is one for the kids to enjoy, it has a few adult jokes but nothing to crude. (Show The Kids)  

Best Part: The dog

Worst Part: It is basically the borrowers in the forest.

Action Scene Of The Film: The chase from Mandrake.

Funniest Scene: The dog chasing small version of M.K

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Could have one.  

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $268,426,634

Budget: $100 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 42 Minutes

Tagline: Prepare for something epic  

Overall: Simple Adventure Fantasy Rating 70