Rise of the Guardians

Nov. 20, 2012 | 7:00 a.m.

‘Rise of the Guardians’ creators took Santa and Co. seriously

Jack Frost, voiced by Chris Pine, left, and Tooth, voiced by Isla Fisher
Santa and the Easter Bunny are constantly one-upping each other, the Tooth Fairy feels overworked, Jack Frost is a perpetual adolescent and the Boogeyman is having an identity crisis. These are the workplace dynamics of the childhood characters who populate the new DreamWorks Animation fantasy-adventure film “Rise of the Guardians,” which opens Wednesday. The idea to unite the different folkloric figures in one narrative began more than a decade ago with children’s author and illustrator William Joyce, who wanted to write a series of picture books and novels called “The Guardians of Childhood” that told the legends’ origin stories much the way that comic books unspool the back stories of Spider-Man and Batman. Joyce was inspired by a question his 6-year-old daughter, Mary Katherine, had asked him — are Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny friends? With movie studios hungry […]
Dec. 23, 2011 | 7:08 a.m.

‘Rise of the Guardians’: Santa Claus gets the Superman treatment

This post has been corrected, as indicated below. William Joyce first began crafting back stories for Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy nearly 20 years ago, as bedtime tales for his own children. Now Joyce’s storytelling is spawning the 2012 Dreamworks Animation movie “Rise of the Guardians” and an accompanying series of young adult fantasy novels, the first of which, “Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King,” hit stores in October. “It seemed odd and slightly criminal that we know what Superman’s origins are, but these guys that we believe in, we don’t know,” said Joyce, a children’s author and illustrator whose book “A Day with Wilbur Robinson” was the basis for the 2007 Walt Disney animated movie “Meet the Robinsons” and whose Disney Channel series “Rolie Polie Olie” has won three Emmy awards. “I remember as […]
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