Hypable Movie Review: ‘Rise of the Guardians’

10:00 am EDT, November 21, 2012

Rise of the Guardians, DreamWorks’ latest animated adventure, is a must-see family movie for the holiday season. With the re-imagining of fairytale characters into superhero-like protectors of children, the story is sure to please.

The story follows our hero, a puckish-like version of Jack Frost (Chris Pine), as he tries to discover the purpose of his existence. As far as mythical beings goes, he is an unknown who doesn’t really get along with the other characters, especially the E. Aster Bunny (Hugh Jackman). However, when an enemy from the past reappears, the Guardians need all the help they can get. Pitch (Jude Law) – also known as the Boogeyman – is set to unleash his nightmares on the children of the world and rule with fear. The Guardians’ true purpose is to protect the children’s belief in them, for without that belief they wouldn’t exist.

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The story is populated with well-known characters such as Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin), better known as North, the Sandman, and the Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher). However, the re-imagining of these characters – North has naughty and nice tattoos while the Tooth Fairy is a beautiful hummingbird-like creature – is what makes the movie unique. The sidekicks such as North’s minion-like elves and hardworking Yetis bring added humor to the story. The characters are perfectly voiced, especially Alec Baldwin’s North.

The story works for many reasons. First, it isn’t pegged as one mythology or another, it is based on universal characters that even if you don’t celebrate Christmas or Easter, you’ll find someone you know. Even though this is being released during the holiday season the movie isn’t actually about Christmas. The story focuses more on the strength of believing in something and fears than it does on holidays. While there are healthy doses of humor there are also quieter moments, especially surrounding Jack’s origin story.

The film is visually stunning with nightmares that glitter like black sand and ice that crystallize in snowflake-like patterns. The story is thematically rich, combining William Joyce’s novel, Nicholas St. North and the Nightmare King, with his picture book The Sandman. While the movie doesn’t match up exactly to the novels, it is an excellent story on its own. The movie is definitely something that the whole family can enjoy.

Grade: A

Rated: PG (for thematic elements and some mildly scary action)

Rise of the Guardians opens nationwide on November 21, 2012.

The film adaptation of Wicked is currently in production and Stephen Schwartz revealed at Comic Con that the film will feature plenty of new songs!

Warm up those vocal pipes and get your best “Defying Gravity” cape dry cleaned, the Wicked film is gearing up for production at long last! The Broadway hit, currently in its 13th year, has had audiences clamoring for a filmed production since Idina Menzel Kristin Chenoweth brought Elphba and Glinda to life. Now, that dream is becoming a reality, but probably not with the original cast.

At the CW3PR’s 8th Annual Behind-The-Music: Crime, Death and Resurrection Panel at Comic Con, Stephen Schwartz the man behind the music of Wicked appeared to announce that the film will feature songs both old and new. The “old” of course includes songs from the stage production such as “Defying Gravity,” “Popular,” and most likely, “One Fine Day.” But it also includes songs that were written and cut from the production before its Broadway opening.

Winnie Holzman will be writing the screenplay as she also wrote the book to the stage show based on Gregory Maguire’s novel. Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot) is attached to direct.

You can watch Schwartz’s announcement from the panel below!

Now its time to start some casting speculations! It is my hope that the casting director sticks with strong Broadway talent to carry the roles. The musical has enough of a following to garner a strong viewership, but it also wouldn’t hurt to throw Menzel and Chenoweth in for a cameo or two!

Wicked is expected to hit theaters in December 2019.

U! S! A! U! S! A! A new Fantastic Beasts poster debuting at San Diego Comic-Con has American pride peppered into the design, giving us a hint at the film’s plot.

The film’s official social media channels unveiled Fantastic Beasts’ SDCC poster on Friday morning, just a day before the movie hosts a panel at the conference with the cast and crew. Presumably these posters will be handed out on the show floor, and/or at the Fantastic Beasts event.

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There’s a lot to unpack in this poster, which features Newt and a brightly lit “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” sign.

Newt is looking over his shoulder in the middle, holding a wand in one hand and a suitcase (with a beast trying to get out!) in the other. Supporting characters Graves, Jacob, Queenie, and Tina appear in the wings. Also here: Our very first looks at two female characters. We believe the one in the bottom left is Mary Lou, played by Samantha Morton. The guy on the right is Credence played by Ezra Miller.

So what’s with the American flags? They’re not only to remind fans that the movie is set in New York — We believe they’re teasing an election of some sort. The last Fantastic Beasts trailer briefly depicted a political event (See a screenshot below). We’re guessing an election will be taking place over the course of the movie with possible ramifications for the well-being of the North American Wizarding World.

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Fantastic Beasts opens this November. Return to Hypable on Saturday to check out our coverage of everything that happens during the movie’s panel!

Have a round, or two, with Lin-Manuel Miranda when he steps in to tell the story of Alexander Hamilton on Drunk History.

Comedy Central is keeping Lin-Manuel Miranda connected to Hamilton for a little while longer by setting the scribe up on the next season of Drunk History to spin another verse about the founding father. The show will concentrate on the rivalry between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton duel that resulted in SPOILER Hamilton’s death.

Hamilton was the first subject that the series took on in season one. With the rising success of the Broadway hit, fans clamored for Lin-Manuel Miranda to give Alexander Hamilton a reprise on the series.

Miranda is not throwing away his shot at telling another version of Hamilton’s decision to throw away his on the shores of New Jersey in 1804. Even though Miranda stepped away from the show on July 9, we expect to see him sticking close to the production for quite a while, especially as the show begins performances across the nation.

Miranda was not the only guest announced for Drunk History‘s fourth season. Joining him will be Aubrey Plaza, Ben Folds, Billie Joe Armstrong, Busy Phillips, Dave Grohl, Ed Helms, Elizabeth Olsen, Josh Charles, Mae Whitman, Michael Cera, Rachel Bilson, and Tony Hale, to name a few.

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Drunk History returns for its fourth season on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 10:30 p.m. ET on Comedy Central.