Rise of The Guardians (DreamWorks) – 2012

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Rise of the Guardians
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Summary:

(Warning: This movie may be frightening to small children)

Jack Frost is “born” into a magical being. The moon has told him his name, but nothing of who he is, or what his purpose might be, which frustrates Jack to no end. No one sees him, or believes in him, so he pushes away his loneliness with mysterious pranks of ice and snow to make the children laugh. Kids love his snow days from school, and he makes the cold fun by starting snowball fights and sled rides. The Guardians also came into being by the moon: North (aka Santa), Sandman, Easter Bunny and Tooth (leader of the tooth fairies). But another has also come into being in this way: Pitch Black, also known as the Boogie Man. Pitch has discovered how to take Sandman’s dream sand and transform it to create nightmares. These horse-like creatures can smell fears, and prey upon them. By destroying the Guardians, who protect the hopes and dreams of children, Pitch wishes to bring a rebirth to the Dark Ages, when everyone lived in fear. The Guardians will need help, and the moon has chosen Jack Frost. However, Jack enjoys fun times, and isn’t interested in the seriousness of the Guardians. Meanwhile, Pitch has ransacked Tooth Castle, stolen all of the teeth, and kidnapped the fairies. Jack learns that the reason the tooth fairies collect the teeth is because they contain a child’s most precious memories. By guarding them, they can help a child recollect these moments when they most need to. Jacks teeth (from when he was a mortal) were stolen as well. Once he learns that he had a life before he became Jack Frost, he is determined to help the Guardians so that he may learn who he used to be, and hopefully discover his purpose for having this new life that the moon has chosen for him. Unfortunately, battling Pitch proves to be difficult. With each destructive plan of his, children stop believing in the Guardians. As the number of believers dwindles, the Guardians grow weaker. Soon, there is only one child remaining. That child must be protected, and now, Jack is the only one strong enough to face Pitch.

Lessons:

This is the story of Jack Frost, and his journey to discover who he is, and what his purpose is on earth. His greatest wish is to simply have someone believe in him. Many people can relate to this frustration. It often takes a long time for a person to discover their center – the core aspect of their personality. This story stresses the ideas of playing to your strengths and enjoying the ride along the way. Even when gripped with fear, trying to find the good in the situation can help you get through it. Jack Frost has decided that when he is afraid, he’d rather “have some fun instead”. This turns what you are afraid of into a game, so that it is easier to deal with. The other Guardians: North, Easter Bunny, Sandman, and Tooth Fairy discover that sometimes you need to step into someone else’s shoes (or learn their history) to truly appreciate them.

(If you have additional ideas on how this film can be used for educational purposes, please let us know in the comments below.)

Quotes:

Jack Frost: (First Lines)  Darkness. That’s the first thing I remember. It was dark, and it was cold. And I was scared.

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Jamie’s Mother: Jamie, hat! [Jamie stops, annoyed, as his mother puts a hat on his head] You don’t want Jack Frost nipping at your nose.

Jamie: Who’s Jack Frost?

Jamie’s Mother: No one, honey. It’s just an expression.

Jack Frost: (indignant) Hey!

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Tooth: [as a new Guardian is being chosen by the Man in the Moon]

Tooth: I wonder who it’s gonna be!

Sandy: [Sandy depicts a four-leaf clover over his head suggesting the Leprechaun]

Tooth: Maybe the Leprechaun?

Bunny: Please not the Ground Hog, please not the Ground Hog…

North: [the Guardian’s image comes into focus] Jack Frost?

Bunny: I take it back, the Ground Hog’s fine!

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Jack Frost: You’re all hard work and deadlines, and I’m all snowballs and fun times.

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North: Who are you, Jack Frost? What is your center?

Jack Frost: My center?

North: If Man in Moon chose you to be a Guardian, you must have something very special inside.

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[North is trying to explain to Jack what a “center” is, using a Matryoshka doll. Jack takes it apart and sees at the center…]

Jack Frost: (dryly) There’s a tiny wooden baby.

North: Look closer. What do you see?

JackFrost: You have big eyes…

North: Yes! Big eyes, very big, because they are full of wonder. That is my center. It is what I was born with, eyes that have only seen the wonder in everything! Eyes that see lights in the trees and magic in the air. This wonder is what I put into the world, and what I protect in children. It is what makes me a guardian. It is my center, what is yours?

Jack Frost: I don’t know.

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Jamie Bennett: What if we stop believing in you?

Jack Frost: Hey, slow down, slow down! Are you telling me to stop believing in the moon when the sun comes up?

Jamie Bennett: No.

Jack Frost: Well, do you stop believing in the sun when the clouds block it out?
Jamie Bennett: No.

Jack Frost: We’ll always be there, Jamie. And now, we’ll always be here. (points to Jamie’s heart) Which kind of makes you a Guardian too.

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