Let’s go with the best animated film of the bunch this year: Rise of the Guardians: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1446192/
It comes in at 97 mins, is a PG and is in X-Wide. Our cinema has yet to screen the film, it is not scheduled this term and I don’t believe that there are plans to screen it next term.
A film that speaks of the wonder and dreams of childhood is beautifully brought to life by Dreamworks Animation and a score by the acclaimed Alexandre Desplat (Kings Speech, HP7 Pt. 2, Moonrise Kingdom). A grandiose adventure, where the mischievous Jack Frost (Pine) is called upon to assist the overwhelmed Guardians (Tooth Fairy, Santa, Sand-Man, Easter Bunny) in their fight to save the children of Earth from the clutches of the recently returned fear-wielding Pitch (Law), and in doing so prove himself worthy to join the ranks of the aforementioned Guardians.
Protagonist - Chris Pine
Antogonist - Jude Law
- Alec Baldwin
- Hugh Jackman
- Isla Fisher
Whilst promoted as a Christmas/Holiday film, this really is not anything of the sort (most the events happen around Easter… and only part of it takes place in the north-pole). Undeniably a children’s film, however following in the best traditions of Pixar the story contains adult motifs: of reluctant heroes, the protection of the innocence of children as a primacy, the difficulties of dealing with unwanted responsibilities and failure and that power gained through fear is caustic.
Though I will admit that it isn’t quite up there with the likes of Up, Wall-E and Toy Story - it is not far off (certainly an improvement on Brave) - and it is certainly the best offering this year (though admittedly I’ve yet to see Wreck-It Ralph, and would be willing to amend my opinion then). Though, as How to Train your Dragon proved: we don’t need a great film, we just need a good film (and this is the best you’re going to get with new release animation).