So, did Rise of the Guardians rise to the occasion? Yes!
Let's start with the good news. The character design was spot on. Re-imagining childhood goody two shoes into badass action heroes is a fantastic feat!
The sad news is that the film falls flat in solidifying the characterization of each awesomely designed player. I blame this on shoddy storytelling. To elaborate...
Oh, and who the heck was the Man in the Moon?!
Oh yeah, I'd have to read Willaim Joyce's book for that.
The intention of Rise of the Guardians was indeed huge and great. I am all thumbs up at the underlying message of 'Finding Your Center'. But the execution was just way too cluttered. There were lacking set-ups, long drawn-out parts, and loopholes that even children in the audience raised their eyebrows to.
Just goes to show that no matter how brilliantly designed a movie character is, if the storytelling falls over the place --then the movie will teeter-totter between rising and falling.
It's still worth a watch though. Do it for youthful nostalgia and your love for action. To that, Rise of the Guardians rose fabulously.