"Rise of the Guardians" is based on the more indelibly titled book "The Guardians of Childhood" by William Joyce, but the name isn't the only thing that's been rendered forgettable in this uninspired computer-animated adaptation. The very idea behind the story—the joining-together of Old St. Nick with, among others, the Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy—immediately zaps a person's imagination into overdrive at all of the limitless possibilities that could be done with such a premise. For the most part, however, it's a wasted concept that fails to take advantage of its own originality. Combine this with disappointingly off-putting character designs, a frantic pace that needs to slow its roll, and a distinct lack of holiday spirit—all of the trailers and ads promoting the picture as a Christmas movie are lying—and what is left more resembles a stocking filled with coal rather than gifts and candy.
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