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Far better than its performance at the box office would lead you to believe, Rise of the Guardians is filled with plenty of action, a Russian Santa Claus with swords (voiced complete with Russian accent by Alec Baldwin), an Australian Easter Bunny who whips boomerangs like ninja stars, really interesting takes on both Jack Frost and especially The Tooth Fairy as well as a nasty villain begging me to ask: why didn’t more people see this as it seems to have had all of the elements of a great children’s adventure film?

The North Pole's version of Harry Powell from The Night of the Hunter?

The North Pole’s version of Harry Powell from The Night of the Hunter?