* AcclaimedFlop: Critics did like the movie, but it's considered a box-office failure for Dreamworks.
* ActorAllusion: When Sandy accidentally knocks them out, one of Bunnymund's floating carrots grabs one of North's floating candy canes and begins to dance. Now remember who voices [[Creator/HughJackman Bunnymund]].
** Also Bunnymund [[Film/XMenOriginsWolverine is afraid of flying]].
** And this isn't the first time a Chris Pine character has ended up [[Film/StarTrek in a hole in the ice]].
* AllStarCast: Order of the day for a [=DreamWorks=] animated film.
* BoxOfficeBomb: Lost the studio $87 million.
* CreatorKiller[=/=]StillbornFranchise: Almost. This was the first movie since ''WesternAnimation/SinbadLegendOfTheSevenSeas'' that lost the company money. DreamWorks was forced to lay off over 300 employees just to compensate for it. Since then, DreamWorks has come out to the public revealing that they need CashCowFranchise to stay afloat, and given that this movie flopped, chances of a sequel are not likely.
* DawsonCasting: Voice casting anyway, maybe. Jack Frost looks like a teenager and his voice is a lot more mature than you'd expect from a teenage boy, though not to the point of being unbelievable.
** Could cross over into FridgeBrilliance -- Jack's voice letting the audience know that he is [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld much, much older than he looks]].
** Also note that in his [[spoiler:flashback scene]], Jack's voice was ''slightly'' more high-pitched.
* DoingItForTheArt: The directors' commentary consists almost entirely of the directors geeking out over how beautiful the movie is and giving a ShoutOut to the designers and animators who made it so.
* FakeNationality: Creator/AlecBaldwin gives North a booming Russian accent, and the very American Tooth Fairy is voiced by the decidedly Australian Creator/IslaFisher. Her compatriot Creator/HughJackman (for once) gets to avert this trope in a non-Australian production as Bunnymund.
* HeyItsThatVoice:
** [[Creator/HughJackman Bunnymund]] is [[Film/{{X-Men}} Wolverine]], Film/VanHelsing, [[Film/HappyFeet Memphis]], [[Film/LesMiserables2012 Jean Valjean]], and [[WesternAnimation/FlushedAway Roddy]].
** [[Creator/ChrisPine Jack Frost]] is [[Film/StarTrek James T. Kirk]].
** [[Creator/JudeLaw Pitch]] is [[Film/AIArtificialIntelligence Gigolo Joe]] and [[Film/SherlockHolmes Dr. Watson]].
** [[Creator/AlecBaldwin North]] is [[Film/TheDeparted Capt. George Ellerby]] and [[Series/ThirtyRock Jack Donaghy]], dammit.
** [[Creator/IslaFisher Tooth]] is [[Film/WeddingCrashers Gloria Cleary]] and [[Film/TheGreatGatsby Myrtle Wilson]].
** [[Film/RealSteel Jamie is the Easter Bunny's Son]], [[{{Film/Thor}} as well as a young Guardian of Earth himself.]]
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio was originally going to voice Jack Frost, but he dropped out supposedly because of schedule conflicts. His voice is somewhat higher and would've fit Jack's apparent age more than Creator/ChrisPine's. (Leonardo had previously played a character named [[Film/{{Titanic}} Jack]] as well.)[[note]][[spoiler:Which would have been one ''hell'' of an ActorAllusion as both versions of Jack involve death by drowning in freezing cold water!]][[/note]]
** Early casting reports also reported Creator/ChristopherLee as a choice for the voice of North.
** This is why Bunnymund is such a different character- he ''was'' going to be closer to the books until they brought Creator/HughJackman in as his voice; which is where he then immediately became the warrior type he is in the movie.
** Creator/GuillermoDelToro's suggestion for the story was to have Jamie be the AudienceSurrogate. And at least one early version had the climax take a darker turn in which Pitch uses his Nightmare Galleon to harpoon the Moon to create an eclipse to gather his dark forces under for an assault against the Man in the Moon himself.
*** And as shown in the Art Book of Rise of the Guardians there are several illustrations of Sandy's Sandship, which flies around the world constantly remaining within the twilight time zone region to help Sandy spread dreams. The ship took many forms all revolving around an ocean theme with the ship even resembling a turtle and whale at one point. The ship was to be included in battle against Pitch, where the Nightmares overpowering the ship and eventually consuming it, with Jack reaching out for [[GoingDownWithTheShip Sandy's hand before he fades as well]].
** [[http://rufftoon.tumblr.com/post/41565341085/animationtidbits-rise-of-the-guardians-shane#notes Some more early concept art for the film]] reveals that initial designs for Pitch were much more demonic and nightmarish than the film's version of him, which isn't all that different from the books. The concept art also reveals a scene in which Pitch joins with his nightmare sand and becomes as tall as a skyscraper, raining nightmares down upon the world, with Jack clinging on for dear life and looking down at the nightmare sand entering peoples' homes.
** There was almost a Jack Frost doll made by Creator/{{Mattel}}.
** There were early storyboards depicting a very different plot of the story, in which Toothiana meets Jack first, she promises to get his teeth back, Bunnymund is still a professor-rabbit, etc. The storyboard had Toothiana being kidnapped numerous times and seemed to lead more to the Tooth x Jack ShipTease.
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