An old story, told in a new way.
It has been said that there are no new stories - that all plots are repetitive, and can be traced back to ancient times. The only difference is the way in which the story is told. Rise of the Guardians proves to be a delight to watch despite this.
The music by Alexandre Desplat underscores each moment perfectly, even though at times you'd be hard pressed to point it out instantly as being from Rise of the Guardians.It has moments that aren't as recognizable as "Swan Lake" or "The Nutcracker", but it does its job, and can tell the story just as easily despite that.
The story, while a treat, does suffer a little. For a newcomer, you would be wondering "why does Santa have yetis make the toys?" or "why is the Man in the Moon so important?". A definite point of contention is "why does everyone call Santa 'North'?". The story is hard to get fully into if you haven't read the books, but is a real treat if you have. In a way, the movie tries to market the books to the general public. It also suffers from being short - only an hour and a half long. This restrains the story, and it ends up having action without padding in places, making things a jumbled mess.
Another problem the movie has is it's release date. It has to contend with Twilight (insanely popular series that makes little sense), James Bond (little to be said there) and Life of Pi (based on the bestselling book of the same name). With all the big names, few people are concerned about going to see an animated film about fairytales. Due to executive decisions, movie that do poorly at the box office, especially opening week, rarely get sequels, which is bad since Del Toro wants to adapt the tale of North. Which would be awesome.
Finally, there's the idea of going to see it solely to dissect it and its ideals and themes. As an aspiring author, I can say that I prefer telling a story and crafting a world more than I like making something with ideas that will stand time's passing. And I look for an enjoyable story when I go to see a movie. If I like the story and the way it's told, then I like the movie. Some people aren't like that, and I think that they're missing out.
The art is great. A little plastic as times, but good. You can even see the veins on the characters, so they tried.
Story - 7/10
Music - 8/10
Art - 9/10
Presentation - 6/10