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  • Acclaimed Flop: Critics did like the movie, but it's considered a box-office failure for DreamWorks since the actual revenue did not meet the cost of production and advertisement. In fact, the losses forced DreamWorks to lay off over three hundred workers!
  • All-Star Cast: Order of the day for a DreamWorks animated film.
  • Box Office Bomb: Lost the studio $87 million.
  • Creator Killer:
    • Almost at the start. This was the first in-house movie since Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas that lost the company money (Flushed Away from Aardman also bombed, but DWA only distributed that one, and the results ended their relationship with Aardman). DreamWorks was forced to lay off over 300 employees to compensate for it. Since then, DreamWorks has come out to the public revealing that they need to focus on their Cash Cow Franchise(s) to stay afloat, and given that this movie flopped, chances of a sequel are not likely.
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    • Rise of the Guardians was the first in a chain of films that were either not critically successful enough or not commercially successful enough due to combined high budgets and marketing costs .(During this period there were three exceptions: The Croods, How to Train Your Dragon, and Kung Fu Panda 3 which were major hits.) Their most recent movie, Home, was a financial success, but critically panned, which claimed the careers of an additional 500+ DWA employees and three critical DreamWorks Animation executives: Chief Creative Officer Bill Damaschke, the 2014 Chief Operating Officer Mark Zoradi and finally, DreamWorks co-founder/Chief Executive Officer/Disney veteran Jeffrey Katzenberg himself. Katzenberg agreed to sell DWA to Comcast/Universal in 2016, but the agreement forces him to retire from the company (he will remain attached as the boss of DreamWorks New Media, which is an online company).
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  • Dawson Casting: 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 Fridge Brilliance — Jack's voice letting the audience know that he is much, much older than he looks. Also note that in his flashback scene, Jack's voice was slightly more high-pitched.
  • Doing It for the Art: The directors' commentary consists almost entirely of the directors geeking out over how beautiful the movie is and giving a Shout-Out to the designers and animators who made it so.
  • Fake Nationality: Alec Baldwin gives North a booming Russian accent, and the very American Tooth Fairy is voiced by the decidedly Australian Isla Fisher. Her compatriot Hugh Jackman (for once) gets to avert this trope in a non-Australian production as Bunnymund.
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    • Heavy Weapons Santa for North, especially among the Team Fortress 2 fandom, due to his resemblance in size, mannerism, and nationality to a certain, well, Heavy Weapons Guy.
    • Jack Frost has earned the nickname Frostface for those who dislike him.
  • Fandom Life Cycle: In theatres, it was at Stage 0-1, well-received by those who saw it but so obscure it was an Acclaimed Flop. Following home release, it crept toward Stage 2 with few and far between cries of Needs More Love. With the rise of the superhero genre thanks to The Avengers (2012) and especially the runaway popularity Frozen, (with many comparing Jack and Elsa and inspiring endless crossover shipping), it launched into late Stage 2 / early Stage 3: a Cult Classic with massive internet popularity. Sadly, it seems to remain stuck firmly in Stage 3: popular enough to gain a Broken Base and Hype Backlash who drown out the positive voices, but not enough to become a mainstream household name (again, like Shrek or Kung Fu Panda), and not enough for DreamWorks Animation to (as yet) give it a new chance at life.
  • Follow the Leader: 'Santa's Elves' act more like the Minions in the trailers.
  • Genre-Killer: Was the last Christmas theme kids movie which was coming right after a few ones, that were critically praise but were also underperforming as well.
  • The Merch: Images found at the Rise Of The Guardians wiki show that there were plans to release a big merchandising campaign with the movie hoping to attract a kid audience. Everything was included from a spring theme clothing line (featuring Bunny and Toothiana) to Jack Frost toy staffs and pajamas which, unfortunately, failed to materialize likely due to the poor reception of the movie.
  • Old Shame:
    • While beloved by fans, you'll hardly find it mentioned by DreamWorks thanks to its flop. A recent search and find board game about DreamWorks doesn't feature any reference to the movie at all.
    • A recent DreamWorks role-playing app game features Jack Frost as a playable hero, hinting that DreamWorks may be coming around on this film, however most of the Guardians are missing and his role seems to only fill space in the roster.
  • Out of Holiday Episode: The film was released in November 2012. While Santa Claus and Jack Frost are two of the main characters, and most of the movie features snow-covered locations, it's actually set in the Easter period.
  • Vindicated by Cable: When released, Rise of the Guardians found itself in fourth place at the Box Office by The Twilight Saga-Breaking Dawn - Part 2, Skyfall, and Lincoln. It ended up being a flop that ended up turning DreamWorks Animation off Pacific Data Images. On video, Rise of the Guarians finally found its audience on cable.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Leonardo DiCaprio 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 Chris Pine's.
    • Early casting reports also reported Christopher Lee as a choice for the voice of North.
    • Guillermo del Toro's suggestion for the story was to have Jamie be the Audience Surrogate. In addition, 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.
    • 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 Sandy's hand before he fades as well.
    • 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 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 Ship Tease.
    • Earlier versions of the script featured Pitch and Jack being brothers. In other materials (especially in rufftoon's drawings), they tend to interact as "Aloof Big Brother and Annoying Younger Sibling."
  • The Wiki Rule: Here is the wikia for the movie.

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