The Christian Imagery of DreamWorks’ Guardians

Though Easter 2013 has recently passed, I have just gotten around to watching one of the movies from Christmas 2012. This weekend my family watched DreamWorks’ The Rise of the Guardians. Even though it did not do terribly well at the box office, I decided to give it a try because the critics gave it positive reviews.

I knew the basic storyline before popping in the DVD. Santa Claus, Sandman, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy have to protect the world’s children from evil. Along the way they get some unlikely help from Jack Frost.

This movie twists up all the traditional imagery from America’s holiday traditions. Santa Claus, referred to as “North,” features prominently, but he wields two swords (in a jolly manner) as he protects the world’s children. The movie also depicts the Easter Bunny as a boomerang wielding Australian jackrabbit. I expected a fun adventure story for the kids, but I got more than I bargained for. I did not expect that the movie would contain so many obvious allusions to Christianity.

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