It’s one of the most highly anticipated movies of the Summer – Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy, which opened in theaters today. But it appears that some movie-goers who attended midnight showings for the film last night were shown a different movie – Rise of the Guardians, the 2012 computer-animated DreamWorks feature about Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, the Sandman, and Jack Frost banding together to try to prevent the bogeyman Pitch Black from shrouding the world in darkness.
ABC News reported on the story, embedding various Twitter postings from movie-goers who were subjected to Rise instead of Guardians. My favorite Tweet about the incident has to be the one that says “EVERYONE IN THE THEATRE IS CRYING” when the wrong movie started playing.
Rise of the Guardians Directed by Peter Ramsey
Written by David Lindsay-Abaire
Starring: Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, Isla Fisher, Jude Law DreamWorks Animation
Rated PG | 97 Minutes
Release Date: November 21, 2012 Purchase Tickets on Fandango
In DreamWorks Animation’s latest film, Rise of the Guardians, Jack Frost (Chris Pine) is a teenage rebel who has no interest in being bound by responsibility and just wants to use his magic staff to spread winter and cold for the sake of snowball fights and school closings.
But everything changes when Pitch Black (Jude Law), the Boogeyman, plans to engulf the world in fear and darkness.
The Guardians – Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin), the Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher), the Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman), and the Sandman – enlist Jack to join their team to stop Pitch and protect the children of the world.
Based on William Joyce‘s The Guardians of Childhood book series and The Man in the Moon short film by Joyce and Reel FX, Rise of the Guardians is directed by Peter Ramsey and executive-produced by Guillermo del Toro and Joyce.
Guillermo del Toro helped shape the film adaptation by working on story structure, themes, and character design. Under his divine influence, Rise of the Guardians sets a different tone for family movies – by injecting dark, moody, and often poetic imagery into an otherwise standard holiday kiddie flick.
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