What better way to celebrate Easter than to give the child the gift of believing? Since we get to have the big Easter at our house this year, my tot has been really excited about the Easter “party”. The past few holidays have been the first ones he has opened his eyes to and in a way this coming Easter will be like his first. It was really special seeing his eyes get so bright when I handed him the Rise of the Guardians Limited Edition Easter Gift Pack. Those two little hopping eggs were priceless for him and there wasn’t any better gift in the world than to see him pointing at the television upon the Easter Bunny’s debut into the film and exclaiming, “THE EASTER BUNNY!”
From a parent’s perspective, I much prefer Rise of the Guardian’s Easter Bunny to the somewhat freaky looking Easter Bunnies lining up for photo opps. I just keep getting flashbacks of Donnie Darko.
E. Aster Bunnymund is his real name and he is the Guardian of Hope. A warrior rabbit hailing from Australia that is the last of his kind, otherwise known as the Pooka. Bunnymund doesn’t only protect Easter, he protects “Spring” and the cycle of Life. I don’t know a better way to introduce the Easter Bunny to my tot than E. Aster Bunnymund! What boy wouldn’t want to imagine the Easter Bunny as a warrior boomerang wielding giant rabbit? And if you haven’t noticed, the little enchanted eggs have feet which is why my tot was so excited to have his own little hopping eggs!
Rise of the Guardians brings new life not only to the Easter Bunny, but also to Nicholas St. North the Guardian of Wonder aka Santa Claus, Toothiana Guardian of Memories aka The Tooth Fairy, Sandman the Guardian of Dreams, Pitch Black the Nightmare King aka The Boogeyman and of course Jack Frost.
The film centers around Jack Frost, beginning where he himself “begins”. He is re-imagined as a boy that has learned to cope with the fact that no one believes he’s real, despite children’s believing in the Guardians. Jack is a loner that loves to have fun and watch over the children. Being a child himself, it is somewhat sad watching him pass house to house looking in on dreams without ever knowing how he fits into the picture. Jack unwittingly becomes chosen by The Man in the Moon to become the new Guardian, which comes with some hesitancy because neither he nor the Guardians knows why he was chosen.
I really loved this movie. I think the parts where they all pull together to try and pull off each other’s jobs is really hilarious. There are some really sad parts and even as a parent I got emotionally wrapped up in the lives of these fictional beings. Rise of the Guardians makes them so plausible, so possible. I can see why so many children have fallen in love with the stories as well as the film. It gives you those elements of childhood that made believing so possible, Hope – Wonder – Dreams – Memories and of course.. Fun.
Rise of the Guardians Limited Edition Easter Gift Pack goes on sale tomorrow! This is an incredible pick for an Easter Basket. The movie alone would bring beaming smiles from children, but to get the gift pack with the hopping eggs? Come on! They just go hand in hand.
Special Features included on the Blu-ray Disc:
- Behind the Magic
- The Man Behind the Guardians
- Rock, Paper, Scissors with Sandy
- Jack Frost Snowball Showdown
- Filmmaker’s Commentary
- Dreamers & Believers
You can pick up a copy of Rise of the Guardians (Two-Disc Combo: Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy +UltraViolet)for $18.99 OR you can pick up the Limited Edition Easter Gift Pack for $24.99.
I received a copy for the purpose of reviewing. Opinions are my own and/or my families and are not influenced by any form of compensation.