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Rise of the Guardians


A note on wonder

As fear is to wonder, so also there are Dark Ages opposed to other ages, which we may call Enlightened. Pitch, the boogieman himself, tells of these things. He wants power again; he might think, people being ungrateful, fear is preferable for rule: For people love you at their whim, but they fear you at your will. Let us also note that the references to old age, long times past take us back to the sixteenth century…

Let us consider the other stories. Santa Claus explains that his wooden toy likenesses explain what he really is like. Stratum by stratum, they get to his core of big-eyed wonder. He calls his angry-looking face fearless. There is another story, too. The Tooth Fairy says kids’ teeth contain their memories. But they are bought with legal tender. Losing teeth gratis may be less pleasing, though as necessary.

The sandman, it turns out, is speechless dream. – No mention of dreamless sleep. – This goes together with the fact that these guardians must secure the belief of the children they serve. We know Jack Frost is a child because he has to be told the same stories we are told. It is a matter of contention, how much he believes. However, the first confrontation shows us the boogieman absorbing the sandman. Such are people that dreams are full of fear.

Jack Frost learns that though these guardians know how to joy children, they are nevertheless bad with children. They are not parents, nor yet children themselves. There is something serious to them: They are armed. Jack Frost gets kids, being similarly irresponsible, easily amused. Why does that matter? Because every child individually matters. Sacrifice for even the least among us is inevitable.

So we have memories & dreams; both point to story; we are told all the guardians have stories as well, but they are not keen on telling them. It turns out the structures we have seen are insufficient to account for our problem; we need to know how the structures were created. Jack Frost is invisible to kids; he wants to regain his memories; their beliefs are his memories, we suspect… So why do kids need training in believing in stories? Well, hope is required for action.

The story of Jack Frost brings out the necessity of trust. That leads directly, apparently, to sacrificing for others. Does not that mean that there is not enough good for everyone? How does that explain Jack Frost’s powers, the cold that reminds us of the need for sacrifice? The heart of one child matters. He wants evidence that life is not like walking on thin ice. Apparently, that evidence is comic.

This year’s Christmas movie. Fun for kids, a kind of puzzle for everyone else.