I really liked the movie, but I think it compares better to a Justice League, at least in the powers. Santa is kind of the batman, the rich one with the hand to hand combat skills, the Easter bunny can create wormholes between points in space, the Tooth Fairy is actually a bit lackluster in her powers, but I enjoyed her, and the Sandman is the Green Lantern. No questions asked. I did like how Jack's powers basically make him Iceman, though.
I can honestly feel that Dreamworks animation seems to be drifting away from the kind of pop culture reference saturation it had back in, say, 2004, with several of their more recent movies having settings that don't really allow for much of that stuff, like Kung Fu Panda and HTTYD, with the possible exception of certain dialogue choices from the characters. If they can make more stuff like that and like Guardians, I'lll be just fine with Dreamworks.
Also, I was going to point out that Bob sounds exhausted, but then the video pointed that out for me.
Also, a question for Bob: we all know The Hobbit is going to be a big deal, but don't you think that some of the hype behind the film prior to release (new format, conversion to a trilogy, etc.) has impacted or has the potential of impacting the overall final product? Or are you just confident that the filmmaker(s) can do a good job regardless?
It's technically a children's book series, which includes other characters such as Mother Goose and the Man in the Moon. I'm glad the Dreamworks team apparently did the original source material justice, though it helps that the author is an executive producer on this movie. I hope this becomes a series, I'd like to see the characters from the books make an appearance eventually.
Oh man.. The Hobbit... In Sweden they just announced TODAY that the tickets will go on sale next Sunday, so I've had to spend the day rearranging my schedule for some major line-waiting. On the other hand, we get it in the 12th, so two whole days to mock America, that's not bad.
The Rise of the Guardian seems fun, wish I had time to go see it but apart from the Hobbit I'll doubt I'll have the time
On another note, the fact that it falls onto H2H combat disappoints me. When you have mythic entities, I rather think it shows a lack of creativity to reduce them to punching each other. It's like if Niel Gaimon's Morpheus suddenly stopped being a god who uses his power over human imagination to manipulate things behind the scenes so he can punch out bank robbers.