Rise of the Guardians Analyzations

dial5forguardians:

You know, ROTG has a lot of parallels that happen throughout the movie. And while watching it again I realized that Jack’s big ice ramp/loop thing at the end of the movie

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Is kinda similar to North’s ice train ramp/loop thing

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Which makes me wonder if he made that because he noticed North’s toy ramp in his workshop and wanted to re-create a life sized one, or if he just remembered that North likes loop-de-loops? Or maybe Jack just wanted to make a big ice ramp, it could be anything haha. Jack did make a ramp earlier in the movie when he sent Jamie flying off of it, but just nothing this big, so I wondered if it had any relation.

Also, another tiny bit I noticed at the end: They pass by a man walking his dog, and the dog looks up at Jack and the others while the man looks down at the forming ice. I’ve always read about things like animals being able to see spirits and whatnot, so I thought this was neat of them to put in the movie :)

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So yeah. Just things I’ve noticed.

Jack Frost’s Staff

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thesecondsnowflake:

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Can we talk about it for a minute?

The staff doesn’t have frost or anything on it until Jack looks at it and then touches it. And if you pay attention later in the movie, the staff only has frost where he’s touching it.

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And when he’s not touching it, there’s no frost at all.

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So really the animators have been telling us the entire movie that Jack’s powers came from himself, not his staff. Which makes THIS scene really sad:

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Because it tells us that, since Jack is looking to his staff as the source of the massive ice attack that sent Pitch flying, he doesn’t even believe in HIMSELF anymore. He looks to the staff and the powers he THINKS it possesses to try to prove himself to the Guardians and to get kids to believe in him. Not by being himself.

He’s stereotyping himself and trying to be what he thinks he ought to be to get people to believe in him.

Sounds like trying to “fit in” in middle school…

So regaining his memories, after pretty much handing the victory to Pitch through his mistakes, was not just him discovering himself- he was accepting himself. The way he was. Invisible, yes, but truly and undeniably Jack, not just Jack Frost. He didn’t need outside validation anymore because he accepted who he was, mistakes and all, and that brought out his powers so he could fix the staff (still a helpful tool) and animate that frost bunny (with his hands- not his staff) later in Jamie’s room.

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Kind of cool.

Just a little blurb I want to add to this amazing explanation:

I always thought Jack’s staff was just a medium that his powers were channeled through, like a wizard and his wand. Jack always had his powers, but they’re more haphazard without the staff (Look at the ice lighting) because there isn’t something to direct any sort of magic. 

The ice lightning may have happened while Jack was holding his staff, but the first time he used it, he kinda directed it with his hands instead of his staff, causing it to be this huge mass of ice lightning. The second time he uses it, he tries channeling it through his staff, and Pitch is able to absorb/deflect it (I don’t know what he’s doing in that scene). Jack may be more powerful than anyone knows, he just needs to stop focusing all his attention on using his staff as a medium for his magic.

About the Adults in ROTG

dial5forguardians:

First of all, this post is a result of over thinking at 3 in the morning when I couldn’t sleep, so expect something complicated and probably pointless but an interesting read nontheless? Maybe I shouldn’t even be thinking this much about a family movie…

Also, this post is going to be based solely on the movie, so if there’s anything in the books/comics/etc, please correct me if I’m wrong on this topic!

This is something that’s also been bugging me for awhile, and I had to work through it. I watched ROTG again and I asked myself: Do the parents believe in the Guardians?

At this point I’m sure you’re going “of course not, they’re adults, they’ve grown up, they don’t believe!”

But for the longest time didn’t see anything that proved that.

The only proof we get is when Jamie asks his mother who Jack Frost was, and his mother replied “no one honey, it’s just an expression!” But this was only for Jack Frost. She did not believe in Jack Frost and at that point in time no one else did either. She does ask Jamie later in the movie who Jamie was talking to in his bedroom, and when he replied “Jack Frost?” she didn’t believe him either then.

The other thing his mother said to take note of, is when Jamie loses a tooth and she tells him to go to sleep or the Tooth Fairy won’t come. (I know, this is a moot point considering this is very similar to what my parents told me for Santa if I wasn’t in bed on time, but still…) Her saying this doesn’t really point to whether or not she believed in Tooth.

Knowing this, there are a couple specific scenes in this movie that really bugged me concerning the adults and the Guardians that I want to go over.

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1) The Easter Bunny and the Egg Hunt

Why would the city people of Burgess (some other city, had to correct that. I see the eggs on the banner have those hats :) ) put up a giant Easter Egg Hunt banner, and then do nothing further than this? Remember, the kids in this movie said they couldn’t find any eggs. They weren’t carrying full baskets. This implies that Bunnymund is in charge of every single egg on the planet that hides during Easter.

Did these city people think that they should put up a banner around Easter time because something magical happens and easter eggs just show up in the woods? Did they think someone else did the work of putting out the eggs when no one was looking?

I thought this over and came up with another explanation: There were eggs there, but the plastic ones you see that usually have coins or chocolate in them. Maybe the kids saw these, knew they were from the adults, and looked specifically for Bunnymund’s specially painted eggs instead because they knew it was from the bunny himself. Finding none, they gave up and called it quits on Easter, and didn’t even want to take the plastic eggs home. Either that or the nightmares crushed the plastic eggs too in order to get rid of every single evidence of Easter (but this is hard to really say, because North did say “nothing made it to the surface”).

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2) Tooth Fairy and leaving coins

This one was a bit more of a challenge. Why didn’t the parents leave behind coins for the kids once they left a tooth under their pillow? This is evident when Pitch is talking about children waking up and still finding their lost tooth under their pillows.

My possible other explanation is that these kids didn’t tell parents about their loose tooth, and just immediately left it under their pillow for the Tooth Fairy to pick up since it has happened to them before and they obviously believe in her. What do you guys think?

There are other scenes I thought of but considering North, such as

- North’s sleigh crashing onto the ground

- An extra present or two showing up under the Christmas tree specifically from North (this is outside from the movie, but I’m going off of when they were sliding down the road and North tossed two kids a couple of gifts.)

- Pitch’s nightmare sand engulfing cars and destroying power lines

I couldn’t come up with anything for these. And whether or not they believe in Pitch is another story.

But hey, at least that’s one reason I like this movie, you can back up things happening with plausible facts. This at least leads me to thinking that the adults truly don’t believe in the Guardians, and that the Guardians only protect children because they are obviously weaker than adults, and need some cheer in their lives. And like I said, if I’m wrong about something, please clarify, I haven’t read the books or comics. What do you guys think?

Just my thoughts (at 3 am)~

Jack Frost’s Staff

thesecondsnowflake:

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Can we talk about it for a minute?

The staff doesn’t have frost or anything on it until Jack looks at it and then touches it. And if you pay attention later in the movie, the staff only has frost where he’s touching it.

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And when he’s not touching it, there’s no frost at all.

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So really the animators have been telling us the entire movie that Jack’s powers came from himself, not his staff. Which makes THIS scene really sad:

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Because it tells us that, since Jack is looking to his staff as the source of the massive ice attack that sent Pitch flying, he doesn’t even believe in HIMSELF anymore. He looks to the staff and the powers he THINKS it possesses to try to prove himself to the Guardians and to get kids to believe in him. Not by being himself.

He’s stereotyping himself and trying to be what he thinks he ought to be to get people to believe in him.

Sounds like trying to “fit in” in middle school…

So regaining his memories, after pretty much handing the victory to Pitch through his mistakes, was not just him discovering himself- he was accepting himself. The way he was. Invisible, yes, but truly and undeniably Jack, not just Jack Frost. He didn’t need outside validation anymore because he accepted who he was, mistakes and all, and that brought out his powers so he could fix the staff (still a helpful tool) and animate that frost bunny (with his hands- not his staff) later in Jamie’s room.

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Kind of cool.

Jack’s Little Sister

thesecondsnowflake:

Because I’m kind of exploding.

As we know, the Guardians lose their powers as children stop believing in them. Tooth can no longer fly, North goes from epic Cossak warrior to gimpy grandpa, and Bunny is just… cute.

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But Jack remains his boss self seemingly in spite of kids’ unbelief. He completely overpowers Pitch after Sandy’s death and still holds his own when Pitch is nearing the peak of his power. Granted, Pitch isn’t trying to kill him then, but I think it’s still a pretty good display.

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Seriously though. Completely awesome, in the original sense of the word.

But what is the source of Jack’s power? Clearly not the belief of those 12 and under. If the Man on the Moon could give such powers, I imagine he would’ve given the guardians a little boost in their last encounter with Pitch instead of allowing the children to risk themselves. No, Jack’s power comes from someone else. Jack’s power comes from his sister.

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And she does. So much so, in fact, that her belief alone has sustained Jack Frost for 300 years without even the slightest faltering. Even when Jack doubts himself, his powers remain the same.

Is it so crazy that a little girl, whose brother sacrificed himself to save, might be shocked at his death? Would it be strange for her to hope that maybe, just maybe, he was OK? To wonder at what he could’ve done if he had power over the ice that had cracked beneath him? And dream about how much fun he would have, flying on the wind all over the world and playing tricks like he always did?

What better way for her to keep her brother alive!

And that’s what she did!

The Man on the Moon may have chosen Jack and made him a guardian, but it was the belief and love of his little sister that gave him his true powers.

Jack as a Big Brother

thesecondsnowflake:

Because I realized something recently and I love him, like, even more now.

We’re all familiar with Jack’s bare feet and ratty trousers, plus the cord wrapped around the lower halves of his legs.

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And we can remember his little sister’s dress, with no tattering at the hem, and boots.

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And I’m pretty sure Jack’s mom would’ve made him wear socks under his ice skates, considering they’re ice skating in winter and frostbite is a thing.

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So either Jack Frost was abused and his sister was the favorite child (which is doubtful considering he glanced back LOVINGLY at his mom THREE times before going skating)…

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Or Jack did without so his little sister and his mom could have a bit more.

Considering how eagerly Jack’s sister chases after him in his Easter flashback, it’s pretty safe to say her clothes went through about as much wear-and-tear as Jack’s did, but her hem is pristine.

Jack’s pant legs are not only tattered, but really short and form-fitting, especially when you compare his attire to this other boy:

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His pants are loose and go all the way down to the tops of his shoes. The cords wrapped around Jack’s legs were probably an attempt to keep the fabric from tearing.

Plus we know for the handy Rise of the Guardians app that Jack was born in early colonial times, when the people going over to the Americas had literally nothing left for them in England.

And do we see Jack’s dad anywhere? No, because he was probably out working a plantation for a criminally low wage.

So Jack did his best to make sure his sister and his mom got what they needed, while he probably wore that same pair of pants for years and ran around bare foot, trying to make people laugh even though times were tough.

Jack was an excellent big brother.

Overanalyzing Rise of the Guardians: The Big Finish

missdoodle:

Ok, so today we’re going to talk about the finale of RotG, specifically the ‘Pitch in the Hole’ sequence in terms framing and pacing, and I’m going to point out why I think so many people take up issue with this scene. 

First, let’s look at the progression of events leading to the scene in question. 

After the climax of the film, Pitch is defeated and the story moves into it’s falling action. We see the heroes all celebrating, laughing, and playing with the children. Then we cut to Pitch, who has just regained consciousness, to see his reaction. This moment in the film is framed as being sad; the score, if you listen closely, takes a turn for the melancholy as we see Pitch’s devastation when he realizes what this failure means for him. In this scene, despite being the villain, he is made to be sympathetic. We even see this in the way the Guardian’s initially react to him.

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While Tooth, Bunny, and North’s expressions remain somewhat unreadable, Jack’s expression is clearly one of sympathy and concern, and as the protagonist/audience avatar, Jack’s reaction here is the most important. 

We then see Pitch run away, terrified. The scene follows him as his frantic retreat leads us back to the frozen pond where the story began. Here there is an abrupt tonal shift. Almost immediately he encounters the Guardians again. They’ve cut him off, assumably to bar his escape and exact some form of justice. This comes in the form of Tooth approaching him (while he’s on the ground, defenseless and scared) and punching him in the face. This is framed as comical. At this point, the sympathetic angle has been dropped, and the Guardians, Jack specifically, adopt looks of smug victoriousness. Their enemy is rendered week and defenseless, and they react with aggression.  

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What happens next is yet another abrupt shift embodied, again, in how Jack reacts to the events unfolding around him. 

First, we see a look of horror as he watched Pitch dragged off by the Nightmares. 

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Wether or not this was the intention, Jack’s reaction here can easily be read as sympathy/concern for Pitch. But immediately after, we revert to this.

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Jack looks up at the moon with a grin and Pitch is never shown nor mentioned again. He’s simply out of the film, and the story moves on as though he had never been part of it in the first place. 

So what’s wrong with this sequence?

As mentioned earlier, pacing. The events of this scene unfold at breakneck speed and don’t allow for the appropriate tonal shifts needed to accommodate what’s happening and how these events are meant to be framed. One moment the Guardians (and the audience) are feeling sorry for Pitch; the next, the Guardians have chased him down like angry villagers to exact revenge and we the audience are meant to see this as a funny, satisfying resolution. But it all happens too fast, and, in my opinion, much too late.

By this point in the film Pitch was already rendered harmless. We witnessed his first comeuppance at the hands of Sandy, who uppercuts him so hard that he flies a good 100 kilometers or so in the air and is knocked unconscious by the impact of his landing. This worked. It was well timed, just as the moment when Pitch was still an active threat to the other characters, and had been framed accordingly. 

But when the Guardians corner him at the frozen pond, Pitch had not ten seconds ago been framed as sympathetic. We see the other characters react to his situation with looks of concern/pity. There is absolutely no transition between this sympathy and the merciless aggression we see as they gang up on him. Despite being framed as ‘in the right’ it is hard not to view them as something like a gang of thugs. They taunt him, Tooth assaults him, and then the all stand by as he’s savaged by a heard of dangerous demonic horses. 

There is a jarring shift between the two scenes, as well as the scene that follows. In nearly a split second we go from this:

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To this:

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No transition whatsoever. Pitch is just out of the movie. It happens. It’s over. No one reacts to it or mentions it ever again and the plot quickly moves on to Victorious Celebration Part 2. 

My issued with this scene are not a matter of who is in the right and who is in the wrong. It’s a matter of poor framing and transition. It comes across as indecision on the filmmaker’s part. It’s as if they couldn’t decide how to deal with Pitch at the end of the film, or rather, what angle to take. Sympathy or Righteous Punishment? In the end, probably pressed for time, the crammed both angles together and it comes off not only messy, but jarring, confusing, and even upsetting. 

Globe Shots

dial5forguardians:

I saw somewhere on a post that we should get all of the shots of the globe so we could read what was on it. I tried getting all of the close shots that would be readable. Enjoy! (they’re pretty big images, too).

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Sing your heart out, Pitch.

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For reading the coded language, please see this post: http://anavar-immela.tumblr.com/post/47168465976

If you guys think I’m missing some good shots, let me know. I’ll see what I can do.

lbigreyhound13:

So, I finally got my hands on The Art of Rise of the Guardians book yesterday, and I got to say that it was the best choice I ever made! The book is just awesome! I just love looking at the changes and processes the cast and crew went through to get this movie out onto the big screen. However, while I was reading it, I finally came across Jack’s section in the book, and I noticed that it talks about how Jack was risen from the lake in the “early 1600s.”

Now, a lot of fans assumed that the present-day in the movie takes place in 2012, the year it was released. So, if you were to subtract 2012 from the 300 years Jack has been alive that would put Jack’s death and rebirth at around 1712, which puts it in the early 1700s.

So, going back to what the book says, if Jack WAS in fact reborn in the 1600s, then that could mean two things:

1. The movie does not take place in the year of 2012. Instead it would take place somewhere in the 1900s, possibly the 1990s given the modern look in the present day. But given the math, it doesn’t put Jack’s rebirth in the early 1600s.

2. Jack somehow was alive for 400 years instead of 300, which I got to say makes NO SENSE because it’s pretty much mentioned time and time again that Jack was alive for 300 years…not 400 years.

So, if we want to stick with the movie taking place in 2012, should we just assume the writers of the book made a small mistake? What you guys think?

Jack's personal space / comfort zone / interaction / physical contact - Analysis

(Because I wanted an excuse to make some RotG screenshots/edits AND do a thorough analysis that’s been on my mind for a while. I’ll be referencing the frames I’ve posted in my discussion below, though I’ll also mention a bunch of other instances or scenes.)

This is inspired by a post I saw a while back that pointed out how Jack stood separately from the Guardians in the Warren when Bunnymund had Sophie in his arms — how even after helping them reconnect with their love for children, he still wasn’t truly a part of their group. So then I thought, this is a theme that carries strongly throughout the entire movie - and it pivots around the fact that Jack has been essentially alone for 300 years and unable to touch or interact with anyone.

At first, of course, Jack doesn’t get too close to the Guardians. (The only reason they caught him in the first place was because he let down his guard, acting cheeky and casual around Bunny. Of course he didn’t like being manhandled by yetis, shoved in a sack and tossed through a magic portal, but that was the only way they would’ve gotten him to the Pole with minimum fuss. North may have no concept of sarcasm, but he’s always practical.)

At the Pole, the closest Jack voluntarily gets to one of them is Sandy, when he kneels down to pay attention to Sandy’s symbols. (See the post I made here earlier today discussing their relationship.) Otherwise, he stands fairly far apart from them. Except for, of course… when they themselves invade his personal space, which in Toothiana’s case is just plain weird, in North’s tense (when he backs him up against the door) and also weird, and with Bunnymund, just plain tense. Jack doesn’t oppose it - after all, he’s not used to it and tends to just go with the flow anyway, even with the Tooth Fairy’s fingers digging around in his mouth or the Easter Bunny breathing heavily into his face - but he’s not exactly over the moon about it. (Pun intended.)

He reluctantly agrees to the sleigh ride, and doesn’t mind the company there, as he’s in his element (literally - wind and cold), plus he gets to poke fun at Bunny too. Once they’re near Punjam Hy Loo, then the first voluntary physical contact he makes with someone so far in is Baby Tooth. I find this pretty symbolic, believing firmly that she’s his sister reincarnate and all. She’s the first one he willingly reaches out to and assists — which is, of course, the reason why he was chosen by MiM in the first place.

Then at the palace, after Baby Tooth leaves his side, Jack’s relatively alone again. He doesn’t feel comfortable joining the others in comforting Tooth. The distance is palpable; he’s a whole level lower, a platform away, even Pitch ends up closer to him than the others are at that point. Until, that is, Bunnymund jumps forward right after Pitch insults Jack, actually pushing Jack aside to get at the Boogeyman. It’s hard to tell how Jack feels about this, but as Pitch said, he’s currently a ‘neutral party’. He feels no less poorly about Pitch compared to Bunnymund right now.

Down at ground level, it’s the first time Jack actually tries to understand and connect with what it is the Guardians do — specifically, Tooth. He crouches a little closer to her, walks along with her on the water as she explains the meaning of the mural and her job, and even lets her touch his shoulder. North, Bunny and Sandy are currently very far away, just a blur in the distance; it’s a pretty personal moment for him right now, learning that he may really have memories after all. Once excitement sets in, though, he flies off - perching an equal distance from all of them, but still separate by being on that rock.

Come tooth collection time, things really start to change. He’s pledged himself to their cause in exchange for getting his memories back (which is actually a problem in and of itself; he should really have done it in a purely selfless way, which is why he’s had trouble being seen/believed for so long). So of course, he chats a bit with Tooth, competes with Bunny, and by the end, is in cramped quarters in Jamie’s bedroom. Tooth gets pretty close to him and touches him again when they again share a quiet moment together (note - these sort of moments are a big reason why I ship them, I could go on about Rainbow Snowcone all day but nvm). He seems to be part of their group when Jamie awakens, until reality harshly sets in again and it’s like he’s really not there at all. He’s still so different from the Guardians, even while standing in their midst.

True to character, he’s happy to dive into the fray all by himself when he spots the lone Nightmare — except this time, he’s not alone; Sandy makes the choice to follow him, and Jack’s incredibly comfortable flying and fighting alongside him. And again he charges forward alone, with nothing but his sheer will powering him, when Sandy - perhaps his only friend amongst the Guardians - falls, and then he’s back on the sleigh again after having his full weight lifted by Tooth (think about it - he most likely weighs more than her), Bunnymund actually clustering closer to him in concern. He’s not properly conscious, though, and by the time we get to Sandy’s memorial…

… Jack is nowhere in sight. This always surprises and confuses me - but I guess Jack is just too hurt and alone, and again too much of a stranger, to be able to share such a personal moment with the Guardians. It’s the only scene with the Guardians (after he meets them) where he’s completely absent, feeling terrible about the fact he couldn’t do anything to save Sandy.

He’s understanding more now. He’s walking forward with Tooth and North, agreeing pretty readily to go ahead with helping out for Easter. He charges forward in sync with them when they’re surprised by Sophie, but then moves quite far away again to perch on a mossy boulder when he realises just how clueless they are about kids. He only gets close to them some time later when he sits next to Bunny; I suppose he also wanted to give them space, give Bunny the time to connect with Sophie without interfering. And then as North and Tooth crouch around Bunny and admire the sleeping girl as well, Jack’s distance is pronounced. He didn’t seem so far away when just sitting beside Bunnymund, but with the others there, the contrast is striking; he’s still alone.

He willingly carries Sophie all the way back to Burgess (I know he’s technically not supposed to be able to touch her, but it’s my headcanon that he can still physically interact with beings like animals or very small children, especially if they’re unconscious/sleeping, as children don’t yet have the necessary level of awareness; it’s why so many kids have an ‘imaginary friend’. Anyway.) And Baby Tooth is still with him at this point. Again, symbolic for the sibling-connection. She always flies close to him, right until Pitch distracts him and snatches her away. It’s almost like… she’s his last lifeline, his only connection to what he is and what he can possibly be, and in one master stroke she’s taken away from him and replaced with his memories. (Same difference, no?)

He finds the Guardians, Bunnymund comes an inch within punching him in the face. An understandable reaction, but still, it really, REALLY stings, even if it didn’t meet its mark. The knowledge that Bunnymund actually could have laid a hand on him and really hurt him, that he accidentally let down one of the only beings in the world who had started to have faith in him… of course it’s shocking. Of course Jack sheds a tear in this scene and nowhere else. His happy facade has finally broken.

He abandons the miniature North-doll, and all he has left on him is the tooth-box. But the tooth-box is cold and empty to him. Everything is cold and empty to him, so he goes to the coldest, emptiest place on Earth — Antarctica. He doesn’t activate his memories — either he doesn’t want to, or doesn’t know how to. Again, same difference at this point. And the next person who tries to get close to him (both physically and emotionally) is met with harsh screams and icy blows. Jack’s had enough of being close to people, maybe it would be better off if he was alone after all; what’s the point in friendship and trust if he never fails to screw things up?

Until Pitch reveals Baby Tooth and returns Jack’s purpose to him. If anything, Pitch’s two biggest mistakes were a) giving Jack his memories in the first place and b) giving back Baby Tooth. Together, they held the key to unlock what Jack needed in that deep, dark crevasse in Antarctica. Even in gingerly sheltering Baby Tooth in his hands, Jack regretted that he couldn’t make her warm. Even in holding the most important person in the world to him, in his very hands, he felt regret and disappointment at himself. This, guys, is what I call heart-wrenching character development. The boy who hasn’t been able to hold someone he loves for three hundred years still feels bad, even when he can.

What he did for Baby Tooth - giving up his staff for her - was pretty selfless. It’s the only material possession he has. If she couldn’t already see him, I bet that act would qualify as something for him to be believed in for. But that true moment comes soon after, when he saves the very existence of Bunnymund in the nick of time. He doesn’t make Jamie believe for himself. He does it for Bunny. He does it for the Guardians. Because he is still overflowing with compassion, even after he let them down. That is why he rejected Pitch Black’s offer, and that is why he finally earns himself a believer; he’s finally worthy of being believed in. I wonder now if it’s actually partially under the Man in the Moon’s control whether or not Jack could be seen.

From then, Jack is close to Jamie like he was (and still is) close to his sister. He stands beside him and playfully nudges him, he stands protectively in front of him as Pitch Black threatens him. And the Guardians cluster worriedly around him after Pitch knocks him out of the sky; he’s proven his worth, and he’s now their only hope. They have nothing left to lose, and he now has everything - a shining happy future in particular - to lose if they lose to Pitch. From hereon out it’s not ‘him’ and ‘them’, it’s 'us'. He stands beside them every step of the way and nearly is killed fighting (if it were not for Sandy’s resurrection). And he really is a part of their team as they huddle joyfully around Sandy.

There’s one more step to go, though, and it’s mere minutes away as the sun starts to rise on Easter Monday. Toothiana tacklehugs him - he’s truly at ease now, he automatically places his hands on her waist and probably has some cute thoughts running through his head (at least until Baby Tooth separates them. Imagine her squeaking “Ew mom, hands off my brother!”). And then of course North hugs Jack as well and kisses him on both cheeks, leaving the poor thing pretty dazed but no longer weirded out.

And the best moment of all - we all know it, it’s been analysed so thoroughly - when Jamie runs at Jack but doesn’t run through him. The shock on Jack’s face is plainer than the day that’s just started. He’s finally - finally - able to accept that maybe he’s worth believing in, worth loving, worth being trusted. It’ll still be a rocky road for a while - it’ll take a while for three hundred year’s worth of fear and disappointment to fade away (WHICH IS WHY I NEED A SEQUEL SO BAD GDI DREAMWORKS), but for now, Jack is able to cherish the hug from his first believer.

*rolls around in the eternal feelings RotG gives him*