As further evidence of the American ignorance of cultural history, I give you the reaction to the new movie Rise of the Guardians. It’s a pretty good cartoon that has more going on under the hood than it needed to capture its target audience.

The basic plot is simple. Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, Sandman, and Jack Frost band together to battle the evil Pitch Black, aka the Boogeyman. The premier movie review aggregation site RottenTomatoes.com summarizes the story in a way found in many reviews: “A sort of Avengers for the elementary school set.”

Which sets the reality upside down. As if teams of traditional figures of myth are an inferior copy of modern superheroes.

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