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Jamie wrote an article on The Guardian about Don Rickles.

“Don Rickles was my friend. I feel truly honoured that I can write those words with conviction. Although I didn’t know him for long or particularly well, he was still a friend and someone – along with his wife, Barbara – that I cared for very much. I was first introduced to the genius of Rickles via YouTube about eight years ago. While searching for Frank Sinatra interviews, I stumbled upon a series of grainy uploads from the original Dean Martin show comedy roasts. The format is simple: in each episode, there is a different known personality that is made to sit on a dais in front of a large audience and television cameras while flanked by other well-known faces from the world of comedy, politics and film. They then, in turn, get up to a microphone and proceed to ridicule the celebrity in question….

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Rise of the Guardians MBTI

Jack Frost – ISTP

“You’re all hard work and deadlines, and I’m all snowballs and fun times.”

Jack Frost’s dominant Ti (introverted thinking) can be seen in through his constant seeking of knowledge and his strong logical abilities.  He is not only very comfortable in his physical environment: he is practically one with it (Se).  Ni (introverted intuition) is also one of Jack Frost’s functions, which appears in his ceaseless questioning and search for the truth about himself and his purpose.  He is driven to serve others, but Fe (extraverted feeling) is his inferior function, and it takes some challenges to help him figure out how strongly this can be a part of him.   


Nicholas St. North – ENFJ

“So what? As long as ONE child believes, we will be here to fight fear.”

North is the ultimate guardian of children everywhere.  He follows his gut instincts, and he likes to be in charge and organize the rest.  At his center is an ever wide-eyed wonder, and there are many sides and layers to his personality.  He’s good at being in charge, is quite outgoing, and is motivated primarily by wanting to work for others by creating things for children everywhere and helping to keep them safe from nightmares, fear, and darkness. 


E. Aster Bunnymund – ISTJ

“Hah, I bet he’s never met a rabbit like me! Six-foot-one, nerves of steel, master of Tai Chi…”

The Easter Bunny is not all fluff and cuteness (though a very soft little side is also revealed).  As any more introverted personality, he is most peaceful, happy, and himself when he is in his own world–in this case down a rabbit hole and enveloped in the world of Easter eggs and colorful streams.  Bunnymund is often pretty stuck to his ways, and he is often perceived by the others as a rather grumpy and opinionated character.  He definitely has his soft side though, as well as a natural inclination towards liking to be in control, visible both in running the Easter world and in his joy in taking command for a time.


Tooth – ESFJ

“I’ve got something for you! Here it is! Look at all the pretty teeth, with little blood and gum on them!”

The Tooth Fairy is attuned to detail and skilled at keeping track of all the memories and teeth of every child.  Her focus is mainly outward and oriented around the care of others.  Not only does she tirelessly work for all the children, but she also is a natural with her many little fairy helpers–she is very sociable and has clear strong Fe (extraverted feeling).  She also has joy and skill in detail work, precision, and organization, and she strongly values memories, all of which can be associated with high Si (introverted sensing).


Sandy – ISFP

As the maker of sweet dreams, the Sandman is incredibly creative.  He is quite strong willed and powerful in a quiet yet forceful manner.  He doesn’t always have the best of luck communicating is imaginative, golden-sand-made ideas and thoughts to others, and often is off in his world of dreams.  He is an artist with his dreams, enjoying making them come to life for every child he visits.


Jamie – ENFP

“Santa Clause? The Easter Bunny? Sandman? The Tooth Fairy! I knew you’d come!”

The only child left in the most dire moment to believe in the guardians, Jamie is extremely imaginative.  He believes strongly in the figures he knows in his heart to exist, insisting to other children when they doubt.  His strong intuitive side is shown partly through his being so naturally in tune with a world that requires abstract belief, and he is ready to see the possibilities in everything. 


Pitch Black – ESFP

“It’s the one thing I always know… peoples’ greatest fears.”

Pitch craves the spotlight, he wants more than anything to be believed in and seen.  He is motivated by seeing his nightmares become terrifying realities, and by his desire to affect all with fear and be universally known and “appreciated” for all his horrifying power.


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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*

Can we take a little moment to appreciate these wonderful few seconds near the end of Rise of the Guardians?

Jack Frost has been alone for 300 years. Alone unoticed and unheard of. Children did not believe in him and he remained but a mere expression. He was a ghost and everyone simply walked through him. This hurt Jack to the brink of him losing hope…..But…..

One little boy bought hope back into Jack. He believed and he SAW Jack. The first person to see Jack as he stands. The true Guardian of Fun. His first physical contact in over 300 years. His first hug since his sister most likely hugged her own brother. Look how dear and cherised these two are in those seconds alone. Their bond is strong.

Look at how Jack gently grips his hand around Jamie’s shoulder and dips his head, as if to say I will never leave you. I’ ll always watch over you as long as you believe in me. He doesnt want to let go and his face… he is truly relieved and relaxed to gain trust and belief again once more.

Look at the gentle background ambience too. Time seems to have slowed down. Everything has come to a slow standstill as two boys share a loving embrace.

Jack Frost: Don’t worry. If the bad man comes, I’ll protect you.

Jamie: If the bad man comes, I’ll bravely give out a high-pitched scream to distract him. I may even bravely faint, to give him a false sense of security. That will be your signal to strike.

Jack Frost: We make a great team.

Jamie: Just don’t forget to stand in front of me the whole time