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                              RISE OF THE GUARDIANS
                         
                         


                                   Written by
                         
                              David Lindsay-Abaire
                         
                         
                         

                                               Screening script 9/6/12
                         
                         
          SEQ. 125 - ALONE IN THE WORLD
                         
                         DARKNESS
                         
           JACK (V.O.)
           Darkness. That's the first thing I
           remember. It was dark, and it was
           cold. And I was scared.
                         
          The silhouette of a body appears as it drifts into a ray of
          light, refracted through water, which turns into...
                         
                         
          A MOON - SEEN IN REFLECTION ON A SHEET OF ICE
                         
          The moonlight intensifies almost magically, and the ice above
          begins to spider-web and crack.
                         
                         
          EXT. FROZEN POND - NIGHT
                         
          Snow-covered trees in every direction. The ice in the pond
          continues to crack, until finally a hole splinters open. A
          young man floats out of the water, bathed in the intense
          moonlight. This is JACK FROST - thin, pale, barefoot, his
          tousled hair frosted white.
                         
           JACK (V.O.)
           But then...then I saw the moon. It
           was so big and it was so bright,
           and it seemed to chase the darkness
           away. And when it did...I wasn't
           scared anymore.
                         
          Jack floats back down onto the ice as the hole closes up
          underneath him.
           JACK (V.O.)
           Why I was there, and what I was
           meant to do - that I've never
           known. And a part of me wonders if
           I ever will.
                         
          Jack looks around, confused, then turns toward the moonlight
          as it dims a bit.
                         
          Jack carefully treads across the ice until he hits something
          with his feet. He looks down, and at his feet is a wooden
          staff. Curious, he picks it up. Almost immediately the
          staff begins to glow a cold blue in his hands. Odd.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 2.
                         
                         
          Jack almost drops it as the base of the staff comes in
          contact with the ground. Frost shoots out and spreads across
          the ice. Jack is visibly confused.
                         
          He touches a few trees with his staff sending frost up their
          trunks. Then he swings the staff again, more confident, as
          he begins to run across the frozen pond.
                         
          Another swing, and a gust of wind swirls him high up into the
          air. Jack floats for a moment only to fall back down to
          earth and into the trees. Jack grabs hold of a tree branch
          and pulls himself up to see a small town off in the distance.
                         
                         
          EXT. BURGESS SETTLEMENT - TOWN CENTER - CONTINUOUS
                         
          A collection of simple timber houses with thatched roofs.
          Jack comes in for a landing, and it's a rocky one. He stands
          up, still elated, and brushes himself off.
                         
          As Jack makes his way into town, settlers are warming their
          hands by campfire. Jack doesn't recognize anyone.
                         
                          JACK
           (to the townsfolk)
           Hello. Hello. Good evening,
           ma'am.
                          (BEAT)
           Ma'am?
                         
          The settlers walk past Jack, not noticing him. Jack crouches
          down as a YOUNG BOY runs toward him.
                         
                          JACK
           Oh, ah, excuse me, can you tell me
           where I am?
                         
          The boy runs right through Jack, as if he were a ghost. Jack
          staggers back in shock. He's speechless, as if the wind had
          been knocked out him. His emotions causing it to snow.
                         
                          JACK
           Hello! Hello!
                         
          Townsfolk continue to pass through Jack, unaware of his
          presence. Shaken, Jack turns and retreats into the forest.
                         
           JACK (V.O.)
           My name is Jack Frost -- how do I
           know that? The moon told me so.
           But that was all he ever told me.
           And that was a long, long time ago.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 3.
                         
                         
          We pan up as the moon shines down over the snow covered
          trees.
                         
                          CUT TO:
                         
                         
          SEQ. 175 - INTRO TO NORTH
                         
          EXT. NORTH POLE - DUSK
                         
          FIERY GYPSY VIOLIN MUSIC as we move through clouds to reveal
          a MASSIVE ICE CANYON, and just around a bend, the incredible
          hidden fortress of NORTH, aka SANTA CLAUS.
                         
                         
          INT. NORTH'S WORKSHOP - DUSK
                         
          We glimpse a familiar-looking RED JACKET and CAP with white
          trim on a coat hanger just as a pair of tongs SLAM a block of
          ice onto a stone work table--
                         
          IN QUICK CUTS: A CHAINSAW shears the block in half, spraying
          ice. North lifts up the chainsaw revealing a massive tatoo
          on his arm, the word NAUGHTY clearly visible.
                         
          Three ELVES huddle in a doorway around a plate of cookies,
          each licking their own tasty morsel.
                         
           NORTH (O.S.)
           Still waiting for cookies!
                         
          As North crosses the background, the elves lower the cookies
          from their mouths, their faces frozen in fear.
                         
          The elves duck out of the way as North launches himself
          across the floor on his rolling chair -- CLOSE as his huge
          HAND gropes furiously among his WORK TOOLS, finally grabbing
          a miniature HAMMER. As North's humming along with his music,
          delicately CHISELING into the ice, we see a second arm sleeve
          tatoo, the word NICE clearly visible--
                         
          His INTENSE BLUE EYE magnified in a JEWELER'S EYEPIECE -- a
          delicate SCULPTING TOOL cuts fine details into the ice--
                         
          His hands place the finished piece on a curving ICE TRACK: An
          ice LOCOMOTIVE. It belches ice vapor and chugs down the
          track, picking up speed--
                         
                          NORTH
           Yes!
                         
          North's hand grabs a cookie from a plate held up by the two
          Elves.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 4.
                         
                         
          One of the elves gives his cohort a look and points to the
          plate as it chews with a mouth full of food, to which it then
          unfurls its tongue and lets the half eaten morsels spill out
          onto the plate.
                         
                          NORTH
           Ah, finally!
                         
          He takes a bite and leans toward the ice track. He chuckles
          as the train hits a loop, and launches off a ramp into midair
          -- then WINGS unfold -- JET ENGINES sprout and ignite and the
          train lifts off the track--
                         
          Suddenly, the DOOR is thrown open by one of North's concerned
          YETIS, sending the flying ice locomotive skidding across the
          floor in pieces.
                         
                          YETI
           Arghbal...
                         
                          NORTH
           Ach!
                         
          The yeti cries out covering his mouth in shame. North cries
          out, devastated. The yeti, equally emotional, lets out
          another whimper. North looks down at the broken toy and
          takes a moment to collect himself.
                         
                          NORTH
           How many times have I told you to
           knock?
                         
                          YETI
           Warga blarghgha!
                         
                          NORTH
           What...? The Globe?
                         
          North leaps up -- draws a HUGE SCIMITAR from its sheath and
                         HEADS OUT--
                         
                         
          INT. NORTH'S GLOBE ROOM - CONTINUOUS
                         
          A sea of tiny BELLS on the heads of panicking elves part as
          North's huge boots stomp through.
                         
                          NORTH
           Shoo with your pointy heads. Why
           are you always under boot?
                         
          He pushes his way past a couple of his YETI WORKERS --
          they're looking up in fear at -
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 5.
                         
                         
          THE GLOBE OF BELIEF
                         
          Covered with LIGHTS blanketing the continents. But North
          notices that all at once, HUNDREDS OF LIGHTS suddenly go out.
                         
                          NORTH
           What is this?
                         
          Now MORE LIGHTS, in GREATER NUMBERS, as if something is
          snuffing them out by the thousands. North's concern grows.
                         
                          NORTH
                          (TO YETI)
           Have you checked the axis? Is
           rotation balanced?
                         
                          YETI
                          (SHRUGS SHOULDERS)
           Wardle bawddrel.
                         
          Before the Yeti can finish, a WIND whips up from out of
          nowhere -- North stares in outrage as a blanket of SWIRLING
          BLACK SAND, crawls over the lights, and shrouds the ENTIRE
          GLOBE in inky DARKNESS--
                         
          The elves scurry in a panic, then all at once the BLACK SAND
          WHOOSHES UP off the Globe -- rushes up through the ceiling as
          the remaining sand bursts into a puff of smoke and dissipates
          into the air --
                         
          As the wind dies, the scattered pieces of debris settle to
          the ground, and the globes lights come back on, North whirls
          to see a HUGE SHADOW flash across the floors and curving
          walls of his fortress. It quickly disappears, leaving
          nothing but the distant ECHO of...LAUGHTER?
                         
          North is frozen, looking up into the darkness, gravely:
                         
                          NORTH
           Can it be?
           (then calls off)
           Dingle!
                         
          A group of elves step forward gleefully pointing to
          themselves, as if they're all "Dingle". The excitement
          quickly turns to confusion.
                         
                          NORTH
           Make preparations! We are going to
           have company.
                         
          North reaches out for a large EMERGENCY LEVER, TWISTS and
                         PRESSES IT--
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 6.
                         
                         
          The Globe pulses with ENERGY, which lights up and ZOOMS UP
          the AXIS SHAFT toward the roof--
                         
                         
          EXT. NORTH POLE - CONTINUOUS
                         
          From the tallest spire of North's fortress, NORTHERN LIGHT
          ENERGY radiates outward: for the first time in decades, the
          GUARDIANS' CALL GOES OUT!
                         
                          CUT TO:
                         
                         
          SEQ. 225 - GUARDIANS GATHER
                         
                         
          INT. CHILD'S BEDROOM - NIGHT
                         
          A little fairy, carrying a coin, flies above the head of a
          sleeping child. She quickly ducks under the pillow and comes
          out the other side with a tooth in hand.
                         
                         
          EXT. TOOTH'S PALACE - DAY
                         
          Hundreds of fairies fly toward a hollowed out mountain, this
          is Tooth's palace and it's a majestic site.
                         
                         
          INT. TOOTH'S PALACE
                         
          Dozens of tiny FAIRIES flit about. Teeth are filed away in
          tiny wooden drawers. Coins are handed out.
                         
           TOOTH (O.S.)
           Chicago, Sector 6 -- 37 molars, 22
           bicuspids, 18 central incisors.
           Moscow, Sector 9 -- 22 incisors, 18
           premolars: Uh oh, heavy rain
           advisory!
                          (BEAT)
           Des Moines, we've got a cuspid at
           23 Maple. Head out!
                         
          A hive of activity, and at the center a winged figure barks
          out orders like a harried air-traffic controller. This is
          TOOTH. A Mini Tooth Fairy flies up to Tooth as thousands of
          tiny MINI TOOTH FAIRIES continue their work behind them.
                         
           TOOTH (O.S.)
           Wait!
                         
          And suddenly everything stops. Tooth whips around, and we
          finally see her beautiful FACE.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 7.
                         
                         
          She's holding up a little tooth, and gazing at it with dreamy
          adoration. The surrounding fairies tweet with excitement.
                         
                          TOOTH (CONT'D)
           It's her first tooth. Have you
           ever seen a more adorable lateral
           incisor in all of your life?!
                          (GASPS)
           Look how she flossed!
                         
          The fairies' tweets turn to concern, turning Tooth's
          attention to North's AURORA SIGNAL stretching across the sky.
          She gasps, and flies off like a rocket toward the source of
          the signal, accompanied by a few of her ranking fairies.
                         
           NORTH (V.O.)
           My fellow Guardians - It is our job
           to watch over the children of the
           world, and keep them safe - to
           bring wonder, hope and dreams.
           And so, I've called us all here for
           one reason, and one reason only -
           the children are in danger.
                         
          Much of this we hear over the following...
                         
                         
          EXT./INT. CHILD'S BEDROOM
                         
          We pull out from the face of a sleeping child to reveal a
          stream of sand swirling overhead. It's a dream and it's taken
          the shape of a child playing soccer.
                         
          We FOLLOW the Dreamsand stream out his window and up into the
          sky where we see DOZENS of strands of sand descending to
          earth. Keep following up, through majestic CLOUDS...
                         
          ...to reveal a small, GLOWING GOLDEN CLOUD of Dreamsand
          shimmering among the clouds, trailing the golden threads.
                         
          The strands are being controlled by a small portly figure,
          THE SANDMAN. Suddenly, North's emergency signal zips by. The
          Sandman turns to look and his eyes narrow, visibly concerned.
                         
          Sandy closes his eyes and in an instant the Dreamsand cloud
          suddenly SWIRLS around him, changing form into a small
          BIPLANE, with Sandy in the cockpit. He BARREL ROLLS the
          plane into a dizzying dive through the spectacular cloudscape
          and flies off into the distance.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 8.
                         
                         
           NORTH (V.O.)
           An enemy we have kept at bay for
           centuries has finally decided to
           strike back. We alone can stop
           him.
                         
          Much of this we hear over the following...
                         
                         
          INT. EGG TUNNEL
                         
          A few EASTER EGGS pop up out of the ground; their little legs
          carry them out of the way of a fast approaching object.
                         
          Speeding along through a subterranean tunnel, we can barely
          keep up with a DIMLY-LIT FIGURE as it races at blinding
          speed, leaping and zigzagging through a series of TUNNELS --
                         
                         
          EXT. A SNOWY EXPANSE IN THE NORTH POLE
                         
          A hole opens in the snow, and a pair of rabbit ears pops out.
          A huge rabbit climbs out and brushes off the snow, annoyed.
          The six foot tall figure is BUNNYMUND.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           Ah, it's freezing.
                         
          He shivers with cold, then goes slogging through the snow.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND (CONT'D)
           I can't feel my feet! I can't feel
           my feet!
                         
          In the distance is North's ornately decorated and dimly lit
          palace built into the side of a mountain of ice.
                         
                          CUT TO:
                         
                         
          SEQ. 250 - THE CEREMONY
                         
                         
          INT. GLOBE ROOM - NIGHT
                         
          Sandy's biplane circles the massive chamber, leaving trails
          of Dreamsand.
                         
           NORTH (O.S.)
           Cookies? Eggnog, anyone?
                         
                         
           BUNNYMUND (O.S.)
           Oh, this better be good, North.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 9.
                         
                         
           TOOTH (O.S.)
           (to her fairies)
           Montreal, sector six: ten
           premolars, eight incisors and
           twelve canines. Steer clear of the
           wild goose migration.
                         
                          NORTH
           Sandy, thank you for coming.
                         
          Sandy descends from the plane and floats to the ground. He
          joins North, Bunny and Tooth as they walk through the Globe
          Room. Sand glyphs appear above Sandy's head communicating
          that he is busy and has a lot of work to do.
                         
                          NORTH
                          (TO SANDY)
           I know, I know, but I obviously
           wouldn't have called you all here
           unless it was serious.
                         
          North, Bunny, Tooth and Sandy reach the center of the room.
          Tooth does her best to shush her mini-fairies.
                         
                          NORTH (CONT'D)
           The Boogie Man was here - at the
           Pole.
                         
          North points to the globe. The other Guardians turn to look.
                         
                          TOOTH
                          (SHOCKED)
           Pitch? Pitch Black? Here?!
                         
                          NORTH
           Yes! There was black sand covering
           the globe.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
                          (CONFUSED)
           What, what...what do you mean black
           sand?
                         
                          NORTH
           And then a shadow!
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           Hold on, hold on, I thought you
           said you saw Pitch.
                         
                          NORTH
           Well, ah, not exactly...
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 10.
                         
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           Not exactly? Can you believe this
           guy?
                         
          Bunny turns to Sandy, who shrugs while forming a Dreamsand
          question mark above his head.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           Yeah, you said it, Sandy.
                         
          Bunny goes back to painting one of his Easter eggs.
                         
                          NORTH
           Look, he is up to something very
           bad. I feel it, in my belly.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           (his eyes narrow)
           Hang on, hang on, you mean to say,
           you summoned me here THREE DAYS
           BEFORE EASTER - because of your
           belly? Mate, if I did this to you
           three days before Christmas--
                         
                          TOOTH
           (to her fairies)
           Argentina. Priority alert! A
           batch of bicuspids in Buenos Aires.
                         
                          NORTH
           Please. Bunny. Easter is not
           Christmas.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           Here we go...
                         
          North grabs Bunny's painted egg, casually juggling it in his
          hand as he walks off. Meanwhile Sandy, who is being served
          eggnog by a yeti, suddenly notices something high above.
                         
           BUNNYMUND (O.S.)
                          (LAUGHS)
           North, I, I don't have time for
           this. I've still got two million
           eggs to finish up.
                         
          The moon rises into view, high up in the ceiling; its rays of
          light begin to shine brightly through as they cascade down
          the walls of the globe room.
                         
           NORTH (O.S.)
           No matter how much you paint, is
           still egg!
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 11.
                         
                         
          Sandy points to the moon unsuccessfully to get the others'
          attention.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           Look, mate, I'm dealing with
           perishables. Right. You've got
           all year to prepare.
                         
                          TOOTH
           (to her fairies)
           Pittsburg, boy eight, two molars.
           Saltwater taffy.
                         
          Sandy puts his fingers in his mouth to whistle, a silent
          musical note forming above his head.
                         
                          NORTH
                          (TO BUNNY)
           Why are rabbits always so nervous.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           And why are you always such a
           blowhard!
                         
           TOOTH (O.S.)
           (to her fairies)
           Ontario, sector nine: five canines,
           two molars, and fourteen incisors.
           Is that all in one house?
                         
          Sandy waves a sand flag above his head, pointing and jumping
          up and down as the moonlight continues to fill the room.
                         
                          NORTH
           (turning his attention)
           Tooth! Can't you see we're trying
           to argue.
                         
                          TOOTH
           Sorry, not all of us get to work
           one night a year. Am I right,
           Sandy?
                         
          Sandy tries to signal with a golden arrow, pointing toward
          the ceiling, but to no avail as the others continue their
          bickering. Sandy thinks Tooth has noticed for a split
          second, but then -
                         
                          TOOTH
           (to her fairies)
           San Diego, sector two! Five
           incisors, a bicuspid and a really
           loose molar on stand-by.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 12.
                         
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
                          (MOCKING)
           Come on, mate, Pitch went out with
           the dark ages. We made sure of
           that - remember?
                         
           NORTH (O.S.)
           I know it was him. We have serious
           situation!
                         
           BUNNYMUND (O.S.)
           Well, I've got a serious situation
           with some eggs.
                         
           TOOTH (O.S.)
           Hey, I hate to interrupt the, "We
           work so hard once a year club" but
           could we concentrate on the matter--
                         
          Sandy can't take it anymore, grabs an elf by his hat, and
          vigorously shakes it's bell. The other Guardians are finally
          silenced and all turn to look at Sandy, who points up, a sand
          crescent moon forming above his head. The dizzy elf staggers
          away. Finally the others turn to see the shaft of moonlight
          as it concentrates on the circle between them.
                         
                          NORTH
           Aah! Man in Moon! Sandy, why
           didn't you say something?
                         
          Sandy gives him a deadpan stare, Dreamsand smoke shoots out
          his ears.
                         
                          NORTH
           (to Man in Moon)
           It's been a long time old friend!
           What is big news?
                         
          Everyone looks to the center of the intense spot of
          moonlight, the light ebbs away, leaving a dark spot --
                         
          -- which resolves into the shadowed silhouette of PITCH. The
          Guardians look on, stunned.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           It is Pitch.
                         
          North pats his belly and gives Bunny a look.
                         
                          NORTH
           (back up to the moon)
           Manny...what must we do?
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 13.
                         
                         
          In answer, the shadow of Pitch disappears and the circle of
          moonlight intensifies and SHRINKS, concentrating further
          illuminating an ORNATE SYMBOL on the floor, at the center of
          their circle. The symbol rises out of the ground revealing a
          large gem at the head of a pillar.
                         
                          TOOTH
           Ah, guys, you know what this means?
                         
          The moons light suddenly refracts through the gem casting
          light all over the chamber.
                         
                          NORTH
                          (AWED)
           He's choosing a new Guardian.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           What?! Why?
                         
                          NORTH
           Must be big deal! Manny thinks we
           need help!
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
                          (ANNOYED)
           Since when do we need help?!
                         
                          TOOTH
           I wonder who it's gonna be?
                         
          A Dreamsand Four-Leaf clover forms above Sandy's head.
                         
                          TOOTH (CONT'D)
           Maybe the Leprechaun?
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           Please not the groundhog, please
           not the groundhog.
                         
          Then A BRIGHT FLASH, a rush of WIND - and a FIGURE resolves
          over the central pillar: slight, hooded, bearing a familiar
          hooked STAFF.
                         
                          NORTH
           Jack Frost.
                         
          The Mini-Teeth all sigh and swoon as the Guardians stand
          there, stunned.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           Ah, I take it back! The
           Groundhog's fine!
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 14.
                         
                         
                          TOOTH
           (caught admiring Jack)
           Well, ah, as long he helps to
           ah...to protect the children,
           right?
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           Jack Frost!? He doesn't care about
           children! All he does is freeze
           water pipes and mess with my egg
           hunts. Right? He's an
           irresponsible, selfish...
                         
                          NORTH
           Guardian.
                         
          This stops Bunnymund in his tracks.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           Jack Frost is many things, but he
           is not a Guardian.
                         
          As we turn toward the face of the hooded figure.
                         
                          DISSOLVE TO:
                         
                         
          SEQ. 600 - SNOWBALL FIGHT
                         
                         
          EXT. ST. PETERSBURG - NIGHT
                         
          A hooded figure with a familiar looking staff rests atop a
          Post Office box on the opposite end of the street. The man
          touches the staff to the ground, sending a streak of frost
          across the street.
                         
          A RUSSIAN BOY approaches a water fountain, turns the handle
          and moves in for a sip. But as he does, the water freezes
          magically, and the boy's tongue is stuck to the frozen water.
          His friends can't help but laugh.
                         
                          RUSSIAN BOY
           (tongue stuck to frozen
                          ICE)
           Aahhhhh...!
                         
          A mail man walks across the street and a PATCH OF ICE
          magically appears under his feet. He scrambles, and BOOM! -
          lands on his butt. Just behind the man, we see the TRAIL OF
          FROST climb up the side of a building. We stay on the frost
          as it moves up along a rain pipe, and through the windows we
          see...
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 15.
                         
                         
          A boy try to feed his gold fish, but a layer of ice suddenly
          forms along the water surface and prevents the fish from
          reaching its food. We move along the side of the building...
                         
          A writer in his study sits next to stacks of papers. The
          window suddenly swings open and a gust of wind sends the
          pages flying out the window. We move along the building,
          across clothes lines and power lines as they freeze.
                         
          We continue to move up, and finally discover the culprit.
          Jack Frost makes his way atop a cathedral spire and takes in
          the view; the full moon bathes the city in moonlight.
                         
                          JACK
                          (AMUSED)
           Ah, now that, that was fun.
                          (BEAT)
           Hey wind...
                         
          Jack chuckles as he calls the wind. The trees begin to sway
          and leaves fly into the air. Jack grabs hold of the spire,
          smiling as the wind blows past.
                         
                          JACK
           Take me home!
                         
          Jack lets go and the wind carries him into the air and
          through the clouds. Night turns to day as Jack flies from
          one horizon to the other.
                         
                          JACK
           Woooooohoooooooooo!
                         
                         
          EXT. BURGESS - DAY
                         
          Jack falls through the clouds, smiling, toward the town of
          Burgess.
                         
                          JACK
           SNOOOOOWWWW DAAAAYYYYYY!!!
                         
          Jack continues on down and zooms through the streets.
          Pedestrians clench their jackets and reach for their hats as
          gusts of wind, snow, and streaks of frost are left in Jack's
          wake.
                         
                         
          EXT. FROZEN POND
                         
          Jack flies in, and with the wind behind him skates across an
          all too familiar pond. As the wind zips across the pond it
          knocks a BOOK out of the hands of a little boy walking alone,
          this is JAMIE.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 16.
                         
                         
                          JAMIE
           Whoa, whoa.
                         
          Jamie goes to pick up the book and we get a glimpse of the
          cover - "THEY'RE OUT THERE! - MYSTERIES, MYTHICAL CREATURES
          AND THE UNEXPLAINED PHENOMENA." Jack flies into frame and
          lands beside Jamie.
                         
                          JACK
           Huh, that looks interesting. Good
           book?
                         
          Suddenly twins CLAUDE and CALEB, come barreling past them,
          rough-housing and laughing as they slam each other into
          drifts (all the boys are 8).
                         
           CLAUDE AND CALEB
           Alright! Yeah! Waahoo! Snooow
           daaaay!!!
                         
          Jack calls after the boys...
                         
                          JACK
           You're welcome!
                         
                          JAMIE
           (goes running after them)
           Hey guys, wait up! Are you guys
           coming to the egg hunt Sunday?
                         
                          CALEB
           Yeah, free candy!
                         
                          CLAUDE
           I hope we can find the eggs with
           all this snow!
                         
          Caleb stuffs a handful of snow down his brother's Jacket
                         
                         
          EXT. JAMIE'S BACKYARD - DAY
                         
          The kids arrive at the fence of Jamie's house. Jamie opens
          up a secret plank, and heads into his yard. Claude and Caleb
          are still messing with each other. Meanwhile, Jack walks
          unseen along the top of the fence.
                         
                          CALEB
                          (WALLA)
           Stop!
                         
                          CLAUDE
                          (WALLA)
           No, you stop!
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 17.
                         
                         
                          JAMIE
           Whoa, it says here that they found
           Big Foot hair samples and DNA, in
           Michigan. That's like, super
           close!
                         
                          CLAUDE
           Here we go again.
                         
          Jamie arrives at his front gate, sled in hand while SOPHIE
          (Jamie's 2-year-old sister in fairy wings) sits down on their
          Greyhound as it lies in the yard.
                         
                          JAMIE
           You saw the video too Claude, he's
           out there!
                         
                          CALEB
           That's what you said about aliens.
                         
                          CLAUDE
           And the Easter Bunny.
                         
                          JAMIE
           (grabs his sled)
           Wow, the Easter Bunny is real!
                         
                          JACK
           Oh he's real alright. Real
           annoying, real grumpy, and really
           full of himself.
                         
          Jack hops off the fence and walks amongst the kids, peering
          over their shoulders as they play in the yard.
                         
                          CLAUDE
                          (LAUGHING)
           Come on, you guys believe anything.
                         
                          SOPHIE
                          (GIGGLES)
           EASTER BUNNY! HOP-HOP-HOP!
                          (FALLS OVER)
           Ow!
                         
          Sophie begins to cry.
                         
                          JAMIE
           Mom! Sophie fell again!
                         
          JAMIE'S MOM comes outside. Caleb, alongside his brother,
          stands at the front gate and calls out to Jamie.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 18.
                         
                         
                          JAMIE'S MOM
           You okay, Soph?
                         
                          CLAUDE
           Are we sledding or what?
                         
                          JAMIE'S MOM
           Jamie, hat? We don't want Jack
           Frost nipping at your nose.
                         
          Jamie's mom plunks the hat on his head, tweaks his nose.
                         
                          JAMIE
           Who's Jack Frost?
                         
                          JAMIE'S MOM
           No one, honey. It's just an
           expression.
                         
                          JACK
           (smile drops - offended)
           Hey.
                         
          Jack jumps down from the fence as the boys head off.
                         
                          JACK
                          (MIFFED)
           Who's Jack Frost?
                         
          Jack reaches down and grabs a hand full of snow from off the
          ground. With his palm open, Jack uses his magic to form the
          perfect snowball.
                         
          He then puckers his lips, and blows onto it with his icy
          breath. The snowball turns a light shade of blue. There's
          something going on here.
                         
                         
          EXT. SNOWY HILL
                         
          WHOOSH! - the snowball goes flying through the air and -
          BOOF! - the snowball hits Jamie smack in the back of the
          head. Jamie looks up, peeved, and turns.
                         
          Then we watch as his face changes...a mischievous sparkle
          comes into his eyes. A big smile. Make no mistake,
          something magical has just happened.
                         
                          JAMIE
                          (LAUGHING)
           Okay, who threw that?
                         
          Jack flies in and lands amongst the group of kids.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 19.
                         
                         
                          JACK
           Well, wasn't bigfoot kiddo.
                         
          Jamie scans the horizon for the culprit. His eyes land on a
          couple kids making snow barricades.
                         
          MONTY (oddball with big glasses) with his back turned
          suddenly gets a snowball to the back of the head, knocking
          him face first into the ground.
                         
                          MONTY
           Ow!
                         
          PIPPA (brainy, pigtails, pink hat) steps forward and - BOOF!
          A magical snowball from Jack hits her, knocking her back.
          Pippa's face changes - a mischievous sparkle.
                         
                          PIPPA
           Jamie Bennett! No fair!
                         
                          JAMIE
                          (LAUGHS)
           You struck first!
                         
                          CLAUDE
           Oh!
                         
          Suddenly we see Caleb struck in the side of the head with one
          of Jack's snowballs; Claude can't help but laugh.
                         
                          JACK
           Free for all!
                         
          And just like that we find ourselves in a take-no-prisoners
          snowball fight, the kids pummeling each other mercilessly.
                         
                          JACK
           Alright, who needs ammo?
                         
          Jack supplies the kids with more snowballs. The kids are
          loving this.
                         
                          JACK
                          (WALLA)
           Look at that.
                         
          The mayhem continues as Jamie, using his sled as a shield, is
          knocked backward into a snowman, crushing it underneath him.
          A snowball flies overhead and hits CUPCAKE, a tough third
          grader as wide as she is tall, in the back of the head.
                         
          Dread sets in amongst the other kids, Cupcake squints -
          gunslinger eyes.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 20.
                         
                         
                          CUPCAKE
           Grrrrrrrrrrrr...
                         
                          PIPPA
           Crud, I hit Cupcake.
                         
                          MONTY
           She hit Cupcake.
                         
                          CLAUDE
           You hit Cupcake?
                         
          Jamie is flat on his back, terrified. He looks up to see
          Cupcake standing over him. Then, BOOF! Jack hits Cupcake
          with a magical snowball. The kids gasp in horror.
                         
                          CLAUDE
           Oh!
                         
                          CALEB
           Did you throw that?
                         
                          MONTY
           No.
                         
                          PIPPA
           Wasn't me.
                         
          A moment, and then Cupcake starts laughing as Jack's magic
          takes hold.
                         
          Cupcake chases the kids down the hill, holding the head of
          her snowman in her hands. Jack, all the while, runs along
          side taking pleasure in the excitement.
                         
                          JAMIE
                          (WALLA)
           Hey, come on. Stop!
                         
                          CLAUDE
                          (WALLA)
           You can't catch me.
                         
                          JACK
           Ooh, little slippery!
                         
          Jack jumps ahead, blasting a sheet of ice behind him. The
          kids fall to the ground, except for Jamie, who lands on his
          sled, and slides head first down the sheet of ice into town.
                         
                          JAMIE
           Whooaaooah!!!
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 21.
                         
                         
                          KIDS
                          (WALLA)
           Whoaaa. Jamie, watch out! Stop!
                         
                          JAMIE
                          (WALLA)
           Aha, whoa!
                         
                          KIDS
                          (WALLA)
           Jamie! Turn, turn! That's the
           street! What are you doing? Stop!
           There's traffic!
                         
          Jamie suddenly shoots out between the trees and careens past
          a set of parked cars.
                         
          Jack's path of ice covers the street. As Jamie turns, his
          speed only escalates, sending him directly into traffic.
          Jamie barely misses a moving truck, spinning it out of
          control, sending furniture out the back, and causing a four
          car pile up.
                         
                          JAMIE
           Whoa!
                         
                          JACK
           Whoa, don't worry kid, I gotcha.
                         
          Jamie looks back, then quickly ahead as terror comes into his
          eyes. Jack can't help but smile.
                         
                          JACK
           Hold on. It's gonna be alright.
                         
                          JAMIE
           Ahhhh. No, no, no, no...
                         
                          JACK
           Keep up with me kid! Take a left.
                         
          Jamie rockets through a pedestrian intersection, narrowly
          missing those in the crosswalk.
                         
           DOG WALKER (O.S.)
           Hey, slow down!
                         
                          JAMIE
           Whoa, no, no, no, no...
                         
          Jack flies over to the far side of the street, sending the
          streak of ice and Jamie up onto the sidewalk.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 22.
                         
                         
                          JACK
           Yeah!
                         
           PEDESTRIAN #1 (O.S.)
           Is that Jamie Bennett?
                         
                          JAMIE
           Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa...
                         
           PEDESTRIAN #2 (O.S.)
           Hey! Watch it!
                         
                          JACK
           There you go!
                         
                          JAMIE
           No! No!
                         
           PEDESTRIAN #3 (O.S.)
           Look at that dude!
                         
          Jamie flies off the sidewalk and back into the middle of the
          street, almost knocking over a postman. As Jack flies by
          Jamie's side he sees the look of excitement come into Jamie's
          face. Jack smiles, knowing he's responsible.
                         
          Jack sees an oncoming snowplow and quickly jumps ahead,
          carried by the wind, to divert the ice trail.
                         
                          JACK
           Whoa.
                         
          Jamie's sled suddenly turns, narrowly missing the oncoming
          truck and barrels toward Jack's newly formed ice ramp...
                         
                          JAMIE
           AAAAHHHHHHHH!
                         
          Jamie closes his eyes as the ramp launches Jamie over the
          street, high into the air, and toward the statue of Thaddeus
          Burgess, colonial settler - 1680. Jamie's friends stand in
          awe, mouths wide open, as he sails through the air.
                         
          Jamie opens his eyes and the look of fear suddenly turns to
          joy. Jack looks on smiling.
                         
          Jamie lands safely in a large mound of snow. Jack jumps onto
          the Statue of Thaddeus Burgess.
                         
           PIPPA (O.S.)
           Oh my gosh!
                         
                          JACK
           Yeah!
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 23.
                         
                         
          Jamie's friends all come running to Jamie's aide, scared.
          But Jamie gets up.
                         
                          KIDS
                          (WALLA)
           Wow, that looks serious! Jamie!
           Jamie, are you alright? Is he
           okay?
                         
                          JAMIE
           Whoaaa! Did you guys see that? It
           was amazing! I slid - I did a jump
           and I slid under a car­-ERF!!
                         
          A sofa from the moving van suddenly knocks Jamie down...
                         
                          JACK
           Whoops.
                         
                          KIDS
                          (CRINGING)
           Ooooh!
                         
          There's a moment of silence as the kids wait to see if Jamie
          is okay. Then, Jamie rises up from behind the sofa grinning,
          a new gap in his smile. He holds up a tooth.
                         
                          JAMIE
           Cool! A Tooth!
                         
                          KIDS
                          (WALLA)
           Dude, that means cash! Tooth Fairy
           cash! I love the Tooth Fairy!
                         
                          JACK
           (his fun cut short)
           Oh, no...
                         
                          KIDS
                          (WALLA)
           That's totally awesome. You lucky
           bug! Lucky!
                         
                          JACK
           No!
                         
                          JAMIE
           I gotta put this under my pillow!
                         
                          KIDS
                          (WALLA)
           I wish I lost my tooth.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 24.
                         
                         
                          JACK
           Ah, wait a minute! Come on, hold
           on, hold on! What about all that
           fun we just had? That wasn't the
           Tooth Fairy, that was me!
                         
                          KIDS
                          (WALLA)
           I lost two teeth in one day once -
           remember that?! What are you gonna
           spend your money on? What are you
           gonna buy? How much do you think
           she's going to leave?
                         
          As Jack looks down from the statue his frustration grows.
          Storm clouds overhead rumble and darken. Flurries of snow
          begin to intensify.
                         
                          KIDS
                          (WALLA)
           Let's go...I'm cooold! My ears are
           freezing. I can't feel my toes.
           Ah, it's hot cocoa time.
                         
          Jack jumps down from the statue, trying to engage the kids.
          But it's too late, the kids take off. Jack blocks Jamie's
          way as the boy comes running at him.
                         
                          JACK
           What's a guy gotta do to get a
           little attention around here!
                         
          WHOOOSH! Jamie runs through Jack, as if he where a ghost.
          Jack is left momentarily shaken, then...
                         
                          CUPCAKE
           (walla; mocking her
                          FRIENDS)
           "Oh, I'm cold, I'm cold, I'm co-
           old."
                         
           KIDS (O.S.)
                          (WALLA)
           Somebody take a picture. Hey,
           stop! That was really awesome.
                         
          They're gone. Jack is alone again. His temper subsides.
                         
          He whips up a little wind and disappears.
                         
                          CUT TO:
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 25.
                         
                         
          SEQ. 700 - NIGHT FALLS IN TOWN
                         
          INT. JAMIE'S BEDROOM - NIGHT
                         
          Jamie plays with a TOY ROBOT as DRAWINGS AND CHARTS of
          mystery creatures hang on the wall behind him: UFO's, aliens,
          Bigfoot, you name it. There's even a drawing of Jamie flying
          in midair on his sled.
                         
           JAMIE (O.S.)
           ...I did this jump and it was
           amazing and I slide under a car and
           it was awesome! Then I was flying
           down this hill and I was like
           whoosh, whoosh, whoosh through all
           these cars, and then the sled hit
           this, this thing, and I was like
           way up in the air.
                         
          He mimes flying in the air with his robot, then CRASHING to
          the bed as Sophie and their dog sit listening--
                         
                          JAMIE
           -- and then BAM! The sofa hit me,
           and, and see?
           (opens mouth, tries to say
           `my tooth came out!)
           Ah hoo hay ow!
                         
          We reveal JAMIE'S MOM in the room. Sophie LAUGHS and tries
          to stick a finger in the gap in his gums.
                         
                          JAMIE'S MOM
           Alright you, tooth under your
           pillow?
                         
          Jamie sets the TOY ROBOT on his nightstand, then grabs a
          stuffed rabbit next to his pillow to reveal a CAMERA AND
          FLASHLIGHT.
                         
                          JAMIE
           Yeah. I'm ready.
                         
                          JAMIE'S MOM
           Now don't stay up trying to see
           her, Jamie, or she won't come.
                         
                          JAMIE
           But I can do it this time! You
           wanna help me, Soph? We can hide
           and see the Tooth Fairy!
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 26.
                         
                         
                          SOPHIE
                          (CRAZED)
           Hide, hide, hide, hide!
                         
          Jamie's Mom picks Sophie up off the bed and lifts her over
          her shoulder. Their dog gets up and begins licking Jamie's
          face.
                         
                          JAMIE'S MOM
           Uh uh, straight to bed now, mister.
                         
                          JAMIE
           Mom...
                         
          ...We see Jack Frost, outside, hanging upsidedown watching
          them through the window. A pang. The glass frosts over.
                         
                         
          EXT. ROOF OF JAMIE'S HOUSE - CONTINUOUS
                         
          Jack flips onto the roof, a little pensive. He makes his way
          toward the roof's peak and looks up at the MOON, in full
          view. It lights up the night sky.
                         
                          JACK
           If there's something I'm doing
           wrong, can you, can you just tell
           me what it is?
                          (NO RESPONSE)
           Because I've tried everything, and
           no one ever sees me.
                          (NO RESPONSE)
           You put me here, the least you can
           do is tell me, tell me why.
                         
          A beat. The Moon shines silently down. Jack turns away in
          frustration.
                         
          Jack leaps off the roof, onto a telephone pole, and begins
          walking across some telephone wires. A stream of Dreamsand
          suddenly zips by behind him, then another, which swoops
          around in front of him. Jack turns and looks up, a smile now
          on his lips.
                         
                          JACK
           Right on time, Sandman.
                         
          The Dreamsand descends from the sky, and drifts into windows
          around the town. Jack runs along the telephone wire until he
          can reach out and intercept one of the passing streams. An
          adjacent stream takes the shape of a dolphin which turns
          toward Jack, before continuing on its way to a waiting child.
                         
          Then, we follow one of the streams into a window...
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 27.
                         
                         
          INT. CUPCAKE'S BEDROOM - BURGESS - CONTINUOUS
                         
          Dreamsand floats into a window, where CUPCAKE is in bed,
          hugging a stuffed unicorn in her sleep. The Dreamsand swirls
          over her head, and morphs into a little girl riding a
          unicorn. The girl smiles at the lovely dream as it flies
          around the room.
                         
          Then the room darkens as a wispy, shadowy figure with a
          familiar laugh crawls out from under the bed, and rises up.
          It's Pitch. He notices Cupcake's dream.
                         
                          PITCH
           Ohhhh, I thought I heard the
           clippity-clop of a unicorn. What
           an adorable dream!
                         
          His face softens, seemingly moved...
                         
                          PITCH
           (leans down to Cupcake)
           And look. At. Her. Precious
           child. So sweet, so full of hope
           and wonder. Why, there's only one
           thing missing...a touch of fear.
                         
          Pitch reaches into Cupcake's dream, and touches a bony finger
          to the unicorn. It turns ashen and black, and disintegrates.
          Cupcake flinches in her sleep. Pitch snickers, delighted.
                         
                          PITCH
           Hahaha! That never gets old!
                         
          Pitch swirls the Dreamsand around and it all turns into black
          corrupted Nightmare sand.
                         
                          PITCH
           Feel your fear. Come on. Come on,
           that's right.
                         
          The black sand morphs into a horrific, shadowy bucking horse -
          a NIGHTMARE.
                         
                          PITCH
           Yesss. What a pretty little
           Nightmare.
                         
          Gleefully, he grabs the Nightmare's mane --
                         
                          PITCH
           Now, I want you to go tell the
           others the wait is over.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 28.
                         
                         
          -- and sends it out the window, where it joins a posse of
          other Nightmares coursing through the streets. They take off
          and fly into the night sky.
                         
                         
          EXT. BURGESS - NIGHT
                         
          Pitch steps out into the street from an adjacent alley,
          avoiding the rays of moonlight. He looks up to the sky and
          stares at the MOON.
                         
                          PITCH
           Don't look at me like that, old
           friend. You must have known this
           day would come. My Nightmares are
           finally ready. Are your Guardians?
                         
                         
          EXT. BURGESS - NIGHT
                         
          Jack walks along a telephone wire as the Dreamsand disappears
          from the sky. Suddenly a shadowy figure and an unfamiliar
          noise zips by behind him.
                         
                          JACK
           Whoa!
                         
          In the background, residents get ready for the night.
                         
           RESIDENTS (O.S.)
                          (WALLA)
           Did you leave the windows open
           again? The garage door is wide
           open.
                         
          Jack leaps over a house to an adjacent tree to investigate
          and again, something zooms behind him. Jack jumps down from
          the tree and onto a truck in a nearby alley.
                         
                         
          EXT. STREETS OF BURGESS - NIGHT - CONTINUOUS
                         
          Suddenly: WHOOSH! The SHADOW flashes by, knocking over a
          trash can.
                         
          Jack jumps down from the truck and backs up out of the
          alleyway into a clearing...
                         
           BUNNYMUND (O.S.)
           Hello, mate.
                         
          Jack turns around, ready to strike. He squints, as into the
          light steps...
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 29.
                         
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           Been a long time. Blizzard of 68, I
           believe? Easter Sunday, wasn't it?
                         
          Jack is completely bewildered --
                         
                          JACK
           Bunny? You're not still mad about
           that...are yah?
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           Yes.
                         
          Bunny whips out his boomerang and casually looks at it as he
          holds it in his hands.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND (CONT'D)
           But this is about something else.
                          (BEAT)
           Fellas...
                         
          Before Jack realizes what's happening a HUGE HAND reaches
          into frame and lifts him off his feet.
                         
                          JACK
           Hey!
                         
                          YETI
           Durbha wahla.
                         
          Jack has been snatched up by two huge YETIS.
                         
                          JACK
           Put me down! What the...
                         
          Jack is shoved head first into a sack. A yeti whips out a
          snow globe, and smashes it on the ground.
                         
                          YETI
           Durtal bardla burdlew.
                         
          A MAGIC PORTAL opens in front of them. The yetis make way
          for Bunny to leap in, but he demurs --
                         
                          YETI
           Dwbard urghwetee.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           Me?
                          (LAUGHS)
           Not on your nelly. See you back at
           the pole.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 30.
                         
                         
          He STAMPS HIS FOOT twice on the ground which SWIRLS OPEN -- a
          RABBIT HOLE magically appears. Bunny leaps into it and
          disappears along with the rabbit hole. In its place, from
          out of the ground grows a small green plant.
                         
                          YETIS
           Bwardla arghl.
                         
          The yetis throw Jack through the magic portal.
                         
                          JACK
           Ahhhhhhhhh!
                         
          The yetis then charge in after and disappear into the portal.
                         
                          CUT TO:
                         
                         
          SEQ. 900 - JACK MEETS GUARDIANS
                         
                         
          INT. NORTH'S LIBRARY - DAY
                         
           TOOTH (O.S.)
           (to a fairy)
           Tangiers! Incivie du haut, 421 rue
           de Barat! Allez!
                         
          The sack flies out of the portal and lands on the floor. In
          the darkness, Jack hears --
                         
           NORTH (O.S.)
           He's here.
                         
          Jack struggles out of the sack to see two elves staring at
          him.
                         
                          TOOTH
           (to another fairy)
           Walla Walla, Washington. We've got
           a trampoline mishap at 1340 Ginger
           Lane.
                         
                          NORTH
           Quiet.
                         
          He then looks up to see North and Sandman looking down at
          him. The Tooth Fairy is surrounded by a dozen hovering tiny
          fairies who come and go as she blurts out orders.
                         
           T0OTH (CONT'D)
           Canine, lateral and central
           incisor. Ouch!
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 31.
                         
                         
          North clears his throat. They all turn to a bewildered Jack.
                         
                          NORTH
           Hey, there he is! Jack Frost!
                         
          As North holds out his arms to welcome Jack, a Dreamsand
          snowflake appears above Sandy's head.
                         
                          JACK
           Wow, you gotta be kidding me.
                         
          Two Yetis suddenly grab Jack by the shoulders and lift him up
          onto his feet.
                         
                          JACK
           Hey, hey. Whoa, put me down.
                         
                          NORTH
           I hope the yetis treated you well?
                         
                          JACK
           Oh, yeah. I love being shoved in a
           sack and tossed through a magic
           portal.
                         
                          NORTH
           Oh, good! That was my idea! You
           know Bunny, obviously.
                         
                          JACK
           Obviously.
                         
          Bunny stands off to the side, grumbling with his arms
          crossed. Jack suddenly notices the MINI TOOTH FAIRIES
          hovering near him, staring and twittering.
                         
                          NORTH
           And the Tooth Fairy?
                         
          Before Jack can answer, she's gliding toward him.
                         
                          TOOTH
           Hello, Jack. I've heard a lot
           about you. And your teeth.
                         
                          JACK
           My, my what?
                         
                          TOOTH
           (moves in way too close)
           Open up! Are they really as white
           as they say? Yes!
                          (GASP)
                          (MORE)
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 32.
                          TOOTH (CONT'D)
           Oh, they really do sparkle like
           freshly fallen snow.
                         
          Several swooning Mini Teeth flutter around a confused Jack,
          batting their lashes and screaming like crazed Beatles fans.
          Tooth collects herself, and...
                         
                          TOOTH
           Girls, pull yourselves together...
           Let's not disgrace the uniform.
                         
                          NORTH
           And Sandman.
           (sees Sandy is snoozing)
           Sandy! Sandy! Wake up!
                         
          Sandy bolts up awake and steps up to Jack, smiling.
                         
                          JACK
           Hey! Ho! Anyone wanna tell me why
           I'm here?
                         
          The WISP OF DREAMSAND above Sandy's head morphs into a
          BARRAGE OF IMAGES.
                         
                          JACK
           That's not really helping. But
           thanks, little man.
                          (TO OTHERS)
           I musta done something really bad
           to get you four together.
                         
          Jack walks away from the group, frosting an elf with a tray
          of cookies as it marches past, then turns around.
                         
                          JACK
           Am I on the naughty list?
                         
                          NORTH
                          (CHUCKLES)
           On naughty list? You hold record!
           But no matter. We overlook. Now
           we are wiping clean the slate.
                         
                          JACK
           How come?
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           (more to North)
           Ah, good question.
                         
                          NORTH
           How come? I tell you how come!
           Because now...you are Guardian!
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 33.
                         
                         
          Off Jack's confusion, yetis light CEREMONIAL TORCHES with a
          WHOOSH. Elves leap from columns, unfurling homemade,
          celebratory BANNERS as they descend. Jack brushes off a few
          baby teeth who try to present him with a necklace made of
          paper snowflakes.
                         
                          JACK
           What are you doing! Get, get that
           offa me!
                         
          Jack's voice is drowned out by the sounds of horns and drums.
                         
                          NORTH
           This is the best part!
                         
          AN ELF MARCHING BAND strikes up, marching into the room. Two
          yetis move Jack on to a designated spot on the floor.
                         
          Jack looks down to find an elf pointing at his bare feet.
          The elf then directs his attention to two approaching elves,
          carrying a pair of ceremonial boots. Jack's confusion
          escalates.
                         
                          JACK
           Huh?
                         
          A Yeti hands North an old large book. North blows off the
          dust, opens it, and begins clearing his throat. Jack
          clenches his jaw as he scans the room: The Mini Teeth
          continue to fawn, Sandy's smiling, Bunny's apathetic, and
          North looks on with pride.
                         
          Jack suddenly SLAMS his staff down, sending a blast of FROST
          and WIND across the room. The torches go out and everything
          stops.
                         
                          JACK
           What makes you think I want to be a
           Guardian?
                         
          North bursts out in laughter holding the book in his hands
          then stops and looks to Jack, stone faced.
                         
                          NORTH
           Of course you do!
           (to the elves)
           Music!
                         
          The elves blare the trumpets again. Celebration!
                         
                          JACK
           No music!
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 34.
                         
                         
          The music peters out again. An elf throws his trumpet to the
          ground and storms off. North, displeased, glowers.
                         
                          JACK
           Look, this is all very flattering,
           but ah...you don't want me. You're
           all hard work and deadlines, and
           I'm snowballs and fun times. I'm
           not a Guardian.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           Yeah, that's exactly what I said!
                         
                          TOOTH
           Jack...I don't think you understand
           what it is we do.
                         
          Tooth swoops in and turns Jack's attention to the massive
          globe behind him.
                         
                          TOOTH
           Each of those lights is a child.
                         
          Jack looks up at the Globe, taking in the enormity of this.
          North suddenly moves to Jack's side.
                         
                          NORTH
           A child who believes. And good or
           bad, naughty or nice, we protect
           them.
                          (BEAT)
           Tooth...fingers out of mouth.
                         
          We cut back to discover that Tooth is examining Jack's teeth.
                         
                          TOOTH
                          (REMOVES FINGERS)
           Oh, sorry. They're beautiful.
                         
          Jack moves away from the Globe and back toward the center of
          the room.
                         
                          NORTH
           Okay, no more wishy-washy! Pitch
           is out there doing who knows what!
                         
                          JACK
                          (SCOFFS)
           You mean the Boogeyman?
                         
                          NORTH
           Yes! When Pitch threatens us, he
           threatens them as well.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 35.
                         
                         
          North points to the lights on the globe.
                         
                          JACK
           All the more reason to pick someone
           more qualified!
                         
                          NORTH
           Pick? You think we pick? No, you
           were chosen like we were all
           chosen. By Man in Moon.
                         
          Jack turns and looks to the group.
                         
                          JACK
           (stares, dumbstruck)
           What?
                         
                          TOOTH
           Last night, Jack. He chose you.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           Maybe.
                         
                          JACK
           The Man in the Moon, he talks to
           you?
                         
          Jack looks up to the skylight, taking in the awesome sight of
          the moon as it shines down on Earth.
                         
                          NORTH
           You see, you can not say no. It is
           destiny.
                         
          Jack is still confused by the news. What does it mean?
                         
                          JACK
           But why, why wouldn't he tell me
           that himself?
                          (EXASPERATED EXHALE)
           After 300 years this is his answer?
           To spend eternity like you guys
           cooped up in some, some hideout
           thinking of, of new ways to bribe
           kids? No no, that's not for me.
           No offense.
                         
          Jack turns to leave, the Guardians are stunned.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           How is that not offensive?
                         
          Except for Bunny, who is relieved by this turn and looks to
          the others.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 36.
                         
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           You know what I think? I think we
           just dodged a bullet. I mean,
           what's this clown know about
           bringing joy to children anyway?
                         
          Jack turns back. A little pissed.
                         
                          JACK
           Uhh, you ever hear of a snow day?
           I know it's no hard-boiled egg, but
           kids like what I do.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           But none of 'em believe in you.
           (leans in to him)
           Do they? You see, you're
           invisible, mate. It's like you
           don't even exist.
                         
                          TOOTH
           Bunny! Enough!
                         
          Silence. Jack tries not to look stung by this.
                         
                          JACK
           No, the kangaroo's right.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
                          (GLARES)
           The, the what -- what'd you call
           me? I am not a kangaroo, mate.
                         
                          JACK
           Oh. And this whole time I thought
           you were. If you're not a
           kangaroo, what are you?
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           I'm a bunny. The Easter Bunny.
           People believe in me.
                         
          Sandy nudges North, who acknowledges the tension in the air.
                         
                          NORTH
                          (TO JACK)
           Jack. Walk with me.
                         
                          CUT TO:
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 37.
                         
                         
          SEQ. 1000 - NORTH'S WORKSHOP
                         
          INT. TOY FACTORY - NORTH POLE - DAY
                         
          Jack and North ride an elevator, bearing the resemblance of a
          Christmas ornament, down to the factory floor.
                         
                          JACK
           It's nothing personal, North. What
           you all do, it's just, it's not my
           thing.
                         
                          NORTH
           Man in Moon says it is your thing.
           We will see!
                         
          North storms through factory floor, Jack trying to keep up.
          An amazing place.
                         
                          JACK
           Slow down, wouldja? I've been
           trying to bust in here for years, I
           want a good look.
                         
                          NORTH
           (peeved - still rushing)
           What do you mean, "bust in?"
                         
                          JACK
           Oh, don't worry, I never got past
           the yetis.
                         
          Jack looks over his shoulder; an angry yeti pounds his fist
          into his palm.
                         
                          YETI
           Rwwarrrrrr.
                         
                          JACK
           Oh, hey Phil.
                         
                          NORTH
           Keep up, Jack! Keep up!
                         
          North charges ahead.
                         
          North's factory is bustling with activity: Yeti's are
          building toys, moving packages, while Elves are test piloting
          the various flying toys.
                         
          As Jack walks behind North, surveying the factory, a duck toy
          suddenly flies over Jack's head. Jack ducks just in time and
          continues after North.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 38.
                         
                         
                          JACK
           Whoa!
                          (BEAT)
           I always thought the elves made the
           toys.
                         
                          NORTH
                          (WHISPERS)
           We just let them believe that.
                         
          Jack looks over to see a group of elves eating Christmas
          ornaments and another electrocuting himself with Christmas
          lights. North smiles and calls to them.
                         
                          NORTH
           Very nice! Keep up good work!
                         
          North continues through the factory floor. He passes a yeti
          putting the finishing touches on a blue toy robot.
                         
                          NORTH
                          (TO YETI)
           I don't like it. Paint it red.
                         
          The yeti reacts in dismay as we reveal hundreds of finished
          blue robots.
                         
                          NORTH
           Step it up, everybody.
                         
          As North and Jack move to the opposite end of the chamber, we
          finally glimpse the orchestrated chaos of the entire
          workshop, in all it's magic and splendor.
                         
                         
          INT. NORTH'S OFFICE - A MOMENT LATER
                         
          Jack follows North into his office. There are shelves filled
          with toys. Sketches and prototypes everywhere.
                         
          North dusts his hands and turns to Jack. His sleeves are
          rolled. Jack notices that on one of North's forearms is
          tattooed the word NAUGHTY, and on the other, NICE. North
          grabs a plate from a nearby elf.
                         
                          NORTH
           Fruit cake?
                         
                          JACK
           Ah, no, thanks.
                         
          North hurls it - crash! A pause as North looks at Jack.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 39.
                         
                         
                          NORTH
           Now we get down to tacks of brass!
                         
                          JACK
                          (TO HIMSELF)
           Tacks of brass?
                         
          As North cracks his knuckles, Jack stands silent. The wind
          suddenly slams North's office door behind them. Jack looks
          to the door, it locks itself, and he turns back. North moves
          in close to Jack, backing him up against the door.
                         
                          NORTH
           Who are you, Jack Frost? What is
           your center?
                         
          North pokes Jack in the chest.
                         
                          JACK
           My center?
                         
                          NORTH
           If Man in Moon chose you to be a
           Guardian, you must have something
           very special inside.
                         
          North stands up straight and begins to stroke his beard as he
          gives Jack a curious look.
                         
                          NORTH
           Hmmmm?
                         
          North is standing in front of a shelf of Russian nesting
          dolls. One is carved to look like North himself.
                         
                          NORTH (CONT'D)
           Here. This is how you see me, no?
           Very big, intimidating. But if you
           get to know me a little--
           (hands the doll to Jack)
           Well, go on.
                         
          Jack gives North a curious look, then sets down his staff.
          He twists the doll in half, and inside is another carved
          North doll, this one is a more typical Santa Claus - red
          cheeked and cheery.
                         
                          JACK
           You are downright jolly.
                         
                          NORTH
           Ah, but not just jolly...
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 40.
                         
                         
          The dolls get progressively smaller as he twists them open,
          all versions of North, but all slightly different.
                         
                          NORTH (CONT'D)
           I am also mysterious.
           (twist - smaller doll)
           And fearless.
           (twist - smaller doll)
           And caring. And at my center...
                         
          Twist. As North approaches, Jack looks down and drops the
          final Russian doll into the palm of North's hand. It's the
          size of a jelly bean.
                         
                          JACK
           There's a tiny wooden baby?
                         
                          NORTH
           Look closer. What do you see?
                         
          Jack holds it up to examine it.
                         
                          JACK
           You have big eyes?
                         
                          NORTH
           Yes! Big eyes. Very big. Because
           they are full! Of wonder! That is
           my center. It is what I was born
           with. Eyes that have always seen
           the wonder in everything!
                         
          North raises his hands, and the toys on the shelves suddenly
          spring to life. Jack-in-the-boxes pop, toy trains speed
          around the room, soldiers march about, toy planes fly
          overhead. An elf gets carried aloft by a balloon.
                         
          A flying toy plane glides by and we follow it as it makes its
          way around the room. A Christmas tree is ablaze with bright
          lights. Two double doors suddenly open as the flying car
          enters the factory floor.
                         
                          NORTH
           Eyes that see lights in the trees,
           and magic in the air!
                         
          As it crosses the frame, dozens of other toys are now flying
          around the massive chamber. It's a truly magical moment.
          North now stands outside his office, with Jack at his side.
                         
                          NORTH
           This wonder is what I put into the
           world, and what I protect in
           children.
                          (MORE)
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 41.
                          NORTH (CONT'D)
           It is what makes me a Guardian. It
           is my center. What is yours?
                         
                          JACK
                          (BEAT)
           I don't know.
                         
          Jack looks down into his open palm, the wooden baby stares
          back at him. North closes Jack's hand. They exchange a look.
                         
          Then, something suddenly jets past a window outside. Almost
          simultaneously, Bunny and Sandman come running down the
          hallway toward North and Jack.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           We have a problem, mate! Trouble
           at the Tooth Palace.
                         
                          CUT TO:
                         
                         
          SEQ. 1204 - SLEIGH LAUNCH
                         
                         
          INT. LAUNCHING SHED - A MOMENT LATER
                         
          North shoves open a set of double doors, followed closely by
          Bunny, Sandy, and Jack. Several Yeti's rush by as they
          prepare the hangar for launch.
                         
           NORTH (O.S.)
                          (TO YETIS)
           Boys, ship shape. As soon as
           impossible.
                         
                          JACK
           North, North! I told you, I'm not
           going with you guys! There is no
           way I'm climbing into some rickety
           old...
                         
          Suddenly: the SOUND of POUNDING HOOVES. BEASTLY SNORTING.
                         
          SANTA'S INCREDIBLE SLEIGH comes into view. It's a huge,
          shiny, tricked out, jaw-dropping hot-rod of a sled.
                         
                          JACK
           ...sleigh.
                         
          Jack is understandably gob-smacked, so much so that he almost
          gets knocked over by one of the reindeer.
                         
                          JACK
           Whoa!
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 42.
                         
                         
                          NORTH
                          (TO REINDEER)
           Hey! Moi deti, moi deti. Quiet,
           quiet.
                         
          The sleigh comes to a standstill as the Guardians prepare to
          climb inside. Several Yetis are still running around making
          last minute preparations.
                         
                          JACK
           Okay, one ride, but that's it.
                         
          Jack jumps aboard. North smiles knowingly, and climbs
          inside. Sandy hops up into the back seat.
                         
                          NORTH
           Everyone loves the sleigh.
                         
          North grabs the reigns, wrapping them around his arms. He
          turns to see Bunnymund standing there, frozen and unnerved.
                         
                          NORTH (CONT'D)
           Bunny, what are you waiting for?
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           I think my tunnels might be faster,
           mate. And um, and safer.
                         
                          NORTH
           Ah, get in.
           (hoists Bunnymund up)
           Buckle up!
                         
          Bunny desperately looks around his seat.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           Whoa, whoa, whoa, where are the
           bloody seatbelts?!
                         
                          NORTH
                          (LAUGHS)
           That was just expression!
                         
          North turns to one of the Yetis .
                         
                          NORTH
           Are we ready?
                         
          The Yeti throws his hands up in a fit shaking his head no.
                         
                          NORTH
           Good! Let's go! Clear!
           (cracks the reigns)
           Hyah!
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 43.
                         
                         
          The sleigh is off. Elves and yetis scatter out of its path.
          Sandy, Bunny, and Jack fly back into their seats. Bunny
          clutches the edge of his, terrified. Jack can't help but
          laugh.
                         
                          NORTH
           Out of the way!
                         
          The sleigh heads down a luge-like track. North and Jack are
          enjoying the ride.
                         
                          NORTH
           Hyah!
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           Ohhhhhh no!
                         
          North cracks the reigns, the sleigh plummets, an almost
          vertical drop. Sandy grins calmly. Jack loves this.
          Bunnymund - not so much.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
                          (WALLA)
           Slow down, slow down!
                         
          North pulls a lever, kicking the sleigh into overdrive. He
          looks back as the sleigh enters a corkscrew.
                         
                          NORTH
           I hope you like the loopty loops!
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
                          (NAUSEOUS)
           I hope you like carrots.
                         
                          NORTH
           Here we go!
                         
          WIDE SHOT as the sleigh reaches the bottom of the ramp, and
          shoots upwards, launching them into bright blue sky.
                         
                          JACK
           WOOO-HOOOOOO!!!!!!
                         
                         
          EXT. SLEIGH - FLYING THROUGH THE SKY - CONTINUOUS
                         
          North, reins in hand, leans into the wind as the reindeer
          climb higher.
                         
                          NORTH
           Klasno!
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 44.
                         
                         
          Jack, in his element, leaps up onto the rear of the sleigh to
          watch the North Pole fade into the distance.
                         
                          JACK
                          (LAUGHS)
           Whoa!
                         
          Bunnymund peaks off the side of the sleigh, then leans back,
          and holds on for dear life.
                         
                          JACK
           Hey, Bunny--
                         
          Bunny turns to see Jack standing on the back edge of the
          sleigh.
                         
                          JACK
           Check out this view--
           EEEYAAAAGGHGHH!
                         
          Jack is SWEPT OFF the sleigh and disappears! Bunny gasps in
          horror and looks over the side...only to see Jack lounging on
          the sleigh's skid.
                         
                          JACK
           Awww...you do care.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           Ah, rack off you bloody show pony!
                         
          Bunny glowers as Jack makes his way back into the sleigh.
                         
                          NORTH
           Hold on everyone, I know a
           shortcut.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           Oh strewth, I knew we should have
           taken the tunnels.
                         
          North holds a snow globe up to his face.
                         
                          NORTH
           I say, Tooth Palace.
                         
          An image of the Tooth Palace appears inside the snowglobe.
          North throws the globe into the air and a giant vortex opens.
                         
                          NORTH
           Hyah!
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 45.
                         
                         
          EXT. SKY - SLEIGH JETTING THROUGH THE SKY
                         
          A surreal light surrounds the sleigh as it hits HYPERDRIVE
          and gets sucked through the snow-globe portal with a WHOOSH.
                         
                          CUT TO:
                         
                         
          SEQ. 1300 - TOOTH PALACE DESTROYED
                         
          EXT. SKY - NEAR TOOTH'S PALACE
                         
          The sleigh suddenly comes out of HYPERDRIVE at the outskirts
          of the Tooth Palace. Streaks of black rapidly approaching.
                         
                          NORTH
           What!?
                         
          Suddenly our heroes find themselves in the midst of mayhem,
          as hundreds of Nightmares and terrified Tooth Fairies jet
          past. It's like a meteor storm. North yanks the reins, and
          the sleigh veers sharply, dodging the oncoming Nightmares.
                         
                          NORTH
           What are they!?
                         
          Sandy and Bunny duck the onslaught.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           Whoa!
                         
          Jack now sees that the Nightmares are actually GULPING DOWN
          the fleeing fairies and flying off with them. It's chaos.
                         
                          JACK
           They're taking the tooth fairies!
                         
          Jack looks up to see a lone fairy with a Nightmare snapping
          at its heels. Jack leaps into the air and rescues it before
          the Nightmare can snatch it away.
                         
          Jack lands back in the sleigh. He opens his hand to reveal
          Baby Tooth, who's shaking with fear.
                         
                          JACK
           Hey little Baby Tooth, you okay?
                         
          As Baby Tooth nods, North steers the sleigh forward through
          the storm toward the entrance of Tooth's Palace.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 46.
                         
                         
          INT. TOOTH PALACE - A MOMENT LATER
                         
          A vast chamber supported by pillars containing millions of
          tiny wooden deposit boxes from floor to ceiling. North spots
          a Nightmare up ahead and hands Jack the reigns.
                         
                          NORTH
           Here, take over!
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           Huh?
                         
          Jack, though surprised, quickly grabs the reigns and smiles
          as he snaps them.
                         
                          JACK
           Hyah!
                         
          North readies his sword and SLICES the Nightmare in half --
                         
                          NORTH
           Yah!
                         
          SEVERAL TOOTH BOXES spill out of the split Nightmare and rain
          down into the sleigh at the Guardians' feet. The Nightmare
          disintegrates into black sand.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           They're stealing the teeth!
                         
          Sandy looks at his hands and sees the Nightmare sand take
          shape and drift away. He and Bunny exchange a look.
                         
          The Guardians turn -- they're headed straight for a pillar.
                         
                          NORTH
           Jack, look out!
                         
          Jack pulls the reins --
                         
                          JACK
           Aaaahhhh!
                         
          -- the sleigh nearly misses the pillar and skids to a rough
          stop on a platform. They see Tooth up above.
                         
                          NORTH
           Tooth! Are you alright?
                         
          Tooth is flying around, visibly frustrated. This is bad.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 47.
                         
                         
                          TOOTH
           They, they took my fairies! And
           the teeth! All of them!
           Everything is gone! Everything.
                         
          Only then does it hit her. Tooth's wings drop in defeat.
          She's completely lost amidst the devastation. The Guardians
          rush to comfort her. Jack stays behind as Baby Tooth pops
          out from the hood of his tunic and flies over toward Tooth.
                         
                          TOOTH
           Oh thank goodness! One of you is
           alright!
                         
           PITCH (O.S.)
           I have to say, this is very, very
           exciting.
                         
          Pitch's voice echoes across the open chamber. They look up to
          see Pitch, standing high above them with a satisfied smile.
                         
                          PITCH
           The Big Four, all in one place.
           I'm a little star-struck.
                          (BEAT)
           Did you like my show on the globe,
           North? Got you all together,
           didn't I?
                         
          Tooth darts after Pitch, but he escapes into the shadows.
                         
                          TOOTH
           Pitch, you have got thirty seconds
           to return my fairies!
                         
           PITCH (O.S.)
           Or what?
                         
          Tooth follows the sound of Pitch's voice and finds him near
          one of her tooth box columns.
                         
                          PITCH
           You'll stick a quarter under my
           pillow?
                         
                          NORTH
           Why are you doing this?
                         
                          PITCH
           Maybe I want what you have. To be
           believed in.
                         
          Jack takes this in. Pitch moves along the walls and shadows
          of the chamber and emerges from behind a column.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 48.
                         
                         
                          PITCH
           Maybe I'm tired of hiding under
           beds.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           Maybe that's where you belong.
                         
                          PITCH
           Ah, go suck an egg, rabbit!
                         
          Bunny looks down past the edge of the platform to find Pitch
          upside down, staring him in the face. Pitch disappears again.
                         
           PITCH (O.S.)
           Hang on, is that...Jack Frost?
                          (LAUGHS)
           Since when are you all so chummy?
                         
                          JACK
           We're not.
                         
                          PITCH
           Oh good.
                         
          Jack turns and sees Pitch standing in the middle of a column.
                         
                          PITCH
           A neutral party. Then I'm going to
           ignore you. But, you must be used
           to that by now.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           Pitch! You shadow sneaking rat-
           bag! Come here!
                         
          Bunny goes after Pitch, but he disappears and reemerges on an
          opposite column. Tooth spots him, grabs one of Bunny's
          boomerangs and flies at Pitch in a rage...
                         
                          TOOTH
           Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!
                         
          Pitch looks at Tooth with a smile and before she can reach
          him, a huge Nightmare darts out of hiding and rears up at
          her. Tooth falls back. Baby Tooth hides in Jack's tunic.
                         
                          PITCH
                          (SOOTHING)
           Whoa! Hey, easy, girl. Easy.
                         
          Pitch draws a wisp of black sand from Onyx's mane, twirls it
          in his palm, and turns toward Sandy.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 49.
                         
                         
                          PITCH
           Look familiar, Sandman? Took me a
           while to perfect this little trick.
           Turning dreams into Nightmares.
                         
          Pitch notices the shocked Guardians.
                         
                          PITCH
           Don't be nervous, it only riles
           them up more. They smell fear you
           know.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           What fear? Of you!? No one's been
           afraid of you since the Dark Ages!
                         
          Pitch's eyes flash with anger. But then he smiles.
                         
                          PITCH
                          (NOSTALGIC)
           Oh, the Dark Ages.
                         
                         
          EXT. VILLAGE - NIGHT - FLASHBACK
                         
          A parent and her two children, huddled around a campfire,
          scream as a shadow, resembling Pitch, washes over them. It
          makes its way up the side of a mountain to reveal Pitch,
          smiling as he stares up at the moon.
                         
           PITCH (V.O.)
                          (NOSTALGIC)
           Everyone frightened. Miserable.
           Such happy times for me. Oh, the
           power I wielded!
                         
                         
          EXT. VILLAGE - NIGHT - FLASHBACK - CONTINUOUS
                         
           PITCH (V.O.)
           But then the Man in the Moon chose
           you to replace my fear with your
           wonder and light!
                         
          North's sleigh flies in front of the moon. Tooth and her
          fairies flit by while SANDY's Dreamsand dances across the sky
          and Bunny leaps across rooftops.
                         
           PITCH (V.O.)
           Lifting their hearts! And giving
           them hope!
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 50.
                         
                         
          Pitch, thinner and weaker than he is now, slips back into the
          shadows after children run through him while playing in the
          streets, laughing as they go.
                         
           PITCH (V.O.)
           Meanwhile, everyone wrote me off as
           just a bad dream! "Oh, there's
           nothing to be afraid of! There's
           no such thing as the Boogeyman!"
                         
          BACK TO THE TOOTH PALACE
                         
          Pitch leans toward the Guardians, showing nothing but
          contempt.
                         
                          PITCH (CONT'D)
           Well that's all about to change.
                         
          A SOUND behind Pitch: one of the COLUMNS of the Palace begins
          to crack and crumble, as if decaying. Tooth is stunned...
                         
                          PITCH
           Oh look, it's happening already.
                         
                          JACK
           What is?
                         
          Tooth's eyes widen in shock.
                         
                         
          VIGNETTES OF CHILDREN AROUND THE WORLD
                         
           PITCH (V.O.)
           Children are waking up and
           realizing the Tooth Fairy never
           came.
                         
          Lifting pillows and finding their BABY TEETH still there.
                         
           PITCH (V.O.)
           I mean such a little thing, but to
           a child...
                         
          PULL OUT from the last VIGNETTE, all the way out of TOOTH'S
          WIDE-OPEN EYE, and BACK TO SCENE. Jack, mystified, moves
          closer to Tooth as the palace continues to crumble.
                         
                          JACK
           What's going on?
                         
                          TOOTH
           They, they don't believe in me
           anymore.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 51.
                         
                         
                          PITCH
           Didn't they tell you, Jack? It's
           great being a Guardian -- but
           there's a catch. If enough kids
           stop believing, everything your
           friends protect - wonder, hopes and
           dreams - it all goes away. And
           little by little, so do they.
                         
          Jack's realizes now the magnitude of Pitch's plan.
                         
                          PITCH
           No Christmas, or Easter, or little
           fairies that come in the night.
           There will be nothing. But fear
           and darkness and me! It's your
           turn not to be believed in!
                         
          Bunny throws his boomerangs at Pitch, who quickly ducks out
          of the way as they fly around the chamber columns. Pitch
          then jumps onto the back of Onyx down into the depths of the
          Palace. The Guardians dive after him, followed by Jack.
                         
          Bunny grabs a set of egg bombs and launches them at Pitch,
          exploding seconds before Pitch hits the ground.
                         
                          CUT TO:
                         
                         
          SEQ. 1325 - JACK'S DECISION
                         
                         
          INT. TOOTH PALACE - LAGOON - MOMENTS LATER
                         
          The Guardians land --
                         
                          NORTH
           He's gone.
                         
                         
                         LATER
                         
          Tooth, deflated, sits on the ground with an empty tooth box
          in her hands. Baby Tooth, resting on a nearby broken tooth
          box, looks to Tooth with concern. Jack walks up and crouches
          down alongside Tooth.
                         
           BUNNYMUND (O.S.)
           Okay, alright I admit it, you were
           right about Pitch.
                         
           NORTH (O.S.)
           This is one time I wish I was
           wrong. But he will pay.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 52.
                         
                         
                          JACK
           I'm sorry, about the fairies.
                         
                          TOOTH
           (not her bubbly self)
           You should've seen them. They put
           up such a fight.
                         
                          JACK
           Why would Pitch take the teeth?
                         
                          TOOTH
           It's not the teeth he wanted. It's
           the memories inside them.
                         
                          JACK
                          (BEAT)
           What do you mean?
                         
          Tooth leads Jack across the pond, the water freezing under
          his feet as he walks.
                         
                          TOOTH
           That's why we collect the teeth,
           Jack. They hold the most important
           memories of childhood.
                         
          Tooth directs him to a MURAL, which illustrates this.
                         
                          TOOTH (CONT'D)
           My fairies and I watch over them
           and when someone needs to remember
           what's important, we help them.
                         
          Jack takes a second to admire the immense beauty of the mural
          before him.
                         
                          TOOTH (CONT'D)
           We had everyone's here. Yours too.
                         
                          JACK
           My memories?
                         
                          TOOTH
           From when you were young. Before
           you became Jack Frost.
                         
                          JACK
                          (BEAT)
           But, I wasn't anyone before I was
           Jack Frost.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 53.
                         
                         
                          TOOTH
           Of course you were. We were all
           someone before we were chosen.
                         
                          JACK
           What?
                         
                          NORTH
                          (CHUCKLES)
           You should've seen Bunny.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           Hey, I told you never to mention
           that!
                         
          Jack, confused, is trying to process all this.
                         
                          JACK
           That night at the pond...I just,
           why I assumed...Are you saying, are
           you saying I had a life before
           that? With a home? And a family?
                         
                          TOOTH
           You really don't remember?
                         
          Jack's expression says it all. Finally the key to all his
          questions.
                         
                          JACK
           All these years, and the answers
           were right here. If I find my
           memories, then I'll know why I'm
           here.
                          (TO TOOTH)
           You have to show me.
                         
          Jack, using his control of the wind, lifts up off the ground
          and flies across the pond.
                         
                          TOOTH
           I...I can't, Jack. Pitch has them.
                         
          Jack floats down onto a rock, overlooking the Guardians.
                         
                          JACK
           Then we have to get them back!
                         
          Suddenly, a patch of Tooth's feathers fall out, and
          disappears. The Guardians eyes fill with worry.
                         
                          TOOTH
           Oh no!
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 54.
                         
                         
          Jack is stricken. He looks back -- the ancient MURAL begins
                         TO DISINTEGRATE--
                         
                          TOOTH (CONT'D)
           The children. We're too late.
                         
                          NORTH
           No! No! No such thing as too
           late!
                          (GETS IDEA)
           Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait,
           wait. Idea!! HAHH!!
                         
          He's gleeful. The others look at each other as if he's nuts.
                         
                          NORTH (CONT'D)
           We will collect the teeth!
                         
                          TOOTH
           What?
                         
                          NORTH
           We get teeth! Children keep
           believing in you!
                         
                          TOOTH
           We're talking seven continents!
           Millions of kids!
                         
                          NORTH
           Give me break! You know how many
           toys I deliver in one night?
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           And eggs I hide in one day?
                         
          North turns to Jack.
                         
                          NORTH
           And Jack, if you help us, we will
           get you your memories.
                         
          Jack looks to Tooth, who gives him a reassuring smile. Sandy
          gives to enthusiastic thumbs up while Bunny groans. Jack
          looks back to North with a smile.
                         
                          JACK
           I'm in.
                         
                          CUT TO:
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 55.
                         
                         
          SEQ. 1350 - TOOTH COLLECTION
                         
          EXT. SHANGHAI ROOFTOPS - NIGHT
                         
          We transition to the SHANGHAI SKYLINE as North BOOMS up out
          of a chimney, dashing along the rooftops.
                         
                          NORTH
                          (LAUGHS)
           Quickly! Quickly!
                         
          North BOOMS down another chimney as Bunnymund races into view
          a rooftop away.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           Here we go, here we go...
                         
          Jack zips into view, calling out to Bunny.
                         
                          JACK
           Hop to it rabbit, I'm five teeth
           ahead!
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           Yeah right, look, I'd tell you to
           stay outta my way, but really
           what's the point -- because you
           won't be able to keep up anyway.
                         
                         
                          JACK
           Is that a challenge, cottontail?
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           Oh, you don't wanna race a rabbit,
           mate.
                         
          As we pan across the rooftops, BOOM! North bursts up out of
          a nearby chimney.
                         
                          NORTH
           A race? Is it a race??
                         
          North jumps into one chimney, then shoots out of another
          across the way.
                         
                          NORTH (CONT'D)
           This is going to be...
                         
          North disappears down yet another chimney only to emerge with
          a bang out the top of another.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 56.
                         
                         
                          NORTH (CONT'D)
           EPIC!!
                         
          As North leaps out of frame, Tooth darts into view, in
          hummingbird overdrive, dazzled by the lights and traffic.
          Baby Tooth struggles to keep up.
                         
                          TOOTH
           Four bicuspids over there! An
           incisor two blocks east! Is that a
           molar? They're EVERYWHERE!
                         
          Tooth, overwhelmed, jets off without paying attention and
                         SUDDENLY --
                         
          THOOMP -- she smacks into a TOOTHPASTE BILLBOARD.
                         
                          TOOTH
           Ow!
                         
          Jack jumps up to the billboard to check on her.
                         
                          JACK
           Ah, you okay?
                         
                          TOOTH
           Fine...sorry, it's been a really
           long time since I've been out in
           the field.
                         
                          JACK
           How long is a long time?
                         
                          TOOTH
           Ah, four hundred forty years...give
           or take.
                         
          Tooth jerks to attention: suddenly her VIEW ZOOMS IN thru a
          LITTLE GIRL'S BEDROOM WINDOW: a tiny GLOW under her pillow
          marks a freshly planted TOOTH.
                         
          Tooth gasps and her eyes go wide -- she FLIES to the window,
          excited. Jack reacts, looks to Baby Tooth: it's gonna be a
          long night.
                         
                          JACK
           Hmm...
                         
                         
          INT. BOY'S BEDROOM - NIGHT
                         
          Jack, cocksure, arrives outside an open window. His smile
          suddenly disappears when he sees a RABBIT HOLE open up in the
          bedroom floor and Bunny hops out.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 57.
                         
                         
          EXT. BOY'S BEDROOM - NIGHT - CONTINUOUS
                         
          Bunny, now holding the tooth in his paw, turns to Jack and
          laughs. Jack, not amused, zaps Bunny with burst of frost
          from his staff.
                         
           BUNNYMUND (O.S.)
           Aaahhh!
                         
                         
          EXT. MIDDLE EAST - NIGHT
                         
          The Guardians fly over a Middle Eastern city in North's
          sleigh as the full moon lights up the night sky.
                         
                         
          INT. KID'S BEDROOM - NIGHT
                         
          North pulls TWO teeth, one with each hand: TWINS.
                         
                          NORTH
                          TWINS
                          (BEAT)
           Yipa!!
                         
                         
          INT. BOY'S BEDROOM - NIGHT
                         
          Bunny pulls out his hand from under a pillow revealing
          SEVERAL TEETH.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           Jackpot!
                         
          Pull out wider to reveal HOCKEY TROPHIES, POSTERS and
          PARAPHERNALIA EVERYWHERE. Bunny grins.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           Looks like you're a bit of a
           brumby, hey mate.
                         
                         
          INT. BOY'S BEDROOM - NIGHT
                         
          North stands at the side of a boy's bed.
                         
                          NORTH
                          (LAUGHS)
           Is piece of pie!
                         
          He falls into a rabbit hole, finding himself face to face
          with Bunny. He growls. SANDMAN enters and takes the boy's
          tooth for himself.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 58.
                         
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           Ow!
                         
                          NORTH
                          (LOUD WHISPER)
           That's my tooth! Sandy! Sandy!
                         
                         
          EXT. BEDROOM - NIGHT
                         
          Jack parkours between two buildings and into a window.
                         
                         
          INT. BEDROOM - NIGHT - CONTINUOUS
                         
          Jack flies in through the window when suddenly, a rabbit hole
          appears. As Jack disappears through the rabbit hole, Bunny
          appears through an adjacent hole laughing to himself.
                         
                         
          INT. BEDROOM NIGHT
                         
          Tooth reaches under a pillow and pulls out a Tooth with a
          mouse attached to the other end. Baby Tooth tackles the
          mouse.
                         
                          TOOTH
           Whoa, whoa, whoa! Take it easy
           there, champ! He's one of us!
           Part of the European division.
           (to the mouse)
           Ca va?
                         
          The mouse gestures back angrily.
                         
                         
          EXT. SKYLINE - NIGHT
                         
          North and the Guardians, riding North's sleigh, exit a
          wormhole. North laughs as they fly over the city.
                         
                         
          INT. BEDROOM - NIGHT
                         
          Bunny pulls a note from under a pillow instead of a tooth.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           Huh?
                         
          The note shows an arrow, pointing toward the window. He
          looks up to the window: North holds up a tooth as he grins,
          then leaps off the ledge laughing.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 59.
                         
                         
          EXT. ROOFTOP - NIGHT
                         
          Bunny lands on a rooftop, holding a tooth in his paw, and
          proud of himself. Then, Bunny hears the sound of ice and
                         FROST--
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           Crikey!
                         
          --and disappears from view. Bunny is now sliding down the
          side of a roof on a sheet of ice. Jack grabs the tooth from
          Bunny's paw as he slides past and holds it high in the air.
                         
                          JACK
                          (LAUGHS)
           Yes!
                         
          Jack holds up the tooth, but within moments a hand snatches
          it. Jack looks to see Sandy waving `bye-bye' as he flies off
          on his Dreamsand cloud.
                         
                          JACK
           No!
                         
                         
          EXT. ROOFTOP - NIGHT
                         
          North dances across a rooftop and quickly drops into a
          chimney to enter a house -- we DROP FAST THROUGH THE ROOF AND
          CEILING...
                         
                         
          INT. HOUSE UNDER ROOFTOP - CONTINUOUS
                         
          ...to see BUNNY'S PAW as it LIGHTS THE FIREPLACE. Bunny
          grins demonically in the firelight.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           Haha! Ho, ho, ho!
                         
                         
          EXT. PARIS - SKLYLINE - NIGHT
                         
          A large burst of fire shoots out the top of a distant
          chimney.
                         
           NORTH (O.S.)
           Ahh!
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 60.
                         
                         
          EXT. ROOFTOP - NIGHT
                         
          Jack, North, Sandy, and Bunny stand proudly. Each one of
          them revealing their own bag filled with teeth to Tooth.
          Tooth is overwhelmed by their collective effort.
                         
                          TOOTH
           Wow! You guys collect teeth and
           leave gifts as fast as my fairies.
                         
          Their eyes widen and Tooth is suddenly panic stricken.
                         
                          TOOTH (CONT'D)
           You guys have been leaving gifts,
           right?
                         
          The rest of the group turns to each other, sinking their
          heads and biting their lips in embarrassment.
                         
                         
          EXT. LAUNDROMAT - NIGHT - CONTINUOUS
                         
          The Guardians stand in line, waiting their turn to put dollar
          bills into a coin dispenser.
                         
                         
          A SERIES OF CLOSE SHOTS, VERY FAST
                         
          - Baby Tooth puts a COIN under a pillow.
                         
          - Now Jack puts a coin under a pillow.
                         
          - North's hand pulls a Tooth from under a pillow. He
          replaces it pair of CANDY CANES and a few COINS.
                         
          - Bunny stomps his feet and falls through a rabbit hole to
          reveal a pair of Easter Eggs atop a child's bed.
                         
          - Sandy walks through a doggy door with a coin in his hand.
          In shock, he sees North laughing while arranging Christmas
          decorations in the child's bedroom.
                         
                         
          INT. BOY'S BEDROOM - NIGHT
                         
          A young boy, holding a stuffed animal and a sippy cup to his
          mouth, looks out his bedroom window. The Guardians, cast in
          moonlight, bound across the adjacent rooftops. The young
          boy, dumbfounded, drops his juice.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 61.
                         
                         
          EXT. SKYLINE - NIGHT
                         
          The Guardians fly across the night sky only to disappear
          through a snowglobe portal. Nearby, a Nightmare observes as
          the sleigh vanishes. It leaps off the roof, through a drain,
          and down into the sewers.
                         
                          CUT TO:
                         
                         
          SEQ. 1650 - PITCH'S LAIR
                         
          INT. PITCH'S LAIR - NIGHT
                         
          The SPY NIGHTMARE flies down into a dark cavernous space.
          Large STEEL CAGES hang all around and trapped inside are the
          MINI TEETH.
                         
          The Nightmare heads toward Pitch, standing at his own GLOBE,
          which is conspicuously covered in lights.
                         
                          PITCH
           The lights...why aren't they going
           out?
                         
          The Nightmare approaches from behind and lets out a soft
          whiney; Pitch stiffens at the news.
                         
                          PITCH
           They're collecting the teeth?
                         
          The MINI TEETH perk up at this, and start twittering
          excitedly, which echoes throughout the lair.
                         
                          PITCH
           Oh pipe down, or I'll stuff a
           pillow with you!
                         
          The Mini Teeth begin to settle down. PITCH looks at the
          Nightmare, frustrated, and scowls. The Nightmare winces and
          disperses into tiny particles.
                         
          A strand of NIGHTMARE SAND from the Nightmare twirls in the
          air, and Pitch twists it with his fingers, turning it into a
          crude image of the SANDMAN.
                         
                          PITCH
           Fine, have your last hurrah. For
           tomorrow, all you pathetic
           scrambling will be for nothing.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 62.
                         
                         
          And he crushes the image in his fist.
                         
                          CUT TO:
                         
                         
          SEQ. 1575 - IN JAMIE'S BEDROOM
                         
                         
          INT. JAMIE'S BEDROOM - CONTINUOUS
                         
          A cool looking ROBOT TOY rests on Jamie's bedside table.
          Jamie is sound asleep in bed. A smile across his face
          reveals the recently formed gap between his teeth.
                         
           TOOTH (O.S.)
           Left central incisor, knocked out
           in a freak sledding accident. I
           wonder how that could have
           happened, Jack?
                         
          Jack laughs as he looks at JAMIE'S DRAWING of himself during
          the SNOWBALL FIGHT on the wall. He's midair, blasting his
          friends with snowballs. He smiles and then turns to Tooth.
                         
                          JACK
                          (LAUGHS)
           Kids, huh?
                         
          He watches as Tooth reaches under the pillow. She hovers
          over Jamie as he stirs in his sleep. A dreamy smile comes
          over her as she gazes down at the sleeping boy.
                         
                          TOOTH
           This was always the part I liked
           most - seeing the kids.
                          (BEAT)
           Why did I ever stop doing this?
                         
          A beat; Jack sees how much it means to her.
                         
                          JACK
           It's a little different up close,
           huh?
                         
          Tooth gives him a look: he's right.
                         
                          TOOTH
           Thanks for being here, Jack. I
           wish I had known about your memory,
           I could've helped you.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 63.
                         
                         
                          JACK
           Yeah, well, look let's just get you
           taken care of. Then it's Pitch's
           turn, huh?
                         
          A sudden COMMOTION. They both turn to the window.
                         
                          NORTH
           Here you are!
                         
          North, carrying a large sack over his shoulder, struggles to
          climb in through the small window. Sandman and Baby Tooth
          climb in after. Everybody whispers.
                         
                          TOOTH
           SSHHHHHHHH!!
                         
                          NORTH
           Oh, what gives slowpokes!?
                         
          Jamie is still sound asleep.
                         
                          NORTH
           How you feeling, Toothy?
                         
                          TOOTH
           Believed in.
                         
                          NORTH
                          (LAUGHS)
           Haha! That's what I want to hear.
                         
           BUNNYMUND (O.S.)
           Oh I see how it is...
                         
          Bunny comes in through a rabbit hole in the floorboards.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND (CONT'D)
           All working together to make sure
           the rabbit gets last place.
                         
          North now holds his index fingers up to his lips.
                         
                          NORTH
           SSSHHHHHHHHH!!!
                         
                          JACK
           You think I need help to beat a
           bunny? Check it out, Peter
           Cottontail.
                         
          Jack lifts up his sack of teeth.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 64.
                         
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           You call that a bag of choppers?
           (lifting larger sack)
           Now that's a bag of choppers.
                         
                          NORTH
           Gentlemen! Gentlemen! This is
           about Tooth. It's not a
           competition! But if it was --
           (reveals even larger sack)
           I win. YEEEEEHAAAHH!
                         
          And he strikes a Russian dancing pose as...
                         
          Suddenly a bright circle of light is cast on the Guardians.
                         
                          NORTH (CONT'D)
           Oh no...
                         
           JAMIE (O.C.)
                          (SURPRISED)
           Santa Claus?
                         
          They all turn slowly to see Jamie sitting up in bed, holding
          a flashlight, wide awake and beaming in disbelief.
                         
                          JAMIE (CONT'D)
           The Easter Bunny?...Sandman...The
           Tooth Fairy! I knew you'd come!
                         
                          TOOTH
           Surprise!
                          (GIGGLING)
           We came!
                         
                          JACK
           He can see us?
                         
          Jamie looks around, amazed, he sees everyone but Jack.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           Most of us.
                         
                          TOOTH
           Shhh! You guys, he's still awake.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           Sandy! Knock him out!
                         
          They all look to him, scandalized. Jamie looks concerned.
                         
                          JAMIE
           Huh?
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 65.
                         
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           With the Dreamsand, ya gumbies.
                         
          But then Jamie's GREYHOUND rises up into frame, fully awake,
          its nostrils flaring at the scent he's picked up.
                         
                          JAMIE
           No, stop that's the Easter Bunny.
           What are you doing, Abbey? Down!
                         
          The dog is nose to nose with Bunnymund.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           Alright, nobody panic.
                         
                          JACK
                          (ENJOYING THIS)
           But that's a um, that's a
           greyhound. Do you know what
           greyhounds do to rabbits?
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           I think it's a pretty safe bet he's
           never met a rabbit like me -
                         
          While Sandy forms a Dreamsand baseball, Jack rolls his eyes
          and notices an alarm clock on the bedside table.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND (CONT'D)
           Six foot one, nerves of steel,
           master of tai-chi and the ancient
                          ART OF--
                         
          Jack can't resist: he reaches over stealthily and SETS OFF
          THE ALARM CLOCK with his staff. RRRRRIIIIING!
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           Crikey.
                         
          Bunny is off like a shot, the greyhound right on his tail,
          running laps in the small room, the dog barking like crazy.
                         
                          JAMIE
           Stop! Sit!
                         
          Sandy, amused, makes a Dreamsand baseball to stop the dog,
          but bobbles it as the dog brushes past.
                         
                          JAMIE
           Down girl, down!
                         
          The others stand out of the way as Bunny and the dog run up
          the walls and over the bed.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 66.
                         
                         
          As Tooth tries to silence the alarm clock, Jack can barely
          contain his laughter. Sandy takes aim as Bunny and the dog
          run circles around him--
                         
                          NORTH
           Sandy, Sandy!
                         
          The dog jumps past North, knocking him back.
                         
                          NORTH
           Ah!
                         
          As Sandy winds up, the dog suddenly SMACKS right into him.
          The Dreamsand goes flying.
                         
                          TOOTH
           Hey, this is not proper Tooth Fairy
           behavior!
                         
          North ducks out of the way as the Dreamsand sails toward him.
          The Dreamsand baseball smacks Tooth right in the face and
          explodes into golden dust. Tooth and her fairy fall to the
          ground as a golden tooth takes shape above their heads.
                         
          Streams of Dreamsand make their way around the room.
                         
           BUNNYMUND (O.C.)
           Ah, this thing's rabid! Get this
           dingo off me!
                         
          Bunny gets a whiff of the golden sand. The image of a carrot
          quickly takes shape in front of his face.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           Oh no.
                         
          THUD! Bunny falls over asleep. THUD! So does the dog.
          North tries to scramble out of the way, but there's no escape
          in this tiny room.
                         
                          NORTH
           Candy canes...
                         
          He teeters for a moment as Dreamsand candy canes appear
          before him, then falls like a giant Sequoia, landing - THUD! -
          on the end of Jamie's bed, which sends Jamie catapulting
          through the air.
                         
                          JAMIE
           Whoaaaaaaaaaa!
                         
          Luckily he lands -- OOF! -- in Sandy's arms. He starts to
          wake up AGAIN, but Sandy is there with a fistful of sand --
          BOOF! -- and Jamie too is out cold.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 67.
                         
                         
          Jack and Sandy look down at the sleeping boy, relieved. Then
          they look around -- a heap of sleeping, snoring bodies.
                         
                          JACK
           Whoops...
                         
          Bunny is snuggled up next to North. A carrot and candy
          canes, made of Dreamsand, hold hands as they dance above
          Bunny and North's head.
                         
          Jack comes down off the dresser and turns to Sandy, who has
          put Jamie back in bed. Sandy lifts North's arm and lets go,
          it's completely limp and falls flat. Sandy smiles at Jack,
          who chuckles.
                         
                          JACK
           Oh, I really wish I had a camera
           right now.
                         
          Sandy eyes suddenly widen. There's a Nightmare behind Jack.
          Jack turns to see A NIGHTMARE staring through the window.
          Without hesitation, Jack jumps out the window after it.
                         
           JACK (O.S.)
                          (SHOUTS)
           Sandy, c'mon! We can find Pitch.
                         
          Sandy pauses for a moment, then follows Jack's lead.
                         
                         
          BACK IN JAMIE'S ROOM - INTERCUT
                         
          The sleeping Guardians are where we left them. Jamie's
          bedroom door opens, and Sophie toddles in. She takes in the
          scene, amused. She toddles over to North, giggling.
                         
          She pokes at his rotund belly. Then she notices something.
          She reaches into his pocket and pulls out a snow globe.
                         
                          SOPHIE
           Pretty!
                         
          She looks over to see the Easter Bunny, sound asleep on the
          floor.
                         
                          SOPHIE
           Bunny! Hop! Hop! Hop!
                         
          Suddenly the snow globe lights up. Sophie's eyes widen as
          she looks at the beautiful vista inside the globe. It's
          Bunny's warren.
                         
          She takes the globe and toddles off for the door, when she
          trips - again - and the snow globe smashes on the floor.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 68.
                         
                         
                          SOPHIE
           Ow!
                         
          BOOMF!! A flash of LIGHT. She looks up to see a magical
          portal open in front of her. A GUST WIND comes blowing out
          of the portal. Sophie giggles, and toddles through the
          portal.
                         
          North's bleary EYES pop open mid-snore.
                         
                          NORTH
           Whuh-huh...?
                         
                          CUT TO:
                         
                         
          SEQ. 1600 - SANDMAN ATTACKED
                         
                         
          EXT. BURGESS NEIGHBORHOOD - NIGHT
                         
          TWO NIGHTMARES zigzag along the rooftops, searching for
          victims. Jack, loving the chase, is in hot pursuit with
          Sandy, who's riding along on a streak of Dreamsand--
                         
                          JACK
           Wahooo!
                          (BEAT)
           Haha! Yes!
                         
          One of the Nightmares splits off, angling for a BEDROOM
          WINDOW. Sandy calmly follows--
                         
          The Nightmare flies right through the WINDOW and SANDY does
          the same -- the OTHER ONE angles up over the house's ROOF to
          evade Jack, who PARKOURS over the roof after it--
                         
                          JACK
           Waaahahoooo!
                         
          Through the WINDOWS BELOW, FLASHES OF GOLDEN and SICKLY GREEN
          LIGHT race through the house as Sandy battles the Nightmare--
                         
          The Nightmares and Jack ZOOM away from the house just as
          Sandy and the FIRST NIGHTMARE blast out of the window, Sandy
          wrestling it until -- POOF! It explodes into golden
          DREAMSAND which he quickly transforms into a Sting Ray for
          him to ride--
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 69.
                         
                         
          EXT. DOWNTOWN BURGESS - CONTINUOUS
                         
          Jack flies through town on the heels of the Nightmare. It
          makes a sharp turn down an alleyway and Jack is quick to
          follow.
                         
          The Nightmare then veers up the wall of the alley and onto a
          ROOFTOP. Jack whips a blast from his staff and HITS the
          Nightmare before it disappears from view.
                         
                          JACK
                          (JAZZED)
           HAAAH! I got it!
                         
          Jack jumps up onto the roof and prods the frozen Nightmare
          with his staff.
                         
                          JACK
           Sandy! Sandy, did you see that?!?
           Look at this thing!
                         
          Jack can barely contain his excitement as he calls out to
          Sandy -- but suddenly Pitch lurches out from behind an air
          conditioning unit on the rooftop.
                         
                          PITCH
           Frost?
                         
          Jack blasts a WAVE OF FROST across the rooftop, but Pitch
          easily dodges it, reappearing behind Jack on the adjoining
          rooftop.
                         
                          PITCH
           You know, for a "neutral party" you
           spend an awful lot of time with
           those weirdos.
                          (BEAT)
           This isn't your fight, Jack.
                         
          Jack's eyes narrow. He holds out his staff, ready to strike.
                         
                          JACK
           You made it my fight when you stole
           those teeth.
                         
          Pitch regards him curiously.
                         
                          PITCH
           Teeth? Why do you care about the
           teeth?
                         
          When he notices something and turns to find Sandy calmly
          standing on the rooftop next to him. Pitch quickly
          sidesteps, moving away from Sandy.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 70.
                         
                         
                          PITCH
                          (CHUCKLING)
           Now this is who I'm looking for--
                         
          Before Pitch can finish a DREAMSAND STREAM whips around him,
          forcing him to duck and dodge Sandy's sudden attack.
                         
                          PITCH
           Whoa--??
                         
          Pitch DISPERSES a stream of NIGHTMARE SAND, turning it into a
          gigantic sickle and swings it back at Sandy. Jack ducks,
          avoiding injury as Sandy's pushed back against a ledge.
                         
          Sandy quickly grabs Pitch with another DREAMSAND STREAM and
          yanks him off his feet, slamming him repeatedly against the
          tops of the buildings until finally throwing him off the
          rooftop.
                         
          Pitch bounces off the ground as he crashes into an EMPTY
          STREET. As Sandy dusts his hands and calmly steps off the
          rooftop to follow, Jack looks on, astonished.
                         
                          JACK
           Remind me not to get on your bad
           side.
                         
                         
          EXT. EMPTY STREET - CONTINUOUS
                         
          Pitch shakes off the crash, trying to back up as Sandy
          touches down and moves toward him, Jack following. Pitch
          cowers on the ground in fear as they approach.
                         
                          PITCH
           (looks up, pleading)
           Okay, easy! You can't blame me for
           trying, Sandy. You don't know what
           it's like to be weak and hated. It
           was stupid of me to mess with your
           dreams. So I'll tell you what-
                         
          Sandy continues forward, grim faced...but suddenly Pitch
          stops cowering and stands up. His tone changes.
                         
                          PITCH (CONT'D)
           You can have `em back!
                         
          Before Jack and Sandy can react, a Nightmare shoots up
          through a storm drain as several other Nightmares gather in
          the alley behind him.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 71.
                         
                         
          Jack and Sandy look around as hundreds of Nightmares descend
          from the surrounding rooftops to encircle them. This doesn't
          look good. Jack, worried, looks to Sandy and mutters...
                         
                          JACK
           You take the ones on the left, I'll
           take the ones on the right?
                         
          Meanwhile, Pitch rises up from off the ground as Onyx takes
          shape underneath him.
                         
          Pitch grabs onto Onyx's mane as it snorts and snarls. He
          then leans forward.
                         
                          PITCH
           Boo!
                         
          Pitch's army of Nightmares begin to charge. Then suddenly,
          the sound of BELLS and REINDEER echo in the distance--
                         
          NORTH'S SLEIGH bursts through the clouds. Jack and Pitch
          look up into the sky as it circles overhead. The sleigh
          turns toward Pitch, only to fly a few feet over his head.
          Pitch turns as it passes over him, slightly confused.
                         
                         
                         NORTH'S SLEIGH
                         
          North's asleep at the wheel, along with Bunny and Tooth.
          Suddenly, the sleigh clips one of its skis as it flies over
          City Hall, jolting North to attention.
                         
                          NORTH
           Ah!
                         
          Bunny awakes with a fright from a bad a dream.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           Get outta my warren!
           (realizes he's awake now)
           Huh?
                         
                         
          EXT. EMPTY STREET - CONTINUOUS
                         
          Still battling Nightmares, Sandy propels himself and Jack
          into the air with a stream of Dreamsand and launches Jack
          away from the Nightmares. Jack quickly orients himself and
          knocks an oncoming Nightmare with his staff.
                         
          Tooth quickly jumps off the side of the sleigh toward Jack
          and Sandy.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 72.
                         
                         
          Jack, knocks away a few more Nightmares with his staff, and
          looks up. Tooth suddenly flies into view through the swarm
          of Nightmares, slicing them apart with her wings, causing
          them to EXPLODE into BLACK SAND.
                         
                         
                         PITCH
                         
          Pitch gives a signal and leaps into the air, leading another
          wave of Nightmares after the Guardians.
                         
                         
                         SLEIGH
                         
          Back in the sleigh, Bunny jumps out and lands on a nearby
          roof.
                         
          Bunny quickly tosses his boomerang which disintegrates every
          Nightmare in its path. Bunny catches the returning
          boomerang, leaps off the roof, and grabs the skids of the
          sleigh as it passes by.
                         
                         
                         THE SLEIGH
                         
          North stands, drawing both his scimitars, and dices the
          oncoming Nightmares to bits as they attack.
                         
                          NORTH
           Ha. Ha. Ha. Come on!
                         
          Jack heads back to the sleigh by dodging two Nightmares as
          they attack. As he continues his descent, Jack is suddenly
          blind sided by another Nightmare, which knocks the staff from
          his hands.
                         
          For a moment, Jack is in a state of panic as he finds himself
          in free fall.
                         
                          JACK
           Aaaaaaaah!
                         
          He finally manages to hook onto the staff, control his
          descent, and land on the sleigh as it flies past.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           (coolly, to Jack)
           You might want to duck.
                         
          Jack DUCKS as a Nightmare rears up behind him, but one of
          Bunny's BOOMERANGS blasts through it and zips back to Bunny's
          waiting paw.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 73.
                         
                         
                         SANDY
                         
          Sandy high up in he clouds, does his best to contain the MASS
          OF NIGHTMARES that are swirling around him.
                         
                         
                         PITCH
                         
          Pitch rises from behind a group of Nightmares. He stretches
          his arms as an ARROW of NIGHTMARE SAND forms behind him.
                         
                         
                         SLEIGH
                         
          Jack and the Guardians watch as more Nightmares speed away to
          join their herd. Sandy looks overwhelmed by the onslaught.
                         
                          JACK
           We gotta help Sandy!
                         
                          NORTH
           Hyah!
                         
          North cracks the reigns, turns the sleigh, and heads toward
          the swirling cloud of yellow and black sand.
                         
                         
                         PITCH
                         
          Pitch takes aim and releases the arrow. It flies through the
          air and into SANDY'S back, exploding on impact.
                         
                         
                         SLEIGH
                         
          The Guardians look on, horrified.
                         
                          JACK
           Noooo!
                         
          Jack leaps ahead of the sleigh and flies toward Sandy.
                         
                          NORTH
           Jack!
                         
                         
                         PITCH
                         
          Sandy feels the shock and turns around. A patch of blackness
          starts slowly spreading across his body. Pitch laughs as he
          and Sandy lock eyes.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 74.
                         
                         
                          PITCH
           Hahahahaha!...Don't fight the fear,
           little man.
                         
                         
                         THE SLEIGH
                         
          The Guardians continue to speed toward Sandy, but Nightmares
          begin colliding with the sleigh, slowing their progress.
                         
                          NORTH
           Hurry, hurry!
                         
                         
                         PITCH
                         
          Pitch relishes this moment of triumph.
                         
                          PITCH
           I'd say sweet dreams, but there
           aren't any left.
                         
          Sandy, his eyes filled with terror, falls to his knees as the
          patch of blackness continues to spread.
                         
                         
                         JACK
                         
          Jack presses on, trying to reach Sandy as fast as he can.
                         
                         
                         SANDY
                         
          Sandy stands up, accepting his fate, and closes his eyes as
          he and his Dreamsand cloud are consumed by the writhing
          blackness of the Nightmare sand.
                         
                         
                         THE SLEIGH
                         
                          NORTH
           Sandy...
                         
                         
                         JACK
                         
          Horrified, clenches his staff as he flies toward Pitch.
                         
                          JACK
           No...NOOOOOO!!!!
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 75.
                         
                         
                         SANDY
                         
          Sandy's gone. His beautiful Golden Dreamsand, now black,
          merges with the rest of Pitch's Nightmare sand.
                         
                         
                         PITCH
                         
          Is beyond delighted. His plan actually worked!
                         
          Pitch then notices Jack flying towards him, glowing energy
          emanating from Jack's staff. Pitch raises his hands and
          sends a massive wave of Nightmares toward Jack.
                         
                         
                         THE SLEIGH
                         
          The Guardians are stunned.
                         
                         
                         JACK
                         
          Jack quickly realizes that's he's in over his head as the
          attacking Nightmares begin to overtake him. He's engulfed by
          Nightmares and there is nothing but silence.
                         
                         
                         PITCH
                         
          Pitch looks on with a smile until a bolt of lightning
          suddenly erupts from within the writhing black sand.
                         
                         
                         JACK
                         
                          JACK
           Ahhhhhh!!!!!
                         
          A gust of wind blows past Pitch, quickly followed by a
          massive wave of ice and frost that rockets back up the stream
          of Nightmare sand toward him, culminating in an explosion of
          ice and snow.
                         
                          PITCH
           AAAHH!!!!
                         
                         
          EXT. BURGESS - NIGHT
                         
          Jack free falls back to Earth, unconscious.
                         
                          NORTH
           Jack!
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 76.
                         
                         
          Tooth quickly rescues him and sets him back down in the
          sleigh.
                         
                          TOOTH
           Jack, how did you do that?
                         
                          JACK
                          (REGAINING CONSCIOUSNESS)
           I, I didn't know I could.
                         
                         
          EXT. BURGESS FOREST - NIGHT
                         
          Pitch pulls himself laboriously from the mud and weeds
          amongst the trees where he's crash-landed, oddly, he seems
          delighted.
                         
          He looks up to see a BRIGHT GLOW -- North's SNOWGLOBE PORTAL.
          The sleigh zooms into it and it WINKS OUT.
                         
          Pitch shakes the FROST from his arms as scores of Nightmares
          swarm behind Pitch, regrouping after the blast. Pitch, at
          the center, seems as pleased as can be.
                         
                          PITCH
           Finally! Someone who knows how to
           have a little FUN!
                         
                          CUT TO:
                         
                         
          SEQ. 1700 - GUARDIANS REGROUP
                         
                         
          INT. NORTH POLE - GLOBE ROOM - DAY
                         
          We're in the midst of a somber ceremony, marking the passing
          of Sandy. Burning candles line the perimeter of Sandy's
          stone emblem.
                         
          Tooth sets down a candle and stands shoulder to shoulder with
          North and Bunny. The three hold hands in solace.
                         
          The ringing of somber bells can be heard echoing throughout
          the chamber, as we reveal the elves and a yeti ringing the
          elf bells as part of a ceremonial dirge.
                         
                         
          INT. NORTH POLE - GLOBE ROOM - DAY - MOMENTS LATER
                         
          Jack, facing a window, FROSTS OVER THE GLASS with his finger
          to form a symbol of Sandy. North slowly walks up behind him.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 77.
                         
                         
                          NORTH
           Are you alright?
                         
          Jack remains still, his eyes fixed on the image of Sandy.
                         
                          JACK
           I just, I wish I could've done
           something.
                         
                          NORTH
           Done something? Jack, you stood up
           to Pitch. You saved us.
                         
                          JACK
           But Sandy wo--
                         
                          NORTH
           (putting his hand on
                          JACK'S SHOULDER)
           Would be proud of what you did.
                         
          Jack pulls back his hoodie and stands up.
                         
                          NORTH (CONT'D)
           I don't know who you were in your
           past life, but in this life you are
           Guardian.
                         
                          JACK
           But how can I know who I am, until
           I find out who I was?
                         
                          NORTH
           You will. I feel it, in my belly.
                         
          Jack and North approach the globe which is losing lights at
          an alarming rate.
                         
                          TOOTH
           Look how fast they're going out.
                         
                          JACK
                          (GETTING IT)
           It's fear. He's tipped the
           balance.
                         
          Jack drifts up closer the globe. He looks at the lights
          going out, then back to the Guardians. There's a nervous
          tension in the room.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           (twirling his boomerang)
           Hey, buck up ya sad-sacks. Come
           on! We can still turn this around!
                          (MORE)
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 78.
                          BUNNYMUND (CONT'D)
           Easter is tomorrow and I need your
           help. I say we pull out all the
           stops and we get those little
           lights flickering again!
                         
                          CUT TO:
                         
                         
          INT. NORTH POLE - FACTORY FLOOR - DAY
                         
          A massive wooden door swings open; North leads Jack and the
          Guardians through the doorway, into an elevator, and through
          his factory.
                         
                          NORTH
           Bunny is right.
                          (TO BUNNY)
           As much as it pains me to say old
           friend, this time Easter is more
           important than Christmas!
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           Hey! Did everyone hear that?!
                         
                          NORTH
           We must hurry to the Warren.
           Everyone, to the sleigh!
                         
                          BUNNY
           Ohh no, mate. My warren my rules.
           Buckle up.
                         
          Bunny directs the groups attention to the ground. He taps
          his foot and a rabbit hole opens up under their feet.
                         
                          NORTH
           Shostakovich!
                         
                          CUT TO:
                         
                         
          SEQ. 1775 - PREPARATION FOR EASTER
                         
                         
          INT. BUNNYMUND'S TUNNELS - DAY
                         
          The Guardians plummet through Bunny's tunnels.
                         
                         
          INT. BUNNYMUND'S WARREN
                         
          Jack, Bunny and Tooth arrive gracefully in the warren's
          antechamber, while North and the yetis comes to a crashing
          halt.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 79.
                         
                         
                          NORTH
                          (CHUCKLES)
           "Buckle up." Is very funny.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           Welcome to the warren--
                         
          Bunny stands before them when suddenly, he shifts his
          attention. He turns, his ears perk up and his nose sniffs
          the air.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           Something's up.
                         
          Something's amiss. A faint scream begins to echo from within
          the depths of one of Bunny's egg tunnels. Tiny eggs come
          scuttling out from the tunnel.
                         
          Bunny grabs his boomerang, North draws his sword, and Jack
          readies his staff as the sounds of booming footsteps,
          screams, and the rustling of foliage grows louder.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           Ahhhh!
                         
          Bunny begins to charge toward the tunnel. At his side are
          the Guardians, yetis, and sentinel eggs all bellowing their
          loudest battle cries until...Sophie bursts out. All momentum
          comes to a halt.
                         
                          JACK
           Sophie?
                         
          They immediately withdraw their weapons, mildly embarrassed.
          Sophie giggles and immediately runs after one of the elves.
                         
                          SOPHIE
           Elf, elf, elf!
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           What is SHE doing HERE!!?
                         
          North looks down at his coat pocket - ooops.
                         
                          NORTH
                          (EMBARRASSED)
           Ah, snow globe.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           Crikey! Somebody do something!
                         
                          JACK
           Don't look at me, I'm invisible,
           remember?
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 80.
                         
                         
          Sophie giggles as she drags the elf by the bell atop its
          uniform.
                         
                          TOOTH
                          (CONFIDENT)
           Don't worry, Bunny. I bet she's a
           fairy fan.
           (flies up to Sophie)
           It's okay little one.
                         
                          SOPHIE
                          (TO TOOTH)
           Pretty!
                         
                          TOOTH
           Awww! You know what, I got
           something for you. Here it is.
           (she pulls something out)
           Look at all the pretty teeth with
           little blood and gum on them.
                         
          Sophie runs away screaming.
                         
                          JACK
                          (LAUGHS)
           Blood and gums? When was the last
           time you guys actually hung out
           with kids?
                         
          Meanwhile, Sophie is running around the warren, exploring and
          playing. Sophie pokes her head into a small tunnel.
                         
                          SOPHIE
           Peek-a-boo.
                         
                          NORTH
           We are very busy bringing joy to
           children! We don't have time...
                          (EMBARRASSED)
           ...for children.
                         
          Jack walks toward her, forming a SNOWFLAKE, which floats over
          toward Sophie. She tries to grab at it.
                         
                          JACK
           If one little kid can ruin Easter,
           then...we're in worse shape than I
           thought.
                         
          Sophie follows the snowflake as Jack leads it over to Bunny.
                         
                          SOPHIE
           Weeee! Weee, weee, weee!
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 81.
                         
                         
          The snowflake lands on Bunny's nose and his concerns suddenly
          seem to slip away. Jack's magic is taking affect.
                         
                         
          INT. BUNNYMUND'S WARREN - DAY - MOMENTS LATER
                         
          Close up on a flower, that opens to reveal an egg. The egg
          stands up wobbly on its spindly little legs. We pull out to
          reveal Sophie and Bunny's faces looking on, Sophie amazed,
          Bunny proud.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           You wanna paint some eggs? Yeah?
                         
                          SOPHIE
           Okay!
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           Come on then!
                         
          We pull out further to reveal a massive stone spire, covered
          in moss, as thousands of unpainted eggs stream down the side
          of it toward a green meadow. North and Jack stand in the
          midst of it all, slack-jawed, as the eggs rush towards them.
                         
                          NORTH
           Rimsky Korsakov! That's a lot of
           eggs.
                         
                          JACK
           Uh, how much time do we have?
                         
                         
          A GREEN MEADOW
                         
                          SOPHIE
           Weeeeee!
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           Woooohoooo!
                         
          Bunny hops into view, Sophie clinging to his back smiling,
          leading a huge mass of eggs down a wide PATH. As he passes,
          FLOWERS BLOOM on either side in his wake, BLASTING the
          passing eggs with color as they go.
                         
           BUNNYMUND (V.O.)
           Alright troops, it's time to push
           back. That means eggs!
           Everywhere!
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 82.
                         
                         
          THE SORTING STONES
                         
          North looks out over the eggs as they get sorted.
                         
                          NORTH
                          (WALLA)
           Single file!
                         
          Sophie, on her back, is carried by the eggs through the
          sorting stones. She giggles as North waves at her while she
          passes by.
                         
           BUNNYMUND (V.O.)
           Heaps of you in every high-rise,
           farm house and trailer park!
                         
          Baby Tooth flies across the screen, diverting our attention
          to a multicolored stream off in the distance.
                         
           BUNNYMUND (V.O.)
           In tennis shoes and cereal bowls!
                         
          Baby Tooth joins an elf, who stands alongside an egg at the
          edge of a cliff. The elf pushes the egg over the cliff, into
          the stream, and celebrates with a victory dance.
                         
           BUNNYMUND (V.O.)
           Oh, there will be bathtubs filled
           with my beautiful googies!
                         
          The elf turns just in time to see a stampede of colored eggs
          come barreling toward him. They knock him off the cliff as
          he and the eggs spill into the multi-colored stream below.
                         
                         
          A SPARKLING STREAM
                         
          Colored eggs wade through the water, emerging with SECONDARY
          COLORS and intricate PATTERNS of all kinds.
                         
          An unlucky egg veers off and gets stuck in a WHIRLPOOL. We
          see a hand fish it out to reveal North, who looks at the egg
          curiously. It's now got a SPIRAL PATTERN on it and its
          little LEGS kick madly.
                         
                          NORTH
           Okay, that's little strange.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           Naw, mate --
                         
          Bunny's surrounded by butterflies and cute little eggs.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 83.
                         
                         
                          BUNNYMUND (CONT'D)
           That's adorable.
                         
          As a technicolored elf climbs out of the stream, North sets
          the egg down and lets it rejoin the herd.
                         
                         
          A GREEN MEADOW
                         
          As Sophie leads a parade of eggs, Bunny jumps to an adjacent
          rock and sits up to address the eggs as they walk in stride.
          Meanwhile, Jack rides atop a group of sentinel egg that are
          marching in the back ground.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           There will be springtime! On every
           continent! And I'm bringing hope
           with me!
                         
                         
          A GREEN MEADOW - CONTINUOUS
                         
          CLOSE ON: a line of eggs running down curled vines as yetis
          sprinkle them with glitter. They continue on down various
          vine corkscrew-like shoots, decorating the eggs with stripes.
                         
          A confused elf emerges from the vines, striped with paint and
          walks off.
                         
                         
          A GREEN MEADOW - CONTINUOUS
                         
          The striped elf walks past a Yeti, painting a mound of eggs
          red. Bunny enters frame and hops across the screen.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           Too Christmas-y, mate, paint `em
           blue.
                         
          The Yeti throws its arms up in defeat and tosses the eggs.
                         
                         
          A GREEN MEADOW - MOMENTS LATER
                         
          A beautifully painted egg hides in the grass.
                         
           BUNNYMUND (O.S.)
           Oh, what's over there?
                         
          Sophie appears, spots the egg, and delicately lifts it out of
          the grass. She holds it close to admire the intricate detail
          of its shell. Sophie brings the egg to Bunny for him to
          inspect.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 84.
                         
                         
                          BUNNYMUND (CONT'D)
           That's a beauty!
                         
          Bunny takes Sophie by the hand and leads her through a stone
          archway.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND (CONT'D)
           Now all we gotta do is get him and
           his little mates through the
           tunnels, to the top, and we'll have
           ourselves Easter.
                         
                         
          THE STREAMS OF COLORED EGGS
                         
          Bunny looks out proudly at the eggs gathered in front of the
          TUNNELS in the distance.
                         
          Jack approaches from behind and makes his way alongside
          Bunny, who holds Sophie in his arms. Its our first real
          vista of the whole warren. It's a spectacular sight.
                         
                          JACK
           Not bad.
                         
          Sophie yawns and begins to fall asleep. Bunny turns to Jack
          with a smile.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           Not bad yourself.
                         
                          JACK
           Look, I'm sorry about that whole,
           you know, the "kangaroo" thing.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           It's the accent, isn't it?
                         
          North comes up from behind with Tooth at his side. They turn
          toward Bunny, marveling at the sight of Sophie, fast sleep.
          It's touching. Bunny's face softens, as if remembering a
          distant memory.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           Ah, poor little ankle-biter. Look
           at her, all tuckered out.
                         
                          TOOTH
           I love her!
                         
          They look up from the sleeping toddler toward Jack. He's
          taught them something today.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 85.
                         
                         
                          TOOTH
           I think it's time to get her home.
                         
          Bunny hands the sleeping Sophie over to Tooth.
                         
                          JACK
           How about I take her home?
                         
                          TOOTH
           Jack, no! Pitch is--
                         
                          JACK
           --no match for this.
           (twirls his staff)
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           Which is why we need you here, with
           us.
                         
          The Guardians look at Jack with concern.
                         
                          JACK
           Trust me, I'll be quick as a bunny.
                         
                          CUT TO:
                         
                         
          SEQ. 1804 - RETURNING SOPHIE
                         
                         
          INT. SOPHIE'S BEDROOM - NIGHT
                         
          Jack tries to lay a sleeping Sophie down in her bed, but she
          won't let go of his neck. Finally, she releases her grasp
          only to roll over and fall out of bed. Baby Tooth gives Jack
          a scornful look.
                         
           JAMIE'S MOM (O.S.)
           Sophie? Is that you?
                         
          Jack and Baby Tooth's eyes widen. Sophie, asleep on the
          floor, is quickly covered with a blanket and given a squeaky
          stuffed animal.
                         
                         
          EXT. SOPHIE'S BEDROOM WINDOW - CONTINUOUS
                         
          Jack closes the window and looks to Baby Tooth with a sign of
          relief.
                         
                          JACK
           We should get back.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 86.
                         
                         
          Baby Tooth nods, when...
                         
           VOICE FROM A MEMORY (O.S.)
                          (LAUGHING)
           Jack...
                         
          Jack stops, confused. Where is that voice coming from? He
          looks out across the town, toward the woods, and the sound of
          the echoed voice.
                         
                          JACK
           That voice, I know that voice...
                         
          Baby Tooth looks to him, worried.
                         
           VOICE FROM A MEMORY (O.S.)
           Jack...
                         
          With that, Jack leaps off the window ledge.
                         
                         
          EXT. BURGESS - A MOMENT LATER
                         
          Jack, carried by the wind, flies across town toward the sound
          of the eerie voice. Baby Tooth follows, trying to keep up.
                         
          Jack takes a moment to orient himself and lands, settling on
          a rotating vent; as the momentum slowly spins him around, the
          voice calls out to him again.
                         
           VOICE FROM A MEMORY (O.S.)
           Jack...
                         
          Jack turns, looks to the woods, and takes off.
                         
                         
          EXT. WOODS - BURGESS - A MOMENT LATER
                         
          Jack and Baby Tooth land in the middle of a thickly wooded
          area. It's spooky. Jack scans the forest when again he
          hears...
                         
           VOICE FROM A MEMORY (O.S.)
           Jack...
                         
          Jack gives chase. He sprints through the thickets and enters
          a clearing only to find the decrepit remains of a rotting
          frame from a child's bed. Very creepy. What would that be
          doing in the woods, and how long has it been here?
                         
                          JACK
           Don't worry, there's still time.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 87.
                         
                         
          Baby Tooth desperately tries to get Jack's attention by
          tugging at his tunic, and tweeting desperately.
                         
          Jack takes his staff, and breaks through the damaged frame,
          revealing a hole leading deep underground.
                         
           VOICE FROM A MEMORY (O.S.)
           Jack...
                         
          What to do? Jack jumps down the hole, reluctantly followed
          by Baby Tooth.
                         
                          CUT TO:
                         
                         
          SEQ. 2100 - PITCH TRICKS JACK
                         
                         
          INT. PITCH'S TUNNELS
                         
          Jack continues along a long dark tunnel with Baby Tooth close
          behind. Eventually the labyrinth opens up to reveal a huge
          underground cavern. Baby Tooth continues to tug at Jack's
          tunic.
                         
                          JACK
           (waving Baby Tooth off)
           Baby Tooth, Baby...come on!
                          (BEAT)
           I have to find out what that is.
                         
                         
          INT. PITCH'S INNER SANCTUM - CONTINUOUS
                         
          Jack can't believe his eyes. Dozens of huge bird cages
          hanging from the ceiling, and in them are the mini tooth
          fairies. They see Jack, and immediately perk up, tweeting
          and flitting like crazy.
                         
          Jack jumps up onto one of the cages, then quickly leaps and
          holds onto the side of another one.
                         
                          JACK
                          (WHISPERS)
           Shhhh! keep it down.
           (leaps to another cage)
           I'm gonna get you out of here, just
           as soon as I --
                         
           VOICE FROM A MEMORY
           Jack...
                         
          Jack turns away from the fairies, distracted.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 88.
                         
                         
           VOICE FROM A MEMORY
           Jack...
                         
                          JACK
           (under his breath)
           As I can --
                         
          Jack looks down and sees the tooth drawers from Tooth's
          Palace. Mounds of them heaped to the ceiling. And inside
          the drawers are the missing baby teeth. He drops down to a
          mound and begins rummaging through the drawers, looking at
          the names on the boxes.
                         
          In an instant he forgets his duties, and the fairies, and the
          Guardians and everything except those teeth, and the chance
          to finally get his memory back.
                         
          The cavern suddenly goes darker than it already was. Jack
          finally looks up, as a shadow of Pitch crawls up a nearby
          column.
                         
           PITCH (O.S.)
           Looking for something?
                         
          Jack swings around with his staff, shooting off a blast of
          ice, but Pitch isn't there. Jack takes off, following the
          sound of Pitch's cackle as it echoes throughout the chamber.
                         
          Jack rounds a corner as he sees Pitch's shadow glide across
          the walls into a shadowed corridor.
                         
           PITCH (O.S.)
           Don't be afraid, Jack. I'm not
           going to hurt you.
                         
          Jack continues along a shadowed corridor.
                         
                          JACK
           Afraid?
                         
          Jack sees Pitch on a bridge across the cavern and heads after
          him.
                         
                          JACK (CONT'D)
           I'm not afraid of you!
                         
                          PITCH
           Maybe not. But you are afraid of
           something.
                         
          Jack steadily approaches, cautious and alert.
                         
                          JACK
           You think so, huh?
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 89.
                         
                         
                          PITCH
           I know so. It's the one thing I
           always know.
                         
          Pitch finally turns to face Jack.
                         
                          PITCH (CONT'D)
           People's greatest fears. Yours is
           that no one will ever believe in
           you.
                         
          Panic flashes in Jack's eyes. As he backs away, the chamber
          fills with shadows, and Jack is spun around. He's
          disoriented as he thuds into a wall, which flips to reveal
          that it's actually the ground.
                         
          Pitch, unseen now, chuckles.
                         
          Jack's unsure of where he is. He looks back to see the
          cavern entrance -- he's right back where he started.
                         
           PITCH (O.S.)
           And worst of all, you're afraid
           you'll never know why. Why you?
           Why were you chosen...to be like
           this?
                         
          Jack discovers that the entrance has been blocked with bricks
          as Pitch's shadow encroaches on him.
                         
                          PITCH
           Well fear not, for the answer to
           that...
                         
          Pitch is now directly in front of Jack, holding out a tooth
          box.
                         
                          PITCH (CONT'D)
           Is right here.
                         
          Jack's eyes widen at the sight - the face of a young boy
          etched into the box, and under it is the name "Jack Frost."
                         
                          PITCH
           Do you want them, Jack? Your
           memories?
                         
          He holds them out to Jack. Jack stares, fighting the impulse
          to grab them. He closes his eyes, struggling to make a
          decision, but when he opens them again, Pitch has
          disappeared.
                         
          Pitch's shadow moves across the pillars of the cavern.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 90.
                         
                         
          Jack heads down a corridor, cast shadows from the Mini Tooth
          cages everywhere.
                         
           PITCH (O.S.)
           Everything you wanted to know...
                         
          Pitch's face moves in and out of the shadows over the
          following.
                         
                          PITCH
           ...in this little box.
                         
          Every time Jack turns, Pitch disappears. It's like Jack's
          trapped in a fun house.
                         
          Multiple Pitch shadows have appeared on the wall around Jack.
          They're closing in on him.
                         
                          PITCH
           Why did you end up like this?
           Unseen. Unable to reach out to
           anyone.
                          (BEAT)
           You want the answers so badly. You
           want to grab them, and fly off with
           them. But you're afraid of what
           the Guardians will think.
                         
          Jack's breath quickens. He's been pushed into a corner.
                         
                          PITCH
           You're afraid of disappointing
           them.
                          (SMILES)
           Well let me ease your mind about
           one thing. They'll never accept
           you. Not really.
                         
          The shadows have overcome Jack.
                         
                          JACK
           (trying to scramble away)
           Stop it! Stop it!
                         
          Almost reluctantly, the shadows back away and Pitch appears
          before Jack.
                         
                          PITCH
           After all, you're not one of them.
                         
          Jack aims his staff at Pitch.
                         
                          JACK
           You don't know what I am!
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 91.
                         
                         
                          PITCH
           Of course I do. You're Jack Frost.
           You make a mess wherever you go.
           Why, you're doing it right now.
                         
          Pitch tosses the box to Jack, who instinctively catches it.
          Jack looks up. Terror comes into Jack's eyes, as he
          realizes...
                         
                          JACK
           What did you do?
                         
                          PITCH
           More to the point Jack, what did
           you do?
                         
          Pitch begins to back away, becoming one with the darkness,
          laughing as he disappears. Jack charges towards him only to
          be swallowed whole by one of Pitch's black holes.
                         
                          CUT TO:
                         
                         
          SEQ. 2200 - GUARDIANS BREAK WITH JACK
                         
                         
          INT. EGG TUNNEL - DAY
                         
          Jack flies out of Pitch's shadow, ready to strike. Suddenly,
          Jack realizes he's forgotten something.
                         
                          JACK
           Baby Tooth!
                         
          He turns to re-enter the hole in the wall only to find
          himself face to face with one of Bunny's stone emblems.
                         
           PITCH (O.S.)
           Happy Easter, Jack.
                         
          Jack turns around. Suddenly, his eyes fill with dread as he
          realizes where he is. Thousands of broken egg shells lay
          strewn about, forming a path toward the light at the end of
          the tunnel.
                         
                          JACK
           No.
                         
                         
          EXT. PARK - ENGLAND - DAY
                         
          Bunny peaks through the bushes to take in the scene - an
          Easter Egg hunt.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 92.
                         
                         
                          BRITISH KIDS
                          (WALLA)
           There are no eggs. There's none
           anywhere. I give up. Come on,
           let's go. I don't understand.
                         
          Bunny checks the eggs in his basket, then looks back toward
          the kids.
                         
                          BRITISH GIRL
           Maybe he just hid them really well
           this year.
                         
          Bunny, egg basket in hand, approaches a group of kids who
          seem to be wandering around searching halfheartedly,
          disappointed and listless.
                         
           BUNNYMUND (O.S.)
           Kids! Oi!
                         
                          BRITISH BOY
           I checked everywhere! There's
           nothing!
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           (steps towards them)
           Yes there is! There is! I mean
           these aren't my best lookin'
           googies, but they'll do in a pinch!
                         
          He holds out a broken Easter egg. The kids just stare.
                         
                          BRITISH GIRL
           I can't believe it.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           I know.
                         
                          BRITISH GIRL
           There's no such thing as the Easter
           Bunny.
                         
          The girl turns to leave.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           What?
                         
           BRITISH KIDS (O.S.)
                          (WALLA)
           Easter's over. Forget this.
                         
          It's only then that we realize he's too late. The spark of
          childhood has already been extinguished in all of them.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 93.
                         
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           No! Wrong! Not, not true! I'm
           right in front of ya, mate!
                         
                          BRITISH KIDS
                          (WALLA)
           There's no such thing. I know.
                         
          The kids walk through Bunnymund as if he were a ghost. Bunny
          is stunned by this, and finally realizes...
                         
           BRITISH KIDS (O.S.) (CONT'D)
                          (WALLA)
           Now come on. I don't understand.
           Why wouldn't he come? Let's get
           out of here. Easter Bunny, where
           are you? This is the worst Easter
           ever.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           They don't see me.
                          (BEAT)
           They don't see me.
                         
          JACK's watching this all unfold and it's heartbreaking,
          because he knows it's his fault. Tooth flies to Bunny's
          side. Jack hears a rustle in the bushes behind him.
                         
           NORTH (O.S.)
           Jack, where were you?
                         
          Jack sees North, with his scimitars drawn and having just
          come from battle. He's exhausted, wild-eyed, distraught.
                         
                          NORTH (CONT'D)
           The Nightmares attacked the
           tunnels. They smashed every egg,
           crushed every basket. Nothing made
           it to the surface.
                         
           TOOTH (O.S.)
           Jack!
                         
          Tooth rejoins the group from off screen.
                         
                          TOOTH (CONT'D)
                          (GASPS)
           Where did you get that?
                         
          Jack looks down at the tooth box in his hand, then back to
          Tooth.
                         
                          JACK
           I was...it's...
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 94.
                         
                         
                          TOOTH
           Where's Baby Tooth?
                          (FEELING BETRAYED)
           Oh Jack, what have you done?
                         
                          NORTH
           That is why you weren't here?
                         
          North steps forward to confront Jack.
                         
                          NORTH (CONT'D)
           You were with Pitch?
                         
                          JACK
           No, listen, listen...I'm sorry. I
           didn't mean for this to happen.
                         
           BUNNYMUND (O.S.)
                          (TO OTHERS)
           He has to go.
                         
          Jack turns to see Bunny, disheartened.
                         
                          JACK
                          (STUNNED BEAT)
           What?
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           We should never have trusted you!
                          (FORLORN)
           Easter is new beginnings, new life.
           Easter is about hope.
                          (BEAT)
           And now it's gone.
                         
          Bunny turns away and moves toward the park, looking at the
          sign that reads, `Easter Egg Hunt.'
                         
          This is like a punch in Jack's gut. He looks back to Tooth
          and North, both of whom look away, too hurt by Jack. He
          looks at them with a pained expression. This is exactly what
          Pitch said would happen.
                         
          Jack reaches into his pocket, pulls out the tiny Russian
          nesting doll that North had given him, drops the doll to the
          ground, and takes off.
                         
          As Jack leaves, carried off by the wind, we see the tiny
          Russian nesting doll laying on the ground.
                         
                          CUT TO:
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 95.
                         
                         
          SEQ. 2600 - JAMIE STILL BELIEVES
                         
          EXT. JAMIE'S HOUSE - DUSK
                         
          Jamie, atop a ladder, strains for what looks like an Easter
          egg, hiding in the rain gutter. The ladder totters and Jamie
          loses his balance, beginning to fall.
                         
                          JAMIE
           Whoaaa, whoa, whoa...aaaah!
                         
          Jamie grabs the gutter but it breaks loose, sending Jamie
          crashing down into a mound of snow.
                         
          As Jamie gets up off the ground, he sees that the Easter egg
          was in fact a dirty old tennis ball. Jamie stands up,
          bewildered, and dusts himself off as his friends LAUGH. A
          few have empty EASTER BASKETS.
                         
                          JAMIE
           Let's check the park again.
                         
                          CALEB
           Really?
                         
                          CLAUDE
                          (ANNOYED)
           For what, the Easter Bunny?
                         
                          JAMIE
           Guys, I told you - I saw him! He's
           way bigger than I thought, and he's
           got these cool boomerang-things-
                         
                          CALEB
           Grow up, Jamie.
                         
                          CLAUDE
                          (SIGHS)
           Ah man, seriously.
                         
                          JAMIE
           What's happened to you guys?
                         
                          CALEB
           It was a dream. You should be
           happy you still get dreams like
           that and not...
                         
          They begin to turn away from him.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 96.
                         
                         
                          CUPCAKE
                          (HAUNTED)
           Nightmares.
                         
          Pippa's the lone straggler. She looks tired, depressed, and
          hands Jamie her basket as she leaves.
                         
                          PIPPA
           Forget it, Jamie. There's just no
           Easter this year.
                         
           CALEB (O.S.)
           I can't believe this.
                         
                          JAMIE
           He really is real!
                         
          Pippa walks away, trailing the others. Jamie doesn't know
          what to believe. He hangs his head and looks into the Easter
          basket, it's empty.
                         
                          JAMIE (CONT'D)
           I know he is.
                         
                         
          INT. NORTH POLE - GLOBE ROOM - DAY
                         
          Yetis stare at the globe of belief, in shock as more and more
          lights begin to fad away. We push in toward Antarctica as we-
                         
                          DISSOLVE TO:
                         
                         
          SEQ. 2304 - JACK IN ANTARCTICA
                         
                         
          EXT. ICEBERG - ANTARCTIC CIRCLE - DAY
                         
          Jack runs to the edge of a floating iceberg, ready to throw
          his tooth box into the ocean. He resists, looking down at
          the box as he clutches it in his hand. He's never been more
          alone in his life.
                         
           PITCH (O.S.)
           I thought this might happen.
                         
          Pitch is revealed, standing not far behind Jack.
                         
                          PITCH (CONT'D)
           They never really believed in you.
           I was just trying to show you that.
           But I understand.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 97.
                         
                         
          Jack whips around and shoots a burst of frost at Pitch, but
          it's quickly deflected by the Nightmare sand.
                         
                          JACK
           You don't understand anything!
                         
          Jack continues to attack, lashing out with his staff. Pitch
          blocks the attacks of ice and frost -- his control over the
          Nightmare sand has gained considerable strength.
                         
                          PITCH
                          (SHOUTING)
           No? I don't know what it's like to
           be cast out?
                         
          Pitch strikes back, putting Jack on the defense. Jack jumps
          in the air. Their show of force escalates until they're
          shrouded in a blanket of snow, ice, and wind. As the wind
          and snow settle, Jack looks around stern and alert.
                         
           PITCH (O.S.)(CONT'D)
           To not be believed in. To long for
           a family.
                         
          Jack turns around to find Pitch. There's a look of
          compassion on Jack's face as he listens.
                         
                          PITCH (CONT'D)
           All those years in the shadows I
           thought, no one else knows what
           this feels like. But now I see I
           was wrong.
                         
          They lock eyes. A moment of true connection between them.
                         
                          PITCH (CONT'D)
           We don't have to be alone, Jack.
                         
          This isn't a trick Pitch is making a real offer here.
                         
                          PITCH (CONT'D)
           I believe in you. And I know
           children will too.
                         
                          JACK
           In me?
                         
                          PITCH
           Yes! Look at what we can do!
                         
          Pitch gestures to a fantastical ice and nightmare "sculpture"
          that was created (off-screen) when Jack attacked him.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 98.
                         
                         
                          PITCH (CONT'D)
           What goes together better than cold
           and dark?
                         
          Jack looks at the fractured reflections of themselves cast in
          the icy sculpture.
                         
                          PITCH (CONT'D)
           We can make them believe. We'll
           give them a world where everything,
           everything is...
                         
          Jack turns to face Pitch.
                         
                          JACK
                          (DEADPANS)
           Pitch black...
                         
          Pitch, realizing how this looks, clarifies...
                         
                          PITCH
           And Jack Frost too. They'll
           believe in both of us.
                         
          Jack stares at him, considering the offer. Then finally...
                         
                          JACK
           No, they'll fear both of us. And
           that's not what I want.
                         
          Jack turns and walks away.
                         
                          JACK (CONT'D)
           Now for the last time, leave me
           alone.
                         
          Pitch looks confused and hurt. This is not the response he
          was expecting. Then...his eyes flame with anger. He made
          himself vulnerable, and Jack rejected him. No more
          negotiating now.
                         
                          PITCH
           Very well. You want to be left
           alone? Done. But first...
                         
          Suddenly Jack hears a familiar twitter. Pitch reaches into
          his coat to pull out...
                         
                          JACK
           Baby Tooth!
                         
          Jack charges forward. There's terror in Baby Tooth's eyes.
          She squeaks as Pitch clenches her tight with his fist.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 99.
                         
                         
                          PITCH
           The staff, Jack.
                         
          Jack settles and the winds and snow subsides.
                         
                          PITCH (CONT'D)
           You have a bad habit of
           interfering. Now hand it over.
                          (BEAT)
           And I'll let her go.
                         
                          BABY TOOTH
           (twitters - Don't give it to him!)
                         
          Baby Tooth struggles to get loose, but Pitch only tightens
          his grip. She can hardly breathe. Jack has no choice.
          Jack...hands over...the staff.
                         
          Pitch twirls the staff.
                         
                          JACK
           (re: Baby Tooth)
           Alright, now let her go.
                         
                          PITCH
           No. You said you wanted to be
           alone.
                          (BEAT)
           So be alone!
                         
          Baby Tooth squirms until she's finally able to peck Pitch in
          the hand with her beak. Pitch shrieks and throws Baby Tooth
          in the air and down into the mouth of a crevasse.
                         
                          JACK
           No!
                         
          Jack, enraged, can't believe what he's seeing. Pitch lifts
          the staff, and breaks it over his knee, cracking it in two.
          Light EXPLODES from the staff and terror comes into Jack's
          eyes, clutching his chest as if in pain.
                         
          Suddenly, Pitch sends a burst of Nightmare sand, blasting
          Jack and slamming him into the iceberg wall behind him. As
          the ice cracks, Jack comes loose and falls forward into the
          chasm below.
                         
          Pitch looks down into the ice fissure chuckling. He throws
          the broken shards of Jack's staff down into the crevasse and
          casually walks away, disappearing on the horizon.
                         
                          CUT TO:
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 100.
                         
                         
          SEQ. 2308 - JACK'S MEMORY
                         
          EXT. ICE FISSURE - NIGHT
                         
          It's cold and dark down here, and Jack is more alone than
          he's ever been. Battered from the fall, Jack slowly looks up
          and notices Baby Tooth, lying lifelessly on the ground.
                         
                          JACK
           Baby Tooth!
                         
          He pulls himself to her and cradles her in his hands.
                         
                          JACK
           You alright?
                         
          Baby Tooth nods, but she's hurt, and cold. Jack does his
          best to shield her from the cold.
                         
                          JACK
           Sorry, all I can do is keep you
           cold.
                         
          Jack sits up and holds Baby Tooth in his hands.
                         
                          JACK
           Pitch was right - I make a mess of
           everything.
                         
          Jack is devastated. Baby Tooth's never seen him like this;
          it's heart breaking...then she gets a thought. Her
          expression hardens with determination.
                         
          She wriggles deep into his pocket.
                         
                          JACK
           Hey?
                         
          Jack leans back and begins to close his eyes when he hears
                         SOMETHING --
                         
           VOICE FROM A MEMORY
           Jack... Jack...
                         
           -- and then he FEELS something. Looks down: There's a SOFT,
          GOLDEN GLOW coming from his pocket.
                         
          Jack jumps, taken aback. He reaches in and pulls out the
          TOOTH BOX -- it's pulsing with light.
                         
           VOICE FROM A MEMORY
           Jack...
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 101.
                         
                         
          Baby Tooth gives him a reassuring look.
                         
          Baby Tooth motions to the box, then looks back at Jack. Jack
          reaches to touch the box, but as he does its top magically
          UNFOLDS to reveal a handful of BABY TEETH - then the box and
          everything else glows BRIGHT WITH INTENSE LIGHT -
                         
          The WALLS of the fissure seem to suddenly fall away. In
          brief FLASHES we see: The COLONIAL SETTLEMENT Jack visited.
          Children running playfully down a hill.
                         
                          JACK'S MOTHER
           Come on Jack, you can't have fun
           all the time.
                         
                         
          CHILDREN'S LAUGHING FACES as a familiar BOY hangs upside down
          from a tree limb.
                         
                          JACK'S SISTER
           Jack, get down from there!
                         
          A HAPPY FAMILY at a roaring fire as the same boy jokes around
          with antlers on his head.
                         
           COLONIAL BOY (O.S.)
           You're funny, Jack.
                         
          Jack walks toward the woods with his sister. His mother,
          face unseen, calls out to him.
                         
                          JACK'S MOTHER
           Be careful.
                         
          Jack shakes his head like he's heard it a million times but
          never pays it any mind.
                         
                          JACK
                          (LAUGHING)
           We will.
                         
                         AND THEN--
                         
                         
          START JACK'S MEMORY
                         
          We are on an eye, a familiar eye but this one is brown not
          blue. PULL BACK to reveal young JACK, brown hair, brown
          eyes. He is staring directly at the camera, a look of...what
          is it? It's hard to read but it's VERY intense. We keep
          pulling back to reveal him dressed as we first saw him in
          16th century clothes. Behind him, dark winter trees and snow
          come in to focus.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 102.
                         
                         
          EXT. FROZEN POND - BURGESS - DAY
                         
                          JACK
           (calm, serious)
           It's okay. It's okay. Don't look
           down, just look at me.
                         
          Jack reaches slowly down and removes the second of two
          rudimentary ice-skates, leaving him BAREFOOT on the surface
          of a familiar FROZEN pond. And now we see what he sees, a
          girl of about FOUR (with an uncanny resemblance to Jamie's
          sister Sophie) stands in her skates, rooted to the spot. A
          spider's web of cracks emanates from where she stands.
                         
                          JACK'S SISTER
           Jack, I'm scared.
                         
          CRACCKKK! The ice below her splinters more. She wobbles as
          it starts to separate.
                         
                          JACK
           I know, I know...but you're gonna
           be alright. You're not gonna fall
           in. We're gonna have a little fun
           instead.
                         
                          JACK'S SISTER
           No we're not!
                         
                          JACK
           Would I trick you?
                         
                          JACK'S SISTER
           (fighting back tears)
           Yes! You always play tricks!
                         
                          JACK
                          (CHUCKLES)
           Well, alright. Well, not, not this
           time. I promise. I promise,
           you're gonna be...you're gonna be
           fine.
                         
          Jack fixes her gaze...holds it...there's nothing but the two
          of them.
                         
                          JACK
           You have to believe in me.
                         
          Jack's sister pauses a moment, then smiles through her fear.
                         
          And just like that, Jack's demeanor changes. A light is
          switched on inside him and the last thing that could be
          happening is what is actually happening.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 103.
                         
                         
                          JACK (CONT'D)
           (casual, playfully)
           You wanna play a game? We're going
           to play Hopscotch! Like we play
           every day!
                         
          Jack's sister looks more reassured.
                         
                          JACK (CONT'D)
           It's as easy as...one...whoaaaa...
                         
          And Jack shows his sister the first leap, but mugs for her,
          almost losing his balance then catching himself. She laughs.
                         
                          JACK (CONT'D)
           Two...
           (the next jump)
           Three!
                         
          He turns toward her with his arms spread out.
                         
                          JACK
           Alright...
                         
          He reaches down to pick up a familiar-looking stick lying on
          the ice. He extends it towards her --
                         
                          JACK (CONT'D)
           Now it's your turn.
                         
          Jack's sister looks down. She is trying to gather her
          courage. Jack, never breaking his gaze with her,
                         
                          JACK (CONT'D)
                          (SOFTLY)
           One...
                         
          She hops, wobbling, but catching her balance.
                         
                          JACK
           That's it, that's it...two...
                         
          She's almost there, Jack's staff just beyond her reach.
                         
                          JACK
           Three.
                         
          She grabs hold of Jack's staff and in one massive effort he
          slings her with all his might to safety. But the movement
          propels him into the cracked ice. He looks up to see his
          sister safe - smiles - and then plunges into the dark cold
          water.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 104.
                         
                         
                          JACK
           Whoa...
                         
                          JACK'S SISTER
           Jack!
                         
          Jack falls back into the icy water. SPLASH!
                         
                         
                         UNDERWATER
                         
          We're looking up at the hole in the ice, descending into the
          dark icy depths...then THE FULL MOON appears from behind the
          clouds as Jack's hands claw through the water towards it, but
          it's helpless. The MOON glows bright...brighter...
                         
          Jack's BODY begins to glow, bathed in MOONLIGHT. PUSH IN on
          his FACE, becoming brighter and brighter until his brown hair
          turns white and JACK'S BRIGHT BLUE EYES flash open --
                         
                         
          EXT. MOUNTAIN FISSURE - NIGHT
                         
          The icy walls rush back in as we pull out from Jack, reeling
          from the memory. He sees Baby Tooth.
                         
                          JACK
           Did you -- did you see that?
                         
          She shakes her head `no', tweets `of course not'!
                         
                          JACK
           It -- it was me! I had a family!
           I had a sister!
                         
          His excitement suddenly turns to realization.
                         
                          JACK
           I saved her!
                         
          He looks up at the opening above. The MOON peeks out from
          behind the clouds.
                         
                          JACK
           (whispers up to Manny)
           That's why you chose me.
                          (TO HIMSELF)
           I'm, I'm a Guardian.
                         
          The Moon seems to shine a little BRIGHTER. Baby Tooth tries
          to take flight but she sputters and lands back in the palm of
          Jack's hand.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 105.
                         
                         
                          JACK
           We have to get out of here.
                         
          Jack looks down at the two halves of his staff, and picks
          them up. He tries to fit them back together, but nothing
          happens. He tries again, this time using every ounce of
          strength left in him. Baby Tooth watches, her eyes widening
          as, a SPARK of blue light shoots off the staff.
                         
          Jack continues to push, until a the icy blue light spreads
          and melds the two ends of the staff back together. Jack
          smiles.
                         
                         
          EXT. ICEBERG - DAY
                         
          Suddenly Jack, with Baby Tooth tucked safely in his tunic,
          SHOOTS UP out of the fissure, high into the sky and through
          the clouds.
                         
                          JACK
           Come on Baby Tooth! I owe you one.
                         
                          CUT TO:
                         
                         
          SEQ. 2500 - THE LAST LIGHT
                         
                         
          INT. PITCH'S LAIR - NIGHT
                         
          A SERIES OF QUICK CUTS: The Mini Teeth TWITTER as Jack jumps
          from CAGE to CAGE, opening them as he goes. Jack opens
          another cage and notices the fairies standing still.
                         
                          JACK
           Come on, let's go.
                         
          Jack looks around and notices that all of the Minis are still
          in their cages.
                         
                          JACK (CONT'D)
           What's wrong?!
                         
          The fairies are just standing around, listless.
                         
                          JACK (CONT'D)
           None of you can fly?
                         
          Baby Tooth directs Jack's attention to the Globe at the base
          of Pitch's lair.
                         
                          JACK
           The lights...
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 106.
                         
                         
          INT. NORTH POLE - FACTORY FLOOR
                         
          A Yeti very carefully sets the last of a group of newly
          painted red robot dolls on a shelf. He breathes a sigh of
          relief.
                         
          Suddenly, the entire factory begins to shake, knocking the
          robot doll to the ground. He dives after it, juggles it in
          the air, and catches it just before it hits the ground.
                         
          Suddenly, streaks of BLACK SAND whoosh up into and around the
          factory. The dark sand snakes its way up and around the
          globe, causing the Yetis and Elves to scatter and knocking
          TOYS to the floor.
                         
          The Yetis and Elves look up in horror as the black sand, now
          covering the globe, gives rise to Pitch, who stands before
          them cackling.
                         
                          PITCH
           You're all free to go! We won't be
           needing any Christmas toys this
           year, thank you! Nor ever again!
                         
          The yeti with the robot dolls sinks his head and sighs in
          defeat.
                         
                         
          INT. PITCH'S LAIR - NIGHT
                         
          Jack lands on the ground, now standing before PITCH'S GLOBE --
          and it looks almost completely devoid of light.
                         
                          JACK
           They're all going out...
                         
                         
          INT. NORTH POLE - DAY
                         
          Pitch is practically dancing across North's globe, he's so
          giddy, counting down as the last few lights go dark.
                         
                          PITCH
           Only six left! Six precious
           children who still believe in the
           Guardians with all their h--
           (a lights blinks out)
           Make that, five.
                          (ANOTHER)
           Oo! Four!
                          (MOUNTING)
           Three!
                          (ECSTASY)
           TWO!
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 107.
                         
                         
          His eyes widen as he snaps his fingers with anticipation and
          glee. All of his hard work and planning - finally paying
          off!
                         
          Pitch stares down at the one last light, waiting for it to go
          out. He snaps his fingers a few more times. Still nothing.
          His smile fades. His face goes cold as he realizes...
                         
                          PITCH
                          (TO HIMSELF)
           One.
                         
                         
          INT. PITCH'S LAIR - NIGHT
                         
          Jack jumps up onto the globe to closely inspect the last
          light. The light is brought into full view. Jack smiles.
                         
                          JACK
           Jamie!
                         
          We're tight on the globe, where the LAST LIGHT flickers. We
          PUSH IN to the light and...
                         
                         
          EXT. BURGESS - NIGHT
                         
          ...down onto the streets of Burgess. We race over the town
          until we land on Jamie's house, a single light shining from
          his bedroom window.
                         
                          DISSOLVE TO:
                         
                         
          SEQ. 2000 - JACK AND JAMIE
                         
                         
          INT. JAMIE'S ROOM - CONTINUOUS
                         
          Jamie is sitting up in bed, talking to an old stuffed rabbit,
          and whispering.
                         
                          JAMIE
           Okay look, you and I are obviously
           at what they call a crossroads, so
           here's what's gonna happen -
                         
          Jack appears outside Jamie's window and moves closer to get a
          better look.
                         
                          JAMIE (CONT'D)
           If it wasn't a dream and if you are
           real, then you have to prove it.
           Like right now.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 108.
                         
                         
          Jamie waits. He looks around expectantly. Jack looks on
          from outside the window, wondering if anything will happen.
                         
                          JAMIE
           (desperation creeping in)
           I've believed in you for a long
           time, okay? Like my whole life in
           fact. So you kinda owe me now.
                         
          Jamie picks up his stuffed rabbit and holds it close.
                         
                          JAMIE (CONT'D)
           You don't have to do much, just a
           little sign so I know. Anything.
                          (BEAT)
           Anything at all.
                         
          He waits. It's excruciating.
                         
                          JAMIE
                          (A WHISPER)
           I knew it.
                         
          Jamie lets the stuffed animal fall to the floor. Jack comes
          into the room and watches as the light slowly fades from
          Jamie's eyes, disbelief setting in.
                         
          Jack doesn't know what to do. He takes a moment to
          concentrate, then enters the room.
                         
          Then, Jamie notices the window as the panes of glass freeze
          over. The image of an Easter egg suddenly appears...
                         
                          JAMIE
           (seeing the window)
           Huh?
                         
          Jamie looks down at the stuffed rabbit on the floor. He can
          barely comprehend what he's seeing. Jamie looks back to the
          window as more of the window panes frost over. Jamie's eyes
          get huge with amazement.
                         
                          JAMIE
           He's real.
                         
          Jack, excited, continues to exert himself trying to bring
          life to his drawing. And when he does, the frost rabbit
          comes leaping off of the window.
                         
                          JAMIE
           Whoa...
                         
          The rabbit hops around Jamie's room, bursting like a snowball
          over Jamie's head, the snowflakes sprinkling down on him.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 109.
                         
                         
                          JAMIE
           Whoa!
                         
          Jack is as amazed as Jamie. But Jamie's amazement turns to
          confusion.
                         
                          JAMIE
           Snow?
                         
          A snowflake lands on the tip of Jamie's nose. The snowflake
          glows a magic blue. And in that moment a light comes into
          Jamie's eyes - an idea starts to take hold.
                         
                          JAMIE
                          (WHISPER)
           Jack Frost?
                         
                          JACK
           (a stunned beat)
           Did he just say--?
                         
          Jamie stands up on his bed.
                         
                          JAMIE
           Jack Frost.
                         
                          JACK
                          (DISBELIEF)
           He said it again. He said --
                          (BEAT)
           You said...
                         
          Jamie turns around and suddenly his eyes go wide...
                         
                          JAMIE
           Jack Frost.
                         
                          JACK
           That's right! But-but that's me!
           Jack Frost! That's my name! You
           said my name!
                         
          Jamie's mouth drops open. Only then does Jack realize...
                         
                          JACK
           Wait, can you hear me?
                          (JAMIE NODS)
           Can you... Can you see me?
                          (JAMIE NODS)
           He sees me. He sees me!
                         
          Jack leaps for joy, and the room suddenly explodes with snow.
          Jamie can't believe it.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 110.
                         
                         
                          JAMIE
           You just made it snow.
                         
                          JACK
           I know!
                         
                          JAMIE
           In my room.
                         
                          JACK
           I know!
                         
                          JAMIE
           You're real?
                         
                          JACK
           Yeah! Who do you think brings you
           all the blizzards and snow days,
           and you remember when you went
           flying on that sled the other day?!
                         
                          JAMIE
           That was you?
                         
                          JACK
           That was me!
                         
                          JAMIE
           Cool!
                         
                          JACK
           Right?!
                         
                          JAMIE
           But what about the Easter Bunny and
           the Tooth Fairy I mean--
                         
                          JACK
           Real-real-real! Every one of us is
           real!
                         
                          JAMIE
           I knew it!
                         
          Jamie's mom calls from down the hall...
                         
           JAMIE'S MOM (O.S.)
           Jamie, who are you talking to?
                         
                          JAMIE
           Um...Jack Frost.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 111.
                         
                         
           JAMIE'S MOM (O.S.)
           (a little chuckle)
           ...okay.
                         
          Suddenly, the sound of thunder and North's sleigh as Jack and
          Jamie look to the open window.
                         
           SMASH CUT TO:
                         
                         
          SEQ. 2800 - JACK AND GUARDIANS REUNITE
                         
          EXT. STREETS OF BURGESS - NIGHT
                         
           NORTH (O.S.)
           Whoa, whoa, whoa...
                         
          NORTH AND TOOTH arrive on the sleigh completely out of
          control, and crash land outside Jamie's house.
                         
          The reindeer are separated from the sleigh and run into the
          woods. A disheveled Tooth and North emerge from the
          wreckage.
                         
                          NORTH
           Ah, moi deti! Come back!
                         
          As North stands, his back suddenly gives out.
                         
                          TOOTH
           North! Are you okay?
                         
                          NORTH
           Is official. My powers are kaput.
                         
                          TOOTH
           Look!
                          (GASP)
           Jack!
                         
          Jack comes flying toward them.
                         
                          TOOTH
           (flies to him)
           Jack--!
                         
          Tooth falters and falls to the ground.
                         
                          JACK
           You okay?
                         
          They greet each other with a smile as North draws near.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 112.
                         
                         
                          NORTH
           What are you doing here?
                         
                          JACK
           Same as you.
                         
          Jack looks off to the side as Jamie appears from out of his
          backyard.
                         
                          NORTH
           The last light!
                         
                          JAMIE
           (to North and Tooth)
           Wow! It is you! I mean it is you!
           I knew it wasn't a dream.
                         
                          NORTH
           Jack! He sees you!
                         
          Jack puts a protective hand on Jamie's shoulder. Jamie looks
          up at him and smiles. Jack and North exchange a look.
                         
                          JACK
           Wait, but, where's Bunny?
                         
                          NORTH
           Losing Easter took its toll on all
           of us. Bunny most of all.
                         
          Jack's face goes pale. North lowers his head in sadness.
          Then a twitchy-nosed LITTLE BUNNY appears on the sleigh.
                         
                          JACK
           Oh...no...
                         
                          JAMIE
                          (CHUCKLES)
           That's the Easter Bunny?
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           Now somebody sees me! I mean,
           where were you about an hour ago,
           mate?
                         
                          JAMIE
           What happened to him? He used to be
           huge and cool! And now he's cute.
                         
          Jamie gently tickles Bunny under his chin. Bunny begins
          involuntarily thumping his paw.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           Oh, that's good.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 113.
                         
                         
          Bunny catches himself and pushes Jamie's hands away.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND (CONT'D)
                          (TO JACK)
           Did you tell him to say that?
           (hops over to Jack)
           That's it! Let's go! Me and you!
           Come on!
                         
                          JAMIE
           No! Actually he told me you were
           real. Just when I started to think
           that maybe you weren't.
                         
          Bunny stops. Did he just hear that right?
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           He made you believe? In me?
                         
          A moment of reconciliation between them, broken by the sounds
          of THUNDER. The Guardians look to the sky to see Pitch
          enveloped by dark clouds as he stares down at them from atop
          a writhing mass of Nightmare sand.
                         
                          JACK
           (to the others)
           Get Jamie out of here.
                         
                          NORTH
           Be careful, Jack!
                         
          Jack leaps into the air, and goes flying directly at Pitch.
          Meanwhile, the Guardians take Jamie to find shelter.
                         
                         
                         ON PITCH
                         
          His eyes flash with anger at see Jack coming toward him.
                         
                          PITCH
           Jack Frost! Let's end this, shall
           we?
                         
          Pitch sighs as he rolls his eyes and flies down to meet Jack
          head on.
                         
                         
          EXT. STREETS OF BURGESS - NIGHT
                         
          Jack sends a blast of ice and frost at Pitch as he barrels
          toward him. Pitch easily absorbs the attack with his
          Nightmare sand.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 114.
                         
                         
                          PITCH
           That little trick doesn't work on
           me anymore.
                         
          Jack's plan backfires as Pitch charges ahead and unleashes a
          roaring fury of Nightmare sand that knocks Jack out of the
          sky.
                         
                         
          EXT. STREETS OF BURGESS - MOMENTS LATER
                         
          Jamie and the Guardians do their best to avoid the patrolling
          Nightmares. North struggles to keep up.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           Quick, this way this way!
                         
          Bunny leads them down an alley, but it's no use.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND (CONT'D)
           Dead end. Other way other way!
                         
          Jack suddenly falls from the sky, lands on a dumpster, and
          falls limp to the ground. THUD! The others turn their
          attention and wince.
                         
                          JAMIE
           Jack!
                         
          They rush to Jack and help him to his feet.
                         
                          NORTH
           That was good try, Jack! A for
           effort!
                         
                          JACK
           (groaning in pain)
           He's stronger. I can't beat him.
                         
          North and Tooth trade looks of concern. Then, a menacing
          chuckle. The Guardians keep a watchful eye as Nightmare
          shadow streaks across the alley.
                         
           PITCH (V.O.)
           All this fuss over one little boy.
           And still he refuses to stop
           believing.
                         
          A CRACK of Thunder reveals the shadow of an approaching
          Nightmare as the sounds of hooves clacking against the ground
          echoes from the opposite end of the alley.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 115.
                         
                         
                          PITCH
           Very well. There are other ways to
           snuff out a light.
                         
          Bulbs start bursting as the arm of a shadow moves across the
          remaining lights in the alley. Terror in Jamie's eyes. What
          does that mean?
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           If you want him, you're gonna have
           to go through me!
                         
          With a finger raised, the shadow arm glides along the floor,
          curling around the back of Bunny.
                         
                          PITCH
           (laughing, genuinely)
           Look how fluffy you are! Would you
           like a scratch behind the ears?
                         
          Bunny jumps back into North's arms.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           Don't you even think about it!
                         
          Pitch comes into view, riding atop Onyx. A gleeful smile
          strewn across his face.
                         
                          PITCH
           I can't tell you how happy it makes
           me to see you all like this. You
           look awful.
                         
          They are weak and defenseless. But still the Guardians
          gather around Jamie, to shield him from whatever may come.
                         
                          JAMIE
           Jack, I'm scared.
                         
          There's a sudden moment of realization. Jack has heard these
          words before.
                         
           JACK'S SISTER (V.O.)
           Jack, I'm scared.
                         
                          CUT TO:
                         
                         
          EXT. FROZEN POND - FLASHBACK - DAY
                         
          We pan up from the ice to find his sister as he saw her in
          his memory. She is smiling.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 116.
                         
                         
           JACK (V.O.)
           I know, I know. But you're gonna
           be alright...
                         
                          CUT TO:
                         
                         
          EXT. STREETS OF BURGESS - NIGHT
                         
          Jack, wide eyed.
                         
                          JACK
           We're gonnna have a little fun,
           instead.
                          (BEAT)
           That's it. That's my center.
                         
          Jamie gives Jack a questioning look. What does Jack have in
          mind? Pitch gets closer.
                         
                          PITCH
           So what do you think, Jamie? Do
           you believe in the Boogiema...
                         
          BOOF! A snowball suddenly hits Pitch in the face. Two
          Nightmares look at each, unsure how to react. Jamie can't
          help but snicker and North lets out a chuckle.
                         
          Jack looks around the alley. He spots a wooden crate, a
          trash can lid and a discarded wok amidst a pile of trash.
                         
                          JACK
           Now let's go get your friends.
                         
          Pitch wipes the snow from his face and looks up to see a
          track of ice leading out of the alleyway. Jack, Jamie and
          the Guardians are gone.
                         
           SMASH CUT TO:
                         
                         
          EXT. THE STREETS AND ROOFTOPS OF BURGESS - NIGHT
                         
          An aerial view of Burgess. The streets are empty and the
          city is quiet. Suddenly a streak of blue begins to
          materialize, making its way through the tranquil suburb.
                         
          A man walks his dog across an empty street when suddenly a
          cold wind blows behind him. Jack and Jamie come flying past,
          leaving a trail of ice in their wake. And on that ice - the
          Guardians careen along in make-shift sleds. They are scared
          and thrilled, but they're having fun.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 117.
                         
                         
                          JACK
           Yeah! Come on!
                         
                          JAMIE
           Whoa! Cool!
                         
                         
          INT. CUPCAKE'S BEDROOM - NIGHT - MOMENTS LATER
                         
          A terrified Cupcake lies in bed awake. The Guardians'
          reflections streak across the window when suddenly, BOOF! A
          snowball strikes the pane of glass.
                         
          Cupcake pulls the covers down to find that it's suddenly
          SNOWING inside! As the snow circles around Cupcake's head,
          she sits up and smiles.
                         
                         
          EXT. PIPPA'S HOUSE - CONTINUOUS
                         
          Pippa sits in bed amazed as it snows in her room. She hears
          a KNOCK at her window and moves toward it to find Jamie
          floating outside.
                         
          She throws open her window and looks down to the ground to
          reveal that they are two stories up.
                         
                          PIPPA
           Jamie, how are you doing that?!
                         
                          JAMIE
           Jack Frost! Come on, we need your
           help!
                         
          Jamie takes off flying down the street, and as a snowflake
          lands on her nose she suddenly sees him.
                         
                          PIPPA
           Hey is, is that?
                         
           MONTY (O.S.)
           Jack Frost!
                         
          Pippa looks up to see Monty across the street with his head
          out the window and snow coming down in his room, a gaping
          smile across his face.
                         
                         
          EXT. CLAUDE AND CALEB'S HOUSE - NIGHT - CONTINUOUS
                         
          Caleb and Claude sit up in bed in amazement, staring at the
          snowflakes as they stream down from the ceiling.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 118.
                         
                         
                          CLAUDE
           Huh?!
                         
          THUD! The twins look down to find neatly wrapped gifts at
          the feet of their beds as a jolly voice bellows in the
          distance.
                         
           NORTH (O.S.)
           Merry Christmas!
                         
          The twins open their window, amazed to see their heroes sled
          past.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           Happy Easter!
                         
                          TOOTH
           Don't forget to floss!
                         
          Caleb looks to his brother, dumbfounded. Suddenly Cupcake
          skids past, laughing and screaming on her own sled.
                         
                          CLAUDE
           Cupcake?
                         
          And so it goes through the town.
                         
                          CLAUDE
                          (WALLA)
           Yeah!
                         
           PIPPA (O.S.)
           Jamie you were right!
                         
                          CALEB
           The Easter Bunny's real!
                         
           PIPPA (O.S.)
           And the Tooth Fairy!
                         
                          CLAUDE
           And Santa!
                         
           MONTY (O.S.)
           They're all real!
                         
                          CUT TO:
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 119.
                         
                         
          SEQ. 2900 - SHOWDOWN
                         
          EXT. STREETS OF BURGESS - MOMENTS LATER
                         
          Jack, the Guardians, and the children all come to gliding
          halt on their sleds. They look up to see Pitch standing atop
          a building with a confident smile, while the clouds stir
          behind him.
                         
          Monty, late to the party, comes running joyously past Jamie
          and the Guardians who stand in silence as they stare up at
          the sky.
                         
                          MONTY
           Whoa, yeaaaaaaaah!!!
           (sees Pitch, makes U-Turn)
           Ahhhhhhhhhhhh!
                         
                          PITCH
           You think a few children can help
           you? Against this!
                         
          The Nightmare sand storm descends from the sky. North draws
          his sword, but the weight of the blade pulls him down. He
          can barely stand. Jack moves to North's side as they look
          back to Jamie, noticing the concern on his face.
                         
                          JACK
           They're just bad dreams, Jamie.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           And we'll protect you, mate.
                         
                          PITCH
           Aww, you'll protect them.
                          (SMILES)
           But who will protect you?
                         
          Jamie takes a moment to reflect while his friends look up at
          the sky in fear. Jack looks down, surprised, to see that
          Jamie has taken a position in FRONT of him.
                         
                          JAMIE
           I will.
                         
          Suddenly, Jamie's friends move to join him.
                         
                          CUPCAKE
           I will.
                         
           CALEB AND CLAUDE
           I will.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 120.
                         
                         
                          PIPPA
           And me.
                         
                          MONTY
                          (RELUCTANT)
           I'll try.
                         
          The Guardians, amazed, watch as the kids squeeze past them.
                         
                          PITCH
           Still think there's no such thing
           as the boogeyman?
                         
          Pitch's wave of Nightmare sand snakes its way through town
          causing destruction wherever it goes and converges toward a
          single point as it heads straight toward the kids.
                         
                          JAMIE
           I do believe in you. I'm just not
           afraid of you.
                         
          Jamie thrusts out his hand toward the Nightmare wave. His
          friends follow suite, just as the Nightmare sand smashes into
          them. As it makes contact, the black sand...bursts into
          streams of GOLDEN DREAMSAND.
                         
                          KIDS
                          (WALLA)
           Whoa...whoaaaa!
                         
          Everyone is amazed, hardly believing their eyes. Streams of
          Dreamsand swirl around the children. And then it's
          pandemonium. The Nightmares buck and jump as the sand makes
          its way past them.
                         
                         
                         ON PITCH
                         
          He watches, aghast, as his precious Nightmares transform back
          into golden Dreamsand and makes its way across town.
                         
                         
          EXT. STREETS OF BURGESS - NIGHT
                         
          Tooth, amazed, watches as her wings suddenly flutter with a
          resurgence of strength and energy. She takes off and flies
          past the kids who cheer her on.
                         
                          CUPCAKE
                          (WALLA)
           Yeah, Tooth Fairy! Whooaaa!
                         
          North's eyes widen. He straightens his back and unsheathes
          his scimitars.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 121.
                         
                         
                          MONTY
                          (WALLA)
           Whoa, yeah!
                         
                         
                         ON PITCH
                         
                          PITCH
           No! Get them!
                         
          Pitch gives a signal and sends another wave of Nightmares
          toward the Guardians.
                         
                          PITCH (CONT'D)
           Do your jobs!
                         
                         
                         ON BUNNY
                         
          The petite rabbit looks at himself, waiting to be
          transformed.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           Oh yeah, come on, come on!
                         
          When suddenly he's pursued by a snarling Nightmare.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND (CONT'D)
           Oh, crikey!
                         
          Bunny takes off running.
                         
                         
                         ON NORTH
                         
          North throws two snowglobes down to the ground, through which
          an army of yetis and elves emerge.
                         
           CALEB AND CLAUDE
           No way!
                         
                         
                         ON BUNNY
                         
          Bunny tries to scurry under a parked car in order to evade
          the attacking Nightmare, but he is snatched by his tail
          before he can get away.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           I'm just a bunny!
                         
          Suddenly, Bunny transforms back to his normal size and whips
          out his boomerangs while being held upside down.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 122.
                         
                         
                          BUNNYMUND (CONT'D)
           G'day, mate!
                         
          Bunny kicks the Nightmare, flips into the air, and throws his
          boomerangs which slice through two more Nightmares, turning
          them to dust.
                         
          Bunny drums his feet on the ground and an army of sentinel
          eggs suddenly rise up out of the earth. Caleb finds himself
          riding on top of one as they join the yetis and elves in
          battle.
                         
                          CALEB
                          (WALLA)
           Whoa!
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
                          (WALLA)
           Come on! Wooooohoooo!
                         
          Elves riding toy ducks and planes come flying in overhead
          like bombardiers, turning Nightmares into puffs of black sand
          as they fly through them.
                         
          The kids look to see a Nightmare charging toward them, only
          to stop in it's tracks once the kids turn to face it.
                         
                          CUPCAKE
           Let's get `em!
                         
                          KIDS
           Aaaaaahhhhhh!
                         
          The kids, accompanied by two elves in a bike and side car,
          charge an incoming Nightmare. The elf behind the wheel
          lunges toward it, biting at its haunches.
                         
                          CUPCAKE
                          (WALLA)
           Come on guys, we can do it!
                         
          The kids put their hands on the Nightmare, turning it to
          Dreamsand.
                         
                          CUT TO:
                         
                         
          EXT. BUILDING ROOFTOP - NIGHT
                         
          Pitch looks down with a smile at the chaos in the streets
          below. Suddenly, a THUD! Pitch turns toward the noise to
          see Jack on the roof.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 123.
                         
                         
          Jack quickly sends a streak of frost toward Pitch's
          Nightmares, disabling a few of them.
                         
                          CUT TO:
                         
                         
          EXT. STREETS OF BURGESS - NIGHT - CONTINUOUS
                         
          The Guardians turn toward the explosions of ice and snow
          taking place atop the surrounding buildings.
                         
                          CUT TO:
                         
                         
          EXT. BUILDING ROOFTOP - NIGHT - CONTINUOUS
                         
          Pitch begins to charge and responds with an attack of his
          own. Jack jumps to an adjacent roof and lets out another
          blast of ice.
                         
                          CUT TO:
                         
                         
          EXT. STREETS OF BURGESS - NIGHT - CONTINUOUS
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
                          (TO NORTH)
           All yours, mate.
                         
          Bunny taps his foot on the ground and creates a rabbit hole
          for North and himself to travel through.
                         
                          CUT TO:
                         
                         
          EXT. BUILDING ROOFTOP - NIGHT - CONTINUOUS
                         
          Jack runs into Pitch as he rounds the corner of a chimney.
          Pitch let's a Nightmare arrow fly, which is suddenly
          deflected by Tooth as she flies through the area and takes
          out a few Nightmares of her own.
                         
                          JACK
           Thanks, Tooth!
                         
          Suddenly, Bunny comes flying out of a nearby chimney, drawing
          his boomerang as he lands.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
                          (THROWING BOOMERANG)
           Ho, ho, HO!
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 124.
                         
                         
          The Nightmares surrounding Pitch explode into dust as the
          boomerang tears through them.
                         
                          CUT TO:
                         
                         
          EXT. BUILDING ROOFTOP - NIGHT - CONTINUOUS
                         
          North shoots out of a bunny hole, his scimitars at the ready,
          only to have landed on a roof some distance from the
          Guardians.
                         
                          NORTH
           Hyah!
                          (LOOKS AROUND)
           Wrong roof.
                         
                          CUT TO:
                         
                         
          EXT. BUILDING ROOFTOP - NIGHT - CONTINUOUS
                         
          Pitch tries to escape the attacking Guardians and slips into
          a nearby shadow, emerging through the side of the building.
          North jumps off the roof to greet him mid-air with his
          scmitars.
                         
                          CUT TO:
                         
                         
          EXT. STREETS OF BURGESS - NIGHT - CONTINUOUS
                         
          Pitch is knocked to the ground. As he gets to his feet he
          forms a scythe with his Nightmare sand and begins crossing
          swords with North.
                         
          In an instant Pitch finds himself surrounded by the
          Guardians. Each of them take their turn to deal Pitch a few
          humiliating blows.
                         
                         
          EXT. STREETS OF BURGESS - NIGHT - CONTINUOUS
                         
          Jamie looks over Caleb's shoulder as a wisp of Dreamsand
          leaves his palms and rises into the air.
                         
                          CALEB
           Look at that!
                         
                          JAMIE
           (gets an idea)
           I got it.
           (off their confused looks)
                          (MORE)
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 125.
                          JAMIE (CONT'D)
           I know what we have to do! Guys,
           come on!
                         
          Jamie leads his friends as they follow the streams of
          Dreamsand down the street toward the growing mass of golden
          sand.
                         
                          CUT TO:
                         
                         
          EXT. STREETS OF BURGESS - NIGHT - CONTINUOUS
                         
          The Guardians advance toward Pitch.
                         
                          JACK
           It's over Pitch! There's no place
           to hide.
                         
          Pitch give them a wry smile and quickly descends into the
          shadows, casting multiple versions of himself along the alley
          walls.
                         
          Suddenly, in their moment of distraction, Pitch rises up
          behind Jack, his Nightmare sand AXE in hand.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           Jack, look out!
                         
          The other Guardians look on in horror as--
                         
          A golden whip wraps itself round Pitch's hands. We follow
          the whip to reveal Sandy, coalescing from the funnel cloud of
          Dreamsand. He gives Pitch a look, wags his finger, and then
          uppercuts him into the air.
                         
           KIDS (O.S.)
                          (WALLA)
           Whoa! The Sandman!
                         
          Sandy looks off to the side to where Jamie and his friends
          have gathered. He forms a Dreamsand hat and tips the cap to
          Jamie. Jamie, gleeful, waves back to Sandy as his friends
          stand behind him in awe.
                         
                          KIDS
                          (WALLA)
           Man, this is so cool! Yeah,
           alright! Wahoo! Wow!
                         
          Sandy then looks to his whip and tugs on it, slamming Pitch
          into the ground and knocking him out. The Guardians cheer as
          they welcome Sandy's return.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 126.
                         
                         
                          NORTH
           Welcome back, old friend!
                         
                          JACK
                          (STUNNED)
           Sandy.
                         
                          TOOTH
           Oh, Sandy. You're alright!
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           Sandy, come here!
                         
                          JACK
           Yeah!
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           Mate, you are a sight for sore
           eyes!
                         
          Sandy floats into the air, and shoots streams of Dreamsand in
          every direction.
                         
                         
          INT. BEDROOM - NIGHT - CONTINUOUS
                         
          A wisp of Dreamsand floats into a child's bedroom and touches
          his forehead while he sleeps. Suddenly, a Dreamsand figure
          forms above the child's head, it's the Tooth Fairy.
                         
                         
          INT. PITCH'S LAIR - CONTINUOUS
                         
          Lights begin to appear on the globe. Baby Tooth notices
          this, and perks up. Her wings start to flutter.
                         
          Other fairies begin to fly. They shoot down to the tooth
          boxes and begin opening them. We see one of the faces on a
          box, and transition to the actual child who she goes from sad
          to happy as her fondest memories flood back. We zoom out of
          her face to see thousands of fluttering fairies and...
                         
                          CUT TO:
                         
                         
          EXT. STREETS OF BURGESS - NIGHT
                         
          Sophie peers out of her bedroom window, watching as streams
          of Dreamsand dance along the Burgess skyline.
                         
                          SOPHIE
           Pretty!
                         
                          CUT TO:
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 127.
                         
                         
          EXT. STREETS OF BURGESS - NIGHT
                         
          More and more windows begin to shine bright with gold as
          swirls of Dreamsand fill the night sky. We pull back to
          reveal the globe in North's sleigh, now decorated with spots
          of yellow light.
                         
                          CUT TO:
                         
                         
          EXT. STREETS OF BURGESS - NIGHT - CONTINUOUS
                         
          A Nightmare comes barreling towards Cupcake. It screeches to
          a halt, inches from the girl's face. She gently taps the
          creature on the nose and turns into a Dreamsand Unicorn.
                         
                          CUPCAKE
           Whoa...
                         
          A gigantic Dreamsand dinosaur foot comes down revealing a
          Dreamsand brontosaurus. As Dreamsand creatures fill the
          streets, the Guardians and children rejoice.
                         
                          MONTY
                          (WALLA)
           Yeah!
                         
          Jamie stands in awe of a school of beautiful Dreamsand fish
          as they float by. Suddenly, he's hit in the head with a
          snowball. He turns to look and sees Jack, smiling. Jamie
          picks up a snowball and throws it at his friends. Almost
          instantaneously, a snowball fight ensures.
                         
                          CLAUDE
                          (WALLA)
           Oh yeah? Bring it on!
                         
          Sandy salutes Jack and North, who are standing off to the
          side while the snowball fight escalates.
                         
                          NORTH
           Your center?
                         
                          JACK
           It took awhile, but I figured it
           out.
                         
          North tosses Jack a small item. Jack catches it and looks to
          his open palm, it's a Russian nesting doll in the image of
          Jack, similar to those found in North's workshop. Jack
          smiles and North gives him a wink in return.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 128.
                         
                         
          BOOF! North is suddenly hit by a snowball and turns. He
          sees Claude, Caleb, and an elf; they immediately point
          fingers at each other.
                         
           CALEB AND CLAUDE
           Ooohhh.
                         
          A beat, until North bursts out in laughter.
                         
                          NORTH
                          (LAUGHING)
           You're all on naughty list.
                          (TO BUNNY)
           Bunny, think fast!
                         
          He throws a snowball, which hits Bunny smack in the face.
                         
          Pitch groans in pain, and rises up to see the town crawling
          with Dreamsand creatures, snowballs flying and yetis playing.
                         
                          PITCH
                          (TO HIMSELF)
           No.
                         
          He whips around to see the kids - having the time of their
          lives - and no fear in their eyes. He rises up, his entire
          body shaking with rage, and screams at them.
                         
                          PITCH (CONT'D)
           You dare have fun in my presence!
           I am the Boogeyman! AND YOU WILL
           FEAR ME!
                         
          He lunges at Jamie who come running toward him, Pitch's hands
          outstretched as if he's going to grab him by the throat. But
          Jamie runs right through him, laughing, joyous.
                         
                          PITCH (CONT'D)
           Noooo!
                         
          Pitch gasps, realizing that he no longer has any power over
          the children. The devastation plays across his face.
                         
                          PITCH (CONT'D)
           (under his breathe)
           No.
                         
          He sees the Guardians approach, standing side by side with
          one another. Pitch turns and flees into the forest.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 129.
                         
                         
          EXT. POND - NIGHT
                         
          Pitch runs through the shadows in terror. He comes crashing
          through the trees of the forest, and out onto the ice of the
          pond. He looks over his shoulder to see if the Guardians are
          on his tail, when BOOM! He runs smack into North's chest.
                         
          Pitch slips on the ice, and falls backwards. He looks up to
          see North smiling down at him.
                         
                          NORTH
           Leaving the party so soon?
                         
                          TOOTH
           You didn't even say goodbye.
                         
          Tooth tosses something to Pitch which he catches. He looks
          down. It's a quarter.
                         
                          PITCH
           A quarter?
                         
          BLAM. A fist punches him right in the jaw, and a single
          tooth goes skittering across the ice. Tooth shakes out her
          hand.
                         
                          TOOTH
           And that's for my fairies.
                         
                          PITCH
                          (SCOWLS)
           You can't get rid of me! Not
           forever! There will always be
           fear!
                         
                          NORTH
           So what? As long as one child
           believes, we will be here to fight
           fear!
                         
                          PITCH
           Really? Then what are they doing
           here?
                         
          Hundreds of Nightmares emerge from the woods, surrounding the
          pond. It's terrifying, but the Guardians seem unphased.
                         
                          NORTH
           They can't be my Nightmares, I'm
           not afraid.
                         
                          JACK
           Looks like it's your fear they
           smell.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 130.
                         
                         
          Suddenly, Pitch's eyes get huge with terror as the Nightmares
          move in on him. He begins to back away, but the Nightmares
          pick up speed as they charge toward him.
                         
                          PITCH
           Ahhh, no....AAAAAHHHHHH!!
                         
          He tries to run, but it's impossible to get his footing on
          the ice. He falters, and is swept up in the stampede of
          Nightmares. The streaks of black whip and latch themselves
          onto Pitch as the black cloud carries him through the forest.
                         
                          PITCH (CONT'D)
           No, no, nooooooo!
                         
          Pitch struggles to escape, but the mass of black sand pulls
          him deep into the forest, under the frame of the broken bed,
          and back down into the dark depths of the underground. He
          looks up at the moon as he disappears and the hole in the
          earth seals itself up.
                         
                          CUT TO:
                         
                         
          SEQ. 3200 - THE OATH
                         
                         
          EXT. POND - THE MOON
                         
          Pale and faint in the day, but oddly close and welcoming. It
          can't be, but -- is that the barest hint of a FACE on the
          Moon? Jack smiles as he looks up at it. He hears Tooth's
          laugh and turns to find North, Tooth, Bunny and Sandy, their
          faces shining with pride.
                         
          Tooth comes flying in to give Jack a hug. She lifts him off
          the ground as they embrace. They share a moment and she soon
          recoils with giddy embarrassment as Baby Tooth interjects.
                         
          Jack acknowledges Baby Tooth and gently pats her on the side
          of her face as North steps forward.
                         
                          NORTH
           Are you ready now, Jack?
                          (BEAT)
           To make it official.
                         
          Jack looks over, a stern elf is hitting a horn against his
          palm. A Yeti hands North the book we saw when Jack and the
          Guardians first met. Sandy and Bunny share a boastful look.
                         
                          NORTH (CONT'D)
           Then is time you take Oath.
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 131.
                         
                         
          North opens the book, flips through several pages, and takes
          a moment before he speaks.
                         
                          NORTH (CONT'D)
                          (TO JACK)
           "Will you, Jack Frost...vow to
           watch over the children of the
           world?
                         
          Jamie and his friends along with a crowd of yetis, elves, and
          eggs all make their way across the pond to the rest of the
          group. As they approach we see settle on Jamie, who stands
          at the center of the group.
                         
                          NORTH (CONT'D)
           To guard them with your life -
           their hopes, their wishes, and
           their dreams? For they are all
           that we have, all that we are and
           all that we will ever be."
                         
          Jack takes a second to look back at Jamie, then back to
          North.
                         
                          JACK
           I will.
                         
                          NORTH
           Then congratulations, Jack Frost -
           for you are now and forevermore...a
           Guardian.
                         
          Jamie and the kids erupt in a CHEER, as do the Yetis and
          Eggs.
                         
                          KIDS
                          (WALLA)
           Oh man! Woo! Yeah, Jack! Yeah,
           Jack! Yeah! Wooo!
                         
                          NORTH
                          (WALLA)
           Yippa!
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
                          (WALLA)
           Yeah! Wooo! Good job, mate. Good
           job!
                         
                          KIDS
                          (WALLA)
           Alright! Yeah! Go, Jack!
           Alright! Woo. Alright!
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 132.
                         
                         
                          NORTH
           Klasno!
                         
          North picks up Jack, gives him a hug, and kisses him on both
          cheeks. Jack winces, then looks up to North with a smile.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
                          (WALLA)
           That's my boy! Woo!
                         
                          KIDS
                          (WALLA)
           Alright Jack. Yeah! Awesome!
                         
          Imitating North, an elf picks up the elf standing next to him
          and gives him a big kiss. After an awkward pause, the
          affectionate elf is punched in the face.
                         
          Jack looks to see several fairies hovering nearby, forming
          the shape of a heart. One of the swooning fairies faints and
          falls to the ground.
                         
                          TOOTH
           Keep it together, girls.
                         
                          KIDS
                          (WALLA)
           Jack! You did it Jack! Wooo!
           You're in the Guardians! Yeah,
           Jack! Yay! Yeah! You earned it!
           You're Jack Frost! Yay! Awesome,
           yay!
                         
                          CALEB
                          (WALLA)
           You guys, look!
                         
                          MONTY
                          (WALLA)
           That's Santa's sleigh.
                         
          The group looks up to the sky as North's sleigh comes in for
          a landing. The tie-dyed elf rescues a lone egg from the skis
          of the sleigh as it glides across the icy pond.
                         
                          KIDS
                          (WALLA)
           Wow, it's real. That is wicked!
           Whoa, that was awesome! Ohh...can
           you believe this? Whoa, did you
           guys see that? That's awesome!
           Wow! Whoa!
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 133.
                         
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           (to North, wryly)
           Everyone loves the sleigh.
                         
                          KIDS
                          (WALLA)
           Wow! Look at that! So totally
           insane!
                         
          North turns away from Bunny and puts his hand on Jack's
          shoulder.
                         
                          NORTH
           Time to go.
                         
          As the kids look on in wonder, Sandy throws up his hands
          creating a shower of Dreamsand, which drifts down on the
          children.
                         
                          KIDS
                          (WALLA)
           Whoa! It's beautiful. Wow, that
           was awesome!
                         
          Meanwhile, Bunny hands an egg to Sophie who giggles and pats
          the brim of his nose.
                         
                          BUNNYMUND
           Happy Easter ya little anklebiter.
           I'm gonna miss yah.
                         
                          SOPHIE
           Bye, bye, bunny.
                         
          Jamie realizes what's about to happen.
                         
                          JAMIE
           You're leaving? But, what if Pitch
           comes back?
                         
          Jack looks back at Jamie, who seems wistful and worried.
                         
                          JAMIE (CONT'D)
           What if we stop believing again?
           If I can't see you --
                         
          Jack kneels down to look Jamie in the eye.
                         
                          JACK
           Hey, hey, slow down, slow down.
           You telling me you stop believing
           in the moon when the sun comes up?
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 134.
                         
                         
                          JAMIE
           (considers, then)
           No.
                         
                          JACK
           Okay, well do you stop believing in
           the sun when clouds block it out?
                         
                          JAMIE
                          (SMILES)
           No.
                         
                          JACK
           We'll always be there, Jamie. And
           now...we'll always be here.
           (points to Jamie's heart)
           Which kind of makes you a Guardian
           too.
                         
          Jamie smiles. Jack stands up and heads toward the sleigh.
          Jamie's friends stand off to the side rubbing their eyes as
          they become drowsy.
                         
                          KIDS
                          (WALLA)
           I can't keep my eyes open. I think
           I gotta go home. Let's go home.
           What time is it? I'm sleepy.
                         
                          JAMIE
           Jack!
                         
          Jamie runs over and wraps his arms around Jack. For a
          moment, Jack's astonished and then gives Jamie a warm
          embrace. Jack stands up and gets in the sleigh with the rest
          of the Guardians.
                         
                          NORTH
           Hyah!
                         
          Jack and the Guardians look toward the kids as the sleigh
          takes off. Jamie RUNS behind the sleigh, following Jack. In
          spite of it all, he doesn't want to let go. The sleigh takes
          off into the sky. Jamie stops unable to follow.
                         
                          KIDS
                          (WALLA)
           Woooo! Yeah! Yay!
           Guardians Screening Script 9/6/12 Avid 135.
                         
                         
                         IN SLEIGH
                         
           JACK (V.O.)
           My name is Jack Frost. And I'm a
           Guardian. How do I know that?
           Because the moon told me so. And
           when the moon tells you something,
           believe it.
                         
          Jack moves to the back of the sleigh as the Guardians pat him
          on the back. Jack smiles...and forms a snowflake in his
          hand. For Jamie, for all of us in the theatre. It glides
          off his fingertips and flies toward camera as we...
                         
           FADE TO WHITE
                          


Rise of the Guardians



Writers :   David Lindsay-Abaire
Genres :   Animation  Adventure  Family


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