Have I killed you all with feels yet? :I
Sorry but I had to do this.
I couldn't really help myself. The bond that these two have in the movie is so precious one can't help but get feels from it. If you don't like these two cute bond then we're going to have issues.
*ahem* Now, lets get serious for a moment because I did make this when I was in a rather serious mood. No seriously, I was; believe it or not. I may be a goofball at times but I'm not all the time.
Anyways, I want to talk about these two and their bond for a moment because to me, the these two's bond has a deeper depth then portrayed in the movie. I'm not talking about the cute fluffyness and whatever, I'm talking the "real" depth to their relationship.
Let's start off with breaking it down shall we? In the movie, it's cute, brief, and you sort of get that Bunnymund does have a softer side then actually just being some tough, competive, and rather dry/cold 6'2" Pooka. And we obviously get to see a little more about Sophie and where she stands in the plot. She obviously doesn't have that HUGE of a roll but I mean for supportive character she has a pretty fair part. But.... If you think about it, as in really think about it, their relationship is so genuine and special it actually can make you cry. I'm serious!
....Here, let me shed some light on you fellow fandom members since it seems about only 1/4 of you guys actually no the full story behind these guys. Don't get offended when I say that; but unless you've read the "Guardian of Childhood" books (the chapter books and picture books), and "the Art of Rise of the Guardians" book THUROUGHLY then you really don't have much information to run with when it comes to this entire project. Again, don't get offended; it's just the honest facts. The books and the art book really give you guys a better understanding from where the Guardians and Pitch came from (seriously his back story is tragic) and how their adventures in the chapter books really tie into the plot of the movie. Because in all honesty, the movie plot takes place 300 years after the plot in the books. And, in the books you get information you wouldn't get from the movie.......Ugh I rambled; thousand apologies there. Anyways, let me explain a little about Bunnymund. I'm not going to explain it all because you guys need to go read the books.
Bunny's past is really, really sad. Although you'd never know that from the movie; and in the book Bunny doesn't dwell on the topic much because it obviously has made a big nasty "scar" on his heart. But from what he does say, and from what you can gather, is that Bunny is litterally the dead last soul survivor from his race's genocide. No "missing" or "resurrections" no; dead last survivor. And for over an entire milenium, Bunny only had the sentinel eggs and egglets to keep him company. Then he met North, Tooth, Ombric, Katherine, and Sandy etc etc. Doesn't mean he ever fully recovered from the genocide. Oh no. Bunny could very easily could've had a wife and kids at the time. Considering he was an adult and all. So he lost his old friends, his family, and if he did have them - his wife and kids.
Now, what about Sophie? Well, not much is completely shared about her to be honest but what is is rather sad when thought about it. Sophie's about-what- 4 years old? Yeah... Did anyone notice Jamie and Sophie didn't have a father? Yeah they don't. It said so in the artbook. It said Jamie and Sophie are raised solely by their Mother, and because only one parent is raising them, the two can't afford to have all the really nice toys and goodies the other kids can have. So what do Sophie and Jamie do? They play with the few things they got; and if not that, Jamie makes the toys himself.
So in a nutshell, little four year old Sophie has had no father to raise her. We don't know if her father died, or if it was a divorce or what. But all we know is that Sophie has no daddy...... Maybe that's why Sophie took such a strong liking to Bunny when they spent time together. She never really had the chance to have a bonding moment like that with her dad. And perhaps partially the reason why Bunny managed to be such a good "companion" for Sophie was because when he spent time with her, that "wound" that the genocide left on his heart was being healed. I Know the snowflake that hit Bunny's nose was half the reason, but I mean.... c'mon! Bunny was so sweet and gentle with Sophie. You guys saw how he held her! It was as if Bunny was holding his own child. (if he had one before the genocide) It was so precious.
So maybe these two's bond has to be somewhat linked to the impact the other had in their life. I mean, North said they never really had time to play with kids right? So technically Sophie could've been the first child he fully let into his life like that since the genocide. Does that not say something there? And Bunny could've been the first real father figure Sophie ever got to have.
Does that make their bond sound 10x more special to you; or am I crazy?
I dunno it was just a thought.
Holy crap I rambled on. O.O' If you read through this completely, then I salute you.
Bunnymund; Sophie; Rise of the Guardians (c) Dreamworks and William Joyce