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Jamie Bennett
Biographical Information
Full Name Jamie Bennett
Alias Jamie

Kiddo
The Last Light

Other Name(s)
Age 8 [1]
10[2]
Birthplace
Home Burgess
Occupation(s)
Morality Good
Characteristics
Gender Male
Race Human, Believer
Eye Color Brown
Hair Color Brown
Relationships
Relative(s) Sophie Bennett (younger sister)
Mrs. Bennett (mother)
Affiliation(s)
Allies Jack Frost
Tooth
Bunnymund
North
Sandman
Pippa
Monty
Caleb
Claude
Cupcake
Minions
Enemies Pitch
Powers and Abilities
Power(s) Indomitable Spirit
Weakness(es)
Equipment
Background Information
First Seen
Last Seen
Voice Actor(s) Dakota Goyo

Jack Onufer (video game)

I do believe in you. I'm just not afraid of you.

—Jamie, to Pitch

Jamie Bennett is the only child who did not give up on his belief in the Guardians during and after the crisis of Pitch's Nightmare attack.

Appearance

Jamie has unkept brown hair and brown eyes. He has a round and youthful face, and an obvious missing a tooth due to the sledding incident with Jack Frost.

Personality

Jamie is a rather curious boy who is fascinated by the mysterious and supernatural world. He is also interested in Bigfoot and aliens.

"Jamie is the kid who really believes in the mysteries of the universe. He is quirky and definitely not the perfect kid. He's an open-souled boy, smaller than the other kids his age [ten years old] and when we meet him, he has just lost his tooth, which becomes a plot point later on." - Christina Steinberg [3]

Rise of the Guardians

Jamie first appeared when Jack returned to Burgess to give it a snow day. Jamie is seen reading a book until the wind blows it away. Jack finds the book interesting and asks Jamie about it, but Jack knows that he can't be seen by Jamie. Jamie's friends, Caleb and Claude, rush to Jamie and tell him about them having a snow day, and Jamie asks them if they are going egg hunting on Sunday.

Jack follows Jamie to his house, listening to their conversation. Jack knows Jamie is a believer in the other Guardians and finds it offensive when Jamie's mom says, "Careful! You don't want Jack Frost snipping at your nose," Jamie asks, "Who's Jack Frost?" and his mom responds with, "No one, honey. It's just an expression." Wanting to have a little fun with Jamie, Jack throws a magic snowball that hits Jamie in the back of his head, causing a snowball fight between him and his friends. When Pippa accidentally hits Cupcake, everyone gets afraid. Jack, wanting to continue with the fun, hits her with a snowball, changing her attitude from mad to happy, which starts a game of chasing. The ground is slippery, making Jamie fall in his sled. The sled slides into the street, so Jack makes an ice path that brings Jamie, still in the sled, around obstacles in the street. He makes it back to the park, and flies so high that he goes over the statue of Thaddeus Burgess and into a snow drift. Then he gets hit by a sofa. Jamie, excited, reveals that he lost a tooth causing the conversation to go to the Tooth Fairy. Jack tries to remind them about the fun they just had, but gets sad when Jamie walks through him.

Jamie is later seen by Jack that night when he tells his family about the fun adventure he had and the new drawing he made. He also tells them about the tooth and planning on seeing the Tooth Fairy.

Jamie later appeared when Tooth and Jack returned to get his tooth and leaves a present. The Guardians all gather in his room but causes an uproar causing Jamie to wake up and see them (except Jack). Jamie's dog, Abby, starts growling at Bunnymund and Jamie tries to stop her. Jack wanting to have fun with Bunnymund, makes the alarm go off causing Abby to attack Bunnymund and makes him jump around the room. Sandy, trying to put Abby to sleep with his Dreamsand, ends up with him hitting everyone except Jack, Jamie and himself. Jamie flies out of bed when North lands on it and Sandy catches him. Sandman puts Jamie to sleep and then goes to fight Pitch's Nightmares that have appeared with the help of Jack.

The next morning, Jamie is trying to find the eggs hidden by Bunnymund. He doesn't give up when his friends do. He tells them about him meeting the Guardians but they just tells him that it was a dream and that he should be happy that he still gets those and not Nightmares. Jamie is later left alone when his friends go home.

That night Jack rushes to Jamie's house to get him since he's the last believer in the world. Jack finds him talking to his stuffed bunny asking him (Bunnymund) to give him a sign so he knows he's real. Jamie seems to start losing hope in the Guardians until Jack makes an egg with his ice powers in his window. Getting Jamie's attention, Jack makes a bunny and makes it come to life and jump around the room. Jamie gets excited and starts jumping on his bed until the bunny turns into snow causing him to believe in Jack Frost. Hearing Jack's shock at his name being called, Jamie turns and gapes at him open-mouthed while Jack can only express his shock at Jamie saying his name. To his shock, Jack realizes Jamie is looking straight at him and asks him if Jamie can hear and see him to which Jamie nods. Jack is left near tears to have someone finally believe in him while Jamie is excited to meet Jack, especially when he learns that Jack was responsible for the incredible sleigh ride he'd gone on. When they hear North's sleigh, both of them rush outside. Jamie expresses awe at seeing the other Guardians and in the process, reveals that he can see Jack to North's amazement. Jamie is amused by Bunnymund being turned into a regular bunny, referring to him as "cute" instead of "cool" like he used to be and tells him and the other Guardians that it was thanks to Jack that he kept believing.

When Pitch appears, Jack goes to fight him, causing the other Guardians to lead Jamie away. Pitch being more powerful than before, beats Jack and makes him fall to the alley where the others were. Pitch traps the Guardians and Jamie which makes Jamie tell Jack that he's scared. Hearing that, Jack gets a memory of the same thing his sister has said causing Jack to realize what his center is (Fun). Pitch approaches them but was hit by a snowball by Jack. Distracted, they escape and go gather up Jamie's friends.

With the help from the other Guardians, Jamie's friends start to believe again. Pitch asks them who was going to protect the Guardians if the Guardians were protecting them. Jamie volunteered to protect the Guardians causing his friends to join him. Pitch sends a wave of nightmare sand their way but once Jamie says, "I do believe in you. I'm just not afraid of you!" Jamie was able to turn the nightmare sand back into Dreamsand. Which helps the Guardians get their full energy back and battle Pitch. While the Guardians battle Pitch, Jamie gets an idea on how to revive the Sandman.

The Sandman returns at the last second saving Jack from Pitch and uses his sand to give everyone good dreams and makes more believers. When Jack hits Jamie with a snowball, it caused a snowball fight. Pitch tried to make Jamie fear him again but found that Jamie was not scared of him anymore because he was able to pass through him.

Pitch, afraid, retreats to his lair which caused the Guardians to follow and confront him one last time. After Pitch was taken away by his own Nightmare creatures, the Guardian ceremony was performed again. Jack looked at Jamie which caused him to nod. Proud of himself and of Jamie, Jack says, "I will," making him an official Guardian. "Then congratulations, Jack Frost, for you are forevermore...a Guardian." North closed the book. The kids cheered wildly. The yetis and the eggs celebrated.

Amid all the celebrating, Jack noticed the Mini Fairies flitting about, swooning and fainting with joy. "Keep it together, girls," Tooth reminded them. Caleb pointed to something huge in the sky and Monty identified it as Santa's sleigh. After everything they'd seen, the kids still couldn't believe their eyes at the sight of the sleigh.

"Everyone loves the sleigh," said North, chuckling. Then North saw the sun rising higher in the sky. "Time to go," he told the Guardians.

Sandy threw Dreamsand up into the air. It floated down softly and landed on Jamie and his friends, who began to yawn and stretch.

"You're leaving?" Jamie asked drowsily. "But what if Pitch comes back? What if we stop believing again? If I can't see you..."

Jack knelt down to look Jamie in the eye. "Hey, slow down, slow down! Are you telling me that you stop believing in the moon when the sun comes out?"

"No," Jamie replied.

"Okay, well, do you stop believing in the sun when clouds block it out?"

"No," Jamie repeated.

"We'll always be there, Jamie. And now" - he pointed at Jamie's heart - "we'll always be here." Jack smiled. "Which kinda makes you a Guardian too."

Jamie was proud.

Jack makes his way toward North's sleigh but he is stopped by Jamie calling his name. Jack turned around and is surprised by Jamie who gave him a hug, which shocks Jack, but he eventually returns the hug.

Jack smiled as he stepped into the sleigh with the other Guardians. Jamie waved good bye as the sleigh began to speed along the ground. He ran behind the sleigh until it lifted into the air, heading to the North Pole.

Jack was happy. Happy to have helped defeat Pitch and to finally know who he really was: a Guardian. He turned back to watch Jamie as the sleigh careened into the morning sky. He formed a snowflake in his hand and let it go.

Epilogue

In the credits, Jamie has been returned to his house by Phil and he is sleeping while Phil the Yeti is signing Jamie's book, Mysterious Times: They're Out There.

During an Epilogue written by Louie Del Carmen, Jamie woke up in bed wondering if any of the events of the night before really happened. He walks around the house looking for any clues and decides to check on Sophie, who he found asleep in her bed. Jamie returns to his room to look for clues but gets disappointed when everything seems to have been a dream. Until he notices on his bed a gift from each of the Guardians and a snowflake floating in the window from Jack.[4]

Powers and Abilities

Jamie is a young boy from Burgess who has a colorful imagination and a passion for all things magical and heroic. [5] He's a brave, creative and resourceful believer of the Guardians.

He was referred by North as the Last Light, when he was the last child to believe in the Guardians until the end of the movie.

Indomitable Spirit

Jamie has an active imagination and a strong belief, trust and faith in the Guardians and the supernatural. He possesses an indomitable spirit, which is powerful enough to energize the Guardians in their battle against darkness.

His faith in the Guardians let him be able to interact with them and also helped him realize when he was being visited by Jack Frost. Thanks to his belief and trust, he was able to keep the Guardians from vanishing, and helped them defeat Pitch.

One of the signs of his strong faith is when he was able to change Pitch's Nightmares back into Sandman's dreamsand.

Jamie's belief is strong enough to help bring the Sandman back and help his friends believe in the Guardians once again.

Creativity and Resourcefulness

While Jamie can't afford all the toys that he wants, he's resourceful and imaginative enough to create his own like his hand-made clay ninja sculptures and homemade posters.

Jamie is resourceful enough to figure out how to restore the Sandman back.

Concept and Creation

"Jamie was our way of giving the audience a sort of identifiable every kid. So as his character took shape we just thought of the things we wanted him to embody that we all had felt about belief and imagination and that sort of fall from grace when you have to accept the fact that a lot of these things aren't real. But the belief in them is really the most awesome part of the experience, and in the way it makes these characters real. I want to leave Jamie exactly as he is and let people like yourself imagine his further adventures" - William Joyce. [6]

Trivia

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  • He is voiced by Dakota Goyo.
  • He was the first child to see Jack Frost.
  • Jamie has a sister named Sophie Bennett.
  • He has a female greyhound named Abby.
  • According to Dakota Goyo, Jamie's center would be Trust.[7]
  • “Jamie and his single working mother don’t have much money, so he often can’t afford all the toys that he wants, but he’s resourceful and imaginative enough to make his own. His hand-made clay ninja sculptures and homemade posters are a reflection of his indomitable spirit, which is powerful enough to energize the Guardians in their battle against darkness.” — Ramin Zahed (The Art of Dreamworks Rise of the Guardians).
  • Jamie has a temporary tattoo in the back of his left hand.
  • Interesting to note that Jamie Bennett has a special connection with Jack Frost and he somewhat resembles Jack Frost's sister. It is possible that Jamie is a descendant from Jack's little sister, which might be the reason Jack felt drawn to Jamie. When Peter Ramsey, the director of ROTG, was asked about this, he answered: "Who knows…! It could be possible… One of my regrets is that we didn’t have more screen time in the movie to flesh things out a bit more. Is there a bigger connection between Jamie and Jack? Yeah, that could be a definite possibility, that there’s some kind of lineage connection like that. It’s one of those movie mysteries."[8]
  • Jamie is a fan of Rainbow Quest, a superhero adventure series that the DreamWorks art team invented. [9]
  • According to William Joyce, "Jamie was our way of giving the audience a sort of identifiable every kid. So as his character took shape we just thought of the things we wanted him to embody that we all had felt about belief and imagination and that sort of fall from grace when you have to accept the fact that a lot of these things aren't real. But the belief in them is really the most awesome part of the experience, and in the way it makes these characters real. I want to leave Jamie exactly as he is and let people like yourself imagine his further adventures."[10]
  • Given Jack's reaction to Jamie's hug, Jamie may be the first person besides Tooth to hug him in a very long time.

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