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Legend of the Guardians: the Owls of Ga'Hoole

  • Family
  • Fantasy
  • 2010
  • Zack Snyder
  • 92 mins
  • PG

Summary

Animated fantasy adventure with the voices of Helen Mirren and Jim Sturgess. Owl brothers Soren and Kludd are kidnapped by an evil queen and trained to kill in gladiatorial style, but while Kludd strays deeper into a life of violence, Soren flies the coop to search for the so-called "guardians" who might be able to help restore order to the forest.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Who knew there were so many types of owls? The first animated film from Zack Snyder, director of 300 and Watchmen, is full of the feathery creatures - not to mention being seriously good-looking. Compressing the first three novels of Kathryn Lasky's 15-book series for older children, the action centres on a brace of owl brothers who are kidnapped by an evil owl army. The younger of the two, Soren (voiced by Jim Sturgess), then attempts to escape and get help from a mythical group known as the Guardians. The sight of warring owls sporting gladiator helmets and speaking profoundly about gizzards verges on the ridiculous. But Snyder stays serious, helped by the efforts of an accomplished Anglo/Australian voice cast led by Helen Mirren and Geoffrey Rush. So what if the owls' beaks look weird and there's a lot of death, slavery and brainwashing? This is a breathtakingly beautiful film for courageous kids who aren't afraid of heights.

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Credits

Cast

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SorenJim Sturgess
KluddRyan Kwanten
EglantineAdrienne DeFaria
NyraHelen Mirren
EzylrybGeoffrey Rush
GylfieEmily Barclay
DiggerDavid Wenham
TwilightAnthony LaPaglia
AllomereSam Neill
Mrs PlithiverMiriam Margolyes
BoronRichard Roxburgh
Noctus / GrimbleHugo Weaving
OtulissaAbbie Cornish

Crew

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DirectorZack Snyder

Details

Theatrical distributor
Warner Bros
Released on
2010-10-22
Languages
English
Guidance
Some violence.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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