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Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’ Hoole

Directed by Zack Snyder
Village Roadshow Pictures, 2010
Rated PG

Reviewed by Michael Zadravec, a lover of animation films.

Based on the book series Guardians of Ga’Hoole, written by Kathryn Lasky, The Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole follows Soren, the protagonist; an owl who loves to dream.

He is a relatable character, noble and brave, and holds his love of his family close to his heart.

Soren fulfils his adventure (no plot spoilers here) with a crew of friendly owls: Digger, an eccentric lovable character; Twilight, a strong and humorous poet, and Gylfie, a sweet (and extremely small) elf owl.

In general, the movie has a feel-good, warm feeling to it, however at times (warning: plot spoiler ahead) the tone becomes quite dark and the fight scene at the climax could be considered violent by some, but don’t worry – there is no blood or gore shown. What cannot be doubted though is the stunning Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) that really brings this fantasy to life.

Seeing the film in 3D is well worth the extra cost: you will not be disappointed.

I walked out half-expecting to see owls twittering and flitting about the cinema foyer.

The plot unfolded at a cracking pace (kids will not be bored, I assure you), and the characters and CGI were both integrated and composed at a breathtaking standard which has resulted in quite an impressive film.

Considering this is the first animation film from director Zack Snyder I praise his efforts and cannot wait for his next production.

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole is in cinemas now.