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Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (2010)



Critic Consensus: Legend of the Guardians' dark tone and dazzling visuals are to be admired, even if they're ultimately let down by a story that never lives up to its full potential.

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Acclaimed filmmaker Zack Snyder makes his animation debut with the fantasy family adventure "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole" based on the beloved Guardians of Ga'Hoole books by Kathryn Lasky. The film follows Soren, a young owl enthralled by his father's epic stories of the Guardians of Ga' Hoole, a mythic band of winged warriors who had fought a great battle to save all of owlkind from the evil Pure Ones. While Soren dreams of someday joining his heroes, his older brother, Kludd, scoffs at the notion, and yearns to hunt, fly and steal his father's favor from his younger sibling. But Kludd's jealousy has terrible consequences--causing both owlets to fall from their treetop home and right into the talons of the Pure Ones. Now it is up to Soren to make a daring escape with the help of other brave young owls. Together they soar across the sea and through the mist to find the Great Tree, home of the legendary Guardians--Soren's only hope of defeating the Pure Ones and saving the owl kingdoms. -- (C) Warner Brosmore
Rating: PG
Genre: Action & Adventure, Animation, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Kathryn Lasky, John Orloff, John Collee, Emil Stern
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 17, 2010
Box Office: $55.7M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


Sam Neill
as Allomere
Hugo Weaving
as Noctus/Grimble
Sacha Horler
as Strix Struma
Abbie Cornish
as Otulissa
Miriam Margolyes
as Mrs. Plithiver
Joel Edgerton
as Metal Beak
Essie Davis
as Marella
Barry Otto
as Echidna
James Evans
as Additional Voices
Amanda Bishop
as Additional Voices
Lelda Kapsis
as Additional Voices
John Xintavelonis
as Additional Voices
Trent Dalzell
as Additional Voices
Tony Cogin
as Additional Voices
Andrew McDonnell
as Additional Voices
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Critic Reviews for Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

All Critics (123) | Top Critics (21)

a thrilling and exciting tale that the whole family can enjoy

Full Review… | January 5, 2014
7M Pictures

In an age of "let's all get along" pabulum, there's much to like in a cartoon not afraid to show its talons.

Full Review… | January 31, 2013
Movie Nation

While it was a delight to look at, it might have been something really special had it had a stronger, more compelling story behind it.

Full Review… | September 23, 2012

the story's inherent sense of fantasy and genuinely felt moments of exhilaration...and danger...keeps us engaged - for a time, at least

Full Review… | January 30, 2012
Cinema Writer

It's a shame that the painstaking work of the CGI animators was ultimately doomed to failure by the script.

Full Review… | July 14, 2011
Digital Spy

A wrong-headed and milling attempt at a "final conflict" tale like the Fellowship of the Ring.

Full Review… | May 25, 2011

Audience Reviews for Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole


A very visually pleasing movie, amazing animation! An interesting tale with an excellent voice cast and of course Zack Snyder's trademark super slo mo everywhere. Enjoyed this one with my daughter.

John Manard

Super Reviewer


Let's be honest, it's a movie with owls fighting each other while wearing helmets. Sounds horrible? I agree. But, as it turns out, the movie deserves a chance. It may be a bit too scary for the really young ones and a bit too cute for older teenagers, everyone in between and adults young at heart should have a good time with this, though. The animation is breathtakingly beautiful, as are the landscapes that give this world a sense of depth and mythology. That works great for the film's fantastic atmosphere. The characters are likable enough, the story engaging and even offers a surprise or two. That makes for a really entertaining adventure that showcases what animated films can do in terms of photorealism. I stand corrected.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer

Zack Snyder has stooped very low to male a film like this but there are a few good cinematics.

Scott Green

Super Reviewer

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