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

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When a young owl is abducted by an evil Owl army, he must escape with new-found friends and seek the legendary Guardians to stop the menace.

Director:

Zack Snyder

Writers:

John Orloff (screenplay), Emil Stern (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
4 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emily Barclay ... Gylfie (voice)
Abbie Cornish ... Otulissa (voice)
Essie Davis ... Marella (voice)
Adrienne DeFaria Adrienne DeFaria ... Eglantine (voice)
Joel Edgerton ... Metal Beak (voice)
Deborra-Lee Furness ... Barran (voice)
Sacha Horler ... Strix Struma (voice)
Bill Hunter ... Bubo (voice)
Ryan Kwanten ... Kludd (voice)
Anthony LaPaglia ... Twilight (voice)
Miriam Margolyes ... Mrs. Plithiver (voice)
Helen Mirren ... Nyra (voice)
Sam Neill ... Allomere (voice)
Barry Otto ... Echidna (voice)
Richard Roxburgh ... Boron (voice)
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Storyline

Soren (Jim Sturgess), a young barn owl, is kidnapped by owls of St. Aggie's, ostensibly an orphanage, where owlets are brainwashed into becoming soldiers. He and his new friends escape to the island of Ga'Hoole, to assist its noble, wise owls who fight the army being created by the wicked rulers of St. Aggie's.

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owl | escape | soldier | ruler | barn owl | See All (41) »

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On his way to finding a legend...he will become one.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some sequences of scary action | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This was in production for more than three years, with a staff in excess of five hundred. See more »

Goofs

Every time the gong at Ga'Hoole is struck, the sound of a bell is heard instead. See more »

Quotes

Soren: So you wrote The Chronicle of the Battle of the Ice Claws?
Ezylryb: Uh, I - I think so. Well, actually, yes. I did.
Soren: Were you there?
Ezylryb: Yes.
Soren: What, as a scribe?
Ezylryb: Um... Well, no, as a soldier. As the, I guess you could say, leader of all the soldiers.
Soren: [quietly] You're Lyze of Kiel.
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Crazy Credits

Among the silhouettes rolled during the end credits - all characters and objects related to the movie - the silhouette of a dragon can be seen. See more »

Alternate Versions

German theatrical version was cut by 3,5 minutes taking out the scenes towards the end of the movie to secure a "Not under 6" rating. The uncut version was released on Blu-ray. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mad: Wreck It Gandalph/The Big Bird Theory (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Coming Home
Written by Lisa Gerrard and Harry Gregson-Williams
Performed by Lisa Gerrard
Courtesy of Gerrard Records Pty Ltd.
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Legend of the Guardians: A Surprising Diamond In The Rough!
26 September 2010 | by fieldsofgrass419See all my reviews

Within the Pixar Dominated, Slapstick Permeated, Cookie-Cutter animated generation we currently live in, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, Directed by Zack Snyder ("300" & "Watchmen"), breaks this pedestrian mold through its Captivating Visuals, Engaging 3D, and its Lord of the Rings-like Odyssey.

Based on a series of books written by Kathryn Lasky, this mythological story centers on dreamer Soren (Jim Sturgess), a young owl enamored with stories of "The Guardians", a clan of warrior owls who hail from the Tree of Ga'Hoole, and protect the weak from an evil army called the Pure Ones. When Soren and his brother, Kludd (Ryan Kwanten), are kidnapped by these Pure Ones, the stories become reality. Soren escapes and hunts for the Guardians to save the owl kingdom from the Pure Ones, while Kludd slowly becomes one.

Legend of the Guardians is a milestone for animation and a 3D visual masterpiece. Under the direction of Snyder, Australian company Animal Logic (Creators of "Happy Feet" & special FX for "The Matrix" and "Lord of the Rings") have achieved something incredibly remarkable. The interaction of air and digital feathers work in a harmony that makes Avatar look like an old computer game. The landscapes are absolutely breathtaking, Monsoons are shimmering and talons glistening, this brings out the best in Snyder's heavily artistic directing style, and has adorned this movie with graceful battle scenes, beautifully blended with his signature slow motion shots at the perfect moments.

With its comparisons to films like "The Secret of NIMH", "Watership Down", "The Dark Crystal", with clear shades of "Star Wars", Guardians is not your run-of-the-mill animated movie with a fart joke every 10 seconds. The movie takes on a much more serious disposition which fits perfectly with its thematic flow. It is important to note, the film deals with issues such as courage, unity, loyalty, faith, sacrifice and betrayal tackled by Snyder with understated maturity. Though the story moves at a fairly quick pace, you will be immersed in what develops, as the writers did well to implement essentials to the storyline with comprehensible dialogue.

With that being said, Guardians is an engaging and relatively intense movie from start to finish. Thus, successfully separating our mindset of "Animated" and "Kid Friendly" being synonymous with each other. It is inspirational, breathtaking, humorous and educational with all the essentials of an all in all great story and movie. The kids and adults will both learn, while at the same time be visually enraptured by the animation's beauty. Don't be remotely surprised if you see sequels as it certainly has the legs to do so...or should I say wings (Note to self: Refrain from the bird puns..)


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

24 September 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,112,211, 26 September 2010

Gross USA:

$55,675,313

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$140,073,390
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (IMAX Version)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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