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.


Zack Snyder


John Orloff (screenplay), Emil Stern (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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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)


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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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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Did You Know?


Zack Snyder's first non R-rated movie. See more »


When Eglantine is carried away in a basket, Pete can be seen amid the crowd of onlookers, despite the fact that he is still as St. Aegolius at the time. See more »


Metalbeak: Well, the legendary Lyze of Kiel. Once again, it's come down to just you and me. At last, I can take my revenge for this.
[Indicates helmet]
Ezylryb: Hmm. You should thank me. It appears to be an improvement.
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Crazy Credits

The end credit sequence is animated. See more »

Alternate Versions

Also released in a 3D version. See more »


Featured in True Guardians of the Earth (2010) See more »


To the Sky
Written and Produced by Owl City (as Adam Young)
Performed by Owl City
Courtesy of Universal Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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The best looking CGI so far.
19 December 2018 | by Animany94See all my reviews

The looks of this feature was the absolute highlight of Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole and so far the pinnacle of what CGI can do which is rare praise from me, because I rarely get such feelings by watching computer animation.

That's is both a blessing and a curse, because the story is a little messy and the characters are a mixed bag. Soren and Kludd are young owls about to learn to fly, but accidentally fall out of their nest and are captured by other owls to be slaves. From there on they go through many things with different consequences. While that's going on many new characters are introduced, and that's where they sacrifice quality in exchange of quantity. Some characters are annoying one-note comic reliefs (don't remember their names) and were not serving much of to the story.

BUT the saving grace was the villains! Oh god they were intimidating! If Disney's Maleficent and Frollo had a child, that would be them! Every time they're on screen I got the chills! Enslaving other owls because they view themselves as superior!

Even if it has a story with flaws and a mixed bag of main characters, I can without a doubt tell that this is the best looking animated movie to be released in a long time and set the bar unbelievably high for the rest of the 2010's. Don't know if a better looking movie has turned up considering the fact that we're currently at the end of 2018, but this is a tough one to beat.

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Release Date:

24 September 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Guardians of Ga'Hoole See more »


Box Office


$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,112,211, 26 September 2010

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


| (IMAX Version)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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