Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole
  • PG
  • 1h 37m
  • 2010
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Acclaimed filmmaker Zack Snyder makes his animation debut with this fantasy family adventure 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.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Rotten51%
Critics 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.
Reviews
Boston Globe
Ty Burr
Fresh

June 22, 2017
Guardian
Peter Bradshaw
Fresh

It's all very weird sometimes, but engaging: a nice half-term treat for younger children.

June 22, 2017
Time Out
Tom Huddleston
Fresh

There are a handful of soaring, immersive and at times beautiful fight-and-flight sequences which...

June 22, 2017
Little White Lies
Anton Bitel
Rotten

What might have come alive on the page feels oddly sterile on the screen, as everything is put rig...

June 22, 2017
Sydney Morning Herald
Sandra Hall
Rotten

It takes a certain knack to make a film which has a sinister feel to it without being the least bi...

June 22, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Sweeping owl fantasy adventure is impressive but intense.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this 3-D adaptation of Kathryn Lasky's best-selling Legend of the Guardians books is more intense and violent than most animated adventures -- even though the characters are all owls. The movie focuses on the conflict between a group of owls that considers themselves a master race entitled to enslave "lower species" of owls and the Guardians, a hidden group of warriors that fights to defend all owls from evil. With such a heavy plot and many action-packed battle sequences, this isn't age-appropriate for all young children. But kids old enough to read the books and mature enough to handle the themes will benefit from the movie's message that all owls (and therefore people) are worthy, not just those whom one group thinks are better than the rest. Note: The 3-D factor makes many of the movie's battle/fight scenes much more intense.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Family, Fantasy
  • Release Date:September 24, 2010
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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