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Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole is an excellent computer animated fantasy movie about a young owl who joins in a mythic fight between the evil “Pure Ones” and the good “Guardians.”

MOVIE INFO

  • Starring: Jim Sturgess, Geoffrey Rush, Helen Mirren and Sam Neill.
  • Rated: PG for some sequences of scary action.
  • Released: 2010
  • Genre: Fantasy, kids, family
  • Rusty’s Opinion: I loved it!

SUMMARY

Soren is a young barn owl who is fascinated by stories of high adventure and often dreams of being one of The Guardians. But his dreams are shattered when he and his brother Kludd are kidnapped by a group of evil owls known as The Pure Ones. Their new home isn’t too bad for Kludd, who is chosen to be a soldier, but poor Soren is forced to pick through owl pellets to find precious metal. Eewww! However when Soren is given a chance to fight against The Pure Ones he jumps at it and ends up discovering that many of his fantasy heroes are real after all – the question is: will he be good enough to join them?

RUSTY’S REVIEW

I tried to dislike this movie, I really did. In fact we only rented it because my kids thought it looked cool. But it didn’t take very long before I began to really enjoy and appreciate what was going on.

First of all, the computer graphics were amazing! I am not a big fan of CGI, but this show looked really good. From the feathers on the owls to the intense fight scenes it was all very high quality and looked stunning!

The storyline was also pretty cool. Yes, it was the cliched story about good vs. evil, but it was implemented in a unique way: with owls! My kids really enjoyed the fantasy aspect with all the armor and battle scenes, but they are also big fans of cute animal movies so this show killed two birds with one stone! (Ha! Pun intended!) That was all fine and good, but did the adults in our family enjoy this movie too? The answer is a resounding YES! My wife and I really liked this show – it isn’t too often that everyone in our family enjoys the same movie, but it happened in this case. Overall it was a good family show without being too Disney-esque.

My only gripe with this show (and it’s a minor one) was the voice acting. Don’t get me wrong, the actors did a fantastic job – but there were so many different accents that I was left wondering where the setting was supposed to be. Yes, I know it is a fantasy setting, but I expected some uniformity there – not a hodge-podge of linguistic ethnicities.

WHERE TO FIND THIS MOVIE

  • I rented the DVD through Netflix, but I’m sure you could find it at any Blockbuster or Redbox.
  • You can purchase the DVD at Amazon.com, or find it on eBay.
  • You can watch it online via Amazon.com’s Instant Video.
  • The soundtrack for this movie was really good too, and featured a great song by Owl City!
  • Did you know this show was based on a book series by Kathryn Lasky: Guardians of Ga’Hoole? Yeah, I may have to look into reading them.

IF YOU ENJOYED THIS MOVIE, YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

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