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Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole / La Légende des gardiens : Le royauame de Ga'Hoole (Bilingual) [Blu-ray]
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Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (BD)
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, 300 director Zack Snyder's debut animated feature, is based on Kathryn Lasky's juvenile novel series Guardians of Ga'Hoole. Soren (voice by Jim Sturgess), a young owl, has grown up listening to his father's stories about the Guardians, a legendary band of heroes who fought to keep owldom free. But when he and his jealous older brother Kludd (Ryan Kwanten) are kidnapped, Soren learns the evil Pure Ones are once again plotting to enslave owlkind. Escaping from their clutches, he and a typically mismatched group of friends set out to find the Guardians, the only owls capable of defeating the Pure Ones. The first feature from the Animal Logic studio since the Oscar-winning Happy Feet, Legend of the Guardians quickly degenerates into an unsatisfying muddle of elements borrowed from Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, and The Lion King. The storytelling borders on the inept: The Pure Ones are using bats to create some sort of blue electricity that paralyzes owls, but no one ever explains what it is, how it works, or why the bats created it. The first battle between the Pure Ones and Guardians is presented as an ancient myth, yet many of the participants are still alive. Soren and his friends look up at the stars to navigate their way to the Guardians' island, but when the camera pans down to them flying, the sky is the blue of a summer afternoon. The vocal cast includes Helen Mirren, Miriam Margolyes, and Geoffrey Rush, who somehow manage to read hokey lines like "listen to your gizzard" without snickering. Despite Snyder's elaborate use of swooping 3-D pan shots to energize the visuals, the film feels achingly slow at 91 minutes. Too scary for small children and too clichéd for their older siblings and parents, Legend of the Guardians ranks among 2010's most disappointing animated films. (Rated PG, but suitable for ages 9 and older: considerable violence and grotesque imagery) --Charles Solomon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Instead the film thrusts its viewers into the world, mythos and story of the Owl Kingdoms...and succeeds. Its characters are humorous and lovable, its plot includes betrayal, friendship, honour and justice. And as a book adaption, its pacing is well developed and reworked into an understandable screenplay.
Now, would I recommend it for a younger audience? No, not necessarily. It does not employ a Disney or Pixar-esque family quality about it. Parents should know that there may be some scary moments for your young children. Does it leave some things unexplained (such as the "blue-lightening" as described in the editor's review)? In a sense, yes, but this in no way hinders the plot or the understanding of the risks that exist for our heroes. Though I can understand how some might consider it slow or muddled, I didn't find that. It had me, and I was enjoying every moment of it.
Some of todays animated films (and television programs) are regrettably damaging. So much of it centres around pathetic humour, and a lack of reverence.Read more ›
The film follows the storyline of the first three books in the series: The Capture, The Journey, and The Rescue, which is about the young Barn Owl Soren, and his elder brother Kludd being kidnapped and taken to St. Aegolius Academy for Orphaned Owls. At the "academy," Soren meets an Elf Owl named Gylfie and became friends. Then Soren and Gylfie see the terrible things that are going on at St Agie, and manage to escape, thanks to an owl named Grimble; but Kludd stayed behind - as a soldier to the evil Metalbeak. So Soren and Gylfie set off to find the Guardians of Ga'Hoole to help save the brainwashed owlets. Along the way, they met up with Digger a comical Burrowing Owl and Twilight a minstrel Great Grey Owl; together, the owls, along Mrs Plithiver, Soren's nurse-maid snake (who had been caught by Twilight as dinner), set off for the great tree of Ga'Hoole to find the Guardians. So anyway, this film is worth seeing.
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Great CGI & story line. I think the residents will enjoy this.Published 1 month ago by Marcel Blais
The Animation was very high quality. Good one to watch with the little ones.Published 5 months ago by Lance Savoy
fantastic artwork. the detail is phenomenol. excellent plot. I watch it often when I need to just relax and enjoy being entertained.Published 7 months ago by Nance