Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole is a 2010 3D computer-animated fantasy-adventure film based on the Guardians of Ga’Hoole series by Kathryn Lasky. Zack Snyder directed the film as an animation debut, Zareh Nalbandian produced the film, John Orloff and Emil Stern wrote the film, with Jim Sturgess, Hugo Weaving, Joel Edgerton, Abbie Cornish, Geoffrey Rush, Emily Barclay, Sam Neill, Miriam Margolyes, Helen Mirren, Ryan Kwanten, Anthony LaPaglia, David Wenham and Richard Roxburgh voicing the characters set in a world populated by anthropomorphic owls and other animals.
- Starring : Helen Mirren / Geoffrey Rush
- Genre : Animation / Action / Adventure / Family / Fantasy / Mystery / Thriller / War
- Country : United States / Australia
- Language : English
- Director : Zack Snyder
- Production : Warner Bros. / Village Roadshow Pictures / Animal Logic / FortyFour Studios
- Distributor : Columbia TriStar Warner Filmes de Portugal / Golden Village Pictures / InterComFilm / Norsk Film Distribujon / Sandrew Metronome / Village Films / Warner Bros. / Home Box Office (HBO) / SBS9 / Warner Home Video
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole movie
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole release date
- September 23, 2010 : Israel
- September 24, 2010 : Canada
- September 24, 2010 : Philippines
- September 24, 2010 : USA
- September 30, 2010 : Australia
- October 1, 2010 : Japan
- October 7, 2010 : United Arab Emirates
- October 14, 2010 : Switzerland (German speaking region)
- October 14, 2010 : Germany
- October 22, 2010 : Spain
- October 22, 2010 : UK
- October 22, 2010 : Ireland
- October 22, 2010 : Sweden
- October 27, 2010 : Switzerland (French speaking region)
- October 27, 2010 : France
- October 29, 2010 : India
- November 11, 2010 : Singapore
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole cast
- Emily Barclay as Gylfie(voice)
- Abbie Cornish as Otulissa(voice)
- Essie Davis as Marella(voice)
- Adrienne DeFaria as Eglantine(voice)
- Joel Edgerton as Metal Beak(voice)
- Deborra-Lee Furness as Barran(voice)
- Sacha Horler as Strix Struma(voice)
- Bill Hunter as Bubo(voice)
- Ryan Kwanten as Kludd(voice)
- Anthony LaPaglia as Twilight(voice)
- Miriam Margolyes as Mrs. Plithiver(voice)
- Helen Mirren as Nyra(voice)
- Sam Neill as Allomere(voice)
- Barry Otto as Echidna(voice)
- Richard Roxburgh as Boron(voice)
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole was theatrically released in North America on September 24, 2010, and in Australia on September 30, 2010, by Warner Bros. Pictures in RealD 3D and IMAX 3D. The film received mixed reviews from critics, with many praising the voice performances, dark tone and visual effects, while criticizing the story and inconsistent tone, and grossed $140.1 million on an $80 million budget.
Soren, a young barn owl, lives in the forest of Tyto with his family: his father, Noctus; his mother, Marella; his older brother, Kludd; his younger sister, Eglantine; and Mrs. Plithiver, or Mrs. P, the family’s nest maid, a blind snake. Soren enjoys listening to the ‘Legends of Ga’Hoole,’ which are mythical tales of warrior owls. In jealousy of Soren’s flight talent one day, Kludd pushes him off a branch, but inadvertently falls as well. On the ground, being flightless, they are attacked by a tasmanian devil, but are kidnapped by two long-eared owls, Jatt and Jutt, during the attack.
As the owls take them to St. Aegolious, the canyonland home to the Pure Ones, Soren meets Gylfie, a young elf owl as well as many other young owls who have not yet fledged. At St. Aegolious, the second-in-command and self-proclaimed Queen of the Pure Ones, Nyra, begins to say that the young owls are their slaves. When Soren and Gylfie protest, the two are punished as ‘pickers.’ Kludd, who openly rejected Soren, then comes to be a soldier to the Pure Ones and impresses Nyra. Grimble, a boreal owl, the captor of Gylfie, secretly tells them that he is disloyal to the Pure Ones and manages to teach them to fly. However, Nyra soon catches them just as they are about to fly away. Grimble then sacrifices himself to allow the owls to fly away seeking the ‘Great Ga’Hoole Tree,’ to warn the mythical Guardians about the Pure Ones’ plan against them.
Along the journey, they meet Twilight, a great grey owl and Digger, a burrowing owl. They also find Mrs. P, who had been kidnapped by Twilight, intending to make her their dinner before Soren protests.
The owls manage to reach the Great Tree, where they are trained in different chaws, or classes. They meet Bubo, a great horned owl, who was the member of The Parliament of the tree listens intently to the group’s story. One owl, Allomere, a great grey, objects the story; however, another owl, a whiskered screech owl named Eyzlryb, supports it. Soren later discovers that Eyzlryb is the legendary hero Lyze of Kiel, who battled the Pure Ones leader and Nyra’s mate Metal Beak, tearing of his beak and forcing him to wear a metal mask to hide the disfigurement.
Allomere returns from a scouting mission from St. Aegolious with news that scouts were killed in an ambush by the Pure Ones. He had brought to the tree two ‘moon-blinked’, or hypnotized, owls, one of which is Eglantine. Soren manages to break her trance and Eglantine reveals that Kludd had kidnapped her and given her to Allomere. Shocked by this deception, the group quickly flies to the Guardian’s aid, who are being paralyzed by mind and gizzard-destroying ‘flecks’.
After Twilight, Gylfie and Digger fend off some bats from the Guardians, Metal Beak betrays Allomere, whom Metal Beak promised would be King of the Tree, and has him dragged away by bats. Meanwhile, Soren flies through a forest fire, igniting a lamp of oil, and manages to disable the fleck trap, risking his life. Freed and recovered, the Guardians fly into battle with the Pure Ones and Ezylryb is overpowered by Metal Beak and Nyra. Flying into battle, Soren is soon attacked by Kludd. The brothers briefly fight in the burning forest and argue, before Kludd leaps onto Soren, causing them to fall down a tree. Soren struggles to save Kludd, who injured his wing in the scuffle, but Kludd continues to attack his brother, only to plummet and disappear into the flames.
Furious, Soren grabs a burning branch and attacks Metal Beak. Ezylryb overpowers Nyra as Soren and Metal Beak fight. Soren drops the branch and ends up trapped against a rock as Metal Beak prepares to kill him. Soren reaches the burning branch just in time and manages to impale Metal Beak, killing him. Nyra retreats and Soren is comforted by Ezylryb.
The owlets of St. Aegelious are rescued as Nyra and the remaining Pure Ones flee. Soren and Eglantine are reunited with Noctus and Marella, who have come to the tree. Soren and the rest are welcomed as new Guardians. Soren notes that it is a Guardian’s everlasting duty to “mend the broken, make strong the weak, and vanquish all evil”. He also states that whilst Metal Beak was defeated, Nyra escaped and Kludd’s body was never found. However, in the smoking remains of the canyons, an injured silhouette stares at the mask of Metal Beak with glowing red eyes, hinting Kludd has survived. Soren asks if he can stop, but the owlets listening to the story plead with him to keep going. Ezylryb flys out into a storm with Soren and the group following after. [ref]
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