Based on the best-selling series of books by Kathryn Lasky this movie culminates the excitement of the first three volumes into an absolutely outstanding specticle, using intricate and very much life like animation to bring alive the world of the owls and the epic adventures they face.
The story follows soren, a young barn owl who is captured by an evil tribe of owls, once imprisoned in a mountainous canyon he meets a small pigmy owl named Gylfie, these two new friends battle out of their captors claws and fly off in search of the great Ga'hoole tree in order to warn the guardians about the increasing danger that awaits. Along the way they meet more owls, twilight, digger and a very lady like snake. Once at the Ga'hoole tree they train to become guardians and to fight the evil owls of st aggies academy who plot to overrun the tree and forge their empire across the world.
Zak Snyder helms this movie and he does it well, his famous use of slow motion blends perfectly in this movie, one scene in particular, using slow motion in the rain makes for a very magical experience, he keeps the movie going at a fair pace and it never tires or becomes boring. The animation is the best i have ever seen, the detail is phenomonal, the birds move like owls should and the landscapes and set pieces are stunning. The final battle scene is mind blowing, loud, action packed, kind of brutal and thoroughly white knuckle. The script is well translated from the books and the characters are true to those that are portrayed in the eye of Kathryn Lasky. A brilliant voice cast accompany this movie including: Sam Neill, Helen Mirren, Geoffery Rush, Emile De Ravin, Miriam Marogoyles and Hugo Weaving.
I honestly cannot fault this movie in the slightest, awesome animation, brilliant voice cast, thrilling battle scenes, a true fantasy epic. The one thing i don't understand is why this didn't do brilliantly at box office, i enjoyed it much more than Avatar.