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on 2 March 2013
BUT seriously let down by a story that is by turns silly, derivative, predictable and sometimes downright tedious, and about which it is hard to say anything good; it does not know whether to be serious, humorous, or Disney syrup- it does none well.
Many reviewers comment on the distinctive nature of each owl's charater, but that's hardly new, and a number of different species are represented to make this easier. Over twenty years ago, a similar number of different rabbit characters were established in Watership Down, so this is hardly an impressive feat.
The failure of the storyline is a real shame, because the animation is of a standard that I have probably never seen bettered, perhaps not even equalled.
However, the gross-and it is gross- failure of the story drags it down to a possibly generous three stars, but really, it does look gorgeous.It should have been so much better.
I'm actually pretty cross about the waste in a formula I normally love.