Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole is a movie based on Kathryn Lasky's Guardians of Ga'Hoole series that was released in September 24, 2010. It very loosely follows the storyline of The Capture, The Journey and The Rescue. It stars Jim Sturgess, Emily Barclay, Helen Mirren, Adrienne DeFaria, Sam Neill, Ryan Kwanten, Anthony LaPaglia, David Wenham, Geoffrey Rush, Joel Edgerton and Hugo Weaving.
Acclaimed filmmaker Zack Snyder makes his animation debut with the fantasy family adventure Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole based on the beloved Guardians of Ga'Hoole series by Kathryn Lasky. The film follows Soren, a young owl enthralled by his father’s epic stories of the Guardians of Ga’Hoole, a mythic band of winged warriors who had fought a great battle to save all of owlkind from the evil Pure Ones.
While Soren dreams of someday joining the heroes, his older brother, Kludd, scoffs at the notion, and yearns to hunt, fly and steal his father’s favor from his younger sibling. But Kludd’s jealousy has terrible consequences—causing both owlets to fall from their treetop home and right into the talons of the Pure Ones. Now it is up to Soren to make a daring escape with the help of Gylfie, another kidnapped owlet, and a Pure One himself. Together they soar across the sea and through the mist to find the Great Ga'Hoole Tree, home of the legendary Guardians—Soren’s only hope of defeating the Pure Ones and saving the owl kingdoms.
The film features the voices of Emily Barclay, Abbie Cornish, Ryan Kwanten, Anthony LaPaglia, Miriam Margolyes, Helen Mirren, Sam Neill, Richard Roxburgh, Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess, Adrienne DeFaria, Hugo Weaving, and David Wenham.
Snyder directed Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole from a screenplay by John Orloff and Emil Stern, based on the Guardians of Ga’Hoole novels by Kathryn Lasky. The film was produced by Zareh Nalbandian, with Donald De Line, Deborah Snyder, Lionel Wigram, Chris deFaria, Kathryn Lasky and Bruce Berman serving as executive producers.
Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, a Village Roadshow Pictures Production, an Animal Logic Production, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole.
It opened nationwide in theaters and IMAX on September 24, 2010. The film was presented in 3D and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.
The film opens with Noctus (Hugo Weaving) flying through the skies, swooping down to catch a mouse and eventually returning to a hollow to feed his young. In this hollow, Soren (Jim Sturgess) is seen playing War of the Ice Claws with his younger sister Eglantine (Adrienne DeFaria). Soren (wearing a helmet made out of two leaves) is playing Lyze of Kiel, getting interrupted by Eglantine a few times before stopping to entertain her all with both Noctus and Marella watching. Eglantine says that Soren should let her be Lyze of Kiel on their current act, but Soren quickly dismisses her by promising her the "next go." Eglantine then plays Metal Beak, ramming Soren before being pushed back. This causes Eglantine's "beak" to break. Noctus then tells the owls that it's time for bed. The eldest child Kludd (Ryan Kwanten) (who was disinterested in their "play" all along) complains.
Kludd, doesn't believe in the legends at all, being jealous of Soren's natural talent and the attention he gets. After having witnessed Eglantine yarp her first pellet, Soren asks Kludd out for another lesson in branching. Kludd brushes this off as Soren trying to show off again, so Soren then wants to play Battle of the Ice Claws again. Kludd, already fed up of potentially having to hear the tale of the Guardians again, submits. Cut to both landing on a branch, Soren asks Kludd if he could show how he does branching without him getting so angry. His method which involves the Guardians tires Kludd even more, rolling his eyes at the mention of the Guardians. Having enough when Soren mentions Lyze of Kiel, he kicks Soren, which Soren responds by bumping him back. Both slip from the branch and fall to the ground. They are attacked by a Tasmanian devil but are saved and then captured by owls working for the evil Metal Beak (Joel Edgerton) and his mate Nyra (Helen Mirren).Soren and Kludd are snatched by two cousins, Long-eared Owls Jatt (Leigh Whannell) and Jutt (Angus Sampson). Both of them are seen talking about how to intimidate others, with stares such as the "Predator" and "Intimidator." Soon, they come across another group of owls with captured owlets. One of them is the Boreal Owl Grimble, (Hugo Weaving) who is subject to a stare, but eventually manages to diss them. The scene now on Soren, still clutched in the talons of Jatt, they soon come across a large group of other workers for Metal Beak, with other young owlets. Soren meets and befriends the Elf Owl Gylfie (Emily Barclay). They are taken to St. Aegolius Academy for Orphaned Owls. Nyra arrives and makes a speech to the kidnapped owls, explaining that their families have abandoned them and that Metal Beak's "Pure Ones" are their new family. Metal Beak believes that Tytos are purer and stronger, and deserve to rule. These owls are encouraged to show strength and ruthlessness, and as such are to be trained as soldiers, while the rest will be "pickers." Soren and Gylfie object, and are thus sent to be pickers. Kludd denies his brother, which pleases Nyra, and goes away with the Tytos. The pickers are made to sleep under glare of a full moon, which Gylfie explains to Soren that it will induce a sort of hypnotic state that she calls "moon blinked." Soren and Gylfie help to keep each another awake to avoid this fate. As predicted, the moon-blinked owls are docile and zombie-like the next morning; Soren and Gylfie try to imitate the moon-blinked birds, but Grimble notices their strange behavior, especially with Gylfie walking with her wings open, unlike the others with closed wings. The pickers are guided to the pelletorium, where their labor consists of picking apart owl pellets in search of metal flecks which the prey had eaten before being consumed. En masse, the flecks generate a strong magnetic field which has a peculiar weakening effect on owls' gizzards(which renders them unable to fight); they are therefore managed by bats, which are immune to the effect due to their lack of gizzards. Soren discovers soon enough as he was "chosen" as a volunteer to put the fleck into a bucket of flecks after which the supervising bat screeches to call another larger bat to carry the bucket to a large metal container held open surrounded by blue lines of energy. The scene zooms out to reveal Metal Beak and an unknown owl making plans as a new line of energy extends from the source to the new bucket of flecks arriving. Metal Beak reveals that he will set the trap once enough flecks are amassed and instructs his collaborator to lure their enemies (the Guardians). Metal Beak then promises control over the Western Kingdoms and "the tree" to the owl who then departs. Soren and Gylfie make plans to escape, but their planning is interrupted by Grimble and they are marched off to the St. Aggie's library. After getting them into the library, Grimble reveals that he wishes to teach them to fly and send them to warn the Guardians of Ga'Hoole of Metal Beak's plans. He also reveals that his family is held hostage against his good behavior, and he has been waiting for owlets clever enough to avoid being moon blinked.
Meanwhile, Kludd and other various Tytos are being trained by Nyra. Nyra releases a blue bird which the Tytos are to catch as an aerial hunting exercise. Kludd uses several dirty tactics (kicking rocks at and causing a red banner to fall on the other owls) and eventually catches the bird. Nyra commends him for his exceptional discipline and suggests that he try to convince Soren to join the Pure Ones.Nyra, Kludd and two Pure One guards catch Grimble, Soren and Gylfie in the middle of a flying lesson. Grimble fights the Pure Ones to buy time for Soren and Gylfie to escape. Grimble battles with Nyra. He eventually knocks her to the ground, pins her and tries to strangle her. Soren begs Kludd to come with them, but Kludd refuses and joins the fray on Nyra's side, stunning Grimble by his change of allegiance, allowing Nyra to throw him off. Nyra eventually defeats Grimble, fatally injures him, and sends him falling into the canyons. Soren and Gylfie are forced dive over the cliff's edge, and just barely escape through a small crack between two giant boulders.
After quite a moment of panicked flying in the open, Soren soon feels the wind on his wings and finally realizes that he's flying for real. With a moment of fun together, Soren and Gylfie declare their mission to find the Guardians. Soren then shows off his hunting skills by catching a moth, only to get ticked off by a quirky Burrowing Owl who tells them the difference between hiding first and resting first. After getting Soren's request for a resting place again with Gylfie acting hurt, sympathetic Digger introduces himself and leads him to the hollow. Digger continues to tell Soren and Gylfie about owls getting lost via jokes when the Great Gray Owl Twilight returns, with Mrs. Plithiver (Miriam Margoyles), Soren's nest-maid snake as dinner (which Mrs. P. objects to strongly, calling Twilight a "monstrosity" with Twilight responding "the audacity"). During a moment with Mrs. P. and Soren about the kidnapping, Twilight senses "an adventure afoot" and takes out his lute for a song, much to Digger's dislike. Twilight considers himself a bard as much as a warrior and adlibs a poem, to which the Band doesn't like too much. Digger counters by mentioning his owl jokes being "hoot" and threatens to tear his gizzard out at having to hear another of Twilight's "quote-unquote song". Soren carefully tries to sneak out, but Digger catches them. After questioning them on knowing their way to the Sea of Hoolemere, Digger reveals that Twilight knows the way, and the Band sets off to wherein lies the island of the Great Ga'Hoole Tree.
Kludd, under the orders of Nyra, brings Eglantine to St. Aegolius. They witness Metal Beak giving a speech to a large group of red-eyed Pure Ones. When Eglantine proves resistant to Kludd's cajolery, he chooses to make Eglantine a "picker." He tells her to sleep under the gaze of the full moon, moon blinking her.
Soren and his band are mobbed by crows on the way to the Sea, and nearly lose Twilight's lute, in which Mrs. Plithiver is riding. The battle brings them to the shore of the Sea of Hoolemere and the home of an Echidna (Barry Otto) mystic; the crows deliberately led them to the meeting so that the Echidna could give them their bearings to the Great Tree (and also tell them their roles in the group). Far out over the ocean, the group encounters a fierce hurricane, and their strength fails, and Digger's wings freeze solid. As Digger falls toward the sea, he is rescued by a pair of enormous Snowy Owls with armored masks-the Guardians of Ga'hoole. They lead the band through the storm and to the Great Tree.
Digger's saviors are Boron (Richard Roxburgh) and Barran (Deborra-Lee Furness), the king and the queen of the tree. They and the ranking officers of Ga'Hoole hear Soren's tale in council. The search-and-rescue squadron leader, Allomere, expresses doubts about Soren's story, but battle-scarred Ezylryb defends him and Boron eventually agrees to send a scouting party to St. Aegolious.Soren, Digger, Twilight and Gylfie's training begins. One night, Ezylryb takes them out to learn how to "really fly," using a powerful storm to teach the young owls how to use the wind currents instead of fighting them. Soren briefly masters the technique of flying by instinct, though he loses control when he starts trying to think about what he's doing and nearly falls into the ocean. After the lesson, Ezylryb brings Soren to his hollow to discuss the lesson. While there, Soren discovers that Ezylryb is in fact the legendary warrior Lyze of Kiel; the story of Lyze defeating Metal Beak had been one of Soren's favorite stories.
When Allomere and his soldiers arrive at Metal Beak's camp, they are ambushed by the bats and the energy of the metal flecks is used against them. Allomere barely escapes, carrying two moon-blinked owlets, one of whom is Eglantine. With this proof, the Guardians go to war. Soren reluctantly stays behind to watch over Eglantine, and is thrilled when she finally wakes up. However, she tells Soren that Kludd gave her to Allomere to bring back; which means Kludd and Nyra had planned to ambush them, and Allomere is a traitor (the same collaborator who spoke with Metal Beak earlier in the film). Soren and the band fly off to warn the Guardians against the trap and Allomere's treachery.
When the Guardians arrive at St. Aegolious, they are drawn into a trap; Allomere peels off at the last moment and the bats unleash the power of the flecks against the Guardians, leaving the owls helplessly enervated on the ground. Soren and the band arrive minutes too late, just as Metal Beak and Nyra send a huge horde of bats to finish off the disabled Guardians. Soren hatches a hasty plan and sends Twilight, Digger and Gylfie to hold back the bats. Soren immediately fetches a pot with a tar-like substance (with some difficulty) and plunges into the buring forest fire (where he finally flies by instinct successfully) to ignite its contents. Meanwhile, Allomere reveals that he betrayed the Guardians based on Metal Beak's promise that Allomere would be the new king of the tree, but Metal Beak, in response to the unreported support, distrusts and betrays him, claiming that "there can be only one king". Allomere is then viciously attacked by several bats and dragged away into the darkness to an unknown fate.
Soren plunges into the flecks' magnetic field to drop the flaming pot on the mechanism which holds open the lids over the flecks; the fire burns through the ropes and the lids slam down, freeing the Guardians. With his plan disrupted, Metal Beak orders the Pure Ones to kill the Guardians. The Guardians and the Pure Ones engage in a fierce battle. Ezylryb flies to Metal Beak's fortress and confronts him. Metal Beak, desiring revenge on Ezylryb for defeating in the Battle of the Ice Claws all those years ago, attacks him. The two old enemies then battle each other, and although Ezylryb comes very close to defeating Metal Beak, Nyra intervenes.
Meanwhile, Kludd attacks Soren, and they both fly into a flaming forest. Soren doesn't understand why Kludd would join the Pure Ones after what they did to them to which Kludd's replies that the Pure Ones believe in him like no one ever has and talks of how Metal Beak said that the strong will triumph, the broken will be put out of their misery and that honor is just another word for weakness. Soren tells says that he knows Kludd doesn't think like that to which Kludd replies that Soren doesn't know him at all, before viciously attacking Soren. Kludd has the upper wing against Soren, eventually sending them both plummeting to the edge of the forest fire, but Kludd breaks his wing on a branch. Dangling over the flames, Kludd momentarily abandons his pride and begs Soren to help him. After one hesitation, Soren attempts to do so, but once Kludd gets a grip on a branch, his hatred and jealously reignites and he attacks Soren again. The attempt then breaks Kludd's branch, and he falls into the fire and disappears. Grieving for his brother, Soren hears Metal Beak and Nyra attacking Ezylryb. He becomes enraged at the demise of his brother and his hero in the verge of being killed, and flies off with a burning branch to avenge Kludd's "death".
Ezylryb is no match for both Metal Beak and Nyra, and is overpowered and beaten up by them. Soren arrives just in time to save Ezylryb, and attacks Metal Beak with the flaming branch. The veteran warlord easily overpowers Soren, who drops the branch and flies down after it. Soren ends up trapped on the ground, against a rock as Metal Beak dives at him, preparing to kill him. However, Soren manages to reach the flaming branch just in time, and manages to impale Metal Beak in the chest with it, killing him once and for all. Shocked by her mate's death, Nyra retreats with the remaining Pure Ones.
In the epilogue narrated by Soren, they return to the great tree with all the owlets, and Soren is greeted by Eglantine and his parents. Soren, Gylfie, Twilight and Digger are made Guardians of Ga'Hoole with every owl bowing to them.
Soren tells the story to a group of owlets, revealing that Nyra is still out there with a contingent of Pure Ones, and also mentions that Kludd's body was never found. Meanwhile, back in the smoking remains of the canyons, a shadowy figure with glowing red eyes (most likely to be Kludd) is shown looking at Metal Beak's body and mask. The movie ends with Ezylryb and the band flying off into another storm. The credits roll with a shadow-puppetry presentation that summarizes all the events in the story.
- Jim Sturgess as Soren, a young Barn Owl, the leader of the band and the main protagonist. He is the middle child of Noctus and Marella. He is very kind and immensely brave.
- Emily Barclay as Gylfie, an Elf Owl, Soren's best friend and the navigator of the band. She is the dueteragnosit.
- Joel Edgerton as Metal Beak, a villainous and manipulative Greater Sooty Owl who wears a metal mask over his hideously scarred face and is the secondary antagonist. He is the founder and supreme leader of the Pure Ones and Nyra's mate.
- Helen Mirren as Nyra, Metal Beak's cunning mate and second-in-command, and the main antagonist.
- Anthony LaPaglia as Twilight, a Great Gray Owl, Digger's best friend and the warrior of the band.
- David Wenham as Digger, a Burrowing Owl, Twilight's best friend and the tracker of the band.
- Adrienne DeFaria as Eglantine, Noctus and Marella's youngest child and only daughter, and Soren and Kludd's younger sister.
- Sam Neill as Allomere, a Great Gray Owl. He is a member of the Guardians of Ga'Hoole, but secretly works for the Pure Ones as a spy.
- Ryan Kwanten as Kludd, a young Barn Owl, Noctus and Marella's oldest child and Soren and Eglantine's older brother. He later becomes a Pure One.
- Geoffrey Rush as Ezylryb, an old and battle-scarred Whiskered Screech Owl, a senior member of the Guardians of Ga'Hoole and the legendary warrior Lyze of Kiel.
- Richard Roxburgh as Boron, a male Snowy Owl, the King of the Guardians of Ga'Hoole and Barran's husband.
- Deborra-Lee Furness as Barran, a female Snowy Owl, the Queen of the Guardians of Ga'Hoole and Boron's mate.
- Abbie Cornish as Otulissa, a female Short-eared Owl, a Guardian in training and Soren's love interest.
- Hugo Weaving as Noctus, a male Barn Owl, Marella's mate and Soren, Kludd and Eglantine's father. Hugo Weaving also voiced Grimble, a Boreal Owl, who was captured by the Pure Ones and only works for them by force.
- Essie Davis as Marella, a female Barn Owl, Noctus's mate and Soren, Kludd and Eglantine's mother.
- Miriam Margolyes as Mrs. Plithiver, a female snake and Soren, Kludd and Eglantine's nursemaid.
- Sacha Horler as Strix Struma, a female Short-eared Owl and a member of the Guardians of Ga'Hoole.
- Bill Hunter as Bubo, a male Great Horned Owl and a blacksmith at the Ga'Hoole tree.
- Leigh Whannel as Jatt, a male Long-eared Owl and a member of the Pure Ones.
- Angus Sampson as Jutt, a male Long-eared Owl, a member of the Pure Ones and Jatt's cousin.
- Barry Otto as The Echidna, a mystic.
- Primrose, Dewlap, Vaygar and Madame Plonk appear in the film in uncredited silent cameos.
- While Primrose doesn't speak, she shouts while striking Twilight with a stick, sounding like Emily Barclay, who voices Gylfie.
- Vaygar is the masked owl who tried to impress Nyra by being trying to appear better than Kludd.
- Dewlap was the elder burrowing owl that watched, unimpressed, when Digger captured a crab, only to be pinched on the tail feathers by it.
- Madame Plonk is the Snowy owl seen singing in a choir with Bubo in the Great tree when Otulissa shows Soren and Gylfie around and tells them about chaws.
- Actress Emilie de Ravin was set to voice Gylfie (as heard in the trailer in a deleted scene that never made it to DVD), but she was replaced by Emily Barclay.
- Actor Hugh Jackman was meant to voice in the film, but dropped out for a cameo in Happy Feet Two. He was likely meant to voice either Noctus or Grimble, which would explain why they are the only characters to have the same voice actor.
- Jay Laga’aia was originally going to voice Twilight.
- Eglantine was supposed to be voiced by Emilie De Ravin.
- Rachael Taylor was supposed to be in the voice cast
- Ryan Kwanten was considered to voice Soren
- This is the first of two movies directed by Zack Snyder that Abbie Cornish appears in, followed by her starring role in the 2011 film Sucker Punch. David Wenham narrated the 2007 film 300, as well as playing a Spartan soldier.
- When Grimble prevents two Pure Ones from attacking Soren and Gylfie, they end up on floor. But a few seconds later, they disappear.
- Soren is voiced by a different actor in one trailer.
Italicized scene titles are non-canon titles
The Battle of the Ice Claws is a scene cut from the very beginning of the movie. However, the scene was fully animated and included in the Blu Ray edition of the film. For more info, see Battle of the Ice Claws.
Burnt Hollow SequenceThe following synopsis is gleaned from page 19 of The Art of Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, page 4 of the lighting script in that same book (page 151) and a small collection of shots from a Legend of the Guardians movie trailer. The burnt hollow sequence consists of two scenes omitted in the final film that take place between Soren and Gylfie escaping St. Aegolius and Nyra taking Kludd and his fellow trainee solders to meet Metalbeak.
After Kludd offers Nyra his little sister Eglantine, Kludd, along with Jatt and Jutt, fly to the forest kingdom of Tyto to kidnap her and take her to the Pure Ones. Jatt and Jutt are flying with burning branches, the purpose of which is soon revealed. The lighting script shows no actual scenes of Kludd entering his former home, but it is implied that this is where he is heading due to the following events.
After Soren and Gylfie meet Digger and Twilight and reunite with Mrs. P, they all decide to fly with Soren to his family hollow in Tyto, perhaps (and this is speculation) to meet with Soren’s parents and inform them about the Pure Ones and how Soren and Kludd were kidnapped. There is also a frame in the lighting script that shows Digger holding a flower in his beak, but the significance of this flower and how it relates to the scene is unknown. Soren leads the band through Tyto, past the waterfall, and towards his family hollow. However, upon approaching, the band sees that the section of forest where Soren lived has been burnt in a fire. Presumably after kidnapping Eglantine, Jatt and Jutt used their burning branches to set the tree on fire. However, Soren has no knowledge of Kludd’s involvement, and so assumes that Eglantine and his parents are dead. Soren and the band go into the charred remains of the hollow, where Soren finds Eglantine’s owlipoppen, holding it and looking at it. Presumably there was some dialogue between characters, but almost all is unknown, save for Gylfie addressing Soren, Digger and Twilight - “We’re each other’s family now. We’ll find them [the Guardians] together.” Also at some point during this scene, Soren looks upon the drawing he carved in the wall of his hollow depicting the Great Tree, which lights up in the glow of embers.Based on short snippets shown in the trailer, it appears this scene was fully animated, although it never appeared on DVD in any form. Gylfie’s voice actress is different in the trailer scenes - earlier in production Gylfie was voiced by Emilie de Ravin, but in the final film she is voiced by Emily Barclay.
Allomere Meets With Nyra
Two panels follow the scene in which Allomere dupes two Guardians into attacking Pure One dummies that do not correlate with any scene in the finished movie. It appears that Nyra approaches Allomere, flanked by Jatt and Jutt, and speaks with him. What dialogue fills this scene is unknown.
Digger and Gylfie
The panel directly following the last two aforementioned panels does not appear to relate to a scene in the finished movie. It shows Digger and Gylfie talking together. This was perhaps a more lighthearted scene used to break tension between two rather tense scenes, but ultimately nothing more is known about it.
Right after the scene in which Ezylryb speaks with Soren in the library, there are two panels showing the band gazing out at the monsoon that Ezylryb expects them to fly into. The it is unknown what hollow the band are in during this scene, but it could possibly be the area Ezylryb and the band fly off of at the very end of the film (there are some parallels in the framing of both scenes) or it could possibly be the hollow of Ezylryb.
The Band Head Into Battle
Two deleted scenes appear after the scene in which Soren revives Eglantine and realized Allomere is a traitor. The first scene includes Otulissa, who appears to be addressing Soren, Gylfie, Twilight and Digger. After this scene with Otulissa, the band heads off over the Sea of Hoolemere, towards The Beaks.
A panel directly after this short flight sequence appears to show the band conversing with each other before they enter The Beaks and discover the trapped Guardians. In the finished movie, the band do not touch ground at all before discovering the Guardians.
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole has received mixed to positive reviews from critics. The film's photorealistic visual animation, voice acting, cinematography and 3D effects were praised, while criticism was directed towards the film's character development and adapted plot, which were seen as 'esoteric' and 'predictable'. Rotten Tomatoes reported that 51% of 116 sampled critics gave the film positive reviews and that it received a rating average of 5.6 out of 10. It reported the critics' consensus as "Legend of the Guardians' dark tone and dazzling visuals are to be admired, even if they're ultimately let down by a story that never lives up to its full potential."
In the USA it took in only $5.5 million on opening day, ranking third at the box office in the USA. It ranked second on Saturday, earning $6 million, and was No. 1 on Sunday, earning $4.6 million (USA). Overall, it earned $16,112,211 on its opening weekend, reaching second place at the box office behind Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps in America. This makes Legend of the Guardians Zach Snyder's first film not to reach No. 1 on its opening weekend in the USA; overall a disappointing start, only earning a fraction of this year's animation line-up and more in line with Warner Bros. other 2010 family films Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore and Yogi Bear. In its second weekend, the film held very well, slipping only 32% to $10,887,543 and holding onto second place, this time behind The Social Network, claiming the title of the biggest second-weekend hold for an animated feature in 2010. The film ended its run in February 2011 with a $60.5 million domestic (USA) gross, making it not as successful as the producers expected it to be and only ranking as the forth highest-grossing animated feature for the year. However, in the wider market, it was a major success, grossing over $90 million from its international release, bringing the total up to $140 million.
Differences from the Books
|Soren's fall from the nest.||Kludd shoves Soren and causes him to fall from the nest.||Kludd and Soren both fall from the tree after Soren gets accidentally shoved by Kludd when they are branching.|
|Tyto owl's eye color||Black (both in books and real life).||Yellow/amber/blue||Possibly to make the eye pupil more visible, and allow more freedom with character expressions.|
|Tasmanian Devil attack||Doesn't occur.||Occurs.||To have a reason for them being taken to St. Aegolius (via Jatt and Jutt)|
|Rulers of St. Aggie's||Skench and Spoorn||Metal Beak and Nyra||The compression of the plotline.|
|Pelletorium training||All owls||Only non-Tytos. Tytos are trained as soldiers to join the Pure Ones.||Compression of plot, and to show the hierarchy of "Tyto owls over others."|
|Twilight's hollow and Digger's burrow||Separate||Same||To leave out the battle with Jatt and Jutt due to violence.|
|Grimble's voice||Speaks with a chime||Doesn't speak with a chime||To make his voice rougher to more suit his character or because human actors can't speak with chimes, could also mean voice is soft.|
|Metal Beak, the Echidna, Allomere||Don't appear||
|Sets up villain, how the Band knows to go to the Tree, and creating a character that can impose a larger threat.|
|Bats' roles||Only sucking blood from DNFs.||Much bigger role: buckets of flecks are carried by them throughout St. Aggie's and deposited into very large containers of flecks.||So the Pure Ones could make the fleck trap without being affected themselves|
|Soren and Gylfie's escape||Via the library in St. Aggies||Via a small crack||Easier to animate|
Pure Ones and St. Aggie's
|Separate||Combined||Compression of plot|
|Twilight's lute||Doesn't have one||Has one||Better than his own voice, and starts the beginning of "To the Sky."|
|Chaw of chaws||Formed||Never formed||Compression of plot|
|Kludd and Metal Beak||Same character||
|Compression of plot, also so that Soren doesn't have to kill his own brother.|
|Hortense||Appears||Doesn't Appear||Compression of plot.|
Behind the Scenes
- Eglantine is dropped in a battle between the Pure Ones and St. Aggie's in the book, but she is taken straight to the Pure Ones' headquarters in the movie. This is attributed to the fact the Pure Ones and St. Aggie's are combined.
- Mrs. Plithiver has greyish, blank eyes, indicating that she is blind although it is never mentioned in the film.
- Metal Beak is a Sooty Owl in the movie, but in the books, Sooty Owls were considered the least pure of the Pure Ones. It is possible that a change was instituted after Kludd took control.
- The band are not pursued by a St. Aggie's patrol in the movie, though you could say they were because St. Aggie's and the Pure Ones were combined and the Pure Ones later chased them.
- The band do not visit the Mirror Lakes or the Ice Narrows in the movie. This may have been done due to time constraints.
- In the movie, the Guardians send off a squadron of owls to St. Aggie's soon after the band arrives. In the book, the Guardians never visited St. Aggie's until The Siege. This was likely due to the producers using small storylines from The Siege as the majority of the movie was based on the first three books. Metal Beak's death is also similar to the death of Dustytuft's father in the books: both are killed by a Guardian with a burning stick.
- The following characters don't appear in the movie: Hortense, Streak, Zan, Elvan, the Barred Owl rogue smith, Skench, Spoorn, Octavia, Ruby, Martin, Stryker, Uglamore, Wortmore, 47-2, Silver, Nut Beam, Poot, Trader Mags, Bubbles, Matron, Martin, Aunt Finny, Unk, Sweetums, Swatums, the Puffins, the obnoxious Masked Owls, and the rogue smith of Silverveil. This was likely done due to various constraints.
- Streak appeared in the video game voiced by Anthony LaPaglia (Twilight), Primrose had a cameo in the film voiced by Emily Barclay (Gylfie), while Dewlap had a silent cameo. Matron is mentioned by Otulissa and Vaygar from Lost Tales of Ga'Hoole has a cameo as an Masked Owlet trying to impress Nyra. Madame Plonk is seen in a choir when Otulissa takes Soren & Gylfie around the tree.
- Ezylryb doesn't go missing in the movie. This was possibly done to avoid time constraints.
- Otulissa and Strix Struma are Short-eared Owls in the movie even though they are Spotted Owls in the books.
- Strix Struma and Bubo have much smaller roles in the movie. This was likely done to focus on the band.
- Ezylryb tells Soren he is Lyze of Kiel in the movie, while in the book the band never found that out until Ezylryb had gone. This was possibly done to perhaps show the viewers the contrast between the legends and real life.
- In the books, Ezylryb never participated in battles since he hung up his battle claws after his mate Lil died. In the movie, Ezylryb is quite the fighter, having fought Metal Beak in the past, but seems to show some remorse about it. This may have been done to avoid complicating the movie or to give him more screen time.
- Soren met Nyra when he was just an owlet in the movie. In the books, Nyra doesn't appear until The Siege.
- In the movie, all the Guardians fly off to fight Metal Beak. In the book, only the Chaw of Chaws goes. This could have been done to make the Pure Ones be seen as more dangerous.
- Due to Kludd and Metal beak being different owls, Soren's duel is different in the movie. In the book, Soren sets Metal Beak's mask on fire. In the movie, Metal Beak flies in to kill Soren while he is on the ground, but he flies into the burning branch Soren has in his talon, dying instantly. In The Siege an unnamed sooty owl died the same way.
- In the movie, Grimble stated that his family was held hostage by the Pure Ones, while in the book, the St. Aggie's owls were impressed with his fighting skills and permitted him to visit his family three times each year. Although in both cases his family was threatened, as the St. Aggie's owls said they would hunt them down should they flee.
- In the movie, both Kludd and Soren have begun branching, but in the book, it is only Kludd. This may have been done to portray them as close siblings.
- In the movie, there wasn't a Great Downing. This may have been done to avoid controversy and accusations of promotion of child abuse or because the Pure Ones and St. Aggies' Owls were associated.
- Digger is transformed from being serious and deep-thinking in the books to an eccentric, high-strung jokester. This may have been done for comic relief.
- In the film, the Pure Ones immobilize the Guardians by setting flecks on them. In the books, this never happened with the exception of Ezylryb. This may have been done to portray the Pure Ones as cunning.
- Noctus and Marella were killed prior to The Rescue. In the movie, they go to the great tree at the end and greet Soren after he comes back from St. Aggie's. Considering the movie was particullarly aimed at children, this may have been done to avoid a negative reaction.
- There is a slipgizzle for the Pure Ones in the tree named Allomere, but in the books it was Dewlap, only difference is that Allomere chose to join the Pure Ones to gain power.
- In the book, Eglantine is a fully fledged owl when she is brought to the tree, but in the movie Eglantine is always a hatchling. This was likely done in order to have a main child character.
- In the movie, the owls were soldiers or pickers at St. Aggie's. In the books, there were no soliders and more jobs than picking flecks. This may have been done to minimize complications.
- In the books, Nyra is not almost complety white with black eyes, but in the movie she is almost completely white with the exception of a red mark on her forehead with pale tan, brown and buff coloured markings on her wings and back, and she towers over other Barn Owls, and does have blue eyes with hazel around the pupils that flash red on occasion. This is impossible in reality. This may have been done to distinguish her.
- When Ezylryb was known as Lyze of Kiel, in the books he didn't have anything to do with Metal Beak. Kludd wasn't even born yet.
- In St. Aggie's in the movie, the owls just stood in lines for moon blinking. In the books they did a sleep march and stood in circles. The former method was probably due to simplicity.
- In the movie, Twilight wasn't bragging about him learning in "the Orphan School of Tough Learning." Considering the movie was rated PG, it is possible the "Orphan School" remarks were excluded during production to avoid controversy .
- In the movie Gylfie, Twilight, and Digger said nothing about their families. This was likely done to avoid complicating the story, although Flick is seen being killed by the bats in a deleted scene.
- In the movie, it only took one night for owls to be perfectly moon blinked. In the books, it took several nights. This was probably a result of how time consuming the latter method is.
- In the movie, there was presumingly no moon scalding chamber. This was possibly done due to contrainsts.
- In the movie, Soren and Gylfie escape from St. Aggie's quickly, but in the books it took longer. This was likely due to time constraints.
- In the books, Digger was injured because he was attacked by a mob of crows. However, in the movie, when the band was crossing the Sea of Hoolemere, Digger's wings froze solid in a snowstorm, causing him to fall.
- In the movies the Pure Ones trained non-Tytos, but in the books, they shunned them (although in the thirteenth book, Nyra promotes a Burrowing Owl named Tarn to second-in-command).
- In the movie, nest-maid snakes didn't act as tables at the tree. Instead, there were platforms around the tree for eating. This may have been done to avoid controversy.
- In the book, Strix Struma is an elderly owl, almost as old as Ezylryb. But in the movie, she appears to be much younger.
- In the movie, Ezylryb states that all the owls of the tree know that he is Lyze of Kiel. In the books, however, only Octavia and the band knew.
- In the movie, Lyze of Kiel led the Guardians against Metal Beak. In the books, Lyze of Kiel is from the Northern Kingdoms and had nothing to do with the Guardians. Also, the War of the Ice Claws in the book is shortened to the Battle of the Ice Claws in the movie. This was possibly done to avoid a rather implausible century-long nature war, or perhaps was the decisive final battle of the War.
- In The Journey there is an owl that has no name, and agrees to go with Bubo and Dewlap to find clues of the Barred Owl's death. Possibly Allomere is the owl with no name, but isn't the traitor.
- In the movie, all Pure Ones wore masks. In the books, only Metal Beak wore one. This was likely done to portray them as villainous.
- In The Capture, Jatt and Jutt were killed by the band. In the movie, the owls only battle the Pure Ones later. Considering the violence of the fight, this may have been done for rating reasons or perhaps time constraints.
- In the books, Jatt is jealous of Jutt, while in the movie, they are quite friendly to each other. This may have been done to avoid suggesting internal strife amongst them or constraints.
- There is no battle with a bobcat. This was likely cut due to the violence of the fight, which could have gotten the film a PG-13 rating.
- It is possible that Allomere is actually Elvan, as they are both Great Grays.
- There is no harp guild in the movie. This was likely done to focus on the battle.
- However, Madame Plonk is seen singing in a choir. Furthermore, in an exclusive extra in the blue-ray version, as Soren goes through the chaws there is the 'harp guild' listed.
- In the books and in real life, male owls are smaller than females, but it shows that Barran is smaller than Boron, Nyra is smaller than Metal Beak, and Noctus and Marella are the same size. This may have been done due to the average viewers having limited knowledge about owls. Plus it could be considered "Politically incorrect".
- In the books, the band and Otulissa are already in chaws before the battle, though the chaw might have been when Soren was sent into a twister. If so, Gylfie and the other members of the band weren't in the same chaw. This may have been to avoid complications or perhaps the result of time contrainsts.
- Soren and the band are made Guardians at the end of the movie, while in the books they are made Guardians in the prologue of The Burning. This was probably done due to time constraints.
- Allomere mentioned the Western Kingdoms of being his. In the books, there was no mention of them.
- In the movie, Eglantine had come to the Great Ga'Hoole Tree moon blinked, while in the books, she came stone-stunned along with the rest of the owlets in the Great Downing.
- In the books, Strix Struma was a ryb of navigation. In the movie, she appears to be in charge of a fighting chaw known as "Strix's battle chaw." This may have been done due to time constraints.
- In the beginning of the movie, when Eglantine is gazing at a picture of the Great Ga'Hoole Tree, the picture is identical to the illustration of the tree in the books.
- Oddly, the Pure Ones moon blink only owls that aren't related to Tytos, however, owls such as Jatt, Jutt, and Grimble, Long-eared and Boreal Owls, are not moon blinked, showing as they still have their free will.
- It is possible that Jatt, Jutt and Grimble, being responsible for capturing owlets, were not moonblinked due to the need for them to being able to think, while the pickers that were moonblinked had a relatively simplistic job in comparison and thus could be moonblinked without consequence.
- In an interview with Zack Snyder, he states that, since the movie/books take place in a world in which humans are extinct, you can see the Statue of Liberty in the beginning of the movie if you look closely.
- During the montage at the tree, Twilight is the one playing "To the Sky."
- It was Bill Hunter's (Bubo) final film before he died on May 21, 2011.
- Allomere is (possibly) the only owl that has slate grey eyes. This is less than logical, because real great grey's have yellow or ember colored eyes. Also, he; just the other owls has a very suave way of moving his eyes and head around. This isn't technically possible as real owl eyes are embedded into their skulls.
- In the movie, Kludd and Soren fall out of the tree, when in The Capture Soren is the only one to fall.
- When first taken to St. Aggie's, Soren is still covered in down in The Capture, but in the movie he is fully-fledged.
- When Soren and Kludd fall out of the tree, a tasmanian devil attacks them. However, tasmanian devils aren't even mentioned in the books. This may have been done to explain how Jatt and Jutt found them.
- Twilight was given a lute in the movie when he doesn't have one in the books.
A video game of the same name was released September 14, 2010. It is available for Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Nintendo DS, and Wii.
- “There hasn’t been anything specific around a second Legend of the Guardians at this stage. We have discussions with Warner Bros. across a range of projects; we have projects in development with them, as well as projects in development outside of Warner Bros. Legend… lines up alongside all the projects we have, in terms of what’s the most attractive, commercial proposition to do next.”
- -Zareh Nalbandian in an enterview with Encore
According to Animal Logic's CEO, Zareh Nalbandian, there have no discussions for a sequel to Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole at this point.
Jim Sturgess and Ryan Kwanten have both said in interviews that they would reprise their roles as Soren and Kludd if a sequel was ever made. In the same interview, director Zack Snyder also stated that he currently isn't working on the sequel.
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- ↑ Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole Movie Reviews and Pictures
- ↑ Zareh Nalbandian talks Animal Logic's future films
- ↑ Telling the Epic Legend of the Guardians