Legends of the Guardians – The Owls of Ga’Hool are Fashion Forward

29 Sep

Legends of the Guardians – The Owls of Ga’Hool are Fashion Forward

Writer/director Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) isn’t exactly known for his hilarious, whacky sense of humor so I don’t know what else I was expecting, but his new animated 3D family-flick Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hool is awfully stuffy.

The epic spectacle is based upon a series of fantasy adventure novels about Soren, a young barn owl who’s birdnapped and forced into a life of military servitude. Not that the story lends itself to comedy, but a little feather-light levity (ala Charlotte’s Web, The Lion King, or Toy Story 3) would have been welcome. Grave and heavy from start to finish, Legends of the Guardians doesn’t really take flight until the glorious battle scene at the end.

Fortunately, the animation is absolutely breathtaking and the 3D immersion is organic to the narrative — the flights, fights, and even the quiet moments are stunning. Also, they’re ultra-realistic. At the red carpet premiere, Warner Bros. brought out Twilight, a European Barn Owl, and I have to say seeing him just before the screening really added to my enjoyment of the animators’ attention to detail. There’s not a pinfeather out of place.




Hm, coincidence or calculation? The premiere was just across the street from HOOTERS.


The voice cast of Legends of the Guardians is also excellent across the board. The main character Soren is played by Jim Sturgess, and the young actor hold his own with the likes of Dame Helen Mirren, Geoffrey Rush, and the ever-eminent Sam Neill (who got a real kick out me mentioning his work in Possession, when I interviewed him on the red carpet! Check out the video, below). Overall, the movie is solid but it just didn’t work for me. (I’m holding out for Sucker Punch!)

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Since my mind is always taking flights of fashion fancy, I wore my owl ring to the premiere.


But someone on the red carpet was even more owl-obsessed than me: check out her cool purse!


Here are some more owl-inspired fashions I found online.










2 Responses to “Legends of the Guardians – The Owls of Ga’Hool are Fashion Forward”

  1. Terrence Kelsey September 29, 2010 at 2:28 PM #

    I wasn’t aware that Zack Snyder had directed this until a few days ago. I only knew about SUCKER PUNCH. It’s good to see he is versatile with his visual storytelling.

    Seems like you read my mind. I was gonna ask if you mentioned POSSESSION to Sam Neill. 35 years to play that part, eh? Well, he did get his start playing the Son of the Devil in THE FINAL CONFLICT:OMEN III!

    Cool, pics. I seriously dig owls (and eagles) a LOT!!!! I used to visit a wounded owl at this animal shelter by my Mom’s place in San Rafael.

    • stacilaynewilson September 29, 2010 at 2:35 PM #

      Really? I wish I had time to help at a wild animal rescue, since I miss my own pets so much. But of course, the reason I gave them away was due to (drum roll, please) lack of time! So, I know I won’t do it, but I was seriously thinking about helping injured bats after seeing the bats in in Singapore. I lovelovelove bats! Owls are neat, too. I used to have a resident barn owl when we had the horses.

      As for Sam Neill, he was really stunned at first, then bemused. Well, so… it wasn’t exactly the most apropos thing to mention in connection to this movie, BUT – I’ll bet I’m the only reporter who mentioned it! (It’s hard to be unique on the press line 🙂

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