First Images from Zack Snyder’s LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS

     March 3, 2010

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The first images from director Zack Snyder’s animated film, Legend of the Guardians (formerly titled Guardians of Ga’Hoole), are now online and they’re a hoot.  Because the movie features owls.  And owls are known for making a “hooting” sound.  Moving on, USA Today has a first look at the film and describes it as a cross between Watership Down (good) and The Lord of the Rings (also good).  Here’s their synopsis:

The film, based on the first three books of Kathryn Lasky’s series, follows Soren (voiced by Jim Sturgess), a young barn owl who is kidnapped by the owls of the St. Aegolius Academy for Orphaned Owls, or St. Aggie’s. The academy is supposed to be an orphanage, but instead it brainwashes its pupils into becoming soldiers who will ultimately clash with the wise, peaceful owls of Ga’Hoole.

The books are aimed at children but have adult and historical themes, such as wars meant to mirror Normandy Invasion and the ancient Battle of Thermopylae (aka, the battle in Snyder’s 300).  USA Today focuses on how Guardians will be a less violent film than Snyder’s previous three, but they do not explore how much speed-ramping will be used.  The trailer, which is attached to Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, may answer that question.  Hit the jump to check out five images from the film, each pertaining to a different character.

Each image is followed by USA Today’s description because they know what they’re talking about and my descriptions would boil down to “This owl is wearing a hat,” and “This owl enjoys drawing other owls.”  You can also click on each image to see a larger version.


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