Thursday, March 04, 2010


Jim here. Got a first look at LEGENDS OF THE GUARDIANS for you from Warner Bros courtesy of USA Today and the trailer from Yahoo.

I haven't gotten a good read on this movie yet. We know director Zack Snyder can make very decent movies (300, WATCHMEN, DAWN OF THE DEAD) but what can he do with a children's property? I think visually, the movie will be stunning (and the photos and trailer underscore this for me).

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.

Though the series was aimed at young adults, adult and historical themes run throughout the books. In one book, a speech is based on a World War II speech by Winston Churchill. In two others, battles are based on the Normandy Invasion and the ancient Battle of Thermopylae (which happens to be the subject of GUARDIANS' director Snyder's 2007 smash 300.)

I like what I see so far but I am wondering how the 3D will look. I hope it is subtle. Could be magical to watch - especially for kids.

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