Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

Synopsis: Soren, a young barn owl, is kidnapped by owls of St. Aggie's, ostensibly an orphanage, where owlets are brainwashed into becoming soldiers. He and his new friends escape to the island of Ga'Hoole, to assist its noble, wise owls who fight the army being created by the wicked rulers of St. Aggie's.
Director(s): Zack Snyder
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  4 wins & 23 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
97 min

My talons are upon you!

Your days of terrorizing

the owl kingdoms are over!

Not so fast! You're no match

for my army of Evil Ones.

Ha, ha! Well, perhaps.

- But I am Lyze of Kiel.

- Soren, but...

And I have assembled my own army,

the Guardians of Ga'Hoole!

But, Soren...

We've sworn an oath to make strong the

weak, mend the broken, and vanquish evil!

Eglantine, what is it?

Soren, this time you said

I would be Lyze of Kiel.

Oh, come on. Look, next go, all right?

Well, I hope you're not lying...

...to Metal Beak!

Got you!

My beak. Da.

Okay. Enough, young owlets.

Time for bed.

Yes, please.

Enough stories about the Guardians.

Now, Kludd, stories are part

of our culture and our history.

We learn from them.

Even after the 7ooth time

we hear them?

Yes, even then. Unless, son, you

already know all there is of our history.

I know the Guardians win.

- Soren, is just a story.

- It is not!

Here we go again.

I mean, Da, have you ever seen

a Guardian?

Kludd, just because you can't

see something doesn't mean it isn't real.

Is like feeling something

with your gizzard.

You know, through our gizzards...

...the voices of the ages whisper to us

and tell us whas right.

Now, thas enough for one night, dear.

Tomorrow's a big day.

Is first branching.

- Now, off to bed.

- Now, come along, children.

I've made the moss and down

extra soft for you, Eglantine.

Soren, do you really think

Metal Beak is real?

You remember,

it was the Battle of the Ice claws.

The Guardians were outnumbered.

Things looked dark.

But then Lyze of Kiel...

...struck down the leader

of the evil owls.

The Guardians were victorious.

The owl kingdoms were free once more.

And then they returned home,

to the Great Tree of Ga'Hoole.


But some say the evil king still lives...

...and wears a metal mask

to hide his missing beak.

Stop! You're gonna give her daymares.

But this is my favorite part.

I know. We've heard it a thousand times.

You have a soft head, Soren.

I think Da has filled it

with stories and dreams.

There's nothing wrong with dreams.

Thas the difference between us.

I have mine when I'm asleep.

Now would you just go to sleep?


...Da says our dreams are who we are.

- So as I was... Kludd, wait!

- No!

Look, Da!

I'm gonna be the best flier.

Thas because Tytos are best

at everything.

Right, Da?

You have strength, Kludd. But owls make

the best hunters for one reason alone.

Yeah, I know. Their silent flight.

By the time I have my claws out...

The mice will have run away. And you

and your hatchlings will go hungry.


I'm ready.

Young Guardian...

...I don't think your first branching lesson

will be that dangerous.

Now, don't worry how much noise

you make in the beginning.

You just need to stretch your...


Well done.

Beginner's luck.

You know, Kludd, it helps when

I picture where I'm gonna land.

Come on, I'll race you!

Okay. Go!

Yeah, you had a head start.

- No, I didn't!

- Yeah, you did. Da, he cheated.

Boys. No more fighting.

- Les get the boys inside. Is time to go.

- Can we come with you on the hunt?

Not tonight. But when the time comes,

at least you'll have the helmet for it.

- Nice helmet.

- Get off!


Do it again. Say it again.

Noctus, I know Soren's a bit of a dreamer.

Do you worry for him?

I worry for both of them.

Seems like yesterday

they were hatchlings...

...and now, well, you know, they'll

soon be grown and leaving the hollow.

I just want them to be prepared.

They'll be fine.

Come on.

Eglantine, are you all right?

Oh, is all right, dear.

If it wants to come out, let it.

Thas it, dear. Thas it. Keep going.

Oh, is going to be beautiful!

- There you go.

- Eg, hat is gross!

Quite an achievement.

- What is it?

- Is your first pellet.

First? You mean there'll be more?

Don't you recognize it, Eg?

It was the mouse you ate.

Its fur and bones, anyway.

Every owl yarps up pellets.

In fact, I think I might have

your brothers' first pellets.

- No, no.

- Maybe you'd like to see them?

- No. Oh, Mrs. P, not again. Please.

- Oh, come on, dear.

Such a big night for this tree.

First branching, first pellet.

Excuse me.

Kludd, do you want to go out

and try some more branching?

What? So you can go out there

and show off again?

I don't think so.

Oh, maybe you're right.

Maybe we should just...

...I don't know, stay inside

and play Battle of the Ice claws again.

Kludd? Could I just show you how?

Without you being so angry?

All right. Show me how.

Well, before I leap...

I picture myself standing on a great cliff

with the Guardians, ready for battle.

We leap down,

floating silently like Lyze of Kiel.

- The air's just carrying us as we...

- Thas enough!

Kludd, are you okay?

Oh, no.

We're on the ground.

We can't be here. Is... Is...

This is the worst place for an owl.

Yeah. No, no. Is weird down here.

No. We gotta get back. We can't be here.

You know, if we could just make it

to that branch.

Then we could climb our way up.

Yeah, here, les see.

Shh! Quiet!

What was that?



Kludd! Kludd!

Where are you taking us?

But our home's that way.

You can't do this!

Keep your mouth shut,

or I'll shut it for you.

- Whad you think, Jutt?

- The "I'll shut it for you" part?

No, not that. My evil stare.

Been working on it for weeks.

Oh. I missed it. Les see.


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