Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (2010)
There is no way I'm going to remember the title of this. I'm just calling it the Owl movie. Anyway, I wasn't excited to see this, but it was the choice of my three youngest. Turned out to be in 3D, so it was our first 3D movie in a theater! I'm actually kind of impressed with the 3D stuff, although it's a pain to wear the 3D glasses over my regular glasses.
So, it's a nice-looking movie and the story's okay, though there are elements of other famous movies therein, like the mentor's voice telling the main character to "use his gizzard" (I'm not kidding) in pretty much exactly the same way Obi Wan tells Luke to use the force. And at least once, flying owls looked and sounded like those famous battle ships from Star Wars. But for a kid movie that features owls, it was pretty good. Also, the owls looked very much like owls, with several different species represented, in spite of their human expressions. I'm considering having the kids look up different owl species as a follow-up school assignment.
I'd also like to acknowledge that there was a song by Owl City featured. Get it? Ha ha! Owl City! Singing in a movie about owls! Maybe it was irresistible. To the movie's credit, though, there was a pretty cool scene that featured The Host of Seraphim by Dead Can Dance. Okay, so there are lots of movies with Lisa Gerrard's incredible vocals these days, but that doesn't mean I want it to stop. (The video I linked to is kind of hokey--and not by Dead Can Dance--but you don't have to watch; just listen.)
Oh, and the closing credits were quite beautiful.