Monday, 10 January 2011

Legend of the Guardians (2010) [* * * * *]

Some really good animated feature films coming out of Australia. First The Rescuers Down Under now this lovely heroic tale.

Two owlets are playing outside their hollow when they're kidnapped, along with many other babies. The owlnapping owls indoctrinate the babies to their own values of purity and superiority (a la nazis). They plan to train them to take over the world.

The two brothers react differently - one stays and the other resists. He takes the punishment to protect another owlet and, with help, escapes to find the guardians.

Its been given a very poor rating by RT critics which is a mystery. One possible reason could be that european and british values and humour often escape american audiences. I remember how a few american friends didn't crack a smile reading Tintin and Asterix while the rest of us were in splits. The other might be the republican 'family values' theme of all disney movies which this questions - here two brothers are on opposite sides of a war because of their choices. The story doesn't go into too many whys, like Japanese movies, which tend to frustrate american critics.

Anyway, such a good watch for anyone.:)

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