The Story: When two owl brothers are kidnaped and taken to be the slaves of an evil owl king, one brother resists this tyranny while the other brother works to win the favor of his captors. The good brother escapes with a friend, and they set out to find the legendary guardian owls who defeated the evil king in the past. As the good brother learns how to better fight back against the forces of evil, his treacherous brother is surrendering more and more to the darkness, and they will meet again in the war that’s coming.
The story has a few holes, but nothing that ruins the film. While the Owl City song that randomly pops up in one scene felt out of place, it is quickly forgotten after its awkward appearance. The ending demands a sequel, but due to the box office failure of this film, a sequel is unlikely to be made. Perhaps mainstream viewers were not quite ready for a serious, rather than goofy, anthropomorphic animal world, but those who appreciate animal fantasy and fantasy in general will find much to like.
Content Overview: It’s a bit more violent and scary than most animated family films I’ve seen, so parents should be aware of that. Aside from some political correctness, the film has a surprisingly good worldview.