* AngstWhatAngst: [[spoiler:When Soren and Eglantine reunites with their parents at the end, said parents don't seem to care at all that Kludd is missing, if they even ''notice''. ]]
* AnimationAgeGhetto: Many Creator/ZackSnyder fans tend to show indifference towards this movie, refusing to watch it just because it was animated.
* AwesomeMusic: While it wasn't made specifically for this film, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnJOH5PImrw The Host of Seraphim]], played when [[spoiler:Soren flies through the forest fire to ignite an oil lamp and destroy the fleck-based mechanism]]. And for the trailer we have [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTMrlHHVx8A Kings and Queens]].
%%** "[[Music/OwlCity To the Sky]]", especially.
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* BrokenBase: Is this a good/decent film loosely based on a book series, or a really bad adaptation?
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* GeniusBonus: Digger, who speaks with an Australian accent like most of the band, becomes accepted as a guardian and therefore a soldier with the rest of the band at the end of the film. So in Aussie slang that would make him a Digger Digger. [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Who digs. ]]
* MoralEventHorizon:
** Kludd moonblinks his baby sister, which is essentially zombifying her. Seriously, dude, NOT [[{{Pun}} Ka HOOLE!]]
** Nyra crosses it we she manipulates the above owl into her own {{Tykebomb}}.
** As for Metalbeak, trying to kill Ezylryb in front of Soren.
* NightmareFuel: The movie is chock full of it, including: [[spoiler: Allomere]] getting dragged off by vampire bats, the bats themselves, the Battle of the Ice Claws (Deleted Scene), [[spoiler: Kludd]] falling into a raging fire [[HellIsThatNoise while screaming in terror]], [[BrainwashedAndCrazy the moonblinked owlets]], etc. Really, it's surprising that the movie doesn't have a HONF page yet.
* SoOkayItsAverage: Despite the drop-dead gorgeous animation of the film, it suffers from the narrative trying to tell an epic story akin to ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' in the span of roughly 90 minutes, which ultimately just falls flat and leaves it as more of a ClicheStorm instead, which is probably why it's not remembered much.
* TastesLikeDiabetes: [[spoiler:The ending borders on this as it really goes its lengths to describe how perfect everything is, and how Soren and his friends were crowned Guardians over night even though it was earlier narrated how such a position took ''years'' to strive for.]]
* TearJerker: [[spoiler:Eglantine [[BreakTheCutie getting moonblinked]].]]
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: The film was ''not'' well received by fans of the book for its multitude of changes, like [[spoiler:Kludd and Metalbeak being split into 2 characters]], Nyra showing up despite only appearing in book 4 onwards (due to the film taking the plot of the first 3 books), turning Digger and Twilight into comic relief, several characters from the books missing, or having their species changed, missing key locations from the books, and certain characters being saved/killed off when they weren't in the books. [[http://duckyworth.deviantart.com/journal/DT-LOTG-Owls-of-Ga-Hoole-2010-REVISITED-396728950 Duckyworth]] would become one of the most prominent (and vicious) critics towards the film. (Heavy spoiler warning for the first 3 books and the film in the outgoing link.)
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: A "PG"-rated film by Creator/ZackSnyder (the man who brought you ''Film/ThreeHundred'' and ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'') with [[spoiler:owls clawing and slashing each other apart, characters dying, bats tearing apart owls, impalements...]] And yet, it was aimed to kids.