I want you guys to look at this poster that was released for this movie. Take a good look at it. Now tell me how that makes you want to see a movie based on a young-readers book about Owls trying to rule each others Kingdom. I don't think you can. And the reason for that is because it doesn't show that Zack Snyder made his animated directing debut with this movie.
Snyder has proven to me that he is one of the top film-makers in the industry with this movie. I was blown away by this one. In fact, though it was only last night that I watched it, I think it may be my favorite animated movie of the year. Toy Story 3 can suck it. This move was visually amazing (which was the only real thing it had going for it in the trailers, in my book) and very dark. I think this movie will end up scaring kids. Just the right amount of cute and campy with mean and edgy.
I read that Star Wars is a big influence on Snyder (who knows if it's true but I like how it sounds) and I can actually see it in parts. Part Star Wars and part Lord of the Rings. It even reminds me of Titan AE in that it's a more adult story and mood, hidden behind the animation and acceptance of a child's film. I fully recommend seeing this move. I didn't see it in 3D but I can only imagine how it would like in that and I will gladly go see it again to see it that way.