Of all the birds, mammals, reptiles, and insects in nature’s creation, I have to say that owls would be among the last ones I’d think to build an animated fantasy/adventure around. They strike me as being singularly inexpressive creatures, even if they can crane their necks almost as far as young Regan in “The Exorcist.”

True, Pixar has shown you can make way-better-than-decent films about even inanimate objects more than once. This isn’t Pixar, however. It’s director Zack Snyder (“300,” “Watchmen“) taking his first foray into family fare with an adaptation of the first three books in a popular young adult fantasy series. Overall, especially after taking a look at the excerpts below, I share the mixed feelings of Topless Robot’s resident wiesenheimer Rob Bricken re: “Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’hoole,” but in the spirit of fair play, I’ll let Snyder try to explain why this movie will be cooler-than-cool and made of awesome.