Soren (Jim Sturgess), a young Barn Owl, lives in the Tyto Forest with his family: his father, Noctus (Hugo Weaving); his mother, Marella (Essie Davis); his older brother, Kludd (Ryan Kwanten); his younger sister, Eglantine (Adrienne DeFaria); and Mrs. Plithiver aka Mrs. P (Miriam Margolyes) the family’s nest maid, a kindly blind snake. Soren enjoys listening to the ‘Legends of Ga’Hoole,’ which are mythical tales of warrior owls called the Guardians who fight against the evil faction of owls that call themselves the Pure Ones. Kludd berates his brother’s dreams, having grown tired of listening to the stories about the Guardians. When their father teaches them the first steps to flying, Kludd becomes jealous of Soren’s natural branching ability. Later, when practicing branching while their parents are hunting, Kludd pushes Soren off a branch which forces them both to fall to the ground. Not strong enough to fly back into the tree, they are attacked by a Tasmanian devil but are quickly saved, and then kidnapped, by two owls, Jatt (Leigh Whannell) and Jutt (Angus Sampson).