The first images have been released for Zack Snyder’s upcoming CGI, 3D feature Legend of the Guardians formerly known as Guardians of Ga’Hoole. The movie will feature a talented voice cast led by British actor Jim Sturgess, that includes Sam Neill, Geoffrey Rush, Hugo Weaving, Emilie De Ravin, Abbie Cornish, and many more. The first photos from the movie look amazing, take a look…

Legend of the Guardians is based on the first three books of Kathryn Lasky’s series, Guardians of Ga’Hoole. It follows Soren (Sturgess), a young barn owl who is kidnapped by the owls of the St. Aegolius Academy for Orphaned Owls, or St. Aggie’s. The academy is supposed to be an orphanage, but instead it brainwashes its pupils into becoming soldiers who will ultimately clash with the wise, peaceful owls of Ga’Hoole.

Soren is enthralled by his father’s epic stories of the Ga’Hoole Guardians, a mythic band of winged warriors who had fought a great battle to save all of owl kind from the evil Pure Ones. In the newly released photos we see several of the film’s major characters including Soren, his father Noctus, and his best friend Eglantine. The images debuted over at USA Today, and according to Snyder he took on the popular children’s series specifically for his kids.

“At some point, I figured, I had to do something my kids could watch,” says Snyder, a self-professed comic book geek. “Now I’m the one into the stories and mythology.”

The first trailer for the film is expected to debut in front of this week’s Alice in Wonderland, alongside the latest for Tron Legacy.

Check out the rest of the photos over at USA Today.

What do you think of the first photos from the film? Are they impressive or disappointing?