Even for the most astute or open-minded moviegoer, there are few films that share less in common with 'A Mighty Heart' and 'Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole.' And yet, both of these films were written for the screen by the same person: John Orloff. But looking more deeply at the animated film, it bears many of the same qualities, not the least of which being characters who are sympathetic, driven, and idealistic, even though one is an owl, and the other is Angelina Jolie.

Cinematical recently caught up with Orloff via telephone to discuss 'Legend of the Guardians,' which is being released in theaters this weekend. In addition to talking about the challenges of adapting a book about owls into a movie for human beings, he examined the logistics of bringing the characters to life for director Zack Snyder, and addressed the idea of making a movie that was faithful to the intensity of the source material, but still manages to be family-friendly enough to attract audiences of all ages.