Legend of the Guardians

Zack Snyder is one of the most buzzed-about young directors in Hollywood. In just three films, he has developed a sleek and kinetic approach to filmmaking, which he used to full effect in adult-skewing projects like 'Dawn of the Dead,''300' and 'Watchmen' -- giving him the chance to revel in the excess violence and sexuality of a hard-R rating.

So naturally, his next movie is a PG cartoon about owls.

'Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole' is not the first time a director has stepped outside his comfort zone with a project that seemingly came from out of left field. But it doesn't make it any less weird to see Snyder's name on the poster for the most anticipated kids' movie of the past few months

Moviefone takes a look at other directors who strayed from their usual subject matter. Some were surprising treats, others never quite gelled, but they were all completely unexpected. Did we miss a director who threw a curveball? Tell us in the comments section!
The Bridges of Madison County Movie Poster
The Bridges of Madison County
PG-131995
Based on 22 critics

A moving love story about a photographer on assignment to shoot the historic bridges of Madison County.... Read More

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Kundun Movie Poster
Kundun
PG-131997
Based on 26 critics

In 1937, a two-and-a-half year old boy from a simple family in Tibet was recognized as the 14th reincarnation... Read More

For Love of the Game Movie Poster
For Love of the Game
PG-131999
Based on 31 critics

Forty-year-old pitcher Billy Chapel (Kevin Costner) is practically a dinosaur by professional baseball... Read More

The Straight Story Movie Poster
The Straight Story
G1999
Based on 32 critics

A retired farmer and widower in his 70s, Alvin Straight (Richard Farnsworth) learns one day that his... Read More

Music of the Heart Movie Poster
Music of the Heart
PG1999
Based on 33 critics

After being abandoned by her husband, depressed music teacher Roberta (Meryl Streep) lands a job teaching... Read More

Rent Movie Poster
Rent
PG-132005
Based on 35 critics

In this musical, set at the dawn of the 1990s, a group of New Yorkers struggle with their careers, love... Read More

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole Movie Poster
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole
PG2010
Based on 21 critics

A father owl's tales of the Guardians of Ga'Hoole enthrall his son Soren, but an older son scoffs at... Read More

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