Every time – every single time – that I see a poster or an ad for the upcoming movie Rise of the Guardians, my immediate reaction is the same: “Oh, huh, they’re making a sequel to that owl movie, I guess.” Even though I have never seen said “owl movie” (which in my mind is always named The Guardians of Gool, which cannot possibly be correct), I find myself oddly excited. “This owl sequel is going to be amazing,” I say to myself.

This is followed by the realization that, upon closer inspection, Rise of the Guardians is in fact about all of the holiday mascots banding together to fight…something. Is it Krampus? I would see a movie about Krampus.

A subsequent Google search, the first of several, reveals that this movie is not about Krampus but that Guillermo Del Toro is executive producing it, for whatever that’s worth. It also apparently does not feature an appearance by Jack Skellington, which seems to me a missed opportunity, but that’s neither here nor there. The next stage I find myself in is one of inexplicable, mild disappointment. I wish there was a sequel to that owl movie. I like owls. They manage to combine whimsy with gravity in their foolish little faces, which I admire greatly. I wonder idly if anyone is working on a sequel.

Wonder, too, what it is about Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’hoole that has remained so vivid and immediate in your memory, given that it was a movie you never saw.

Google “is rise of the guardians about owls” and see that I am only one of many with the same question – a single drop in the vast ocean of people who think Rise of the Guardians (which, in fairness, has a very sequelish name – see Underworld: Rise of the Lycans for comparison) is somehow related to Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’hoole. I am not alone, I realize, other people have felt this way too; I find this profoundly reassuring.

For the first time in a long while, I feel as though I am part of something bigger than myself, and also I learn that The Guardians of Ga’hoole is based on a fifteen-part book series by someone named Kathryn Lasky. I order the first book off of Amazon, as well as the film adaptation, which has a rating of 4 out of 5 stars. A ring of endless light.

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