Movie Review: Hoot

Hoot is a comedy with a serious underlying message of conservation. The kids use some questionable methods to try and save the owl colony (like releasing potentially owl-eating snakes to combat guard dogs) and confrontations between the conservationists and those who would kill the owls range from silly to over-the-top dramatic. Looking over these goofy plot conventions, I enjoyed Hoot for the most part. The owls were cute (of course), the kids were passionate about their cause, and the anti-development message was clear.

The Hoot DVD is full of extras, including short documentaries on costar Jimmy Buffet and the three young stars, backyard habitat and animals in action. The most enjoyable for me was a short piece entitled "Visit an Animal Rescue Center." Bloopers and deleted scenes are also included in the extras. The DVD has one of the cutest menu navigations I've ever seen.

I give Hoot 3.5 Goldfinches out of 5.

Upcoming Movie: Birdemic II

Ok everyone, get ready for a fall theatrical release of Birdemic II, the followup to 2010's Birdemic: Shock & Terror. The sequel, subtitled The Resurrection, is being filmed in 3D. A fun teaser trailer spoofing an Avengers post-credits scene was recently posted:

I Need A Wild Turkey!

I'm adding this to my wish list right now!!

HD video: Endangered Hawaii

Did you know that Hawaii "can rightly be called the bird extinction capital of the world"? 32 endemic bird species are federally listed as endangered. Please watch this excellent video produced by the American Bird Conservancy to learn more about bird life on Hawaii. The first third...

Bird Book Hour

Bill Thompson III of Bird Watcher's Digest discusses a few bird titles in this cute little video, including the "Hamburger Helper for your field guide." To see what book he's talking about, watch below!