The Owl That Roared

‘The Owl That Roared’ is a feature length animation screenplay about a giant owl who thinks he’s a lion that escapes from London Zoo and terrorises London’s bird community.


The underlying themes are about supporting your friends, being brave and not being so quick to judge people who are different.

‘The Owl That Roared’ is a tribute to the city of London and it’s multicultural community, who in this case, are represented in bird form!

London is rich with birds of all shapes and sizes, birds with distinctive personalities and originating from all around the world. Parks, ponds, forests, the River Thames and the city itself offer a rich habitat; add London zoo’s bird community to that and you’ve got a colourful collection of characters and settings.


An orphaned giant owl breaks free from his egg to find himself alone in a nest, high on the branches of a tree in the bird of prey enclosure at London Zoo. Peering out into this new world he loses his balance and falls into the neighbouring lion enclosure, landing on a pile of hay next to an outstretched lioness. The owl had never met a lion before, or an owl come to that, so he wasn’t scared and in fact was quite pleased to meet his new ‘mum’. The lioness in return was rather taken by this fearless ball of fluff, and decided not to eat him but to raise him as her own.

Time passed and the owl had grown, now a fully fledged member of the lion pride, one of the family! One day the zoo keepers noticed the little owl and for his own safety took him away and put him in a small cage next to other birds of prey. Taken from his adopted family and all alone the owl was very sad and over the years became quite mean. When his chance to escape came, he took it, flying to freedom and to the skies of London. But when a lion owl gets hungry, other birds better watch out, he’s a ruthless hunter with a mean streak!

Before long London’s bird community call a meeting to discuss how to deal with this terrible problem. They decide it’s time to make a stand and need some volunteers to step up, the only ones brave enough are four unlikely heroes… a bluetit with a nervous disposition, a Canadian goose who can’t fly straight, a little robin redbreast and a treasure mad magpie. Our heroes first have to overcome their own problems, then with the help of a wise Indian peacock and a few other friends along the way, the team embark on an adventure to save the skies.

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