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Valiant (2005)

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At the height of World War II, a tiny wood pigeon enlists in the elite Royal Homing Pigeon Service to serve Britain, as the fearsome General Von Talon (Tim Curry) and his deadly squadron of falcons patrol the English Channel. Is he a war-hero in the making?

Director:

Gary Chapman

Writers:

George Webster (story), Jordan Katz (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ewan McGregor ... Valiant (voice)
Ricky Gervais ... Bugsy (voice)
Tim Curry ... Von Talon (voice)
Jim Broadbent ... Sergeant (voice)
Hugh Laurie ... Gutsy (voice)
John Cleese ... Mercury (voice)
John Hurt ... Felix (voice)
Pip Torrens ... Lofty (voice)
Rik Mayall ... Cufflingk (voice)
Olivia Williams ... Victoria (voice)
Jonathan Ross ... Big Thug (voice)
Brian Lonsdale Brian Lonsdale ... Toughwood (voice)
Dan Roberts Dan Roberts ... Tailfeather (voice)
Michael Schlingmann ... Underlingk (voice)
Sharon Horgan ... Charles De Girl (voice)
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Storyline

Set in 1944, Valiant (Ewan McGregor) is a woodland pigeon who wants to become a great hero someday. When he hears they are hiring recruits for the Royal Homing Pigeon Service, he immediately sets out for London. On the way, he meets a smelly, but friendly pigeon named Bugsy (Ricky Gervais), who joins him, mainly to get away from clients he cheated in a game of find-the pebble, and helps him sign up for the war. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Lord of the Wings. See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Al Pacino was considered for the role of General Von Talon. See more »

Goofs

The German falcons wear "Pickelhauben" (pointed helmets) which were worn during WWI not WWII. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Lofty: [seeing Valiant & Bugsy] For a, quote, 'elite unit', unquote, they seem to be letting in anything with wings
[to Bugsy]
Lofty: , including those flies circling your bottom.
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Crazy Credits

No animals were harmed in the making of this film, including Dennis. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Friday Night with Jonathan Ross: Episode #13.14 (2007) See more »

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Horse & Hound
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Absolutely Beautiful Visuals, But Story Needed More Humor
8 January 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

I can see where this Disney animated feature film really never made it big-time. It offers some really good things but overall, it just isn't funny enough to be a hit.

It certainly has the visuals to be a smash. Man, this is a beautiful film. The colors are bold and brilliant, scene after scene. It's a visual feast. For that reason alone, I give it seven "stars."

Some of the humor is funny and very clever, but not enough of it. The story is a takeoff on old World War II films which kids will never "get." Too much of the gags involve slapstick as one of the pigeons flies into a wall or falls down, making a loud noise or that "Bugsy" belches and farts a lot. That happens frequently and wears thin fast. The laughs come more with the subtle stuff.

Story-wise, it's the usual little guy or misfits-being-heroes story, so common in films. Valiant is the little pigeon who really shouldn't even be in the Royal Homing Pigeon Service because he's too little, but he gets in, along with his aforementioned smelly friend "Bugsy" and then inspires everyone while also wooing a pretty nurse.

Once again, though: hats off to the artists. This is one beautiful-looking animated movie.


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Official Sites:

Disney [United States]

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 August 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,914,722, 21 August 2005

Gross USA:

$19,478,106

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$61,746,888
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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