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It's Tough to Be a Bird (1969)

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Part cartoon and part documentary, this film offers a humorous look at birds and the ways people perceive them.



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Complete credited cast:
Soprano (voice)
Richard Bakalyan ...
Narrator (voice)
John Emerson ...
Bird Fancier
Jim Swain ...
Bird Fancier
Ann Lord ...
Bird Fancier
Hank Schloss ...
Bird Fancier
Walter Perkins ...
Bird Fancier
Rolf Darbo ...
Bird Fancier


Part cartoon and part documentary, this film offers a humorous look at birds and the ways people perceive them.

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10 December 1969 (USA)  »

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It's Tough to Be a Bird  »

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Narrator: [flying a plane] Although we want to live a life serene and keep our feathers and our noses clean, with human population on the scene, man!
[gunshots destroy the plane as he says:]
Narrator: It is so tough... to be... a... bird!
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Let's All Sing Like The Birdies Sing - With Disney
28 September 2000 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

Winging into action, our feathered host leads us on a short flight into the world of all things avian. After learning about the vital impact - yet sad history - of our little flying friends, we are left with the inescapable conclusion that IT'S TOUGH TO BE A BIRD.

This delightful Disney cartoon, winner of the 1969 Oscar for Best Animated Short, is great fun. It is most enjoyable to see the antique film clips & to be reminded of the old birdie tunes. But beyond the laughs are some important elements dealing with bird biology & preservation.

Ward Kimball, authentic genius, master animator & one of Walt's Nine Old Men, co-authored & directed this short, infusing it with his unique brand of quirky humor. Movie mavens will spot him as the bird watcher holding the tape recorder. Richard Bakalyan does a fine job as the narrator with attitude; that's Ruth Buzzi hilariously warbling `When The Buzzards Return To Hinckley Ridge.' Give yourself a golden goose egg if you can spot Donald Duck.

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