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

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A street smart red bird with a heavy New York accent serves as the narrator, who tries to explains why it's tough to be a bird. This edutaining animated short with documentary segments explains the common evolutionary origin of birds, how various cultures have perceived the birds throughout history, how some species have become extinct or endangered due to human activity, how people like birdwatchers or townsfolk of Hinckley, Ohio, where the annual Buzzard Day is celebrated, enjoy the birds in a friendly manner and what a monty pythonesque cutout animation collage with birds looks like.

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It's tough to be a bird!


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10 December 1969 (USA)  »

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C'est pas drôle d'être un oiseau  »

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It was the last animated short film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios to win an Academy Award, until Paperman (2012). See more »

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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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References Mary Poppins (1964) See more »

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Why isn't this available on VHS or DVD?
25 September 2000 | by (Tucson AZ) – See all my reviews

This is one of Disney's better efforts (which is quite a compliment!) This shows up occasionally on The Ink and Paint Club, but I think that Disney (and the public) would be well-served if this and some of their other shorts were released in a compilation. This is an excellent example of combining animation with live-action to create at one and the same time a cartoon and a documentary about birds that is informative and entertaining for adults and children. In fact, I have noticed more than a few cartoons that should be in-print that aren't, many of them Disney, but others as well. Highly recommended.


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