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Edmund is a boy whose favorite story of Chanticleer, a rooster whose singing makes the sun rise every morning until the Grand Duke of Owls, whose kind despises the bright sun, makes him ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Narrator / Patou (voice)
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Chanticleer / The King (voice)
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Snipes (voice)
Kathryn Holcomb ...
Dory - Mother
Toby Scott Ganger ...
Edmond
Stan Ivar ...
Frank - Dad
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Scott - Edmond's Brother
Jason Marin ...
Mark - Edmond's Brother
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Grand Duke (voice)
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Peepers (voice)
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Stuey (voice)
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Hunch - Duke's Nephew (voice) (as Charles Nelson-Reilly)
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Goldie (voice)
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Pinky - The Manager (voice)
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Dory - Mother
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Storyline

Edmund is a boy whose favorite story of Chanticleer, a rooster whose singing makes the sun rise every morning until the Grand Duke of Owls, whose kind despises the bright sun, makes him look like a fraud. With Chanticleer driven from his farm, the owls put it under a spell of perpetual darkness and rain. As Edmund's own farm floods, he calls to Chanticleer, only to summon the Duke himself who transforms him into a kitten to devour him. Rescued by Chanticleer's former friends Patou the hound, Snipes the magpie and Peepers the mouse, they go on an adventure to the city where the rooster had gone and became a great singing rock star! Written by Grifter Wolf

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sun | owl | farm | rooster | rain | See more »

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The rousing, rollicking adventure of the world's first rockin' rooster!


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Release Date:

3 April 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amigos inseparables  »

Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$11,657,385 (USA)
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Trivia

The Grand Duke's Owl Minions have names including Urek, Fred, Furrow, Blue, Vertigo, and Varek. Urek is the tall brown owl, while Fred is the purple owl, Furrow is the salmon-pink owl with a military-style haircut, Blue is the tall blue owl, Vertigo is the short bearded gray owl, and Varek is the short brown owl with ponytail, wearing a green cape and headband. However their names are never mentioned in the movie. They were played by the voices of T.J. Kuenster (Who also was the songwriter, one of the writers, musicians and music producer of the movie and soundtrack itself. And who has also been known and popular for being Glen Campbell's (voice of Chanticleer) Keyboardist, Musical Director and Musical Conductor for his band), Jim Doherty, John Drummond, and Frank Kelly. But during the scenes when The Grand Duke and his Minions are singing "Tweedle Te Dee" and "The Owls' Picnic", they were played by the voices of still T.J. Kuenster but this time with T. Daniel Hofstedt, Scott Caple, Mark Swan and Kevin Gallagher. See more »

Goofs

It's established that Chanticleer's crowing causes the sun to rise every day. But, early on in the movie, the sun rises without Chanticleer's crowing. And after he leaves shamed, it stays dark and begins to rain eternally. Later the sun rises again after Chanticleer returns to crow, with no explanation as to why the plot seemingly contradicts itself. See more »

Quotes

Patou: Chanticleer, you've gotta crow, and you gotta crow now!
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Featured in The Nostalgia Critic: Rock-A-Doodle (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Sink or Swim
Sung by Ellen Greene
Written by T.J. Kuenster
Arranged and Produced by T.J. Kuenster
Executive Music Producer: Shopan Entesari
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Could have been so much better!!
1 April 2006 | by (US) – See all my reviews

First off, I have to say that I really like the idea of Rock-a-Doodle. The basic story of the rooster having to save his farm from eternal darkness and rain by crowing the sun up could have made for such a great movie. But I feel that, as it was, it wasn't nearly as good a movie as it could have been.

A huge part of my problem with this movie was the main character, Edmund. This kid/cat is so darn annoying. His speech impediment got very old very fast, and it just felt like he was trying way too hard to sound cute. Also, as another reviewer pointed out earlier, he belabored to death the fact that he was "too little" to do pretty much anything, which became irritating.

It was also bothersome that this movie couldn't decide whether it wanted to be a full-blown musical or not. The Chanticleer/King songs were fine, because they were part of the whole singing rooster story. But it seemed that the other random songs were pretty unnecessary. The owls' songs were bad enough, but did they really feel the need to have the bit with the bouncer toads' song?? These random musical numbers felt like they came out of some particularly bad Gilbert and Sullivan operetta. If they really wanted to make this movie a musical, they needed to have some real full-length songs instead of those short musical snippets given to the villains.

But by far, my biggest problem with this movie is that it's just not very good at storytelling. It was fine that Patou (Phil Harris in his last role!) narrated the story. However, at times, they relied too much on the narration to tell us things instead of showing us. This is especially true in the whole Goldie subplot. Patou told us that a) Goldie was a lot smarter and nicer than she seemed at first and b) that she was really falling for Chanticleer although she was only supposed to fake it. It really would have helped Goldie's character development if there had been scenes where she was gradually acting smarter and nicer. And the movie would instantly have been better, I believe, if there had been a scene showing the moment where Goldie knew that she was in love with Chanticleer for real instead of just having narration. As it was, it felt like Goldie was just tacked onto the movie so that Chanticleer could have a love interest.

There's a good movie somewhere in Rock-a-Doodle. And I won't deny that it was a special part of many people's childhoods. However, for the reasons above (as well as others I don't care to bore you with), it just didn't live up to that potential, and turned out to be just another mediocre-to-bad kids' movie.


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