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Sylvain Chomet (scenario)
David Freedman (dialogue)
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27 May 1998 (France) See more »
While American popcorn-eating tourists wobble around Paris and pigeons are too fat to fly, a starving French gendarme is desperate for food... See more » | Add synopsis »
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James Pidgeon ... (voice) (as Jim Pidgeon)
Michoue Sylvain ... (voice)
Andrea Usher-Jones ... (voice)

Directed by
Sylvain Chomet 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sylvain Chomet  scenario
David Freedman  dialogue
Alan Gilbey  dialogue

Produced by
Pascal Blais .... associate producer
Didier Brunner .... executive producer: Europe
Didier Brunner .... producer
Michel Dutheil .... executive producer: Europe
Bernard Lajoie .... executive producer: Canada
Bernard Lajoie .... producer
Jean-Yves Martel .... executive producer: Canada
Colin Rose .... executive producer: BBC
Original Music by
Jean Corti 
Film Editing by
Chantal Colibert 
Hélène Girard 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Denis Roy .... assistant director
Art Department
Sylvain Chomet .... storyboard artist
Nicolas de Crécy .... background artist
Evgeni Tomov .... assistant background artist
Sound Department
Michel B. Bordeleau .... supervising sound editor
Gavin Fernandes .... sound re-recording mixer
Sid Lieberman .... foley artist
Sylvie Masse .... sound editor
Sylvain Richard .... assistant sound editor
Visual Effects by
Eric Bolté .... visual effects coordinator
Denis Roy .... visual effects supervisor
Animation Department
Michel Bernard .... inbetween artist
Michel Carbonneau .... animator (as Carbo)
Mario Carmel .... assistant animator
Sylvain Chomet .... animation director
Sylvain Chomet .... animator
Serge Cicerone .... animator
Nicolas de Crécy .... background artist
Paul Desmarais .... inbetween artist
Christian Dion .... inbetween artist
Alain Dumais .... computer animator
Simon Dupuis .... assistant animator
Marisol Gagnon .... inbetween artist
Gérard T. Goulet .... animator
Jens Hahn .... animator
Daniel LaCroix .... assistant animator (as Daniel J. Lacroix)
Yat Chi Lau .... inbetween artist (as Yatchi-Lau)
Félix Lavallée .... inbetween artist
Pénélope Paicheler .... assistant animator
James Pidgeon .... inbetween artist (as Jim Pidgeon)
Kirk S. Sandiford .... inbetween artist
Joseph Siddiqi .... inbetween artist
Marc Simard .... inbetween artist
Somboun Souannhaphanh .... animator
Michel Therrien .... inbetween artist
Other crew
Claire Dame .... production coordinator

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Also Known As:
"La vieille dame et les pigeons" - Canada (original title)
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France:25 min | UK:21 min | Argentina:25 min

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
delightfully grotesque, 20 December 2004
Author: didi-5 from United Kingdom

This wonderfully dotty short film from the creator of Belleville Rendez-vous, Sylvain Chomet, really is fantastic. It has an original storyline - a starving gendarme, some greedy fat pigeons, a pigeon-obsessed lady, and some wild dancing.

The animation puts its grotesque characters (which put me in mind of the drawings of Gerald Scarfe) into a world all of their own, where the gendarme fantasises about food, is irritated by pigeons, and eventually dresses up as one of the birds himself to continually visit the old lady for slap-up meals.

'The Old Lady and the Pigeons' is the epitome of bad taste cartoons, a darkly fun half-hour in the company of skewed figures and warped minds.

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