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Valiant -- A pigeon becomes a hero in the Royal Air Force Homing Piegeon Service.
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Release Date:
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Set in 1944, Valiant is a woodland pigeon who wants to become a great hero someday. When he hears they... See more » | Add synopsis »
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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 ... Toughwood (voice)
Dan Roberts ... Tailfeather (voice)

Michael Schlingmann ... Underlingk (voice)

Sharon Horgan ... Charles De Girl (voice)
Sean Samuels ... Jacques (voice)
Buckley Collum ... Rollo (voice)

Annette Badland ... Elsa (voice)
Harriet Jones ... Barmaid (voice)
Harry Peacock ... Recruiting Officer (voice)
Corin Mellinger ... Wing Pigeon (voice)
Gary Chapman ... Pigeon Officer (voice)
Curtis Augspurger ... Pigeon Guard (voice)
Mike Harbour ... Little Thug (voice)

Michael Jenn ... Messenger Pigeon (voice) (as Mike Jenn)

Heidi Fecht ... Saucy Pigeon (voice)
Robert Lence ... 'Tweet' Pigeon (voice)
Ali Dowling ... Additional Voice (voice)
Chris Fairbanks ... Additional Voice (voice)
Rupert Farley ... Additional Voice (voice)
Dan Flynn ... Additional Voice (voice)
Kristopher Milnes ... Additional Voice (voice) (as Kris Milne)
Stephen Pacey ... Additional Voice (voice)
James Dale Robinson ... Additional Voice (voice)
Emma Tate ... Additional Voice (voice)

Directed by
Gary Chapman 
Writing credits
George Webster (story)

Jordan Katz (screenplay) and
George Webster (screenplay) and
George Melrod (screenplay)

Produced by
Curtis Augspurger .... co-producer
Eric M. Bennett .... co-producer
Neil Braun .... executive producer
Buckley Collum .... co-producer
Keith Evans .... executive producer
Tom Jacomb .... line producer
Robert Jones .... executive producer
Ralph Kamp .... executive producer
Marci Levine .... associate producer
Barnaby Thompson .... executive producer
John H. Williams .... producer
Original Music by
George Fenton 
Cinematography by
John Fenner 
Film Editing by
Tiffany L. Kurtz (co-editor) (as Tiffany Hillkurtz)
Jim Stewart 
Casting by
Celestia Fox 
Production Design by
John Byrne 
Art Direction by
Carl Jones 
Production Management
Imke Fehrmann .... production supervisor
Chad Hammes .... unit production manager
Jan Hirota .... production manager
Kristen Hudecki .... production team
Michael Solinger .... post-production supervisor
Art Department
Julius Aguimatang .... storyboard artist
Derek Carter .... layout designer
Nathan Chew .... storyboard artist
Daisy Church .... intern
Michelle Dabbs .... storyboard artist
Cam DeLeon .... visual development
John Dorman .... storyboard artist
Tom Hester .... sculpture
Brendan Houghton .... lead storyboard artist
Tim Lawrence .... sculpture
Robert Lence .... storyboard artist
Brynne Orloski .... art department production coordinator
Michael G. Ploog .... head storyboard artist
Neil Ross .... visual development
Hank Tucker .... lead storyboard artist (as Henry Tucker)
Colette Van Mierlo .... layout designer
Art Vitello .... lead storyboard artist
Colin White .... storyboard artist
Al Zegler .... storyboard artist
Bruce Zick .... set designer
Sound Department
Nigel Bennett .... sound mix technician
Robert Bourke .... sound effects editor
Wayne Brooks .... sound effects editor
Peter Burgis .... foley artist
Matthew Collinge .... supervising sound editor (as Matt Collinge)
Colin Cooper .... voiceover recordist
Mike Dowson .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Edwards .... adr mixer
Robert Farr .... foley mixer
Nick Foley .... adr recordist
Nigel Heath .... foley mixer
Gert Janssen .... dubbing editor
Alex Joseph .... additional sound designer
Michael Maroussas .... sound effects editor
David Peacock .... sound engineer
David Peacock .... voice recordist
Rob Prynne .... assistant sound effects editor
Danny Sheehan .... supervising sound editor
Dave Sloss .... foley recordist
Ted Swanscott .... adr mixer
Mark Taylor .... sound re-recording mixer
Nick Watson .... sound consultant: Dolby
Rik Elliott .... sound editor (uncredited)
Pedro Van der Eecken .... sound recordist (uncredited in Dutch version)
Visual Effects by
Terence Alvares .... digital compositor
Paul Amer .... rigging supervisor
Shigeki Ao .... lead modeller
Christine Arboit .... effects technical director
Marco Barbati .... rigger
Miles Bellas .... look development artist
Ali Bernard .... 3D character Fixer
Philip Borg .... digital artist
Virginie Bourdin .... lighter
Robert Bourgeault .... technical director/lighting
Ron Brinkmann .... computer graphics supervisor
Nicolas Bruchet .... lighter
Laurie Brugger .... character modeller/rigger
James Butler .... digital compositor
Kevin Campbell .... digital artist
Cyrille Caron .... layout artist
Martin 'Smoke' Carroll .... senior character animator
Cyril Frederick Chu .... texture painter
Dan Copping .... layout technical director
Pearse Cullinane .... matte painter
Tom Cushwa .... modeling supervisor
Olly Davis .... modeller
Robert Deas .... cloud technical director
Gareth Dinneen .... compositor: Vanguard Animation
Ben Dishart .... shading artist
David Dulac .... lead lighter
Leif Einarsson .... character rigger
Steven Elford .... layout artist
Steven Elford .... model maker
Luca Fascione .... pipeline engineer
Jonathan Flack .... technical director: lighting and rendering
Zachary Franks .... modeller
Jacqueline Gordon .... rigging development
Karen Halliwell .... rigger
Christian Hipp .... effects technical director
David Hirst .... layout artist
Graham Hopkins .... supervising technical director
Uel Hormann .... 2D supervisor
Gray Horsfield .... computer graphics supervisor
Lorea Hoye .... compositing coordinator
Ken Mitchel Jones .... effects technical director
Steven Anthony Khoury .... lighter
Tom Kluyskens .... CG fluid effects technical director
Neehar Kohli .... modeller
Daniel Kohn .... compositor
Eric Kuehne .... lead lighting technical director
Paul Kulikowski .... digital compositor
Zoe Lamaera .... digital compositor
Jason Lazaroff .... technical director
Danny Lei .... character modeler: Vaguard Animation (as Chun-Ta Lei)
Bjorn Liljequist .... lighting technical director
Kevin Lombardi .... character modeller
Steve Madsen .... shading artist
Daniel Martin Peixe .... character animator
Tony Matthews .... CG and matte painting coordinator
Nathan McConnel .... character animator
Nathan McConnel .... compositor
Rodney J. McFall .... character supervisor
Andrew McPhillips .... lighter
Rebecca Melander .... texture artist
Quentin Miles .... lead animator
Marlon Montgomery .... 3D coordinator
Saybian Morgan .... effects technical director
David Antonin Mucci .... supervising lighting technical director
Rolf Muetze .... lead lighter
Jan Natarajan .... look development (2004)
Paul Oakley .... modeler
Thomas Pastor .... lighter
Rob Pizzey .... digital colourist: One Post [gb]
Christel Pougeoise .... character animator
Richard Purdum .... animation director
Justin Rae .... layout artist
Alireza Razmpoosh .... visual effects animator
Donald Reich .... senior layout artist
Robert Rioux .... effects technical director
Sean Samuels .... matte painter
Leo Sanchez .... lead modeller
Rick Sander .... digital artist
Matt Schofield .... matte artist
Matt Schofield .... matte painter
Andrew Schwartz .... senior compositor: Film Finisher
Priyes Shah .... lighting technical director
Daniel Smollan .... render wrangler
Mohamed Sobhy .... shading technical director
Richard Stay .... matte artist
Richard Stay .... matte painter
Jamie R. Stewart .... character effects technical director
Andre Thomas .... shading artist
Tony Thorne .... lead animator
Ray Van Steenwyk .... lead animator
Frantz Vidal .... character animator
Romain Villemaine .... character animator
Mark Wallman .... digital effects artist
Jo Walls .... animation technical director
David Woodland .... matte painter
Lisa Woodland .... digital compositor
Hidetaka Yosumi .... software engineer
Mohand Zennadi .... lighter
Camera and Electrical Department
Marco Barbati .... rigger
Animation Department
Tohru Patrick Awa .... character designer
Julia Bordeau .... lead texture artist
Simon Carlile .... junior animation technical director
Matthew Clubb .... lighting artist
Olly Davis .... fix animator
Brian Eyre .... animator
Jim Feeley .... character developer
Guillaume Herent .... animator
David Krentz .... character developer
Martin Lanzinger .... animator
Franck Laurin .... animator
Paul Lee .... animator
Nathan McConnel .... character animator
Abraham Meneu Oset .... character animator
Stuart Messinger .... animation production coordinator
Quentin Miles .... lead animator
Claus Pedersen .... animator (as Claus N. Pedersen)
Andres Puente .... character animator
Tom Roth .... animator
Michael Schlingmann .... lead animator
Nicolas Seck .... animator
Emil Simeonov .... lead animator
Simon Sonnichsen .... animator
Alan Sperling .... lead animator
Siouxsie Stewart .... animation management
Scott Swan .... checking supervisor
Anders Thonell .... character animator
Ray Van Steenwyk .... lead animator
Alexis Wanneroy .... animator
Ralph Zondag .... character developer
Casting Department
Vanessa Baker .... adr voice casting
Brendan Donnison .... adr voice casting
Editorial Department
Matt Adams .... digital intermediate producer
Bryan Atkinson .... assistant editor
Stefanie Boose .... editorial coordinator
Hermione Byrt .... first assistant editor
Carrie Holecek .... digital intermediate producer: Technicolor DI
Paul Jones .... digital intermediate manager
Eric Lake .... first assistant editor
George Missor .... epk assistant editor
Timothy Peeler .... digital film colorist (as Tim Peeler)
Rob Pizzey .... digital film colorist
Michael Rostker .... assistant editor
Briana Ryan .... editorial manager: Los Angeles
Nicholas Siapkaris .... additional editor
Liz Webber .... additional editor
Samantha Welland .... post-production coordinator
Music Department
Geoff Alexander .... orchestrator (as Geoffrey Alexander)
Peter Clarke .... music editor
George Fenton .... conductor
Janice Graham .... orchestra leader
Jake Jackson .... score recordist
Steve Price .... music recording engineer
Patrick Savage .... musician
Bill Silcock .... music preparation
Other crew
Johnathan Abbott .... intern
Philip A. Brown .... intern (as Phil Brown)
Neil Chatterjee .... software developer
Daisy Church .... intern
Marisa Dean .... assistant: Mr. Augspurger and Mr. Collum
Venecia Duran .... assistant: Mr. Williams
Venecia Duran .... script supervisor
Florentino Fernández .... voice dubbing: Bugsy (spanish version )
David Fowler .... head of systems administration
José Luis Gil .... voice dubbing: Mercury (spanish version )
Pauline Hume .... title designer: end titles
Harriet Jones .... assistant: Mr. Jacomb
Natalie Kavanagh .... production assistant intern
Amar Koeri .... systems administrator
Ramón Langa .... voice dubbing: Von Talon (spanish version )
Paco León .... voice dubbing: Valiant (spanish version )
Sherin Mahboob .... intern
Nichola Martin .... assistant: Mr. Thompson
Hannah Mole .... intern
Richard Morrison .... title designer
Manne Ohrstrom .... developer
Jon Parker .... intern
Jeremy Pelzer .... studio director
Martin Poyner .... production assistant
Liz Roberts .... layout and modelling manager
James Rose .... systems administrator
Mathew Selby .... lead software engineer
Sterling Sheehy .... intern
Bill Stevens .... production accountant
Samantha Steyns .... production coordinator
Richard Underwood .... systems administrator
Salim Zayat .... software developer
Sarah Counnas .... thanks
Dominic Glynn .... thanks
Matthew Hampton .... the producers wish to thank
Phil Hay .... thanks
Matt Manfredi .... thanks
Jo Rogers .... special thanks

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76 min
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The second full-length British CGI movie, after Dominator (2003).See more »
Anachronisms: In the movie members of the French Resistance, play "Non, je ne regrette rien" sung by Édith Piaf. However World War II was over twelve years before the song was even written.See more »
[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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24 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Flight of the Pigeons: flat-out funny birds saving the day!, 30 July 2005
Author: Franck Tabouring ( from Luxembourg

'Valiant' proudly invalidates the conventional assumption that pigeons are stupid and very limited animals. In this imaginative and fast-paced British animated adventure directed by Gary Chapman, pigeons are heroic creatures stopping at nothing to serve and support their country during the hard times it faced back in the early 1940's, during World War II. The outcome of the dramatic war literally "lies in the wings" of the pigeons, as they help the Allied Forces develop strategic plans by bringing them confidential messages from the French resistance.

Meet Valiant (voiced by Ewan McGregor), a little, hyperactive and vivacious pigeon from the British countryside, whose big time dream is to join the highly esteemed Royal Pigeon Service, a military unit training volunteers as "pilots" and message carriers to facilitate communication between the Allied troops. After reassuring his worried mother that he will do just fine out there on the battlefield, Valiant leaves his home for the RPS recruitment office in London, where he immediately makes the accidental acquaintance of a chubby and clumsy street pigeon named Bugsy (Rick Gervais).

After enrolling and meeting the rest of the team, Valiant and Bugsy are brought to a military base where they have to put up with a merciless Pigeon Training Sergeant (Jim Broadbent), who guides them through a hard-hitting and strenuous training. Although it seems at first as if Valiant were not qualified for the job, his strong determination nevertheless provides him with the required strength to keep on. Soon after follows the day of his first big mission, which consists out of picking up an important message from the French. Only, none of the new "pilots", including Valiant, are fully trained yet to embark the dangerous operation…

Although it may at first sound like your ordinary 3-D animated family film about a bunch of cgi-animals trying the impossible to save the world, 'Valiant' is quite a different, and above all, new experience. It is solid fun for everyone, and finally an animated action-comedy again that provides enough innovation and an appealing, never-before-seen premise. First of all, the story is set in 1944, shortly before the end of the war, which is rather an unusual period of time for a computer-generated kid-flick. Second, the film also creatively emphasizes on how pigeons helped the armies establish better communication with partners or allies.

Also, 'Valiant' clearly diverts us from our standard, negative view of pigeons: the plot shows that a pigeon is not that dumb an animal after all. The "freedom" pigeons in the movie are smart and speedy, courageous and hilarious. The hero of course, is little Valiant, who works very hard to become really big. He values friendship and teamwork, and always comes up with a clever plan when the situation abruptly aggravates. And the situation does indeed get tricky, because shortly after Valiant and co. fetch the targeted message, they are followed by General Von Talon, a deadly and vicious falcon who tries to intercept the valuable "package"…

Diversity is one of the positive words that can be used to best describe 'Valiant': from the opening on, en route for the big finish, the plot is loaded with a lot of fun, suspenseful twists and a globally refreshing sense of humor. The pigeon training, for instance, is a first highlight: instead of using miniature iron weights, Valiant and his compatriots use apples. As dormitories, they use tin cans, and in order to defend themselves against potential enemies, they are trained how to attack with their beaks. The second part of the movie features more action and suspense, as Valiant and Bugsy track down General Von Talon in order to retrieve their message and free a captured pigeon.

With its feature length of only 75 minutes, 'Valiant' is almost too short, giving us the impression that some of the sequences are a little rushed or just too easy. If Valiant for instance, got into more threatening trouble, the plot would have been filled with even more suspense, and some additional, intriguing complexity. Then again, the filmmakers did a very inspiring job on the character development. Besides Valiant, the little one with big plans, Bugsy is another adorable figure, since he will eventually discover that having a true friend is more important than acting on your own. Therefore, the messages are crystal clear.

Sweet faces, vibrant pursuits, an action-packed showdown between good and evil, a considerable amount of slapstick, and lots of flat-out funny dialogues and satisfying effects; these are all elements contributing to the considerable atmosphere of this overall entertaining summer movie. Furthermore, at the end of the screening I attended, I heard a little spectator yelling: "Mom, Valiant was the best one, and the coolest!" Considering that such films indeed intend on turning their main characters the heroes of the audience, I'd say: pigeon mission accomplished! (Grade: B-)

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