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The Curious Adventures of Mr. Wonderbird (1952)

La bergère et le ramoneur (original title)
A chimney sweep and his beloved shepherdess are aided by Wonderbird in their escape from a ruthless dictator


Paul Grimault


Hans Christian Andersen (fairy tale), Paul Grimault (screenplay and adaptation) | 1 more credit »

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Pierre Brasseur ... L'oiseau (voice)
Anouk Aimée ... La bergère (voice)
Serge Reggiani ... Le ramoneur (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Max Adrian ... The King (voice)
Roger Blin Roger Blin ... L'aveugle (voice)
Claire Bloom ... Sheperdess (voice)
Alec Clunes Alec Clunes ... The Blind Man (voice)
Etienne Decroux Etienne Decroux ... Le haut hurleur (voice)
Yves Deniaud Yves Deniaud ... Le chef de la police (voice)
Denholm Elliott ... (voice)
Joan Heal Joan Heal ... The Kitten (voice)
Fernand Ledoux ... Le roi (voice)
Frank Muir Frank Muir ... Commentator (voice)
Félix Oudart Félix Oudart ... Le sentencieux (voice)
Marcel Pérès Marcel Pérès ... Le belluaire (voice)


A chimney sweep and his beloved shepherdess are aided by Wonderbird in their escape from a ruthless dictator

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French | English

Release Date:

29 May 1953 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Curious Adventures of Mr. Wonderbird See more »

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Color | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film was never completed. Production began it in 1948, but producer André Sarrut showed the film unfinished in 1952, against Paul Grimault's wishes. This caused the production to stop. In 1967, Grimault got possession of the film and was able to complete it under a new title, _Le Roi et l'Oiseau_ (1980). See more »


SheperdessLe ramoneur: Mr Bird! Mr Bird!
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Edited into Jimmy, the Boy Wonder (1966) See more »

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Best five bucks I ever spent
23 February 2005 | by spikeeva01See all my reviews

Heard about this film a long while ago and finally found it on ebay for five bucks. I wasn't expecting much but wow, was I ever surprised. It's a story of a boy and girl in love trying to escape an evil king who wants the girl for himself and takes place in a huge castle, reminds me of ICO for PS2 because some shots gave you a sense of vertigo.Sounds pretty standard but this movie is insane! It's hard to believe such an original animated feature was made in 1952. Also, the king was probably one of the creepiest character's I've seen in a long time, with a feminine walk, weird eyes (usually crossed), and a soft but scary voice. The only problem I had with the film was that the boy and girl had no personality and hardly even any lines except for calling for mr. wonderbird (A large talking green bird)to save them. The animation was fantastic in most areas but some cells were missing from some scenes which sucked. It's incredibly original with flying police and giant mechs and even laugh out loud funny at times, it's a real shame this is such an obscure title because it's really a good film. Check it out sometime.

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