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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 (Sir Peter Ustinov) 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 (Sir Peter Ustinov) 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 movie was never completed. Production began in 1948, but Producer André Sarrut showed this movie unfinished in 1952, against Director Paul Grimault's wishes. This caused production to stop. In 1967, Grimault got possession of this movie and was able to complete it under a new title, The King and the Mockingbird (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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Wonderful Film! Available Cheap! Very Cheap!
26 June 2007 | by krasnegarSee all my reviews

I just picked this up in a decent if not outstanding DVD version for one dollar at Wal Mart.

Run out and buy it.

I'm fairly sure that this version is the short, incomplete version released against the animator's wishes in the late Fifties, but even so, at a buck it's an *incredible* bargain.

This film was syndicated in small chunks as a serial to local TV stations in the early 60s for the kid's shows that almost every station ran on weekday afternoons in those days - "Mr Bill and Bozo", "Monty's Gang" (Channel 4, Greenville SC) and "Captain Grady" (channel 13, Asheville NC - which is where i saw it). It made such an impression on twelve-or-so-old me that i immediately recognised it when i spotted it in Wal Mart tonight and grabbed it.

Wonderful. You should get it.

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