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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 »
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 ... 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 ... Le sentencieux (voice)
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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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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Alternate Versions

An English-dubbed version was released under the title "The Curious Adventures of Mr. Wonderbird." The voice cast included Peter Ustinov (Mr. Wonderbird), Claire Bloom (the Shepherdess) and Denholm Elliott. See more »


Edited into The King and the Mockingbird (1980) See more »

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A GREAT animated film, out of total obscurity
27 March 2005 | by tostinatiSee all my reviews

As a life-long animation fan, I have to confess I had never heard of this film until stumbling on it today. Where? Well, incredibly, this is one of those films that a certain large U.S. retailer has up next to their checkout for a buck a DVD. While watching, I had the feeling, like the other reviewer here, that this film is an obscure masterpiece that has been uncovered. I hope it gains wider exposure and appreciation. The quality of the animation is smoother than that of Uncle Walt from this time, in spots. But I won't take the Disney parallel too far; the character of the animation is not only unlike Disney, but wholly one of a kind. Peter Ustinov, ever the delightful mimic and master of accents and inflections, hams the voice of Mr. Wonderbird in grand style.

The only thing left now, besides your making it out to the store to pick up this baby while you can, is to campaign the Criterion Collection, KINO or some other prestige house to restore Mr. Wonderbird to passable condition, or at least get a really clean print out on DVD. (The cheap transfer I got has the sound missing all through the credits, for the first few seconds of the film, and erupts in sound abruptly only once the title character appears from behind some stage curtains. Beyond this irritating flaw, I'll count my blessings and be thankful to have discovered this great film at all.)

Ten stars.

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French | English

Release Date:

29 May 1953 (France) See more »

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Color | Color (Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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