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Rock-A-Doodle (1991)

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In order to defeat the Grand Duke of Owls, a young boy transformed into a cat teams up with a group of barnyard animals to find a rooster who can raise the sun.

Directors:

Don Bluth, Gary Goldman (co-director) | 1 more credit »

Writers:

Don Bluth (story), John Pomeroy (story) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Phil Harris ... Narrator / Patou (voice)
Glen Campbell ... Chanticleer / The King (voice)
Eddie Deezen ... Snipes (voice)
Kathryn Holcomb Kathryn Holcomb ... Dory - Mother
Toby Scott Ganger Toby Scott Ganger ... Edmond
Stan Ivar ... Frank - Dad
Christian Hoff ... Scott - Edmond's Brother
Jason Marin Jason Marin ... Mark - Edmond's Brother
Christopher Plummer ... Grand Duke (voice)
Sandy Duncan ... Peepers (voice)
Will Ryan ... Stuey (voice)
Charles Nelson Reilly ... Hunch - Duke's Nephew (voice) (as Charles Nelson-Reilly)
Ellen Greene ... Goldie (voice)
Sorrell Booke ... Pinky - The Manager (voice)
Dee Wallace ... Dory - Mother
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Storyline

Edmund is a boy whose favorite story of Chanticleer, a rooster whose singing makes the sun rise every morning until the Grand Duke of Owls, whose kind despises the bright sun, makes him look like a fraud. With Chanticleer driven from his farm, the owls put it under a spell of perpetual darkness and rain. As Edmund's own farm floods, he calls to Chanticleer, only to summon the Duke himself who transforms him into a kitten to devour him. Rescued by Chanticleer's former friends Patou the hound, Snipes the magpie and Peepers the mouse, they go on an adventure to the city where the rooster had gone and became a great singing rock star! Written by Grifter Wolf

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The rousing, rollicking adventure of the world's first rockin' rooster!


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G | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Ireland | UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rock-A-Doodle 3D See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$11,657,385
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In 1984, Don Bluth attempted to secure the film rights to the Walter Wangerin Jr. novel "The Book of the Dun Cow," which was a loose adaptation of Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Nun's Priest's Tale," but those rights fell apart when Wangerin insisted that the film be exactly like the book. Bluth admitted that if they went with Wangerin's demands, the resulting movie would have been 10 hours long. Bluth and company subsequently decided to adapt Chaucer's story themselves, and the result was this film. See more »

Goofs

It's established that Chanticleer's crowing causes the sun to rise every day. But, early on in the movie, the sun rises without Chanticleer's crowing. And after he leaves shamed, it stays dark and begins to rain eternally. Later the sun rises again after Chanticleer returns to crow, with no explanation as to why the plot seemingly contradicts itself. See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator: Once upon a time, back before I knew how to tie my shoes, the sun came up. Now, I know an everyday sunrise may not seem like such a big deal to some folks. But, imagine for a moment: if instead of rising up like this one morning where you lived, she took a look around and decided to go back to sleep. It happened once to us. Let me tell you all about it.
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Alternate Versions

For the Spanish release of the film, the cartoons were dubbed in Latin Spanish and the humans in Castilian Spanish. For a re-release in South America all the humans were re-dubbed to Latin Spanish. See more »


Soundtracks

We Hate the Sun
Sung by Christopher Plummer
Written by T.J. Kuenster
Arranged and Produced by T.J. Kuenster
Co-Produced by Nikki Moss
Executive Music Producer: Shopan Entesari
Backing Vocals: T.J. Kuenster, Jim Doherty, John Drummond,
and Frank Kelly
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Could have been so much better!!
1 April 2006 | by sngbrd39See all my reviews

First off, I have to say that I really like the idea of Rock-a-Doodle. The basic story of the rooster having to save his farm from eternal darkness and rain by crowing the sun up could have made for such a great movie. But I feel that, as it was, it wasn't nearly as good a movie as it could have been.

A huge part of my problem with this movie was the main character, Edmund. This kid/cat is so darn annoying. His speech impediment got very old very fast, and it just felt like he was trying way too hard to sound cute. Also, as another reviewer pointed out earlier, he belabored to death the fact that he was "too little" to do pretty much anything, which became irritating.

It was also bothersome that this movie couldn't decide whether it wanted to be a full-blown musical or not. The Chanticleer/King songs were fine, because they were part of the whole singing rooster story. But it seemed that the other random songs were pretty unnecessary. The owls' songs were bad enough, but did they really feel the need to have the bit with the bouncer toads' song?? These random musical numbers felt like they came out of some particularly bad Gilbert and Sullivan operetta. If they really wanted to make this movie a musical, they needed to have some real full-length songs instead of those short musical snippets given to the villains.

But by far, my biggest problem with this movie is that it's just not very good at storytelling. It was fine that Patou (Phil Harris in his last role!) narrated the story. However, at times, they relied too much on the narration to tell us things instead of showing us. This is especially true in the whole Goldie subplot. Patou told us that a) Goldie was a lot smarter and nicer than she seemed at first and b) that she was really falling for Chanticleer although she was only supposed to fake it. It really would have helped Goldie's character development if there had been scenes where she was gradually acting smarter and nicer. And the movie would instantly have been better, I believe, if there had been a scene showing the moment where Goldie knew that she was in love with Chanticleer for real instead of just having narration. As it was, it felt like Goldie was just tacked onto the movie so that Chanticleer could have a love interest.

There's a good movie somewhere in Rock-a-Doodle. And I won't deny that it was a special part of many people's childhoods. However, for the reasons above (as well as others I don't care to bore you with), it just didn't live up to that potential, and turned out to be just another mediocre-to-bad kids' movie.


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