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Valiant (2005)

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At the height of World War II, a tiny wood pigeon enlists in the elite Royal Homing Pigeon Service to serve Britain, as the fearsome General Von Talon (Tim Curry) and his deadly squadron of falcons patrol the English Channel. Is he a war-hero in the making?

Director:

Gary Chapman

Writers:

George Webster (story), Jordan Katz (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Brian Lonsdale ... Toughwood (voice)
Dan Roberts Dan Roberts ... Tailfeather (voice)
Michael Schlingmann ... Underlingk (voice)
Sharon Horgan ... Charles De Girl (voice)
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Storyline

Set in 1944, Valiant (Ewan McGregor) is a woodland pigeon who wants to become a great hero someday. When he hears they are hiring recruits for the Royal Homing Pigeon Service, he immediately sets out for London. On the way, he meets a smelly, but friendly pigeon named Bugsy (Ricky Gervais), who joins him, mainly to get away from clients he cheated in a game of find-the pebble, and helps him sign up for the war. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Some pigeons eat crumbs, others make history. See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

The main character bears the same name as the last carrier pigeon sent by Commandant Raynal from Fort Vaux on June 4, 1916, during the battle of Verdun. It arrived, deadly wounded with its message, and was given a plaque, in 1929, at the Fort, with the words "Mort pour la France". See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

No animals were harmed in the making of this film, including Dennis. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Friday Night with Jonathan Ross: Episode #13.14 (2007) See more »

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Written and Performed by Jack Johnson
Courtesy of Brushfire / Universal Records
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Better Than Expected
18 December 2005 | by JoshtheGiantSee all my reviews

The reviews on Valiant are horrible. This I find to be a big mistake, I personally loved the film, it's largest mistake is a lack of a good target audience, it is kinda a silly kids animated film with fart jokes and such, but than it has in my opinion three times as many jokes for adults about World War 2. In fact I think I may have liked it more than my brothers who are 12 and 6 did. It has some hilarious cracks on Hitler and D-Day which is usually something that I find impossible to laugh about. The short(76 minute) running time just helps the film because there are only so many jokes it can make without offending someone and it never tries to use one more than once. The plot is filled with holes but is perfect for making all the jokes. The screenplay has some good dialogue and makes all the great jokes. The voice talents are great. The film is well directed but could have been better. The film is perfectly animated.


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Official Sites:

Disney [United States]

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 August 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,914,722, 21 August 2005

Gross USA:

$19,478,106

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$61,746,888
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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