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Valiant (2005)

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Set in 1944, Valiant 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 ... See full summary »

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 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, 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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Taglines:

Featherweight Heroes. See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Disney [United States]

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 August 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vaillant, pigeon de combat! See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,096,329 (United Kingdom), 27 March 2005, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,914,722, 21 August 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$19,447,478, 6 November 2005
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Despite the short running time, the film took over two years to voice. See more »

Goofs

Valiant calls his instructor "Sir". In fact the instructor has the Rank of Flight Sergeant. You wouldn't call an NCO "Sir". You address him by his Rank (in this case Flight or Flight Sergeant). 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

References The Addams Family (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Lies & Rumors
Written by Proof (as D. Holton), Mr. Porter (as D. Porter), Swift (as O. Moore),
Kuniva (as V. Carlisle), Bizarre (as R. Johnson) and M. Chavarria
Performed by D12
D12 appears courtesy of Shady / Interscope Records
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Britishly Comical.
21 March 2005 | by cirnelle_telperienSee all my reviews

Although this may not tickle the fancy of non-Brits, Valiant is a light-hearted comical little tale (it's quite short) of an even littler pigeon with a big personality who wants to be in the RHSP as a wartime carrier pigeon. The characters are well defined and work together well with a generously simple plot. Bugsy (Ricky Gervais) is hilarious and most of the voices provided were perfect, although it would have been better if I didn't have a constant mental image of the actors while looking at their animated aliases.

Occasionally there are moments of dialogue or actions that are quite obviously meant to be funny and aren't but these are generally glazed over by silliness. A must-see for animation fans/Brits, but perhaps more laughable for the younger generation among us.


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