Valiant

Valiant

Director: Gary Chapman

Cast: Gary Chapman, Ewan McGregor, Ricky Gervais, Tim Curry

     
 

Inspired by the true-life story of carrier pigeons who were trained to carry vital information for the Allied forces across the English Channel during World War II, this computer-animated adventure comedy focuses on Valiant (voice of Ewan McGregor), a wood pigeon who has volunteered to do his part for England during the war. While Valiant believes in the cause, he's… See more details below

Overview

Inspired by the true-life story of carrier pigeons who were trained to carry vital information for the Allied forces across the English Channel during World War II, this computer-animated adventure comedy focuses on Valiant (voice of Ewan McGregor), a wood pigeon who has volunteered to do his part for England during the war. While Valiant believes in the cause, he's not exactly a quick study in his training under a no-nonsense sergeant (voice of Jim Broadbent), and his new pal Bugsy (voice of Ricky Gervais), a vermin-carrying former denizen of Trafalgar Square, fares even worse in the courage department. However, when one of the key British birds, Mercury (voice of John Cleese), is captured by notorious Nazi falcon Von Talon (voice of Tim Curry), Valiant and his crew must spring into action to keep the lines of communication open in time for D-day. Along the way, Valiant also finds time to romance avian nurse Victoria (voice of Olivia Williams) and French resistance agent Charles De Girl (voice of Sharon Horgan). Produced at the British Ealing Studios, Valiant also features the voice talents of John Hurt, Rik Mayall, and Hugh Laurie.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
As characters go, carrier pigeons may not be as easy a sell to children as Woody and Buzz, Shrek, or the Madagascar penguins. But while the World War II setting may soar above the target audience’s heads, Valiant does earn its wings as a rousing adventure in which “it’s not the size of your wing span (that’s important), it’s the size of your spirit.” Like Balto, this computer-animated British feature is based on real-life animal heroics. Thirty-two pigeons, we are informed, were honored with the prestigious Dickin Medal for their efforts in delivering top-secret messages from behind enemy lines. Though small in stature, Valiant is determined to leave his mother’s nest and enlist in the Royal Homing Pigeon Service. After a bit of bumbling basic training, his misfit outfit is engaged in a dangerous mission to rendezvous with the French Resistance (the mouse division led by Charles de Girl) and avoid being captured by the evil Gen. Von Talon, who tortures his prisoners by blasting yodeling music. The top-flight voice case includes Ricky Gervais (The Office), Tim Curry, and John Cleese. Something of an odd duck, Valiant did not really get off the ground during its theatrical run, but it will fly high on DVD, where children can cheer on this pigeon “with something extra.”

Product Details

Release Date:
12/13/2005
UPC:
0786936293173
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
G
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:16:00
Sales rank:
5,701

Special Features

Closed Caption; Hilarious bloopers; Valiant Training Challenge Game

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ewan McGregor Valiant
Ricky Gervais Bugsy
Tim Curry Von Talon
Jim Broadbent Sergeant
Hugh Laurie Gutsy
John Cleese Mercury
John Hurt Felix
Pip Torrens Lofty
Rik Mayall Cufflingk
Olivia Williams Victoria
Sharon Horgan Charles De Girl
Dan Roberts Tailfeather
Harry Peacock Recruiting Officer
Corin Mellinger Wing Pigeon
Curtis Augspurger Pigeon Guard
Sean Samuels Jacques
Jonathan Ross Big Thug
Michael Schlingman Underlingk
Mike Harbour Little Thug
Michael Jenn Messenger Pigeon
Heidi Fecht Saucy Pigeon
Harriet Jones Barmaid
Buckley Collum Rollo
Robert Lence "Tweet" Pigeon
Brian Lonsdale Toughwood
Gary Chapman Pigeon Officer
Annette Badland Elsa
Alison Dowling Voice Only
Christopher Fairbanks Voice Only
Rupert Farley Voice Only
Daniel Flynn Voice Only
Kris Milne Voice Only
Stephen Pacey Voice Only
James Dale Robinson Voice Only
Emma Tate Voice Only

Technical Credits
Gary Chapman Director
Curtis Augspurger Co-producer
David J. Bennett Animator
Eric M. Bennett Co-producer
Steven Blake Animator
Neil Braun Executive Producer
John Byrne Production Designer
Martin "Smoke" Carroll Animator
Derek Carter Set Decoration/Design
Buckley Collum Co-producer
Keith Evans Executive Producer
Brian Eyre Animator
John Fenner Cinematographer
George Fenton Score Composer
Celestia Fox Casting
Guillaume Herent Animator
Jan Hirota Production Manager
Carl Jones Art Director
Ralph Kamp Executive Producer
Jordan Katz Screenwriter
Tomoyo Kyomori Production Manager
Francois Lacharriere Animator
Martin Lanzinger Animator
Franck Laurin Animator
Paul Lee Animator
Marci Levine Associate Producer
Marie Martinet Animator
Nathan Breock Mcconnel Animator
George Melrod Screenwriter
Abraham Meneu Oset Animator
Claus N. Pedersen Animator
Daniel Martin Peixe Animator
Christel Pougeoise Animator
Andres Puente Animator
Robert Jones Executive Producer
Tom Roth Animator
Nicolas Seck Animator
Shuzo John Shiota Producer
Simon Sonnichsen Animator
Jim Stewart Editor
Barnaby Thompson Executive Producer
Anders Thonell Animator
Phaze UK Sound/Sound Designer
Colette Van Mierlo Set Decoration/Design
Frantz Vidal Animator
Romain Villemaine Animator
Alexis Wanneroy Animator
Nick Watson Consultant/advisor
George Webster Original Story,Screenwriter
John H. Williams Producer
Bruce Zick Set Decoration/Design

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Valiant
1. Opening Titles [2:11]
2. The RHPS Needs You! [4:14]
3. "This Canary Will Never Sing!" [3:32]
4. Valiant Meets Bugsy [5:17]
5. "Fall In, Feather Brains!" [2:53]
6. The Interrogation [1:35]
7. In Training [5:06]
8. "Friend or Foe?" [4:04]
9. Battle for Freedom [2:26]
10. Time to Fly the Coop [2:05]
11. The Mission [3:46]
12. The Drop [3:11]
13. Charles De Girl [4:26]
14. Le Message [10:01]
15. Valiant Volunteers [3:34]
16. "Complete the Mission!" [2:46]
17. A Tight Formation [3:30]
18. "Sound the Alarm!" [3:01]
19. "I Have a Message to Deliver" [3:29]
20. End Credits [4:48]

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