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Valiant

4 out of 5 stars 91 customer reviews

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A comedy-adventure tale of a brave-but-undersized pigeon named Valiant, who dreams of joining the elite Royal Homing Pigeon Service (RHPS), and serving crown and country during World War II. Despite his small stature, Valiant's ambitions are enormous as he keeps a stiff upper beak and endures rigorous training in preparation for a dangerous mission to deliver vital messages to troops behind enemy lines.With a shortage of wingpower in the royal fleet due to increased attacks by a brigade of vicious enemy falcons, the mission falls to Valiant and the unlikely heroes of "Squad F" to try and save the day.With a wing and a prayer, Valiant and his fine feathered pals fly into harm's way and prove that it's not the size of the wingspan that counts, but the size of the spirit.

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A host of great British thespians, from Ewan MacGregor to John Cleese, lend their voices to Valiant, a computer-animated bird's-eye-view of World War II. Valiant (MacGregor, Big Fish, Down With Love), though but a small pigeon, is determined to join the homing pigeon brigade and do his part to help win the war. He and a handful of other misfits are assembled into a motley squad and suddenly find themselves thrust into combat with the responsibility of delivering a crucial message. Unfortunately, the villainous Von Talon (Tim Curry, The Rocky Horror Picture Show), a Nazi falcon, intends to tear them to feathers over the English Channel. Aside from some delightful voice work from Ricky Gervais (The Office) as a filthy but cunning pigeon, there's not much to recommend about Valiant. The story is clunky, cliche-ridden, and underdeveloped; the design is charmless and inexpressive; the characters are so generic that even a cast as talented as Jim Broadbent (Topsy-Turvy, Iris), Hugh Laurie (House), and John Hurt (1984, The Elephant Man) can do little to make them anything but bland stereotypes from a long-exhausted movie genre. Overall, poorly conceived and clumsily executed. --Bret Fetzer

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  • Actors: Ewan McGregor, Ricky Gervais, Tim Curry, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Laurie
  • Directors: Gary Chapman
  • Writers: Story By George Webster, George Webster, George Screenplay By Jordan Katz
  • Format: Widescreen, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Unknown), Spanish (Unknown)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment / Disney
  • DVD Release Date: December 13, 2005
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BITUVG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,794 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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I've read some of the worse reviews here and frankly I'm tired of those people who expect every animated film that comes out to live up to the adult-friendly nature of Shrek or The Incredibles. If you want that kind of film then by all means go put your Shrek, Shrek II or whatever you love the most in the DVD player and watch it over and over again because you'll never be happy with anything else.

The animation here is actually quite good, the plot is simple and easy to understand: young go-getter wants to make good for his country and he and a motley crew of fellow homing pigeons go to enemy lines to retrieve information that can change the outcome of the war. Yes it's formulaic and easy to predict what will happen, but it's enjoyable nonetheless.

Ewan McGregor is a little vocally hyper but acceptable as the pipsqueeky, small-in-stature but but tall-in-character Valiant. John Cleese does his usual brilliant, dry British humor shtick as a senior homing pigeon caught behind enemy lines. Tim Curry hams it up as usual as the evil ring-leader falcon. But my favorite characters were the highbrow, putting-on-airs humor of Hugh Laurie's Lofty and Ricky Gervais' hilarious, ill-bred but heart-of-gold Bugsy. I really laughed out loud with their lines, more than any other point in the movie.

I read a review elsewhere that says this film is aimed more at "older folks" and spoofs WWII movies of years gone by, but my 3-year old daughter loves this film!

And some have said it's too short, but I think it's the perfect length for youngsters to watch. Having seen it about 20 times in the last two weeks I'm not bored with it at all.
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I don't really understand the lukewarm reaction to this film, as I found Valiant to be an excellent animated film. The story is both interesting and compelling, the voice actors do a great job, there's plenty of comedy from start to finish, and I thought the animation itself was quite good. There's too much emphasis these days on high-tech, fancy animation - sure, it can be very cool, but a cartoon with a good story and wonderful characters doesn't need the fanciest new animation. In fact, a good story can get lost in too much CGI wizardry, and I for one like a more traditional look. I don't mean to say the animation here is simplistic because it's not; it's just not as fancy as some viewers apparently wanted it to be. This isn't The Matrix; it's a movie-length cartoon.

The setting is 1944. With World War II still raging, the Royal Air Force Homing Pigeon Brigade, having suffered extensive losses delivering important messages to and from enemy lines, is looking for a few good pigeons. Valiant (voiced wonderfully by Ewan McGregor) is determined to leave the nest and prove himself, especially if it means serving alongside heroes such as the celebrated Gutsy (Hugh Laurie). No one thinks he can make it (he's not even "yea" high, for one thing), but he's determined to prove everyone wrong and do his part in the fight for freedom. Arriving in London, he meets up with a smelly old con pigeon named Bugsy (Ricky Gervais), who sort of accidentally signs up for service alongside him. They both fit right in to the band of misfits who make up Squadron F (Lofty, the intellectual, blue-blood and two brothers sporting more brawn than brain).
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Finally they made a movie that REALLY is for KIDS! I thought that this movie was SO cute and kept my 4 boys entertained - without the VERY inappropriate ADULT content that is usually in "kids" movies.

to the other reviewers who that that this movie was dumb-

No, this movie is probably not a movie that adults will want to watch over and over again- but I am sure that your kids will - and that's who the movie is for right?
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I am a huge fan of British humor. As a Canadian, I feel a little more in tune with the British way of life, and I think that's why Valiant was so funny.

Firstly, Ewan McGregors performance in Valiant was a thousand times better than his lacklustre performance in that peice of Fox trash, Robots.

The inclusion of Ricky Gervais, still hot off his BBC series "The Office", which is now a successful NBC program, was a good choice. His attitude for the supporting role was just what the film needed. Add in John Cleese, Jim Broadbent and Tim Curry, and you have a grade-A BRITISH film. I feel it didn't hit well with "foreign" audiences, as much as it did in the UK.

Top that off with a pathetic marketing campaign, it's no wonder it didn't do well.

Now, as for any dissident critics? Meh, they're de-sensitised by Dreamworks and Fox right now, who feel they can just pop out a CGI movie every 6 months and still wow an audience.

Valiant is a good family film dealing with subjects that children never can grasp though film without being horrified.
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