Valiant

  • U
  • Gary Chapman (2005)
  • UK / US
  • 72 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
2 out of 5

Disney, Pixar and co are not going to lose sleep over this old-fashioned CGI adventure, which draws on historical fact about the crucial role played by homing pigeons during the Second World War. Valiant (voiced by Ewan McGregor) is a country wood pigeon who follows his dream to join the Royal Homing Pigeon Service, despite his small stature. When Nazi falcon General Von Talon (Tim Curry) captures a number of his comrades, Valiant's courage is put to the test. Nothing more than technically adequate, the film never really takes off due to its clichéd, stiff-upper-lip story and lack of visual invention. The gags are pretty poor - the sexy French Resistance mouse codenamed Charles De Girl is more 'Allo 'Allo! than Memphis Belle - but Jim Broadbent's drill sergeant and Ricky Gervais's Trafalgar Square spiv at least provide some memorable bird-brained humour.

Plot Summary

Animated comedy adventure featuring the voices of Ewan McGregor, Ricky Gervais, John Cleese and Tim Curry. In May 1944, a small but courageous wood pigeon called Valiant does his bit for the war effort by joining the Royal Homing Pigeon Service. But the RHPS is suffering heavy losses owing to the ruthless Nazi falcon brigade under General Von Talen, and Valiant's squad is interrupted in its training and sent on a special mission.

Cast and crew

Cast

Valiant
Ewan McGregor
Bugsy
Ricky Gervais
General Von Talon
Tim Curry
Mercury
John Cleese
Felix
John Hurt
Sergeant
Jim Broadbent
Gutsy
Hugh Laurie
Cufflingk
Rik Mayall
Victoria
Olivia Williams
Lofty
Pip Torrens

Crew

Director
Gary Chapman

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Entertainment
Available on video and DVD
Released 25 Mar 2005
Certificate U
Categories
Childrens
Drama

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