Gary Chapman (2005)

U Certificate


Our Score
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.


Computer-animated adventure following the antics of a plucky pigeon who volunteers for duty with the Royal Homing Pigeon Service during the Second World War, delivering vital messages across the English Channel and braving attacks by a squadron of ruthless Nazi falcons. With the voices of Ewan McGregor, Ricky Gervais, Tim Curry, Jim Broadbent and Hugh Laurie.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Gary Chapman
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: EntertainmentAvailable on: video and DVDReleased on: 25 Mar 2005
Drama Children's