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Encyclopedia > Valiant (film)
Valiant

Promotion poster for Valiant
Directed by Gary Chapman
Produced by John H. Williams
Written by Jordan Katz
Starring Ewan McGregor,
Ricky Gervais,
Tim Curry,
John Cleese,
John Hurt,
Jim Broadbent,
Hugh Laurie,
Rik Mayall
Distributed by Entertainment Film Distributors (UK)
Buena Vista Pictures (USA)
Universal Studios (NL DVD)
Release date(s) March 25, 2005 (UK)
August 12, 2005 (USA)
Running time 76 minutes.
Language English
Budget $40,000,000
IMDb profile

Valiant is a 2005 computer-animated film, which tells the tale of a group of messenger pigeons during World War II. Image File history File links Valiant1. ... Movie producer and CEO of Vanguard Animation studio. ... The Conservative Party of Canada ran a full slate of candidates in the 2004 federal election, and won 99 seats out of 308 to form the Official Opposition. ... Ewan Gordon McGregor (born March 31, 1971) (IPA pronunciation: [1]) is a Scottish actor who has had significant success in mainstream, indie and art house films. ... Ricky Dene Gervais (IPA: or ) (born June 25, 1961) is an Emmy, Golden Globe and BAFTA award-winning English comic writer and performer from Reading, Berkshire. ... Tim Curry in 2005 Timothy James Curry (born April 19, 1946) is an English actor, singer and composer perhaps best known for his role as mad scientist Dr. Frank N. Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) or as Pennywise in It (1990). ... John Marwood Cleese (born 27 October 1939) is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award winning English comedian and actor best known for being one of the founding members of the renowned comedy group Monty Python. ... John Hurt as Chancellor Adam Sutler in V for Vendetta. ... James Broadbent (born May 24, 1949) is an Academy Award-winning English theatre, film and television actor. ... James Hugh Calum Laurie OBE (born June 11, 1959) is a Golden Globe-winning English actor, comedian and writer. ... Richard Michael Rik Mayall (born on March 7, 1958 in Harlow, Essex) is an English comedian and actor. ... Entertainment Film Distributors is a company that distributes independent films in the UK for various independent production companies; but most notably, they distribute films made by major Hollywood studio New Line Cinema. ... The Buena Vista Motion Pictures Group is a collection of affiliated motion picture studios, all subsidaries of The Walt Disney Company. ... Universal Studios (sometimes called Universal Pictures or Universal City Studios), a subsidiary of NBC Universal, is one of the major American film studios that has production studios and offices located at 100 Universal City Plaza Drive in Universal City, California, an unincorporated area of Los Angeles County between Los Angeles... March 25 is the 84th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (85th in leap years). ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... August 12 is the 224th day of the year (225th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This is a list of film-related events in 2005. ... The seawater creature in The Abyss marked CGIs acceptance in the visual effects industry. ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... Homing pigeon The homing pigeon is a variety of domesticated Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) that has been selectively bred to be able to find its way home over extremely long distances. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000...


Produced by Vanguard Animation, it was distributed Buena Vista Pictures in the United States and a variety of other companies internationally. It is Britain's first computer animated feature film. Computer animation studio. ... The Buena Vista Motion Pictures Group is a collection of affiliated motion picture studios, all subsidaries of The Walt Disney Company. ... Computer animation is the art of creating moving images via the use of computers. ...

  • Tagline:
    • Some pigeons eat crumbs, others make history.
    • Featherweight heroes.

Contents

Plot

Set in 1944, Valiant is a woodland pigeon who wants to become a 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. Binomial name Columba livia Gmelin, 1789 The Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) is a member of the bird family Columbidae, doves and pigeons. ... Homing pigeon The homing pigeon is a variety of domesticated Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) that has been selectively bred to be able to find its way home over extremely long distances. ...


At camp, they meet two wisecracking burly pigeon twins, Toughwood and Tailfeather, and a regal red pigeon named Lofty. They go under serious training by Sergeant Montegue, who gives them a good workout and giving them the name squad F. While there, Valiant falls in love with the nursing dove, Victoria, who has feelings for him also.


Suddenly, the founder of the RHPS, Gutsy, informs Montegue that his troops, Squad F, have to leave for France immediately to get a message even though their training isn't finished. Their plane is shot down in France, and Valiant and company enlist the help of two French mice, Charles de Girl and Rollo, to get them into German territory and help them defeat the evil pigeon-hunting Nazi falcon general Von Talon. Valiant rescues Bugsy and Mercury from Von Talon's bunker, and in the process, gets the message back. Valiant defeats Von Talon and delivers the message. He is awarded a Dickin medal and reunites with Victoria. National Socialism redirects here. ... Species About 37; see text. ...


Reaction and Box Office

Valiant was received rather poorly by American critics, with a running total of 29% by Rotten Tomatoes and a "cream of the crop" rating of only 13%. Many critics felt the film lacked originality and quality humor. Some also felt that the film was too pro-military and pro-war. Those who liked the film tended to feel that it had a high attention to detail and fluid animation. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


In the United Kingdom, the film was better received by both audiences and critics, but still fell short of excellent reception. It is fairly popular with families, particularly those with young children.


American audiences did not spark to Valiant. According to Box Office Mojo, it did business of $19,478,106 in the U.S. and $41,629,971 internationally. This gives it a worldwide total of $61,108,077, which is considered successful, but low by CGI animated film standards (its record was later beaten in 2006 by Doogal, the re-dubbed version of The Magic Roundabout). For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... The Magic Roundabout (released in North America as Doogal) is a film based on the TV series of the same name, This film version was released in 2005, with both languages using the French style of each character having its own voice. Voice artists are: The characters as seen in... The Magic Roundabout (released in North America as Doogal) is a film based on the television series of the same name. ...


Still, audiences seem to have enjoyed the film considerably more than critics, with it holding a 5.6/10 average rating at the Internet Movie Database, a 53% user rating at Rotten Tomatoes, and a C+ on Box Office Mojo. The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about movies, actors, television shows, production crew personnel, and video games. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


Main cast

Ewan Gordon McGregor (born March 31, 1971) (IPA pronunciation: [1]) is a Scottish actor who has had significant success in mainstream, indie and art house films. ... Ricky Dene Gervais (IPA: or ) (born June 25, 1961) is an Emmy, Golden Globe and BAFTA award-winning English comic writer and performer from Reading, Berkshire. ... Pip Torrens is a British actor. ... John Marwood Cleese (born 27 October 1939) is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award winning English comedian and actor best known for being one of the founding members of the renowned comedy group Monty Python. ... Olivia Haigh Williams (born July 26, 1968) is an English actress who has appeared in British and American films. ... John Hurt as Chancellor Adam Sutler in V for Vendetta. ... Annette Badland Annette Badland is a British actress. ... James Broadbent (born May 24, 1949) is an Academy Award-winning English theatre, film and television actor. ... James Hugh Calum Laurie OBE (born June 11, 1959) is a Golden Globe-winning English actor, comedian and writer. ... Tim Curry in 2005 Timothy James Curry (born April 19, 1946) is an English actor, singer and composer perhaps best known for his role as mad scientist Dr. Frank N. Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) or as Pennywise in It (1990). ... Richard Michael Rik Mayall (born on March 7, 1958 in Harlow, Essex) is an English comedian and actor. ... Sharon Horgan is a comedian, actress and writer. ...

See also

Pigeons have played an important role in wars for a long time. ... Homing pigeon The homing pigeon is a variety of domesticated Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) that has been selectively bred to be able to find its way home over extremely long distances. ... The Dickin Medal was instituted in 1943 by Maria Dickin to honour the work of animals in war. ...

External links


  Results from FactBites:
 
Valiant (film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (477 words)
Valiant is a 2005 computer-animated film, which tells the tale of a group of messenger pigeons during World War II.
Valiant is a woodland pigeon who wants to become a hero someday.
Valiant was received rather poorly by critics, with a running total of 27% by Rotten Tomatoes and a "cream of the crop" rating of only 13%.
The Deadbolt - Film Review - Valiant (679 words)
Valiant is the tale of a small pigeon with a big heart, hoping to save the day.
Valiant is not charming enough, smart enough, or silly enough to pack movie houses, primarily, because it misses the quality storytelling that typifies Pixar's work.
At the end of the film, the creators point out that Dickin Medals were rewarded to animals in battle during WWII.
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