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Valiant (2005)

Valiant (2005)




Critic Consensus: Valiant has a good collection of voice talents, but the story is strictly by-the-numbers.

Movie Info

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. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: G (nothing objectionable)
Genre: Animation, Kids & Family, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jordan Katz, George Webster, George Melrod
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 13, 2005
Box Office: $19.4M
Buena Vista - Official Site


Tim Curry
as Von Talon
Jim Broadbent
as Sergeant
John Cleese
as Mercury
John Hurt
as Felix
Rik Mayall
as Cufflingk
Jonathan Ross
as Big Thug
Brian Lonsdale
as Toughwood
Dan Roberts
as Tailfeather
Sharon Horgan
as Charles De Girl
Sean Samuels
as Jacques
Harry Peacock
as Recruiting Officer
Michael Jenn
as Messenger Pigeon
Corin Mellinger
as Wing Pigeon
Gary Chapman
as Pigeon Officer
Curtis Augspurger
as Pigeon Guard
Mike Harbour
as Little Thug
Mike Jenn
as Messenger Pigeon
Heidi Fecht
as Saucy Pigeon
Robert Lence
as 'Tweet' Pigeon
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News & Interviews for Valiant

Critic Reviews for Valiant

All Critics (121) | Top Critics (32)

Where are the real fairy tales -- the ones without the relentless number of jokes aimed at grown-ups?

Full Review… | August 29, 2005
Top Critic

This animated WWII story may not engage all kids.

Full Review… | January 1, 2011
Common Sense Media

A fun simplistic cheeky British cartoon that entertained me consistently.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

You're are much better off renting "Chicken Run" for an evening of entertainment with your progeny.

Full Review… | April 15, 2009

A valiant effort.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

For parents who are tired of the hip, stupid bombast of films like Shark Tale, it'll do.

November 10, 2006
Christianity Today

Audience Reviews for Valiant

It's not amazing but this animated disney movie is a lot better then some of there other recent films. The voice talent is impressive and to be honest, its pretty charming and cute.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer


The cast all did there parts, and the film turns out to be quite entertaining, its not up to par with other disney animated features but it still is a very good movie, i mean how can you go wrong with Tim Curry as the villain

michael e.
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer

Had some funny bits in it but Valiant's story is not the best and the animation just seems to ripoff Pixar. Only a fool would enjoy this.

Vanguard Animation, the production company behind this, is truly the worst American animation studio out there. Their films have unimpressive animation and stupid stories with plot holes. But this is better than their other film: Happily N'Ever After. I don't plan on watching their other films: Happily N'Ever After 2, Space Chimps, and Space Chimps 2.

This could've been a real great film but they had to screw it up.

Movie Monster
Bentley Lyles

Super Reviewer

Valiant Quotes

Von Talon: Pipsqueak!
Valiant: My name is not Pipsqueak! My name is VALIANT!
– Submitted by Christian B (4 years ago)

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