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Valiant (2005)


Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 112
Fresh: 35
Rotten: 77

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

Average Rating: 4.6/10
Reviews Counted: 29
Fresh: 5
Rotten: 24

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


Average Rating: 2.8/5
User Ratings: 36,995


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 … More

G (nothing objectionable)
Animation , Kids & Family , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Paul Zaloom , Jay Dubin , Phil Hay , Matt Manfredi , Jordan Katz
In Theaters:
Dec 13, 2005
Box Office:
Buena Vista - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Valiant

All Critics (119) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (35) | Rotten (77) | DVD (20)

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

Arguably the blandest of the burgeoning crop of big budget digitally animated films, Valiant aims to prove that the death of traditional animation has simply pushed lackluster screenplays into the digital realm.

Full Review… | August 21, 2005
Top Critic

Even though its historical references and battle scenes may fly over their heads like so many homing pigeons, kids will enjoy Valiant, too, if only for its nonstop action and lively visual design.

Full Review… | August 19, 2005
Washington Post
Top Critic

Despite a handful of good aerial 'birdfight' sequences, 'Valiant' fails to get off the ground due to a by-numbers script and dodo-ugly character design that add up to less than one would expect from 'Shrek' producer John H. WilliamsJohn H. William.

Full Review… | August 19, 2005
Top Critic

Not only is the pacing less hyper, the humour less pop-cult savvy and the story almost creakily old-fashioned [than a Pixar production], it even looks like it was made in a cloudier climate: the dominant colours are muted blues and greys.

Full Review… | August 19, 2005
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Though it's made with wit, style and sweetness, it may be a tricky match for American audiences.

Full Review… | August 19, 2005
Seattle Times
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

It's a tale with plenty of spirit and a good heart, and yet, this story doesn't so much soar across the screen as it does waddle.

Full Review… | May 2, 2006
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Will probably keep youngsters entertained for its short 76 minutes running time.

February 14, 2006
SA Movie & DVD Magazine

I think history will remember it as the usher to the mid-list CGI feature.

Full Review… | January 19, 2006
7M Pictures

Pode não ser uma obra-prima (não é mesmo), mas é suficientemente bem realizado para merecer uma conferida enquanto o novo projeto da Pixar não chega aos cinemas.

January 6, 2006
Cinema em Cena

It's a happy and welcome debut, showing not only a genuine sense of humour and technical brilliance, but a clever ability to combine serious themes with family entertainment.

Full Review… | December 16, 2005
Urban Cinefile

A mildly engaging but thoroughly forgettable piece of work.

Full Review… | December 11, 2005
Reel Film Reviews

Vanguard Animation anda volando bajo.

Full Review… | December 10, 2005

...this spunky little film doesn't let the minor matter of a bland central character and a lackluster script get it down.

Full Review… | December 4, 2005
Movie Metropolis

An OK kids' movie with a decent story

Full Review… | September 29, 2005
Atlantic City Weekly

The film soon proves to be not only unfunny, but something worse: boring.

Full Review… | September 23, 2005
IGN Movies

A computer-animated movie from Disney about the contributions of carrier pigeons in World War II. Good topic, fair animation, but the story quacks like a duck.

September 9, 2005
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Not the finest hour-and-a-half of British animation.

Full Review… | September 2, 2005

Unoriginal, boring, and not all that cute.

Full Review… | September 2, 2005
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)

Unfortunately, the dazzling colors and inspired vocal performances aren't enough to make the whole thing soar like an eagle.

August 29, 2005

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

It wasn't fantastic, but it was sure a tweet!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Valiant Quotes

Von Talon:
My name is not Pipsqueak! My name is VALIANT!
– Submitted by Christian B (2 years ago)

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