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Valiant (2005)



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

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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, Rovi

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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
Michael Jenn
as Messenger Pigeon
Harry Peacock
as Recruiting Officer
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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Critic Reviews for Valiant

All Critics (114) | Top Critics (30)

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

August 29, 2005

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.

August 21, 2005 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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.

August 19, 2005 | Full Review…

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.

August 19, 2005

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.

August 19, 2005 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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

August 19, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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 Edwards
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.

Bentley Lyles
Bentley Lyles

Super Reviewer

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