Heroes Come in All Sizes
Release Date: August 19, 2005
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Ricky Gervais,
Tim Curry, Jim Broadbent, and
Genre: Animated Comedy Adventure
Audience: All ages
Runtime: 76 minutes
Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures/Buena
Director: Gary Chapman
Executive Producer: Neil Braun, Keith Evans,
Robert Jones, Ralph Kamp, and
Producer: John H. Williams
Writer: Jordan Katz, George Webster
and George Melrod
Address Comments To:Michael Eisner, Chairman/CEO
Buena Vista Distribution Co.
(Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, Hollywood Pictures)
Dick Cook, Chairman
The Walt Disney Company
500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521
Phone: (818) 560-1000
VALIANT, an animated family movie about these homing pigeons, opens with a group of pigeons trying to bring back an important message across the English Channel. Falcons from Germany take them out at the last minute. Therefore, a pigeon hero named Gutsy has to recruit a new platoon. One of the young pigeons who signs up is an undersized but brave pigeon named Valiant.
This new Squad F seems to be the bottom of the barrel in terms of the pickings for pigeons. Two of the pigeons, Toughwood and Tailfeather, are oversized muscles, dimwitted in many respects. One is a dirty London pigeon named Bugsy, who signs up to avoid the wrath of some crows he conned. Another is an effete aristocrat named Lofty. When another squad is lost to General Von Talon, Squad F is sent prematurely into battle. They must meet up with the French resistance to get the most important message in the war and bring it home. In the process they are captured, drugged, beaten, and the question is, will they be able to fulfill their important mission?
VALIANT has a powerful, exciting, edge-of-your-seat ending, and a compelling hook at the beginning. Some of the middle is a little slow, which may be due to the fact that the jokes are geared for people who remember World War II than for a broad audience. However, most of the movie works extremely well. The music is particularly good. The animation is very rich. Although it is computer generated, it looks a lot like traditional animation.
Faith is recognized in the movie when Bugsy the con man has his prayers answered and when he blesses others. Of course, his position as a con pigeon makes the answered prayer slightly ambivalent. However, when they get to France, they find refuge in an old church, and the Christian faith is overtly acknowledged.
The movie also constantly affirms good values. Bugsy returns after abandoning his group, doing the right thing in sticking by his comrades. Valiant puts the lives of his friends and their escape as a high priority.
Loyalty, decency, respect for authority, perseverance, compassion, truth, and many other virtues are clearly displayed in this wonderful wartime movie. Children, however, will not focus on the lessons they’re learning; instead, they will focus on this exciting yarn.
VALIANT is a tremendous entertainment for youths and commended by MOVIEGUIDE® for all ages.
VALIANT has a powerful, exciting ending, and a compelling hook. The Christian faith is recognized in the movie. For example, the former con man pigeon has his prayers answered and blesses other pigeons. The movie also constantly affirms good values and Christian virtues. Loyalty, decency, respect for authority, perseverance, compassion, truth, and many other virtues are clearly displayed in this wonderful wartime movie. Children, however, will not focus on the lessons they’re learning; they will focus on this exciting yarn. VALIANT is a tremendous entertainment for all ages.