Vanguard Animation Production,
Ealing Studios, Odyssey Ent,
UK Film Council, Take Film
run time: 76 mins
pigeons eat crumbs - others make history..."
Chocks away! - "Valiant" is set
during the time of the Second World War. The
adventure centres around our titular young
pigeon, who's short on wing span but
still super-keen to join the ranks of
Royal Homing Pigeon Service (RHPS) and
take on the Bosch on the continent. Fueled
by some inspiring war propaganda,
Valiant travels to London (Trafalgar Square,
naturally) where he teams up with a
rough old pigeon called Bugsy and, after various
training shenanigans and
encounters, the pair become part of the RHPS’s
last attempt to fly vital
documents back from France to Dover. But the mission
will bring them
directly in to the flight path of Von Talon's
Here we have the UK's very first full-length
CGI feature film. This $35m
production utilised a brand new animation
facility constructed at Ealing Studios.
The project was launched at the Cannes Film
Festival back in May 2002 by
Odyssey Entertainment. Producer John Williams previously
brought us the
great geen exploits of that ogre called Shrek.
Late in 2003 intriguing early character designs
of the enemy hawks appeared
web site, but the tone of the production was lightened, and
those first, rather aggressive, concepts were
Ewan McGregor was confirmed as the titular
lead voice in December 2003.
John Cleese and Tim Curry were the last names
to join the role call in April 2004.
Vanguard hope to use "Valiant" as a springboard
into a succession of upscale
animated projects at their Ealing facility.
North American rights are held by
Touchstone/Disney, as part of an ongoing distribution
deal with the company.
production crew consisted of 180 animators from 17 countries.
film hit UK screens on March 25th 2005. In it's first UK weekend
the film took $1.8m
from 400 screens.
had an August 19th USA release, where it took $5,914,722.
It went on to accrue $19,478,106
in the USA, and a worldwide total
of $61,746,888 (Box
Licensed goodies were thin on the ground,
but here in the UK, there
was at least one bright promotion for
the film adorning boxes of Weeto's
Hound: June 2003
Vanguard move into Ealing...
Hound: October 2002
Valiant voice rumours...
Hound: June 2002
Valiant film is announced...
2 / Entertainment / November 2005
2 / Walt Disney / December 2005
exec prods: Barnaby
Thompson, Ralph Kamp, Neil Braun,
Keith Evans, Robert Jones
Katz, George Webster, George Melrod
a story by George Webster
Ewan McGregor (Valiant)
Tim Curry (Von Talon)
Olivia Williams (Victoria)
Hogan (Charles de Girl)
official UK site, with info, clips, downloads, etc...
The American site from Disney,
with more info, games, downloads, etc....
official studio site...
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