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Valiant - Ewan McGregor, Ricky Gervais, Jim Broadbent, Gary Chapman, Rob Letterman

Threat advisory: Elevated - Significant risk of entertaining activities

Movie propaganda

Some pigeons eat crumbs, others make history.

During World War II, England communicated with the French Resistance and Allied troops in Europe using the Royal Pigeon Service, using carrier pigeons that went through a rigorous training regimen. This is the story of Valiant (Ewan McGregor), a comically clumsy misfit of a (wood) pigeon who sneaks his way into the Royal Pigeon Service, eager to contribute his efforts to the needs of his country, even though he is vastly unqualified to do so. Immediately given an assignment, Valiant's job turns out to be one of the most important of the war... carrying essential messages from the French to the Allied forces who are about to storm the beaches of Normandy on D-Day.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film animation World War II carrier pigeon message adventure

Persons of interest

  • Ewan McGregor .... Valiant
  • Ricky Gervais .... Bugsy
  • Tim Curry .... General Von Talon
  • Jim Broadbent .... Pigeon Training Sergeant
  • Hugh Laurie .... Gutsy
  • John Cleese .... Mercury
  • John Hurt .... Felix
  • Pip Torrens .... Lofty
  • Rik Mayall .... Cufflingk
  • Olivia Williams .... Victoria
  • Brian Lonsdale .... Toughwood
  • Michael Schlingmann .... Underlingk
  • Sharon Horgan .... Charles De Girl
  • Sean Samuels .... Jacques
  • Buckley Collum .... Rollo
  • Annette Badland .... Elsa
  • George Webster .... Storywriter
  • Jordan Katz .... Screenwriter
  • George Webster .... Screenwriter
  • George Melrod .... Screenwriter
  • Gary Chapman .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Valiant is a harmless kids movie in the same vein as Wallace and Gromit: The curse of the wererabbit, with the added bonus of birds killing each other (don't worry, it's all tastefully done and happens so quickly that it's over almost before you notice what's happening). I like killing because it is just like real life and I don't believe in hiding the truth from anyone. Which is not to say that Valiant is full of murder and mayhem, but it is set during World War II so a little death doesn't go amiss.

The animation is mostly very good (it's computer-generated) and though the characters are somewhat two-dimensional the actors manage to fluff them out. Another bonus is that the actors are all English: you can play Name That Voice™ at the same time as you enjoy the fact that your kids aren't being trained to speak with an American accent. Movies like this are as scarce as hen's teeth.

Security censorship classification


Surveillance time

73 minutes (1:13 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 5 January 2006

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