[[caption-width-right:300:Even pigeons can be brave.]]

''Valiant'' is a 2005 computer-animated children's film directed by Gary Chapman and produced by John H. Williams, who formerly produced ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' and ''Shrek 2''. To produce this one, he founded Vanguard Animation, which would later produce ''WesternAnimation/HappilyNEverAfter'' and ''WesternAnimation/SpaceChimps''.

It is May 1944, in the midst of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. A team of Royal Homing Pigeon Service carrier pigeons, headed by Mercury (Creator/JohnCleese), are carrying a message of vital importance across the English Channel to Great Britain, when they're suddenly [[ShownTheirWork ambushed by German falcon]] General Von Talon (Creator/TimCurry), and Mercury is taken prisoner and interrogated. Meanwhile, the eponymous Valiant (Creator/EwanMcGregor) is a young pigeon of small stature in West Nestington who aspires to be a carrier pigeon himself. Heading to London to sign up, he meets with perpetually filthy pigeon Bugsy (Creator/RickyGervais), who signs up alongside him to escape the wrath of two thugs. The two go to the training camp and meet three more pigeons; Lofty, Toughwood and Tailfeather, and the five undergo training under the thumb of the aptly named [[DrillSergeantNasty Sergeant Monty]] (Jim Broadbent). Valiant also falls in love with a nurse (a dove) named Victoria (Olivia Williams). Once training is completed, the five are para-dropped into France on a mission to take a message from Rollo and [[SweetPollyOliver Charles de Girl]], of the [[LaResistance French Resistance]]. When the message is captured by the Falcons, it is vital to rescue it from Von Talon's clutches and get that message back to Britain...

Despite being a CG children's film, which these days are practically becoming lightning rods for positive reviews, and despite including stellar voice talents, the film became the lowest grossing CG film of all time until beaten by ''[[WesternAnimation/TheMagicRoundabout Doogal]]''. It also did poorly with the critics (31% on Website/RottenTomatoes), who cited amateurish animation, a by-the-numbers plot, a bland central character and subject matter that would [[StealthPun fly over]] the heads of its intended audience as points of derision.

Not to be confused ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfPrinceValiant'' if such a thing were possible.

!!This film provides examples of:

* AnimalTalk
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Rollo, the Resistance's sabotage expert has strong PyroManiac tendencies, but he's kept around because... well, that's exactly what they need him to do.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: The film shows Mercury being tortured with '''Yodeling.''' It's treated like the sonic equivalent of thumbscrews, and Mercury's ability to withstand it unsettles even General Von Talon.
* CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys: Nope. Except possibly the cheese-eating bit, seeing as they're mice. Otherwise, they're under-funded and questionably sane, but brave and skilled.
* DisneyDeath: Gutsy apparently crashes with the group's transport plane, then shows up later in the movie, injured but alive.
* DrillSergeantNasty: Sergeant Monty.
* EatingTheEnemy: This is what German falcons do to the English messenger pigeons once they've intercepted their messages.
* EyepatchOfPower: General Von Talon
* InstantMessengerPigeon
* LaResistance: Rollo and Charles de Girl.
* LargeHam: Creator/TimCurry as typical.
* LoudOfWar: Von Talon tries to get Mercury to tell him the message by blasting him with [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment annoying yodeling music]].
* NoSwastikas: No swastikas are seen in Von Talon's lair nor on his uniforms; possibly because this is a children's film.
* "Music/RideOfTheValkyries": Von Talon sings "Pin on my medals... PIN ON MY MEDEALS..." to the tune of this whilst showering.
* ShoutOut: While the falcons take a pigeon to a cage he says this quote: "Get your talons off me you filthy falcons!" which is a reference to the 1968 film, Planet of the Apes.
* ShownTheirWork: The Germans did indeed train falcons to intercept carrier pigeons during WWII.
* TruthSerum: When the yodeling doesn't work, Von Talon gives him one of these.