Trivia / Rock-A-Doodle

  • Box Office Bomb: Famously so. Its budget of $18 million and paltry box office return of $11,657,385 directly led to Don Bluth's studio getting shut down.
  • Cowboy BeBop at His Computer: The plot outline on the current DVD states that Chanticleer forgets to crow and raise the sun because he overslept. Apparently "oversleeping" is slang term for "fighting with one of the enemy's goons".
  • Creator Killer: Rock-A-Doodle was the first, and biggest, in a series of films that ultimately deep-sixed Bluth's homegrown studio.
  • Dueling Movies: The movie was up against Disney's brand new hit princess movie Beauty and the Beast, and the sequel to the fairly popular 1980s Don Bluth film, An American Tail. Both films crushed it at the box office (Bluth also shot himself in the foot by inadvertently shooing animators back to Disney and their movie, and an attempt to avoid the Dueling Movies trope by delaying Rock-A-Doodle well past Disney and Steven Spielberg/Universal instead led to Bluth getting caught in the undertow of the movies' newfound legacy.)
  • Executive Meddling: Bluth had to change some potentially scary aspects, such as giving the Grand Duke "Lucky Charm breath" and cutting out a scene of him eating a skunk in a pie. They also made him change wine into "soda" (see below) to avoid a PG rating.
    • Incidentally, the Skunk Pie sequence was cut not because the idea of an evil giant owl threatening to eat a live baby skunk in a pie is inherently scary in itself (even though it is). It was cut because of a note Bluth's studio received from the preview audience. The scene was too scary and had to be cut because "most cases of child abuse happen in the kitchen, and involve baking instruments". Considering that the star of his previous film had just recently been murdered by her father, you can understand why he was so quick to cut it.
    • Somebody along the line (some point the finger at Bluth himself) decided we needed to see the final live-action/animation sequence in an attempt to cash in on the success of Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Goldie was an attempt to replicate the sex appeal of Jessica Rabbit — except that by making her a bird (some animals just... don't make for Cute Furry Girls), he creates a whole slew of other problems. And then he still had to censor Goldie to cover up many cleavage shots and skimpy costumes.
    • Patou's Captain Obvious narration was literally thrown in at the last minute when test audiences complained about certain scenes being too incomprehensible.
    • Goldie and Chanticleer were going to have more dialogue with each other that included a number of double entendres.
  • Old Shame: Not surprisingly, Don Bluth isn't too fond of this film. Also, Eddie Deezen (voice of Snipes) admitted on Facebook that he has never even watched this film!
  • The Shelf of Movie Languishment: The film was set to bow in the Spring of 1991, but the film's intended American distributor, MGM, pulled out due to the studio's own fiscal problems. The Samuel Goldwyn Company picked up those rights, and the film's Stateside release was pushed to Easter 1992. (It still managed to be released in the UK and other European territories in late-1991, something that's even more bizarre when you consider that Glen Campbell was almost totally unheard-of in the UK.)
  • Star-Derailing Role: Was a major blow to Glen Campbell's career, as he was laughed at by even his most loyal fans throughout much of the 1990s. It also made sure he would never appear in film again.
    • May also count as such for Toby Scott Grainger, who voiced Edmund, as he didn't do much after this movie.
  • What Could Have Been: The film was originally pitched at Disney as Chanticleer and Reynard, which would have been a crossover between the myths about Reynard the fox and Chaucer's Chanticleer fable. Instead it was rejected, and after being in Development Hell for several years, was snatched up by Bluth.
    • In a behind-the-scenes special on the film, Bluth said that the Roger Rabbit Effect sequence might inspire him to take up a career in live action, a decision he immediately retracted once he found out how much he hated it.


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