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[[caption-width-right:350: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 (with the message) is taken prisoner. Meanwhile, the eponymous Valiant (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]] (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 rescue Mercury, where they meet with two mice, Rollo and [[SweetPollyOliver Charles de Girl]], of the [[LaResistance French Resistance]]. It is now time to rescue Mercury from Von Talon's clutches and get that message back...

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 ''Doogal''. It also did poorly with the critics (31% on 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.

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!!This film provides examples of:

* AnimalTalk
%%* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: '''Yodel torture.''' That is all.
* DisneyDeath: Gutsy apparently crashes with the group's transport plane, then shows up later in the movie, injured but alive.
* DrillSergeantNasty: Sergeant (that's his actual name).
* EyepatchOfPower: General Von Talon
* FiveManBand: Squad F's composition...
** TheHero: Valiant
** TheLancer: Bugsy
** TheSmartGuy: Lofty (also TheChick)
** TheBigGuy: The [[SiblingTeam twins]] Tailfeather and Toughwood.
* InstantMessengerPigeon
* LaResistance: Rollo and Charles de Girl.
* LargeHam: 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.
** However there's some skull sings - a typical nazi symbol.
* "Music/RideOfTheValkyries": Von Talon sings "Pin on my medals... PIN ON MY MEDEALS..." to the tune of this whilst showering.
* 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.
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarII

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