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The only film in history to have a pheasant lady, a rooster Elvis impersonator, and a Baleful Polymorph at the same time. And it just gets weirder from there...

"Now I know an everyday sunrise might not seem like such a big deal to some folks, but imagine for a moment if instead of rising up like this; one morning where you lived, she took a look around and decided to go back to sleep? It happened once to us! Let me tell you all about it."

Okay, stay with us here.

This is a very loose Adaptation Expansion of the tale of Chanticleer the rooster, who believed his crowing made the sun shine. It is also an equally loose adaptation of the play ''Chanticler'' by the French writer Edmond Rostand (also known for Cyrano de Bergerac), bearing little resemblance to it apart from some of the characters.

In this version, Chanticleer (voiced by Glen Campbell) is an affectionate caricature of Elvis Presley. After learning his singing doesn't raise the sun, he runs away to look for work in the city, and becomes a famous rock star. Wouldn't you know it, Chanticleer does raise the sun, so his friends run after him to try and convince him to come home and save the farm from the Grand Duke of Owls (Christopher Plummer), an evil wizard owl who hates the sun and wants it to rain forever. Fortunately, Chanticleer is disillusioned with his fame and fortune and fandom, and agrees to return to the farm and save the day—unless his manager Pinky the fox (Sorrell Booke), who is secretly in league with the Grand Duke, has anything to say about it.


The disastrous box office failure of the film led to the bankruptcy of Don Bluth's studio.

Although the film runs in the exact opposite direction of everything Don Bluth stood for (including purposefully toning down anything truly scary), the film at least includes the very pretty character and effects animation that Bluth is well known for — as well as quite a lot of his characteristic weirdness. A few folks even have warm nostalgia for the utter randomness and weird characters. And after all, the whole movie is supposed to be all just a sick kid's fever dream...note 

A making-of featurette can be seen here.


This movie shows examples of...

  • Absurdly Long Limousine: Pinky Fox drives a large, pink limo with twelve wheels. Toward the end of the film, when Edmond, Patou, Peepers, and Snipes attempt to get Chanticleer back to their farm to stop the villainous owl, they actually all steal Pinky's limo before Peepers gets them all to escape using another vehicle they all stole: Pinky's helicopter.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Snipes. In the original Rostand play, the blackbird was a villainous character who conspired with the predators of the night against the farm animals, along with the farm's cat. In the movie, his counterpart Snipes is a Jerkass, but is an ally of Chanticleer and not an outright villain.
  • All Just a Dream: According to the Book-Ends, the whole movie is supposedly a story told to a sick kid by his mother.
    • Or Was It a Dream?: Well, the closing sequence that awkwardly combines reality and animation certainly doesn't think so!
      • It's worth noting that Patou's narration implies that the tale of Chanticleer, the kid's fever dream, and the live-action bits are all real. Maybe. Have we mentioned that there are moments in the script that are confusing?
  • All Men Are Perverts:
    • Subverted; when Edmond calls the animals trapped on the farm, Stuey the Pig hops on to a floating dress form making his way to the phone and accidentally fondles it; he quickly apologizes to the inanimate object.
    • Played straight with Hunch, who becomes excited at the sight of Goldie's ensemble on the helicopter just before she smacks him away.
  • Alternate Animal Affection: This movie has the "squashy beaks" variant, so birds can kiss like humans.
  • Animorphism: Edmond is turned into a kitten by the Grand Duke, because Furries Are Easier to Draw.
    • The weirdest thing about this whole plot element? It has absolutely no bearing whatsoever on the story; it's mentioned at the very beginning and end of the animated portion and in a few lines that sound like they were thrown in as an afterthought. This leads more evidence to the Throw It In! nature of the live-action/animation sequences.
  • Apathetic Citizens: Very little alarm is raised at all among the city dwellers over the cataclysmic flooding taking place in the countryside just miles outside of town. Justified in Pinky's case as he's in cahoots with the Duke, but you'd think such a crisis would raise more alarm with nearly everyone else relying on the produce of the farmlands that are now flooded.
  • Art Initiates Life: When Edmond pokes the Grand Duke's picture in the storybook his mother is reading to him at the beginning, there is the sound of glass cracking. When the Grand Duke later shows up, his monocle is broken. At the end of the movie, Chanticleer comes out of the book and takes Edmond to the cartoon farm.
  • Ascended Extra: In the Rostand play, the Grand Duke of Owls and Patou only appear briefly, although Patou does warn Chanticleer about the treacherous Blackbird. The Blackbird and the rival rooster who fights Chanticleer are the main antagonists in the play.
  • Astronomic Zoom: Done in the opening, going from a view of the earth from orbit to Chanticleer's uvula in a matter of seconds.
  • Babies Ever After: In the final musical number, Chanticleer and Goldie's two chicks can be seen sitting on the fence. No one comments on them and it's fairly easy to miss the fact that they're even there.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Edmond's transformation into a kitten. Edmond, a "scaredy-cat"note , gets turned into a cat by the Duke. This was actually so that the Duke could eat him for trying to call back Chanticleer ("Kittens are more digestible", apparently) but it's quite ironic.
  • Becoming the Mask: Goldie, a Brainless Beauty of a chorus girl, is ordered by her boss Pinky (who is taking orders directly from the Duke), to act as a Love Interest for Chanticleer, in order to keep him distracted and thus not crowing. As time goes by, however, she genuinely falls for him.
  • Berserk Button: The Grand Duke hates Chanticleer with a passion. Just saying his name will have him gunning for you.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: The Grand Duke of Owls and Pinky, at least whenever the writers agree that Pinky is the Grand Duke's minion.
  • Big Damn Heroes: As Edmond and the others fall from a tower, Peepers returns from her Disney Death and rescues them in Pinky's helicopter.
  • Big Eater: Snipes can easily gorge on a hunk of lasagna and a slice of pie, both of which are about as big as him.
  • Blackmail: When Chanticleer learns that his boss Pinky has captured his friends, he refuses to work for him anymore, only for Pinky to threaten the lives of his friends.
    Chanticleer: That's blackmail!
    Pinky: That's showbiz.note 
  • Bilingual Bonus: A subtle nod for French speakers in the villain's name. "Grand-duc" (translating as Great or Grand Duke) is, in fact, the French name for the Eurasian eagle-owl.
  • Bound and Gagged: The farm animals are captured for blackmail... for about a minute, before The Grand Duke's nephew frees them on accident.
  • Breath Weapon: The Duke's magic is cast by exhaling clouds with star and moon shapes inside them.
  • Butt-Monkey:
  • Hunch is also regularly abused, beaten, and inadvertently transformed into things you'd see in a fever dream.
  • Call on Me: Subverted; during the flood scene at the beginning, Edmond runs up to the window and tries to summon Chanticleer by shouting out his name, only for the Grand Duke to appear instead.
  • The Cameo: When the Grand Duke of Owls was facing Edmond in the real world, you can see a Woody Woodpecker comic book on the floor.
  • Captain Obvious: Edmond. Much of his dialogue is repeating everything everyone else says several times.
  • Carnivore Confusion: If animals in the world the Grand Duke transports Edmond to all live in the city, or at least in a human-like way, how are carnivores supposed to get their meal?
  • Cartoon Physics: Light beams have the same effect on the owls as a high-power firehose.
  • Casting Gag: In the Japanese dub, Chanticleer is voiced by Tessho Genda, who is the official Japanese dub voice of Foghorn Leghorn, another rooster.
  • Cats Are Mean: Averted, surprisingly for a Bluth movie. Ironic in that the cat in the original story of Chanticleer was a villain.
  • Clipped-Wing Angel: After Chanticleer does his thing at the climax, the Grand Duke is shrunk to barely a couple inches high, even smaller than his own nephew, who then chases him off trying to eat him.
  • Cool Airship: Averted with Pinky's pink airship, which looks more like a flying caterpillar.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the Rostand play, the rival rooster who fights Chauntecleer is one of the play's main antagonists. Here, he only appears very briefly.
  • Detail-Hogging Cover: The VHS cover, which featured the poster art.
  • The Dog Bites Back: At the end of the film, the Duke is reduced to a size even smaller than Hunch, who immediately pounces on the opportunity to take revenge on his uncle for all of his abuse.
  • Drowning Pit: Snipes accidentally causes one of these when his claustrophobia kicks in while they're trapped in a toy box going through an aqueduct pipe. He tries to peck his way out of the box, but this only ends up flooding the toy box. Luckily, they get out of the aqueduct pipe and get the lid of the toy box open before anyone drowns.
  • Drunken Montage: Happens in one scene when the characters are trying to find Chanticleer.
  • Elvis Impersonator: Well, an Elvis parody, anyway - right down to calling himself "The King."
  • Elmuh Fudd Syndwome: Edmond. It's so bad that sometimes you can't understand what he's saying.
  • Evil Is Petty: Downplayed by the Duke. He does point out that he's upset that Edmond broke his monocle, but it's not the real reason he was going to eat him.
  • Fantastic Racism: "No dogs, cats, boyds or meeces!" While the racism may not be intentional, one would think that such a policy would hurt Pinky's profits from Chanticleer's success, and should've gotten more information from the Duke on who was after his biggest moneymaker.
  • Fat Southern Fox In Striped Pants: Pinky. He even plays golf and chomps cigars. The fact that he's voiced by Sorrell Booke (Boss Hogg) himself dials this trope Up to Eleven!
  • The '50s: A newspaper even gives the date as 1959.
  • Fix It in Post: Almost all of the songs are completely covered up by narration and dialog, leaving it as muffled quiet background noise. It was because it simply didn't make enough scenes for proper exposition and speech isn't clear, and the narration was added after test-screening the film.
  • Foregone Conclusion: We already know ahead of time Goldie will pull a Heel–Face Turn, thanks to the narration.
    "Fortunately for us, Goldie was a lot smarter than she sounded, and a lot nicer too. She just didn't know it yet."
  • For the Evulz: The Grand Duke doesn't seem to have much of a motive for making sure the sun never comes back other than hating the sun.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: If one pauses during a shot of the pages to Edmond's Chanticleer book, they'll see the text on the pages does not in any way correspond with what's actually happening in-story. That is to say, it has nothing to do with Chanticleer shamefully leaving the farm, and the Grand Duke watching nearby. The text also mentions an unknown character named Briflaut.
  • Frothy Mugs of Water: Most obvious in the scene where Goldie, um, seduces Chanticleer on a giant swing. She appears to be pouring martini glasses full of what looks to be milk down his throat. Ick. It's supposed to be soda, as you can see from a bottle of King Soda earlier in the scene, but it still looks like milk.
  • Funny Animal with a Non-Mammal Mammaries chaser: Thanks to Don Bluth's bizarre idea of attempting to mimic Jessica Rabbit's sex appeal.
  • Furry Confusion:
    • Okay, so in the beginning, the animals live on a farm. Then, after Edmond shows up, they all go to the city. But the city is not populated by humans, but instead by more Funny Animals. A-bwauh?!? Considering Edmond's mother thinks Chanticleer is fictional, it's possible they happen in two completely different universes.
    • Right after being turned into a cat, Edmond is afraid of Patou (a dog), licks himself and almost tries to eat Peepers (a mouse). Then hangs a lampshade on it by saying, in a grossed out voice, "I almost ate a mouse! I must be crazy!" (He also comments on licking himself!)
  • Good Animals, Evil Animals: Owls are evil, all other animals (except frogs/toads and foxes) are good.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: "Aah, this is flipping garbage!" Snipes says.
  • Hammered into the Ground: During the climax, Chanticleer gets nailed to the ground by the Grand Duke's magic.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Goldie, as a result of Becoming the Mask. Thought she wasn't exactly evil to begin with, just rather easily manipulated by Pinky.
  • Hellish Pupils: The Grand Duke's pupils become silted just before going One-Winged Angel.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Edmond in the finale nearly dies when he tries to save Chanticleer.
  • High-Class Glass: The Grand Duke of Owls had a monocle at first, but Edmnond somehow broke it when he touched the Duke's picture.
    Duke: These are expensive, little brat.
  • Informed Flaw: According to Peepers, Edmond is supposedly either a "fraidy cat" or a "scaredy cat" (she uses both), yet throughout the film he's never shown letting his fear get the best of him, if he's ever shown to be afraid at all. Yet, Edmond's Journey to the Center of the Mind is depicted as him finally overcoming his Fatal Flaw of fear... even though he never let his fear control him before.
  • Just Plane Wrong: Patou actually sends the helicopter into a barrel roll and flies it upside down before righting it back upwards. It's also referred to in dialogue at one point as a Sikorsky; the real Sikorsky never made any twin-rotor helicopters like that.
  • Karmic Transformation: The Grand Duke is shrunken to smaller than the mouse and is immediately chased by Hunch for his abuse towards him.
  • Kick the Dog: The Grand Duke threatens to kill and eat his own nephew if Hunch fails to stop Edmond and his friends from reaching Chanticleer. And one of Pinky's toad bodyguards kicks a grill for no reason.
  • Kiddie Kid: Just how old is that kid supposed to be?
    • Hilariously, the trailers for the movie dubbed the kid's voice over with another actor, correctly assuming that hearing him talk would not be an incentive to see the film. They kept it in the actual movie, sadly.
  • Large Ham: The Grand Duke of Owls and Hunch.
    "But you see, we creatures of the night have worked very hard to make absoLYUUTEly sure that that... BIRD does not return! And you... you, with no regards for the feelings of others, have the NERVE to call him BACK here by NAME! And besides, I positively LOATHE rock 'n' ROLL!"
  • Lethal Joke Character: Hunch has a Swiss army knife with everything in it. This would make it seem like the heroes are doomed to death, but Hunch is as dim-witted as he is aggressive, coming to the Grand Duke's disadvantage.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: Hunch, who attempts to kill Edmond's group twice, but only helps them get further along in their mission. The first time, he "sucked em' into an adequate pipe" (actually an aqueduct pipe) which only lead them to the city and the second time he tried killing them while they were tied up, but he only let them loose. Lampshaded by Patou's narration, pointing out that Hunch was "more of a hoot than he was horrible, but still he was a nuisance."
  • Minor Injury Overreaction: Goldie's reaction to losing her high heels while climbing a ladder. Hilariously, Goldie's shoes reappear on her feet a couple shots later, and keep disappearing and reappearing throughout the final scenes.
  • Missed Him by That Much: Once Edmond and the gang arrive in the city, there is a whole montage of them just barely missing glimpses of Chanticleer. Once again, Patou lampshades this in the narration.
  • Mondegreen:
  • Jeepers, I'm a furry! (The line is actually "I'm all furry", but the kid's acting makes it sound very different.)
  • Mr. Exposition: Patou the dog doubles as the narrator, who seems to explain everything that goes on in the movie, except for the really weird things, which one would think would have demanded further explanation.
  • Mundane Solution: When Hunch fears going blind in the brightly lit city, the Duke simply drops a pair of sunglasses to him.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: The entire farm's reaction when they realize that, yes, Chanticleer's crowing really does bring up the sun, and by laughing him off the farm they royally messed up.
    Edmond: Then the story's true. You all laughed at him, and he ran away
    Patou: You're right, son. We've done wrong, and that's why we're searching for the city. We've got to find Chanti, and apologize.
    First chick: So he'll forgive us.
    Second chick: Come home.
    All four chicks: And raise the sun.
  • Neon City: When The Villain sends his Comic Relief nephew Hunch to thwart the heroes from contacting Chanticleer, Hunch is truculent, mentioning that the bright lights of the city will make him blind. The Villain casually issues Hunch a pair of sunglasses. Truly, the big city is much brighter and busier than the rustic farmlands where the story originates. In fact, the heroes only found Chanticleer by noticing a huge neon likeness of him as an Elvis expy adorning Pinkie's nightclub.
  • Nice Day, Deadly Night: The Funny Animal characters in Rock-A-Doodle can go about their business every day because the rooster Chanticleer's crowing summons the sun every morning. That is, until The Villain's Evil Plan creates a Break the Cutie moment for The Hero, who ends up sidelined by The Dragon. Under the Duke's sustained nightfall, the small farm animals become easy prey for the Grand Duke and his mooks.
  • Nice Hat: Edmond's raccoon-fur hat. Although coupled with his long-sleeved baggy sweatshirt it makes him look like a Palette Swapped Fievel sometimes.
  • The Night That Never Ends: Brought on by Chanticleer not being around to raise the sun, except for that one time where it did come up without him.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Goldie's voice calls to mind that of Marilyn Monroe.
  • No Ending: Played with; the story has definitely reached its conclusion, and everybody goes on to live Happily Ever After, but the film still fades to credits while Chanticleer is still singing his song, leading to a rather abrupt segue from everybody's happy reunion on the farm.
  • No Name Given: The Duke's owl henchmen (besides Hunch), the rabbit that warns Stuey the pig as the flashlight is going out, and all of the other farm animals that stay at Edmond's house and nearly get eaten by the Duke. According to The Animated Movie Guide (as well as the movie's credits), the rabbit's name is Minnie.note 
  • Not My Driver: An odd variation. When Edmond and his friends fall from a water tower, they're caught in a helicopter belonging to one of Pinky's minions. Pinky witnesses this and ecstatically orders for the minion to bring them back - only for him to realize that said minion is right behind him. Cut to Peepers in the helicopter cockpit, wondering to herself: "Murray? Who's Murray?"
  • Off-Model: The illustration of the Grand Duke in Edmond's book changes between shots. The monocle he's wearing even switches eyes!
  • One-Winged Angel : Near the end, the Grand Duke regurgitates magic all over himself and becomes a giant tornado demon.
  • Perpetual Storm: After the Grand Duke of Owls' minions drive Chanticleer away from the farm, he utilized his evil magical powers to conjure up a storm over the entire farmland, and it continues to brew until Chanticleer is finally brought back to the farm and he is able to crow again, thus awaking the sun and foiling the Grand Duke's storm. During this time, the storm even makes headlines: "MYSTERIOUS RAIN SPREADING" and "SUN DON'T SHINE FOR FARMERS". It was All Just a Dream, though.
  • Plot Hole: The sun rising once (and only once) without Chanticleer is never explained. Then there's the ending, which seems to imply that the whole thing was a fever-dream. No, wait, it was real. No, wait... aw, forget it. Roll credits. The opening narration seems to imply the sun woke up, took a look around, and then went back to sleep... which still doesn't explain the situation since Chanticleer was supposed to raise the sun, implying that the sun shouldn't have risen at all unless he crowed...
  • Punch-Clock Villain: It is implied by the way Hunch walks to the Grand Duke of Owls with a smile that says "Finally!" whenever the Duke says "Come to Uncle" that he just wants his uncle's attention. The reason why he looks so happy when he thinks he's about to kill the good guys is most likely because he knows if he gets the job done right, his Uncle Dukey will love him. Murray, Pinky's assistant, may also count, although we don't see much of him.
  • Random Events Plot: The plot almost runs on stream of conscious logic. Although it may (or may not) be All Just a Dream, so there's your explanation.
  • Reused Character Design:
    • Goldie's design is very reminiscent of Princess Daphne from the Dragon's Lair games if she were a mutant bird thing.
    • Edmond's design is at least partially based on Fievel of An American Tail, another young, fur-covered boy with a big hat and Hand-Hiding Sleeves from one of Bluth's movies.
  • Rising Water, Rising Tension: The opening scenes has young Edmond being read a bedtime story by his mother, while his father and older brothers struggle to sustain a barrier of sandbags against floodwaters that threaten to inundate the family farm. Persistent rains aren't helping; a break in the storm clouds is needed desperately.
  • Roger Rabbit Effect: The transitions between the Live-Action and Animated segments.
  • Sapient Eat Sapient: The owls all seem to delight in taking the time to properly inform their prey that they're going to be eaten. The Grand Duke goes so far as to transform Edmond into a kitten, and explain it's to make him "more digestible."
  • Shapeshifting Excludes Clothing: the scene where The Duke, the evil owl turns the live-action human boy Edmond into a cartoon kitten by way of a magic spell. (This particular scene pairs this trope with that of Toon Transformation and Baleful Polymorph).
  • Shaping Your Attacks: The Grand Duke of Owls creates a mallet with his magic to drive Chanticleer into the ground, and a pair of hands that nearly strangle Edmond to death.
  • Shipper with an Agenda: Pinky had Goldie seduce Chanticleer in order to keep him from returning to the farm (which would deny him a valuable source of income and be detrimental to the Duke's plans.
  • Shout-Out:
    • When Edmond and co. are floating down the river on the way to the city, Hunch and the owls prepare to attack, while Hunch is humming "Ride of the Valkyries". Similar to Apocalypse Now.
    • Edmond is named after the French writer Edmond Rostand, who wrote the play that the movie is (very) loosely adapted from.
    • In the deleted "Skunk Pie" scene, the design of the skunk that the Grand Duke is about to bake into a pie has more than a passing resemblance to Flower from Bambi.
  • Sissy Villain:
    • The Grand Duke, voiced by Christopher Plummer, enjoys baking and embroidery, and is a phone cord twiddler. Poor guy wasn't allowed to do anything really evil after the concerned parents in the preview audiences got through with him. Well, until the climax anyway, where he almost strangles Edmond to death using his magic, to the point where it looked like Edmond had died, and attempts to drown Chanticleer with a waterspout.
    • Hunch is even worse though. Oh, and Beware the Nice Ones- the bakers/phone cord twiddlers are the true psychopaths.
  • Somewhere, an Ornithologist Is Crying: Owls hate the rain as much as any barn animal. Among other reasons, they are not aquatic birds; their feathers get soaked, rendering them incapable of flight, like most birds of prey. They also prefer things dark and dry, so the slightest snap of a twig or crunch of leaves can alert their fantastic hearing to far-away prey.
  • Spanner in the Works: Hunch may be a Harmless Villain but his interference has caused the heroes a few problems, most notably when he caused their helicopter to crash when they were attempting to land.
  • Speech Impediment: Averted with Peepers. She has a lisp, but it doesn't prevent her from being understood, nor from being the generally smartest, bravest, and most competent member of the group. She isn't even shamed when Snipes tries to make fun of her for it, as she considers her lisp something that makes her more special, not less. Edmond? Not so much...
  • Species Surname: "Grand Duc" is the French name for the eagle owl. Compare the photo on that page to the Duke's character design.
  • Spell My Name with a "The": The Grand Duke of Owls or sometimes just "The Duke".
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Snipes' view of Peepers, much to her annoyance.
    Snipes: Girls! They think they know everything. Why don't you run along home, be a mouse-wife, make cheese?
    Peepers: Snipes, you think you're ssso sssuperior!
  • Sunglasses at Night: Hunch wears a pair in the city, otherwise he'd go blind with so many bright lights.
  • Swiss Army Weapon: Hunch has one of these with nearly every common item you could think of in it.
  • That Reminds Me of a Song: Everyone will sing about pretty much anything going on. A group of bouncers sing about how they're bouncing groupies. The owls sing about how they hate the sun. The owls sing about how they're eating the farm animals or how farm animals are running out of batteries.
  • Third-Person Person: Sometimes the Grand Duke of Owls talks like this, such as "But that is not why The Duke is going to eat you.", and "The Duke gives you one last chance!".
  • This Was His True Form: When Edmond "dies," he returns to his live-action human form.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Seriously, Snipes. When you're stuck in a chest underwater, don't peck through the chest to escape, water will come through. To be fair to Snipes, he was undergoing a massive Freak Out brought on by extreme claustrophobia. Rationality tends to take a back seat in such situations.
  • Toothy Bird: Since there are so many birds in this movie, of course some of them are bound to show their pearly whites at at least one point in the movie.
  • The Unseen: Murray (Pinky's chauffeur/valet), until the chase, where he becomes a One-Scene Wonder.
  • Unto Us a Son and Daughter Are Born: At the end, you can see Chanticleer and Goldie's son and daughter very briefly. Look for them sitting on the first rung of a fence during the finale.
  • Verbal Tic: Hunch has a bizarre fondness for words that end in the "-ation" suffix, particularly when he's excited.
  • Viewers Are Morons: Pateau's narration seems to explain everything, including plot points the characters already talked to death and scenes the viewer is watching at that very moment and thus can deduce for themselves. Apparently test audiences were confused on what was going on in test screenings, so they added Pateau's narration to make everything as clear as possible.
  • Vile Villain, Laughable Lackey: The Grand Duke is a serious villain, using weather machine clouds to blot out the sun and flood the valley, and he's got magic on top of that. His diminutive but eager nephew Hunch is nowhere near as threatening, as even Patou narrates: "He's more a hoot than horrible..."
  • Villainous Breakdown: Pinky undergoes one when he sees that Edmond and the gang have escaped with Chanticleer, his primary cash cow, if you will.
    Pinky: The King! He's gone! And I'm RUINED! (Sobs pathetically)
  • Villain Song: The Duke and his owls get three — "Never Let Him Crow/We Hate the Sun", "No Batteries!" and "The Owl's Picnic".
  • Visual Pun: During the "Treasure Hunting Fever" number, the audience is wearing literal "penguin suits" (usually a slang term for tuxedos / dinner jackets).
  • Weakened by the Light: Flashlights and camera bulbs are enough to drive off the Grand Duke and his owls, while sunlight strips the Grand Duke of his magic and reduces him to a squab.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: The owls hate the light. Any kind of light at all. Even a measly flashlight is enough to chase the Grand Duke of Owls away. Which, of course, is why the Grand Duke spends the whole movie attempting to make sure Chanticleer is not in a position to raise the sun, the ultimate source of light. Except that the Duke is shown baking... with a fire going...???
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: "Uncle Dukie" to Hunch, very much so. See Punch-Clock Villain, above.
  • What's He Got That I Ain't Got?!: While complaining to Pinky about her jealousy of Chanticleer, Goldie says this line verbatim.
  • Who's Laughing Now?: Hunch gets this reaction the moment he realizes that he finally has the upper hand against his uncle.
  • Why Did It Have To Be Closed Spaces?: Snipes is horribly claustrophobic. Naturally, our heroes find this out at the worst possible time.
  • Why Don't Ya Just Shoot Him?: The Grand Duke's goal is to make sure Chanticleer can never raise the sun, so the owls can live in eternal darkness. He chooses to pursue this goal by arranging for Chanticleer to be driven from the farm and become a rock star in the city. It would've been easier to try to kill Chanticleer instead. The Grand Duke wises up in the climax and tries to kill Chanticleer by first hammering him into the ground and then attempting to drown him with a waterspout.
  • Would Hurt a Child: The Duke frequently threatens to kill and/or eat Edmond, who can't be much older than six (and that's being generous). Oh, and he actually strangles the poor kid nearly to death in the climax.
  • Xanatos Gambit: The Grand Duke's plan that drove Chanticleer from the farm. He dispatched an evil rooster to the farm before dawn to stop Chanticleer from crowing. Even if Chanticleer won the fight (which he did), the scuffle would distract Chanticleer from crowing long enough for the sun to start coming up without him, shattering his confidence and turning his friends against him.


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