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(2005), G [G*] (1hr 16min)
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Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Vanguard Animation, Ealing Studios, UK Film Council, Odyssey Entertainment, Take Film Partnerships
Distribution (US): Buena Vista Pictures
Director(s): Gary Chapman
Producer(s): Curtis Augspurger, Eric M. Bennett, Neil Braun, Buckley Collum, Keith Evans, Tom Jacomb, Robert Jones, Ralph Kamp, Marci Levine, Barnaby Thompson, John H. Williams
Story: George Webster
Screenplay: Jordan Katz, George Webster, George Melrod
Cinematography/Camera: John Fenner
Music: George Fenton
Film Editing: Tiffany L. Kurtz, James Austin Stewart
Casting: Celestia Fox
Production Design: John Byrne
Art Direction: Carl Jones
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
During a sequence of warfare over the English channel in 1944, three courageous Royal Homing Pigeon Service (RHPS) pigeons die under enemy fire. That sequence effectively sets the stage for the rest of the show.
In another sequence at a bug juice bar tended by a crusty old wooden-legged RHPS veteran with a heart of gold, young Valiant (voice of Ewan McGregor) of West Nestington and others are treated to a special demonstration of flying skills by Commander Gutsy (voice of Hugh Laurie), the most highly decorated hero of the RHPS and two other ace fliers. Commander Gutsy becomes Valiant's role model and wannabe.
Valiant finds he has the bug -- the bug to do his part for the cause as a member of the RHPS. Amid the beggings from his mother not to go and a worm she urped-up as a farewell meal, Valiant flitters off to join the RHPS. Valiant demonstrates his skills as a flyer by getting an elastic strap hooked on the perch as he takes off and then is slung back to the wall next to the perch, leaving his mark, rather, his outline indented into the wall.
Valiant finally makes it to the recruiting station but not before meeting Bugsy (voice of Ricky Gervais), one of the local residents. To reveal for the audience the character of the street-urchin and fly-ridden pigeon Bugsy, he demonstrates his pea-under-the-cup dazzle until his cheating is discovered. Fleeing for his life, Bugsy ends up at the RHPS recruiting station with Valiant, Valiant to sign up and Bugsy for protection.
After initial rejection by the recruiter (voice of Harry Peacock) both Valiant and Bugsy end up in pigeon carriers headed to the RHPS training camp to meet their new "father", Sgt. Monty (voice of Jim Broadbent). Though Valiant is not tall enough to be "yea" high, not even "nay" high, he becomes a proud member of the RHPS.
Soon, Valiant is fighting the 20-pound bad-guy falcons of General Von Talon (voice of Tim Curry), lead falcon of the Nazis. This film is based on the noble history of Britain and its battles with Nazi Germany.
Valiant's job is to deliver a secret message that no other pigeon is able to deliver, a secret message that saves the world from Von Talon.
This film, though quite deserving of its place in the comparative baseline database range of scores earned by G-rated movies (100 to 86), is sometimes rather dark and maybe even sinister. Prisoner pigeons become under the threat of being eaten by the falcons. There is attempted "murder" of one of the pigeons. [Prov. 3:31-32]
In keeping with Hollywood's apparent infatuation with human anatomy and body functions in "kids films" this film indeed presents flatulence twice, once in the face of a girl mouse being carried in-flight by Bugsy with her hanging on to his legs. [Eph. 5:4] The writers just couldn't resist.
There is also a suggestion of a bar and drinking. While this may seem innocuous since the pigeons drink bug juice, it is still a suggestion of a bar with drinking. And the American College of Physicians found that the influence of drinking in and as entertainment undeniably leads to adolescent abuse of alcohol. [Eph. 5:18, Luke 17:2] While I would think it rather questionable that cartoon characters drinking bug juice in an overturned boat to emulate a wartime bar could negatively influence the controlled substance responsibility of children, I am not the expert in these matters. There is also the use of drugs (sodium pentathol - truth serum) to force a prisoner to talk.
Please consider inspecting the refreshingly short listing in the Findings/Scoring section before you decide whether to take your kids to see this relatively short film of 76 minutes. Due to the number of cautionary behavior examples and imagery compacted within the shortness of the film, Valiant did indeed earn a yellow CAPCon Alert light which means "the subject movie earned a score of 86 or less in any one of the six CAP Investigation Areas. It suggests a lesser urgency than indicated by the red CAPCon Alert light but the need for your attention to the findings in the report is still urgent: that you should give serious consideration to the listing in the Findings/Scoring section. Either the score of 78 in Wanton Violence/Crime and 82 in Impudence/Hate is the reason for the yellow CAPCon Alert light.
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(The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary/
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
Christian Educators Association International
|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|
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