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Pigeon the Star in new Disney Movie...
Author: bbc.co.uk, MyMovies.net, WebmasterTitle: Pigeon the Star in new Disney Movie
Date: 2005-01-20 09:16:19Uploaded by: webmaster
The story of a hapless carrier pigeon turned World War II hero is the theme of a new animated film due to hit cinema screens next year.

Featuring the voices of Ewan McGregor and Ricky Gervais, the film follows the adventures of Valiant - a carrier pigeon who is enlisted during World War II.

He overcomes his small size to be entrusted with the greatest mission of the war by the Royal Air Force Homing Pigeon Service.

It is based on the true story of the pigeon service used by the British to communicate with the French Resistance.

A total of 54 Dickin Medals were awarded between 1943 and 1949, 32 of them going to pigeons for their bravery during the conflict, with the Germans breeding falcons to catch the pigeons.

Augspurger said: "It is a coming-of-age film. It's the too young, too small hero that does battle with Goliath in the shape of German uber-falcon Van Talon."

The film, which also features the voices of John Cleese, John Hurt and Hugh Laurie, is due to be released in the UK on 25 March.

Valiant Synopsis:
During World War II, England communicated with the French Resistance and Allied troops in Europe using the Royal Pigeon Service, using carrier pigeons that went through a rigorous training regimen. This is the story of Valiant, a comically clumsy misfit of a (wood) pigeon who sneaks his way into the Royal Pigeon Service, eager to contribute his efforts to the needs of his country, even though he is vastly unqualified to do so. Immediately given an assignment, Valiant's job turns out to be one of the most important of the war... carrying essential messages from the French to the Allied forces who are about to storm the beaches of Normandy on D-Day.

Valiant is released in the UK 25th March 2005.

View the movie trailer.


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