Synopsis: Edmund is a boy whose favorite story of Chanticleer, a rooster whose singing makes the sun rise every morning until the Grand Duke of Owls, whose kind despises the bright sun, makes him look like a fraud. With Chanticleer driven from his farm, the owls put it under a spell of perpetual darkness and rain. As Edmund's own farm floods, he calls to Chanticleer, only to summon the Duke himself who transforms him into a kitten to devour him. Rescued by Chanticleer's former friends Patou the hound, Snipes the magpie and Peepers the mouse, they go on an adventure to the city where the rooster had gone and became a great singing rock star!
Director(s): Don Bluth, Gary Goldman (co-director), Dan Kuenster (co-director)
Production: MGM
Rotten Tomatoes:
77 min


(lion roaring)

(pleasant orchestral music)

- [Patou] Once upon a time,

back before I knew how to tie

my shoes, the sun came up.

Now, I know an everyday sunrise

may 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.


Hoo hoo hoo hoo


Ohdeohdelayhee hee

Cock-a-doo, what a day

The sun is shining brightly

Cock-a-doo, sunny day

Down here on the farm

Cock-a-doo, stay away

You big ol' wet ol' rain cloud

Or I'll cry out loud

With this voice of mine

- [Patou] This was our

rooster, Chanticleer.

And though it was true that

he like to horse around some,

fact was, that boy could sing.

Sun do shine

Sun do shine, sun do shine, sun do shine

Well, my daddy taught me how to sing,

And that's why this

voice means everything

Sun do shine

- [Patou] We all had our jobs on the farm,

and Chanticleer's was to wake up the sun.

And when he crowed, up she came.

Let it shine, let it shine

Let it shine

- [Patou] Hey, look,

here's me tying my shoes.

- Hi, Patou, what you doin'?

- I'm trying to tie these doggone shoes.

- (laughs) Again?

(chickens clucking)

Well, hi ladies.

- Oh, he's so handsome.

- [Hen In Polka Dots] Sings like a dream.

- He's a dream.

- And he's single, too.

- [Patou] He maybe wasn't the

smartest bird that ever lived,

but when he crowed, there was

plenty of peace and harmony.

- Hey!

- [Patou] Well, plenty of harmony, anyway.

And lots of sunshine.

Well, my daddy taught me how to sing

And that's why this

voice means everything

Sun do shine, you

better shine, better shine

Well, the sun do shine, you better shine

You better shine

You better shine, sun, you better shine



- [Patou] There was no doubt about it.

Old Chanticleer kept us

animals up and shining.

- [All] Good day, Mr. Chanticleer.

- [Patou] But all that

was about to change.

One morning, before

Chanticleer was even awake.

- Hey, Chanticleer.

- [Patou] A stranger snuck onto our farm

to stop Chanticleer from crowing.

Of course, Chanticleer wouldn't

give up without a fight.

But what he didn't know

was that this stranger had been sent

by the Grand Duke of Owls.

Nasty fella.


The good news here was that

Chanticleer had won the fight.

The bad news was, the Grand Duke's bully

had done his dirty deed,

for in all the commotion

Chanticleer had plum forgot to crow.

And the sun was comin' up without him.


When Chanticleer saw

this, it broke his heart.

He reckoned maybe his crow

never did raise the sun.

- Look, it's comin' up without him.

- You're a phony.

- He's a fake!

- Hey, everybody, cock-a-doodle-doo!


- [Patou] The Grand Duke's

evil plan had worked.

He had turned us against

our very best friend.

And without a reason to

crow, poor Chanticleer

left the farm to look

for work in the city.

Then came the rain, and

our troubles with the Duke.

- [Edmond] Who's that, Mom?

- That's the Grand Duke.

He's the one who's

causing all the trouble.

He sent that mean old rooster

to Chanticleer's farm to pick a fight.

- Hm, how come?

- Because he didn't like

Chanticleer doing all that crowing

and bringing up the sun.

- How come?

- Well, like most owls, he

likes the darkness and the rain.

- I'm not afraid of the dark.


- Oh, it's you.

You scared me!

- Dory, we got big problems.

Have you looked out there?

If that rain doesn't stop,

we're all gonna go

floatin' down the river.

- [Patou] This is my

favorite part of the story.

His name is Edmond, of course

he didn't look quite like

this when I first met him.

Anyhow, we weren't the only

folks having our troubles.

Poor Edmond's family was

having their share too.

- [Father] The river's widened too fast,

we gotta reinforce the sandbags.

- [Mother] Oh, you think that'll work?

- [Father] We'll make it work.

I'll get the boys.

- Me too!

- You stop right there.

- Aw Mom, I'm one of the boys.

- He meant the big boys.

- I'm big enough.

- Not yet you're not, darling.

- [Radio] The U.S. Weather

Bureau is expecting

yet another--


Downpour in the areas worst

hit by this week's flooding.

- [Older Boy] Dad, Mom, come on,

bring the stuff around to the front.

- [Radio] Governor Dale declared

a state of national emergency--

- Come on, guys, move it.

I need some help, we've

gotta get the animals inside.

- [Patou] So while Scott and Mark

got to help protect the

house against the flood,

poor Edmond was left behind where

he'd be safe and out of trouble.

- It's my house too, I wanna help.

- Well then, pray for the rain

to stop, and that'll help.

- [Father] Dory, I can't

find the flashlight!

- Coming!

Now you stay here where

it's safe, pumpkin.

I'm gonna help your father

and I'll be right back.

- [Older Boy] Come on, dad.

- [Father] Great, let's go!

- Hey Dad, they said on the radio

the National Guard might come.

- I am too a big boy.

"And without a reason to crow,

Chanticleer left the farm.

"Then came the rain."


- Mom, here!

- How is she, Frank?

- Just start the truck, she'll be okay.

Hey, hey!

- I know what we need here.

We need Chanticleer.


(water rushing)


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David N. Weiss

David Nathan Weiss (born 1960) is an American writer, lecturer and labor leader. He is a screenwriter of films, including All Dogs go to Heaven, The Rugrats Movie, Shrek 2, Clockstoppers, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Rugrats in Paris: The Movie, and The Smurfs and has also written for television shows such as Mission Hill, all of which were co-written with his writing partner, J. David Stem. more…

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