Synopsis: Set in 1944, Valiant is a woodland pigeon who wants to become a great hero someday. When he hears they are hiring recruits for the Royal Homing Pigeon Service, he immediately sets out for London. On the way, he meets a smelly but friendly pigeon named Bugsy, who joins him, mainly to get away from clients he cheated in a game of find-the pebble, and helps him sign up for the war.
Director(s): Gary Chapman
Production: Buena Vista
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
76 min


I think I saw something.

Steady, lads.

We're almost home.

Just a few flaps more, we'll be over

the White Cliffs of Dover.


- Five o'clock. They're coming in hot.

- Then lift it 30.


Stay with me, Pirate.


[buoy bell ringing]


Wing Commander Gutsy,

this just in from a seagull near Dover.

None of them made it back alive.

None of them? But...

- But those were some of our top fliers.

- I'm sorry, sir.

- I'm just the messenger pigeon.

- [sighing]

If we don't find

some more birds fast,

our goose is going to be cooked.



[man] Birds On The March.

Across the nation

and the globe,

pigeons are taking wing

in the fight for freedom,

Delivering top-secret messages

from behind enemy lines,

these fine-feathered aviators

are the pride of the Allied forces,

It's the Royal Homing Pigeon

Service that leads the way,

Whether cutting through enemy lines,

or just cutting wise,

these proud pigeons

are the model of birdhood,

But don 't count out the doves,

War bond birds play a vital role

in raising seeds for the troops,

Wait a minute, Ahoy, mates,

Nursing doves at two o 'clock,

Now, that's what I call a task force,

Luxury bird baths? Why not?

These hearty heroes

need to look their best,

Of course, not just any pigeon

can make the cut,

- [honking]

- But there's always room

for a few brave recruits,

And there they go,

off to another exciting mission,

Homing pigeons, we salute you,

- Wow.

- [cheering]


This is the shot, boys.

Watch this.

- Two in the corner...

- Felix!

- [groaning]

- Valiant, do you mind?

Oh, sorry. Felix!

Felix! I could do it.

I could do that, Felix.

Do what, laddie?

I could be one of those brave recruits,

taking wing in the fight for freedom.

I know I could. I know it.


Did I ever tell you,

when I was your age,

I was already on the shores of France.

Aquatic Brigade. Gull Division.

If it weren't for me wooden drumstick,

and that shrapnel in me poop deck,

I'd be out there right now.

You're right.

I'm what they're looking for.

A pigeon with that,

with that something extra.

You know it's not a bloke's

wingspan that counts.

It's the size of his spirit.

Hey, everybody, look outside!

- Ooh. Aaah.

- The corkscrew.

[excited chatter]

Royal Homing Pigeon Service.

Magnificent devils.


Wing Commander Gutsy.

- The most decorated pigeon ever.

- [Gutsy] Thank you.

Yes, much obliged. Thank you.

[Felix] Come and have

a drink with me now.

- What'll it be, boys?

- Bug juice, shaken, not stirred.

The RHPS always drinks on the house.

Ooh. Bug juice.

Shaken, not stirred.

Merci beaucoup, ma cherie,

Oh, you spoke French.



So? What's the news

from the front?

- Can't say, of course. Classified.

- [all] Ooh.

But danger is our business,

and, I'm sorry to say,

business is all too good.

Let me through.

Got to get to Wing Commander...


- Excuse me, Wing Commander?

- Yes?

Sir? Where do I sign up?

Aren't you a bit on the wee side?

Talk about a small wingspan, pipsqueak.

Tweet, tweet.

- [clearing throat]

- Tweet, tweet, tweet.

- Tweet, tweet?

- There's always a place

for a few valiant birds.

Sign-up is tomorrow in London.

Love to stay and chat, but duty calls,

and we must answer.

Beaks up, boys.

Let's make wind.

- Hip, hip...

- [all] Hooray!

[all] Hip, hip, hooray!


I don't want to work.

You should have my job.

I'm far more talented

and better-looking.


Herr General!

Welcome back, General Von Talon.

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