• Review Date: December 22, 2010
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1992
  • Running Time: 77 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Colorful tale of singing rooster has perilous moments.
  • Review Date: December 22, 2010
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1992
  • Running Time: 77 minutes





What parents need to know

Educational value

The movie is intended to entertain rather than educate.

Positive messages

Though Chanticleer is ridiculed when he can't bring out the sun with his crow, his friends apologize to him for betraying his friendship.

Positive role models

Edmond -- a boy who turns into a cat when the floods come -- does his very best to show that he's brave and that he can help his family during a crisis.

Violence & scariness

Perilous flood scenes, both in live-action format and in animated format. The Owl Duke threatens to destroy certain animals. Cartoon slapstick violence.

Sexy stuff

Goldie is a pheasant with a curvaceous figure. She dresses like a showgirl and talks in a baby voice but has grit to spare.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Goldie and the King drink wine and champagne when they celebrate their love for each other. A character has a cigar in his mouth in every scene.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the young hero of this movie, Edmond, struggles to survive during a flood. He has companions who help him along the way, but he's afraid that his parents are in danger back home on the farm. One animated animal female character dresses provocatively, and some occasional celebratory drinking and cigar smoking appear in animated scenes.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Chanticleer the rooster (voiced by Glen Campbell) is fabled to be able to bring the sun up with his crow. But when the evil Owl Duke (Christopher Plummer) sends a challenger to crimp Chanticleer's style, the sun rises without the rooster's song, and Chanticleer slinks away to the city, thinking that he's a phony. When a boy named Edmond (Toby Scott Ganger), who's reading Chanticleer's story, witnesses a real-life impending flood, he calls for Chanticleer's return and finds himself part of a gang of animals who are also searching for the sun's savior. Meanwhile, this rooster has found a rocking career in the big city as a crooner named the King. But can the animals find him in time to bring back the sun to their ravaged home?

Is it any good?


Plucky and clever, this fast-paced movie has roots in the European fable of Chanticleer, a rooster with a legendary crow. But the film pulls just as much from The Wizard of Oz, with a live-action story that plunges its child hero into an animated dream so real that he can't believe it's not true.

The music is pleasing to the ear, and the animation is fluid and life-like. Though some might criticize the creators for leaning too heavily on Elvis as Chanticleer's alter-ego, those who love the real "King" will enjoy the rooster "King," whose vocals by country star Campbell really hop and hum. Movie and TV buffs will enjoy the voice talents of Plummer, whose evil Owl is as frightening as Charles Nelson Riley's nincompoop nephew is silly.   

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why Chanticleer feels so rejected by his peers that he leaves town in disgrace. Does that kind of shaming happen in real life? What could he have done to avoid it?

  • Chanticleer and Goldie drink champagne and wine to celebrate. Adults might find it interesting to discover how subtle messages like this affect young viewers.

  • Edmond is so involved in a story that he dreams that he becomes intimately entwined in the outcome. Or does he dream it? How can he separate imagination from reality?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:April 3, 1992
DVD release date:July 20, 1999
Cast:Christopher Plummer, Glen Campbell, Phil Harris
Director:Don Bluth
Studio:Samuel Goldwyn Company
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Horses and farm animals, Music and sing-along
Run time:77 minutes
MPAA rating:G

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Teen, 14 years old Written byWindindi October 1, 2013

Rock A Doodle: Winster Critic

Hello I'm the Winster Critic, and I am here to review Rock-A-Doodle! Rock-A-Doodle isn't the best film, but it is pretty ok for me. The roosters name is one thing that is confusing, I thought it would be Cocky or Clucky, but...Chanticleer...?...Don't ask me, but also, they got a little brat named Edmund (Toby Scott Ganger) to be the so called "hero" of this film, and it sort of is a rip-off of The Wizard of Oz, but Elvis style. In my heart, this really is a film for kids and really speaks to you at times, just whenever something like the "love" areas come around, pay no attention, otherwise, geat film for kids!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written bynduns May 7, 2011

So bad it's hilarious...

Nowadays, it seems Rock-A-Doodle is one of those films that's become a huge cult classic... but for all the wrong reasons. Okay, sure, you got some nostalgics who can't help loving it after all the years, but then you get guys like me who see every single blatantly obvious problem with the story, the fact that it tried to be a musical and fails miserably at that, the fact that it's just so poorly written and contrived with the overall lesson being shoved in our faces and still enjoy it. Why? Because it's unintentionally funny! The villain songs are so non-threatening, they may as well be in a parody of Disney musicals! I find it absolutely hilarious how the writers somehow failed to notice the most obvious plothole, that being the sun coming up without Chanticleer that one time and that's it. With a bit of polish, maybe even replacing the grand duke with Pinky as the villain, this movie could have worked well enough, but the writers seemed intent on making it as violent as possible, so they had to throw in the whole owls thing. All I can say is, yeah, this movie is terrible, but it's enjoyable because of that!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Great messages
Teen, 15 years old Written byDominicboo1 March 24, 2011

Cute Elvis Impersonating Rooster!

An entertaining Don Bluth film, but may scare younger children. Patou the dog used to be my favorite cartoon growing up!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Great role models


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