Movie review by
Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
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Colorful tale of singing rooster has perilous moments.
  • G
  • 1992
  • 77 minutes

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 2 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

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 & Representations

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.

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.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byHolly R. May 12, 2018

I used to love this as a kid

Nostalgia of watching this as a little bitty kid is the only thing keeping this from being a 2 star. For people who didn't grow up in the 90's and hav... Continue reading
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... Continue reading
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'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.   

Talk to your kids 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?

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