Movie review by
Common Sense Media Editors, Common Sense Media
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This animated WWII story may not engage all kids.
  • G
  • 2005
  • 76 minutes

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 7 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The moral is that "it's not the size of the wingspan that counts, but the size of the spirit".

Violence & Scariness

The falcons may frighten small kids. Lots of talk about death and the probability of dying in battle. One character appears to die, and characters are in peril for most of the movie. Explosions and gunfire during battle, fighting, birds held hostage in cages, and dead stuffed pigeons are shown.

Sexy Stuff

Some innocent bird "pecking" and a brief shot of a pin-up bird wearing a bikini.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Scenes in a bar.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie takes place during WWII and a lot of time is spent focusing on possible death in battle -- some of it put in upsetting terms, such as characters being told that their "innards will be spread like jam on toast" when they are killed. Some parents might not be comfortable with the movie's focus on war. The falcons may frighten small children. One character appears to die, and characters are in peril for most of the movie. There are explosions and gunfire during battle, lots of fighting, birds being held hostage in cages, and bones of dead birds shown. We also see dead birds that have been stuffed. A bird is injected with truth serum. There is some toilet humor involving burping and passing gas. Since this is a British production voiced by British actors, kids may have a hard time understanding all of the dialogue. They will also probably miss most of the references to WWII.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bymama milky October 25, 2020
Parent Written byrbt1 October 12, 2012

My sensitive boy enjoyed this movie

My 5 year old loved this. Some of the humor may have gone over his head but he loved he story of Valient and was not frightened by the evil falcons. He can be... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old June 15, 2011

A little scary but good for kids

Well it was funny. I saw this movie when I was in kindergarden and I still remember it. I used to be afraid of The falcons When I was little which may frighten... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old April 11, 2011

Pretty bad movie

I thought this movie was pretty strange so I gave it only 2 stars because I thought it was pretty bad and they used "butt" in one part but some good m... Continue reading

What's the story?

Valiant (voiced by Ewan McGregor) is a brave but small pigeon who dreams of joining the elite Royal Homing Pigeon Service and serving his country during WWII. Despite the odds, he and his pal Bugsy (Ricky Gervais) endure the rigorous training necessary to prepare them for dangerous missions behind enemy lines. But as a brigade of evil German falcons threatens their initial mission, Valiant and the rag-tag group of birds from Squad F must save the day.

Is it any good?

Despite the G rating, VALIANT doesn't really seem aimed at kids. Most children won't be familiar with the WWII setting, and many of the comedic references to Normandy, the French Resistance, and war propaganda films will be lost on them. Some parents won't be comfortable with the movie's focus on war and death, either. However, kids will probably enjoy the colorful bird characters and some of the lowbrow humor involving pratfalls and burping -- just know that this movie, which is being advertised as "coming from the producer of Shrek and Shrek 2" doesn't have much in common with either of these lighthearted films.

While kids may like the classic tale of an underdog overcoming the odds, they aren't likely to be too interested in all the WWII details -- their grandparents are more likely to enjoy the clever references than they are. At a recent screening, kids seemed bored throughout much of the movie -- any laughter was generally coming from parents, who enjoyed references like a French mouse named Charles De Girl. The parts of the movie that focused on Bugsy burping or the bumbling characters falling or bumping into each other elicited the most laughs from children. Overall this is a cute and visually appealing film, but not all kids are going to appreciate it.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about WWII since the reasons for the war are never explained and the movie assumes some knowledge of the events -- many of the jokes revolve around references to the war. Parents with younger kids can focus on the message that "it's not the size of the wingspan that counts, but the size of the spirit". They could also point out to kids that the film was inspired by the fact that pigeons saved thousands of lives during the war, and that 31 of the 53 top honors given to animal heroes went to pigeons.

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