Valiant, Disney’s first CG feature crafted outside of Pixar, is the latest toon affected by schedule shuffling. Produced by London-based Vanguard Animation, the WWII carrier pigeon pic recently had its U.K. premiere but won’t make it to U.S. theaters until August.
Originally scheduled to arrive in North America on April 15, Valiant is an adventure/comedy that tells the story of a lowly wood pigeon who overcomes his small size to become a hero in Great Britain’s Royal Air Force Homing Pigeon Service during the second World War.
Ewan McGregor, who can now be heard as the lead in Fox’s Robots, voices the title character in Valiant, leading a star-studded cast that includes Sir Ben Kingsley (Sexy Beast, House of Sand and Fog) Jim Broadbent (Moulin Rouge, Bridget Jones’s Diary), Rupert Everett (An Ideal Husband, My Best Friend’s Wedding), John Hurt (Harry Potter films, The Elephant Man) Hugh Laurie (Stuart Little 1 and 2, TV’s House) and Ricky Gervais (BBC’s The Office).
British character designer Gary Chapman makes his directorial debut with this film, produced by John H. Williams (Shrek 1 and 2). Exec producers are Barnaby Thompson for Ealing Studios, Ralph Kamp for Odyssey Ent., Robert Jones for the U.K. Film Council and Keith Evans for Baker Street Media Finance. Eric M. Bennett, Curtis Augspurger and Buckley Collum serve as co-producers for Vanguard.
Valiant was produced at Vanguard Animation’s recently built CG studio at Ealing Studios in London. Disney is distributing the picture in North America and Odyssey Ent. in the U.K. is handling international distribution. Disney will follow the release with the Nov. 4 debut of Chicken Little, it’s first CG feature produced in house.