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Valiant
(2005)
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U.K. release
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Geoffrey Alexander
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Debonair Records
(April 4th, 2005)

Walt Disney Records
(August 16th, 2005)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The first album (April, 2005) was a limited commercial album in the United Kingdom, released by Fenton's own Debonair Records label. Some collectors consider these albums more promotional than commercial. It was available to Americans as an import at soundtrack specialty outlets for about $25. A subsequent, regular commercial release by Disney (August, 2005) is available internationally.
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Buy it... if you enjoy the style of British military fanfares and can be enveloped in the pompous nature of George Fenton's constant marches for the film.

Avoid it... if the variety and inventiveness of Fenton's themes in his recent successes is what inspires you to purchase his music.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,347
WRITTEN 5/14/05, REVISED 11/13/05
Fenton
Fenton
Valiant: (George Fenton) A digitally animated British film from Vanguard Studios, Valiant was co-produced by the producer of Shrek and is aimed at British audiences with its all-British cast and stubborn English humor. It's the United Kingdom's attempt to capture the same enthusiasm (and box office) as Aardman Animation's Chicken Run of several years ago, and there's just enough humor aimed at Americans in Valiant to make the film viable for an international audience as well. It's a hard stretch to say that the film is very loosely based on real events given that the story involves a patriotic pigeon who decides to go to war for King and country in the Royal Homing Pigeon Service during World War II. But the British military actually gave medals for bravery to carrier pigeons at the time, so one could conceivably say that the story is partly based on true events. All joking aside, the film's animation is adequate, and the voices of everyone from Ewan McGregor to John Cleese bless the variety of pigeons and other birds on screen, although the film has failed to generate the widespread interest of the Pixar variety. Kids will enjoy the continuous fart, belch, and armpit jokes, although the endless one-liners that propel the best of the genre are too few and far between in Valiant to meet expectations. The film is Britain's first full-fledged wide release of their own animated-CGI film, and who better to serve the music for this inauguration than George Fenton? While Fenton's composing career has been strong for two decades, it wasn't until his grand score for the wildly popular television series The Blue Planet that Fenton became a popular name in many parts of the U.K. After years of conducting concerts of his music for The Blue Planet around the world, his score for the movie adaptation, Deep Blue, only improved the quality of his work for the documentary genre. With this popularity in mind, Fenton's involvement with Valiant is not surprising, and the composer assembles performances from three orchestral and band ensembles to provide a massive comedy score for the film. Everything about Valiant is British, and Fenton lathers on another layer of pomp to the film with his score.



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370 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.11 Stars
***** 83 5 Stars
**** 89 4 Stars
*** 63 3 Stars
** 59 2 Stars
* 76 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Both Albums Tracks   ▼Total Time: 47:18
• 1. Valiant (2:30)
• 2. March of the R.H.P.S. (1:33)
• 3. Wish Me Luck (2:10)
• 4. Meeting Bugsy (1:01)
• 5. Arrival at Camp (2:47)
• 6. Von Talon and the Bastion (3:26)
• 7. Victoria and the Final Training (1:52)
• 8. The Eve of the Mission (Adagio) (3:56)
• 9. Mouse Division (4:21)
• 10. Decoys (2:19)
• 11. Re Grouping (1:11)
• 12. The Rescue and the Escape (12:48)
• 13. Winged Heroes (Adagio and Fanfare) (1:40)
• 14. End Titles/March of the R.H.P.S. (2:59)
• 15. Shoo Shoo Baby -- performed by Mis-Teeq (2:39)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The identical inserts on both albums include notes about the film, background information on the performing groups, and an overview of Fenton's career.
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