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Favorite Ornithological Films

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The Birds (1963)


Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Starring: Tippi Hedron, Rod Taylor, Suzanne Pleshette, Jessica Tandy, Veronica Cartwright, Ethel Griffies, Charles McGraw and Doreen Lang


A wealthy San Francisco playgirl pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town which slowly takes a turn when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people there in increasing numbers and with increasing viciousness.
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Director: Clyde Geronomi
Story: E.B. White
Starring (voices): Florence Gill, Frank Graham and Clarence Nash


It's a peaceful day at the local poultry farm until Foxy Loxy happens along intent on a chicken dinner. He takes the advice of a book on psychology by striking "the least intelligent" first and convinces dim witted Chicken Little the sky is falling. Chicken Little spreads the word but when head man Cocky Locky proves the story to be false, Foxy Loxy spreads rumors that Cocky Locky isn't the smart chicken he appears to be, which leads to the ultimate undoing of the chickens at the hands of Foxy Loxy.
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Chicken Run (2000)


Directors: Nick Park and Peter Lord
Starring (voices): Phil Daniels, Lynn Ferguson, Mel Gibson, Tony Haygarth, Jane Horrocks, Miranda Richardson and Timothy Spall


They are prisoners - trapped behind barbed wire, fearing for their very lives and dreaming only of the outside world. Every escape attempt is thwarted, and the ringleader tossed into solitary to do hard time. But this is no ordinary prison... and these are no ordinary jailbirds. They're the inmates at Tweedy's Egg Farm, where any chicken who doesn't put breakfast on the table can wind up as dinner.

But Ginger and her fellow flock are determined to break out before they meet a "fowl" fate. Time is running out as the greedy owner of the farm, Mrs. Tweedy, finds a new way to feather her own nest - turning chickens into chicken pies. Now, with the help of Rocky, "The Lone Free Ranger", the chickens hatch their most spectacular plan to fly the coop in our story of "poultry in motion.".
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Director: Graham Ralph
Starring (voices): Miriam Margolyes, Dermot Morgan, Kate Sachs and Sorcha Cusack


In Ireland, winter season is approaching and ducks are starting their migration. A run-in with a plane gets a young white duck named Sean left behind and stranded and his family presumes he was eaten by a Red Fox.

A kind brown rodent named Voley spares a while before his hiberation to prepare Sean for the cold winter. Later, Shaun finds his young puffin friend Puffy also got left behind and stranded.

For the rest of the winter, the two friends keep each other company. When springtime comes, Sean and Puffy eagerly look for their families. The two friends are cornered by the fox, but are rescued by Voley, and Sean manages to drive away the fox. Soon Sean and Puffy are happily reunited with their families.

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For the Birds (2000)


Director: Ralph Eggleston
Starring (voice): Ralph Eggleston


A group of snooty birds roosting on a telephone wire get their just desserts when a goofy bird drops in.
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Fly Away Home (1996)


Director: Carroll Ballard
Starring: Jeff Daniels, Anna Paquin, Dana Delaney, Terry Kinney, Holter Graham, Jeremy Ratchford, Deborah Verginella and Michael J. Reynolds


A father and daughter decide to attempt to lead a flock of orphaned Canada Geese south by air.
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Director: Hall Barlett
Starring (voices): James Fransiscus, Juliet Mills, Philip Ahn, David Ladd, Kelly Harmon, Dorothy McGuire, Richard Crenna and Hal Holbrook


The inspirational story of one seagull's quest for a higher purpose. Bored of the usual squabbles over food, Jonathan breaks away from his flock to pursue his dream of being able to fly higher, faster and “without limits”. This doesn’t sit too well with the elders and Jonathan finds himself an outcast… at least until he encounters with some other, more evolved seagulls who show him an existentially higher place and encourage him to return to his flock to share his profound life lessons with the others.
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Kes (1969)


Director: Ken Loach
Starring: David Bradley, Freddie Fletcher, Lynne Perrie, Colin Welland, Brian Glover, Bob Bowes, Bernard Atha and Laurence Bould


Billy Casper an academic failure and eternal victim finds release and a sense of personal identity through training a kestrel. Committed to falconry in a way he'll never be to anything at school, Billy gets abuse from his classmates and malicious PE teacher, Mr. Sugden. Only buoyant Mr. Farthing shows any interest in Billy's extracurricular activities, as he discovers this apparently useless layabout is actually highly intelligent and dedicated.
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Director: Zack Snyder
Starring (voices): Jim Sturgess, Geoffrey Rush, Helen Mirren, Sam Neill, Hugo Weaving, Anthony LaPaglia, Emily Barclay, Joel Edgerton, David Wenham, Adrienne DeFaria, Bill Hunter, Richard Roxburgh, Deborra-Lee Furness, Abbie Cornish, Miriam Margolyes and Ryan Kwanten


Soren, a young barn owl, is kidnapped by owls of St. Aggie's, ostensibly an orphanage, where owlets are brainwashed into becoming soldiers. He and his new friends escape to the island of Ga'Hoole to assist its noble, wise owls who fight the army being created by the wicked rulers of St. Aggie's.
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Director: Jack Hannah
Starring (voice): Clarence Nash


Donald is a lighthouse keeper. He shines the light on a sleeping pelican; the angry bird comes into the lighthouse and tries to put out the light. Donald and the bird do battle through the rest of the picture.
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Director: Robert McKimson
Starring (voices): Mel Blanc and Bea Benaderet


Miss Prissy is trying to land a husband and sets her sights on Foghorn.
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Director: Luc Jacquet
Narrator: Morgan Freeman


In the Antarctic, every March since the beginning of time, the quest begins to find the perfect mate and start a family. This courtship will begin with a long journey - a journey that will take them hundreds of miles across the continent by foot, in freezing cold temperatures, in brittle, icy winds and through deep, treacherous waters. They will risk starvation and attack by dangerous predators, under the harshest conditions on earth, all to find true love.
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Director: Vincent McEveety
Starring: Dean Jones, Sandy Duncan, Joe Flynn, Tony Roberts


Professor Dooley takes home a duck from his research laboratory as a pet for his son but soon finds out that it lays golden eggs.
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Piper (2016)


Director: Alan Barillaro
Written by: Alan Barillaro


A mother bird tries to teach her little one how to find food by herself. In the process, she encounters a traumatic experience that she must overcome in order to survive.
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Storm Boy (1976)


Director: Henri Safran
Starring: Greg Rowe, Peter Cummins, David Gulpilil, Judy Dick, Tony Allison, Michael Moody, Graham Dow and Eric Mack


A 10-year-old Australian boy known as Storm Boy is living with his father in a ramshackle house in the sand dunes near Adelaide. Having lost his mother, Storm Boy is growing up alone in that landscape but for the company of his uncommunicative parent, his mercurial Aboriginal friend Fingerbone Bill and a trio of pelicans, including the bird closest to him, Mr Percival.
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Director: Robert Clampett
Starring (voices): Mel Blanc and Tedd Pierce


Babbit and Catstello try to catch Tweety Pie.
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Director: Chuck Jones
Starring: Mel Blanc and Arthur Q. Bryan


Daffy Duck challenges Elmer Fudd to a "fair" fight.
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Director: Jack Cutting
Story: Hans Christian Andersen


A newborn cygnet searches for a family that will accept him.
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Valiant (2005)


Director: Gary Chapmana
Starring (voices): Ewan McGregor, Ricky Gervais, Tim Curry, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Laurie, John Cleese, John Hurt and Pip Torrens


Valiant, a lowly wood pigeon, overcomes his small size to become a hero in Great Britain's Royal Air Force Homing Pigeon Service during World War II.
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Director: Jack King
Starring (voices): Lee Millar and Clarence Nash


Donald is washing windows on a high-rise; Pluto is his assistant, hauling the rope for the platform and refilling buckets but mostly sleeping. And when things are finally going well, Donald makes the mistake of tormenting a bee.
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Directors: Michel Debats and Jacques Cluzaud
Narrators: Phillippe Labro and Jacques Perrin


With minimal narration and on-screen titles to identify the varieties of flying wildlife, this astonishing film uses no special effects whatsoever, with soaring, seemingly miraculous camera work that blesses the viewer with, quite literally, a bird's-eye view. With the complete "cooperation" of countless species of migrating birds, all answering to eons of migratory instinct.
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Yellowbird (2014)


Director: Christian De Vita
Starring (voices): Seth Green, Dakota Fanning, Danny Glover, Yvette Nicole Brown, Jim Rash, Christine Baranski, Brady Corbet, Elliott Gould, Richard Kind, Joey King, Jadon Sand, Cedric Yarbrough, Tara Strong, Jamie Denbo, Zachary Gordon and Ryan Lee


A hero's journey with a most unlikely hero. Yellowbird is a teeny tiny orphaned bird that has never left the nest, has no family, yet desperately wants one - That is, until he finds himself leading a flock on their migration to Africa.
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A list of my favorite films featuring birds.

Listed in alphabetical order.

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Published 3 years, 10 months ago



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Posted: 3 years, 10 months ago at Feb 1 10:43
The Birds, Winged Migration and March of the Penguins are my favourites on this list.

Do you know Tweety (and Sylvester)? :-)
Posted: 3 years, 10 months ago at Feb 1 10:46
Yes, I love Tweety Pie! I've added him for you. :)
Posted: 3 years, 10 months ago at Feb 1 13:26
Nice list, Kathy! I've always loved The Birds and I quite enjoyed Legend of the Guardians as well as the old, cartoon, short films you've listed here. :)
Posted: 3 years, 10 months ago at Feb 1 13:54
Thanks Aesthetix! I'll add extra items to the list as I remember more 'birdy' films. I want to include one of Daffy Duck's cartoons too.
Posted: 3 years, 10 months ago at Feb 1 22:15
March of the Penguins is beautiful!
Posted: 3 years, 10 months ago at Feb 3 11:26
Yes, great cinematography. :)
Posted: 3 years, 8 months ago at Mar 25 21:30
Very cool selection films :)
Posted: 3 years, 8 months ago at Mar 26 9:51
Thanks Rath!
Posted: 2 years, 10 months ago at Feb 4 13:42
Good List!!
Winged Migration and March of the Penguins I cried with these documentaries
Posted: 2 years, 10 months ago at Feb 4 14:04
Thanks, xolmis!
Posted: 2 years, 3 months ago at Sep 11 16:48
Complicated title name for a list!! :p
Posted: 2 years, 3 months ago at Sep 11 16:54
It's just another name for birds. :)
Posted: 2 years, 3 months ago at Sep 11 17:46
yep I just learnt that : )

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