An animated story of heroism, bravery and friendship, Brad Garrett (Finding Nemo, Ratatouille) and Jeff Foxworthy (Smurfs, Fox & The Hound) headline the family-friendly, high-flying tale, The Aviators, arriving on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD February 3 from VIVA Pictures and Cinedigm. Directed by famed animator Miquel Pujol, the unforgettable adventure features the original song “We’re Fighting For Survival,” performed by Foxworthy.
Based on a true story set during World War I, The Aviators follows the adventures of a courageous, albeit clumsy, group of pigeons and their sidekick, a resourceful engineer mouse (Foxworthy). When their small farm is turned into a military training post and communications centre for the Allies, the group of unlikely heroes enlists as carrier pigeons and bravely complete airborne missions to assist the soldiers on the battlefield. When given their biggest assignment yet, the team bands together to save the day and soar into history!
The Aviators was originally released under the title Cher Ami in Spanish at the San Sebastián Film Festival in 2008, and is now available on Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD in English.
The story centres around the exploits of a group of carrier pigeons and Lindbergh, their mouse friend. The animation has a unique feel to it, with computer generated backgrounds and what appear to be hand drawn characters. Overall, the colour palette is darker than the cover might lead you to believe, and it gives an “old-timey” feel that really suits the subject matter.
To be honest, the story didn’t interest me as much as the usual more fantasy-oriented animated movies, but Tee enjoyed watching the movie which is the most important thing. She liked the animal characters, and especially the little mouse. I didn’t show this to my two-year-old due to the subject matter, and I’m glad I made that call as there were several scenes that would have been too intense for her. I would suggest this movie for older children.
The Blu-ray DVD combo pack does not come with any bonus materials.
The Aviators is now available on DVD and Blu-ray + DVD combo pack at Amazon.
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