|Sadly, the Deliverance squirrel does not feature prominently at all.
Then all the other animals from the storybook come in on a raft. They are also looking for Chanticleer! Without his crowing, the sun hasn’t come up, and they need him to chase away this rain, before the flood drowns them all and the owls, emboldened by this eternal night, eat them! So with Edmond’s help, a senile dog, a selfish magpie, and a snooty rat set off for The City to find Chanticleer. Once there, they learn that he has gone on to fame and fortune as a massive music and film star going by the name of “The King”, complete with a black-dyed comb and a Tom Parker style agent. Chanticleer and-
|WHY IS HE WEARING GLOVES ON HIS WINGS.
* First of all, and most glaringly, if Chanticleer’s not crowing anymore is what caused the sun to stop coming up, WHY DID IT COME UP WITHOUT HIM CROWING THE FIRST TIME?! The sun comes up and the animals laugh at him, and he leaves. Then it stops coming up, and the rain comes, and it’s his fault HOW?!
* Do the animals live on Edmond’s farm, or not? The movie pretty clearly implies that this is all a dream, although it’s super wishy washy on the topic, and I’m meeting them more than halfway in agreeing to that. But even in the context of the dream, the farm they’re trying to save seems to be the one he lives on, and yet it’s implied they traveled a long way and are unfamiliar with him.
|This is our duterantagonist, to coin a phrase no one will ever use. He is also terrible.
* How long has Chanticleer been off the farm? Long enough to become a major star with a fully furnished helicopter and a major film career, but short enough that Goldie the showgirl is jealous that he’s the “new star”.
Edmond: We have to go to The City!
Patou: (narration) And so we went to the city, but when we got there, we couldn’t believe what we saw.
Edmond: It’s Chawnticwear!
Patou: (narration) And sure enough, it was Shanticlaire, and he’d become a big star!
Patou: (narration) Edmond had just told us to go to the theater. Sorry. I was talking. I think there was a song here?
Patou: I can’t tie my shoes!
Patou: (narration) And I still couldn’t tie my shoes!
|ha ha because shoes
The cast is... Well, mostly terrible. The kid is awful, even by child actor standards. He’s got a severe rhotacism that makes him sound like junior Elmer Fudd. And while I’d never make fun of a kid for having a speech impediment, especially such a common one, I do question the judgment of giving him a voice over role. Chanticleer is Glen Campbell, who built a whole career on being a pale shadow of more talented singers, so it’s no surprise that the Elvis impersonation is barely credible. And if you’ve seen the older version of True Grit, you know what kind of actor he is, i.e. not one at all. The Duke of Owls is a badly slumming Christopher Plummer, who gives the role WAY more nuance and effort than it deserves, because he’s phenomenal.
|Released the same year as Star Trek 6, containing one of his greatest and hammiest performances.
Don't touch the star, Try, you won't get very far, We'll bounce you once, bounce you twice, If you get outta line, we're not very nice, We'll bounce, bounce you all over the place! Bounce! Bounce! Bounce! Bounce! If we don't like your face!
Tweedely dee (Tweedely dee)They're running out (They're running out)They're running out of batteries! (Of batteries!) Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! No batteries!
|To be fair, this is the greatest piece of promotional art ever.
* Okay, to be fair, while most of the live action stuff is hot garbage, the bit where a talon-like tree limb crashes into Edmond’s room is pretty cool.
|Then he has a nervous breakdown and fantasy/nightmare sequence where he crawls around inside his own brain. That is a thing that happens.
* Phil Harris’s birth name is Wonga Philip Harris. I had to double check that for accuracy, because the first place I saw it was on his Wikipedia page, which currently states that he is “probably best known” for Rockadoodle. I felt a violent urge to change that, but I left it in case you don’t believe me.