7.1/10
323
4 user

It's Tough to Be a Bird (1969)

Part cartoon and part documentary, this film offers a humorous look at birds and the ways people perceive them.

Director:

Ward Kimball

Writers:

Ted Berman (story), Ward Kimball (story)
Reviews
Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

On a sandy desert, a man made of sand constructs other sand creatures to help make a beautiful sand castle for themselves.

Director: Co Hoedeman
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Court jester Bugs races against the Black Knight (Yosemite Sam) and his sneezing dragon in pursuit of the Singing Sword.

Director: Friz Freleng
Stars: Mel Blanc
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Winnie the Pooh and his friends experience high winds, heavy rains, and a flood in Hundred Acre Wood.

Director: Wolfgang Reitherman
Stars: Sebastian Cabot, Sterling Holloway, John Fiedler
Animation | Family | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

When Sylvester learns of the possibly dire consequences of his passion for birds, he joins Birds Anonymous to quit. Unfortunately, the outside world taxes his resolve to the limit.

Director: Friz Freleng
Stars: Mel Blanc
Johann Mouse (1953)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

At the home of Austrian composer Johann Strauss, lived Johann Mouse. Whenever the composer played his waltzes, the mouse would dance to the music, unable to control himself. One day, when ... See full summary »

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna
Stars: Hans Conried
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A crash course on the history of Western musical instruments.

Directors: Ward Kimball, Charles A. Nichols
Stars: The Mellomen, Loulie Jean Norman, Charlie Parlota
Family | Short | Animation
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The Bide-a-Wee Mouse Home has sent the orphan mouse, Nibbles, to spend Thanksgiving with Jerry. But Jerry's cupboard is bare, and Nibbles is always hungry. They start by raiding Tom's milk ... See full summary »

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Pepe Le Peu chases a female cat in a perfume shop until she turns the tables on him.

Director: Chuck Jones
Stars: Mel Blanc
Family | Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

At a used car lot, Mr. Magoo is intent on buying a car for his nephew Waldo. He is slick talked into buying an old clunker thanks to a shifty salesman but he drives it off anyway. ... See full summary »

Director: Pete Burness
Stars: Jim Backus, Daws Butler
Animation | Family | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A house painter uses blue as his color of choice, while the Pink Panther has a different selection in mind.

Directors: Friz Freleng, Hawley Pratt
A Christmas Carol (TV Short 1971)
Animation | Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An old bitter miser is given a chance for redemption when spirits visit him on Christmas Eve.

Director: Richard Williams
Stars: Alastair Sim, Michael Redgrave, Michael Hordern
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

This Tom and Jerry cartoon is set in 17th century France. Tom, who is a soldier in the King's castle, is assigned to guard the food laid out on a banquet table. Jerry and a smaller mouse ... See full summary »

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna
Stars: Francoise Brun-Cottan
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ruth Buzzi ... Soprano (voice)
Richard Bakalyan ... Narrator (voice)
John Emerson John Emerson ... Bird Fancier
Jim Swain Jim Swain ... Bird Fancier
Ann Lord Ann Lord ... Bird Fancier
Hank Schloss Hank Schloss ... Bird Fancier
Walter Perkins Walter Perkins ... Bird Fancier
Rolf Darbo Rolf Darbo ... Bird Fancier
Edit

Storyline

A street smart red bird with a heavy New York accent serves as the narrator, who tries to explains why it's tough to be a bird. This edutaining animated short with documentary segments explains the common evolutionary origin of birds, how various cultures have perceived the birds throughout history, how some species have become extinct or endangered due to human activity, how people like birdwatchers or townsfolk of Hinckley, Ohio, where the annual Buzzard Day is celebrated, enjoy the birds in a friendly manner and what a monty pythonesque cutout animation collage with birds looks like.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

It's tough to be a bird!


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 December 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

C'est pas drôle d'être un oiseau See more »

Filming Locations:

Hinckley, Ohio, USA

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

It was the last animated short film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios to win an Academy Award, until Paperman (2012). See more »

Quotes

Narrator: [flying a plane] Although we want to live a life serene and keep our feathers and our noses clean, with human population on the scene, man!
[gunshots destroy the plane as he says:]
Narrator: It is so tough... to be... a... bird!
See more »

Alternate Versions

An extended version aired as an episode of _Wonderful World of Disney, The (1969)_ a year after its initial release. See more »

Connections

References Mary Poppins (1964) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

OMG- it really existed!!
30 October 2003 | by movibuf1962See all my reviews

I'm just glad to know that this thing really existed, and I wasn't just imagining things at the age of seven!! I'd love for this to go to home video; it's an imaginative and totally skewered animated documentary which seems to borrow a lot of its style from the animated MONTY PYTHON. The bird who narrates is continually bandaged and casted, and even the 60's NBC peacock arrives in a 2-second cameo to sneeze his feathers completely off!!


9 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 4 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed