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In 1991, Peter Keefe acquired the rights to the 1990 Danish animated film Fuglekrigen i Kanøfleskoven (ENG: War of the Birds) for an English language release. Garrett Fredrickson, who was initially asked to produce the dub, but was unable to due to working on The Song of the Shattered Skies, wrote the English script while the songs were translated and rewritten by William Finn, the English version also carried some new pieces of music composed by Stephen Rucker in tandem with some of Fuzzy's pieces. Unlike many theatrically released English dubs of non-anime films, the film was released almost entirely uncut, with only a small amount of edits done so the movie could secure a PG rating from the MPAA.

Due to Garrett Fredrickson's involvement as a writer, Carl Andy voiced one of the two Blackbirds in the film, while the rest of the voices were done by television voice actors. The English language version was released by Island Pictures on January 17, 1992, only grossing $3.1 million against a budget of $2.4 Million and received mildly positive reviews from critics. Warner Home Video (who coincidentally released the VHS of the original movie in Norway, France and Germany) initially secured the home video rights via a deal with Island Pictures, but the rights were assumed by PolyGram Video when they bought the latter company in 1994. As of today, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer owns the film's rights due to their ownership of the pre-1996 PolyGram Films library.

Voices

  • Dana Hill as Oliver
  • Brianne Siddall as Olivia
    • Kath Soucie as Olivia's singing voice
  • Neil Ross as Walter and Frederik
  • Julie Maddalena as Betty
  • Scott Menville as Ingolf
  • Bill Martin as Fagin
  • Jennifer Darling as Fagin's Dove
  • Frank Welker as Armstrong
  • B.J. Ward and Carl Andy as The Blackbirds

Additional Voices

  • Neil Ross
  • B.J. Ward
  • Will Ryan
  • Frank Welker
  • Lara Cody
  • Kath Soucie

Home Video releases

  • 1992 Warner Home Video VHS/Laserdisc
  • 1995 PolyGram Video VHS
  • 1998 PolyGram Video DVD
  • 2006 MGM Home Entertainment DVD (Distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
  • 2019 Olive Films DVD/Blu-Ray (Under license from MGM)
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