Since striking out on his own, former Disney animator Don Bluth has created a number of lushly animated films (THE SECRET OF NIMH, AN AMERICAN TAIL, THE LAND BEFORE TIME, ALL DOGS GO TO HEAVEN) whose superior imagery is undercut by weak narratives. With this latest release, Bluth does a
better job of telling a concise, coherent story, but the quality of the animation doesn't quite match the high standard of his earlier work.
The filmmakers have given a new, contemporary, rock 'n' roll twist to the old story of Chanticleer, the fabled rooster who caused the sun to rise each morning with his robust crowing. Borrowing liberally from THE WIZARD OF OZ, the brief live...