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Bill and Coo

1948

This is one of the oddest family films ever... The feathered residents of Chirpendale are terrorized by an evil black crow by the name of "The Black Menace". But to the citizen's rescue comes a brave young taxi puller named Bill!


Bill and Coo is a 1948 film directed by Dean Riesner, filmed in Trucolor, and conceived to showcase George Burton (actor)'s trained birds (Burton's Birds).
The 61-minute live-action film stars many types of birds, including budgerigars, commonly known in the US as parakeets) and lovebirds. The film also features other trained animals, including cats, dogs and a crow. With the exception of three humans (producer Ken Murray (entertainer), bird trainer George Burton, and Elizabeth Walters) in a short set-up segment before the opening credits, the film features an all-animal cast. The film was shot on the world's second smallest film set, a miniature village built onto a 15' x 30' (4.57m X 9.14m) tabletop.
The film received an Honorary Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the "Oscars") "In which artistry and patience blended in a novel and entertaining use of the medium of motion pictures."

Plot

The plot of the film is that the birds live in a fictional, peaceful town named Chirpendale. A crow arrives known as the Black Menace. As his name suggests, the Black Menace terrorizes the town. The story follows the adventures of the hero Bill, a cab driver, as he tries to save Coo and the rest of the town's inhabitants from certain destruction.

Category:1948 films
Category:Films awarded an Academy Honorary Award

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Ken Murray

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