Inspired by and based on true events, “The Aviators” (or “Cher Ami”) tells the heroic tale of a group of carrier pigeons that assisted the U.S. forces in World War I by carrying secret messages between troops in battle.
Cher Ami, the titular pigeon of this film, is currently on display at the Smithsonian and was awarded the Croix de Medal for his heroic service in delivering a message from troops under fire despite being shot and suffering a broken leg. This gallant story is the focus of the film.
“The Aviators” takes viewers on a fun and exciting adventure as the birds learn to be carriers and, with the help of neurotic mouse and inventor Lindberg, take on the enemy and save the day.
During WWI, armies used carrier pigeons to send messages between troops. This is a story about the training the birds received and the action they experienced, and is told from the animals’ and birds’ points of view. Once recruited, the birds take their new positions very seriously. Soon the entire farm gets involved when the brave group is sent on a mission to save troops in trouble.When enemy hawks try to stop the pigeons from carrying their messages, it is the pigeon Cher Ami who steps in to carry the vital message along. Lindberg the mouse bombards the evil birds, with help from the other farm animals, so the mission can be completed. This is an entertaining, animated tale, that we award the Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for ages 12 and older due to some scenes that may be scary for younger audiences.