La Gabbianella e il Gatto (1998)

Genres - Children's/Family, Fantasy  |   Run Time - 75 min.  |   Countries - Italy  |  
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This animated feature, based on a best-selling Chilean children's book, was the most expensive Italian cartoon ever at the time of its release, produced at a cost of $6 million. Zorba, a cat, one day finds a dying seagull in his yard, a victim of a recent oil spill. Zorba promises the gull that he'll look after the egg she's nesting, and before long Lucky is hatched. Zorba watches over the baby bird and teaches it to fly with the help of his friends, but when Lucky runs afoul of a gang of criminal sewer rats, Zorba must come to the rescue. A planned English-language version is expected to feature voices and songs from British pop musicians Peter Hammill and Midge Ure.