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Fagin (War of the Birds)

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Fagin is the main antagonist of the 1990 animated Danish film, War of the Birds.

He was voiced by the late Claus Ryskjær.

History

Fagin was extremely spiteful and manipulative in life as he killed off the parents of the main heroes of the film, Olivia and Oliver. He also kept around a beautiful dove as a slave to do his evil bidding. He plans to get Olivia and Oliver and eat them.

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Fagin and his dove slave.


Fagin later appears when he finds the two and corners them into a can, but he is then chased off by the dog of a birdwatcher.

The following day, Dove accidentally reveals to Fagin that Oliver, Olivia, their two mice friends (Ingolf and Fredrick), and the seagull Armstrong are making a trap to get rid of Fagin, and how she wants to fight for her freedom too. For keeping the secret hidden from him, Fagin punishes Dove by cutting her with his talons and flies off to kill the children.

Fagin then finds the children, who ask him about their parents, which Fagin replies that they were delicious and the children would make good desert. He then dismembers the trap and attacks them, which Oliver attempts to protect them. As they fight, Dove warns Betty, Oliver and Olivia's guardian, about their brawl. Fagin then slaps Oliver with his wing, knocking him unconscious, but before he is able to eat him, Betty arrives and slashes Fagin's right eye, leaving him half-blind. Fagin then chases Betty into storm clouds, likely killing her as she is never seen afterwards.

Fagin later spots the children and Armstrong in an abandoned area and chases them once again. Oliver attempts to lead Fagin into a burning hut caused by Ingolf when he lights up a match. After failing to grab Oliver, Fagin grabs Olivia instead, only for Oliver to peck at Fagin's remaining eye, causing him to drop Olivia and grab Oliver instead. Dove, who was watching from a distance after warning the two about Fagin's return, grabs Fagin by the wings, trying to pull him into the fire. Oliver falls out of Fagin's grasp during the struggle and straight into the fire, but he is rescued by Fredrick. Dove's wing is bitten by Fagin, but he realizes too late that his wing is on fire and both birds plummet into the fire and perish, ridding the threat of Fagin for good.

Trivia

  • Despite having one of his eyes clawed out, several scenes of Fagin show him with his eye still able to open. Such mistake is also noticeable with Sharptooth from The Land Before Time.