Yes, now it's time!
~ Fagin preparing to kill Oliver

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

He was voiced by the late Claus Ryskjær.


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.


In a forest near a city, a community of birds live in peace predator-free, with the exception of Fagin, who every several days invades the forest in search for his next meal. One sparrow attempts to fight off Fagin to protect his nest, but is no match and quickly killed and eaten. His mate shares the same fate, and their nest is pushed down onto a lower branch of the tree, saving only one of the eggs, which Betty the bluebird adopts and names Oliver upon hatching.

Following Oliver's introduction to another sparrow named Olivia and two mice brothers, Fredrick and Ingolf, all of whom share Oliver's goal to fight Fagin and avenge their parents, Fagin appears and corners Oliver and Olivia into a can, but he is chased off by the dog of a birdwatcher.

The following day, Dove accidentally reveals to Fagin that Oliver, Olivia, the mice, and Armstrong the seagull 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.

As Dove flies off to warn Betty of the children being in danger, Fagin finds the children, who Oliver asks about his parents, which Fagin replies that they were delicious and the children would make good desert. He then dismembers the trap and attacks them. Oliver attempts to protect the others, but is quickly slapped aside by Fagin, knocking him unconscious, but before Fagin is able to eat him, Betty arrives and slashes Fagin's right eye, leaving him half-blind. Fagin then chases Betty into storm clouds and kills her.

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 set ablaze by Ingolf with matches. 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 instead grab Oliver. 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.


Aw, how adorable! Hahahaha!
~ Fagin finding the Birds



  • 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 Don Bluth's The Land Before Time.