Chances are the first movie you ever saw was animation. Exuberant, colorful and full of wonder, animation is the stuff…
This ain't no chick flick. It's poultry in motion.
Having been hopelessly repressed and facing eventual certain death at the British chicken farm where they are held, Rocky the american rooster and Ginger the chicken decide to rebel against the evil Mr. and Mrs. Tweedy, the farm's owners. Rocky and Ginger lead their fellow chickens in a great escape from the murderous farmers and their farm of doom.
Gripping prison drama about a cock looking for release.
Today was my oldest son Yorel's 4th birthday. My wife and I wanted to pick a movie to watch that the kids hadn't seen. I'd seen Chicken Run before, but my wife and two sons had not. I didn't like it as much on this re-watch as I did back in 2000 but I still liked it and my wife and kids enjoyed it. I would write a proper review but I can't think about or watch this film without this review popping into my head. DirkH said everything you need to know in one sentence.
Childhood classic that holds up. Makes me consider vegetarianism, but as soon as dinner comes by I reconsider. Chicken Run is unashamedly, quintessentially English, like Aardman always manages to be, a quality we don't see enough in our own films!
An epic and underrated soundtrack too. Seriously, check it on Spotify. What a soundtrack.
One of the first movies I saw in the cinema together with the lady I can now call my wife, was Chicken Run. Now, 13 years later I felt like a rewatch was in order, together with our 2 young rooster chicks.
On the egg farm, the chickens are eager to flee. With Ginger in charge, they tried almost everything, but things don't work out as they are intended to.
That is, until one day, like a deus ex machina, it looks like the solution is falling from the sky, in the form of an American rooster. And that's when the real fun begins.
The sequence when the chickens are initiated in flying lessons is hilarious. With the two mice…
"Pushy Americans, always showing up late for every war. Overpaid, oversexed, and over here!"
This instantly took me back me back to the days where I nearly wore out my VHS copy of Chicken Run; the energy, the enthusiasm and the brilliance is all still there in one beautifully animated piece of entertainment.
Well made and well done to the point of perfection, this, Wallace and gromit and Shaun the sheep phenomenal.
Not your typical Saturday night movie, but it is so adorable that I couldn't resist despite knowing it does not ever quite reach the perfection of Wallace and Gromit.
Actually, one of the best prison escape movies.
9.5/10 or A
"I don't want to be a pie...I don't like gravy!"
Not quite as funny as I remember (admittedly I haven't seen it for a while) but it's still as charming as ever with it's likeable characters, ridiculous yet emotional plot (bear in mind all of these characters are at risk of being chopped up and made into pies, that's pretty heavy stuff) and, of course, Aardman's fantastic claymation.
If you ever wanted to see a film that mixed The Great Escape and Stalag 17 with a bunch of claymation chickens then this is the film for you. Absolutely brilliant stuff from start to finish, and a great vocal cast helps too. Aardman Animation are always worth your time, and this is another slice of gold from them.
I probably watched Chicken Run 15+ times as a kid, it hasn't aged at all
A charming and beautifully crafted family film. Probably remains Aardman's best feature in my eyes.
The story is totally rote, but the charming animation makes up for that, and the voice acting from a prehateable Mel Gibson is great.
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