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.
Having been hopelessly repressed and facing eventual certain death at the chicken farm where they are held, Rocky the 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.
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…
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.
"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.
I like children's films that really are aimed at children, and those which have an added layer aimed at adults which isn't just lewd "don't worry the kids won't understand" humour are even better. So here we have the tale of a chicken farm with chickens that are desperate to escape, as any chicken who stops laying eggs ends up in the pot, and are about to find out that they are will soon no longer going to be needed for eggs as they are all going to be changed into chicken pie. The farm is exactly like a POW camp in WW2, and into their midst 'flies' an American rooster who they hope can save them all from their fate.
A good family film which will make most people (teenagers excepted) smile.
Story, characters, and voice acting - everything is awesome. I love it.
Just a lot of fun.
Best non-W&G Aardman film.
Back in 200, I saw Chicken Run in theaters. I loved it so much, I begged my mother to take me to Burger King to collect all the toys which could be put together to create the escape plane they built at the end of the movie, needless to say I never collected them all.
15 years later I had the pleasure of seeing Chicken Run, again, on the big screen. 15 years later it holds up very well and is still as charming as ever. I love Nick Park and support all of Aardman's endeavors.
One of the Creepy Bits of Talking Animal Pictures
So okay, the farmers, so far as I can tell, can't understand what the chickens are saying. Making it not weird on one level, at least, that they're perfectly willing to eat the chickens and sell the eggs and so forth. On the other hand, they are punishing a chicken for trying to escape, so yeah. Also, the rats can understand what the chickens are saying, and, being rats, are still interested in eating eggs. Yes, most eggs are unfertilized, but it's kind of creepy to think about anyway. Most stories wherein animals can talk leave out the bits where, you know, that means they're knowingly eating sentient beings. In The…
I love stop motion and I love movies that make me nostalgia. I've probably seen this movie a hundred times. It was one of the first DVDs I ever had. Of course I'm going tos till like it.
Cool clay animation.
Chicken Run still holds up well after seeing it roughly 15 years ago in theaters. The distinct stop motion clay animation is the highlight here. The creators did a great job of creating a lush and believable world. There were also two great set pieces: the pot pie assembly line scene and the climatic ending. The scripts humor and sly voice acting are also standouts. While it isn't a deep story, it does seem to hit all the right notes. I also loved the homages to classic escape films like The Great Escape and Stalag 17. Overall, this is a fun and memorable animated film.
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