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.
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.
Mel Gibson wasn't very good in this. It just wasn't believable that all the chickens would be swooning over him. He sounded very strange, I guess this is when the crazy was digging in. Overall, Chicken Run is a pretty good movie. It's got lots of jokes, subtle and otherwise, and even goes to some pretty dark places. There are a few very effective moments (Rocky leaving behind his medal and the bottom half of the poster, for example) and some really cool shots. The animation is nice but I don't really like the chicken models. Their feather thingies look like scales or shingles or something and it creeps me out. I remember getting a toy version of the plane that they build in a Burger King kids' meal when the film was in theaters. I think I enjoyed it a lot more back then, but on this viewing it felt very much like a (mostly) by-the-numbers animation.
Stop-motion fun in the chicken farm.
Day 16 of '100 Days, 100 childhood classics'
When my Gran used to take me to the cinema as a child (to the cinema I now work at, holy shit how time flies), she would always cite Chicken Run as the best movie I dragged her to see. To her, nothing quite compared to Chicken Run and it's easy to see why- feature length stop-motion slapstick involving chickens is pretty hard to criticise. Yet due to every stop motion effort Aardman have made since, this feels increasingly like a minor work in their back catalogue- but if it's this funny and gorgeously animated, it's not a problem, even if it does just play out like a trial run for all the better movies they've made when watching it today.
Also, it's one of the few Mel Gibson movies about the English that isn't anti-English in any way!
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I really like Aardman so I'm not sure why I didn't like this film more. I think I just didn't click with the protagonists.
Film # 6 of the "Scavenger Hunt" Challenge!
I had no idea what to expect going into Chicken Run but I definitely wasn't expecting to enjoy it so much. I also wasn't expecting a prison escape drama / comedy containing what I'm pretty sure are references to Nazi Germany. Much of the imagery definitely seems to allude to the horror of the concentration camps. It's also the only movie I can think of that ever had me rooting this hard for chickens but I was with them the whole way. Definitely recommended.
Story, characters, and voice acting - everything is awesome. I love it.
Just a lot of fun.
Best non-W&G Aardman film.
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