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.
I fell asleep watching this last night, but I really hope it gets the oscar nomination it deserves
Chicken Run was snubbed for best picture at the 2000 academy awards
2000 best picture winner
One of the best Claymation films ever made. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
4 stars for the movie: Has the wit, charm, and superb animation that I've come to expect from the Wallace & Gromit team.
1 star for the poster: This is a female-led movie with an almost entirely female cast, and a male character with substantially less screen time than the protagonist is still standing in front of her.
This "movie" is trauma inducing. From the minute you turn it on you will be questioning your life, and why you would ever decide to put something so demonic on your television. By thirty minutes in, you will start to question your sanity and you wonder what it would be like to be a horribly disfigured claymation chicken with cold, soulless eyes doomed to be turned into a chicken pie by sadistic farm owners. Even when this film is over, it never leaves you. These demented clay chickens will show up in your nightmares and try to sadistically turn you into a human pie, while you have no chance of escape, as a form of twisted, chickeny revenge. Then you wake up and you think "thank god it was just a dream" but then you go to eat and whats on the menu? That's right! Chicken! Then the nightmare starts all over again. Avoid this film at all costs.
Probably would have been better served as a 30-40 minute short as it can feel like it drags on even at 84 minutes.
'you can't see paradise if you don't pedal!'
While this is a great film on its own, it really just reminds me of all the even greater films that I have to show the kids.
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