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…
"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.
A movie that's not only great fun as a story, but is also hilarious and contains brilliant production design. One of my favorites.
I'd find it hard to believe if anyone came up to me and said they didn't like this film. I seriously just could not believe it. Chicken Run is a wonderfully animated, hilarious and uplifting (yes, uplifting) stop motion that quite literally can be viewed and enjoyed by anybody.
As funny, heartfelt, politically rallying, adventurous, interesting and craftily animated as I remember it. A true charmer of a little film, CHICKEN RUN is the lost Jim Henson movie he never made.
"You know what the problem is, the fences aren't just around the farm, they're up here, in your heads."
I've always been a fan of stop-motion animation, Wallace & Gromit's claymation in particular. Every Nick Park short/film I've seen is stuffed with likeable characters across the board. Even the villains were likeable. It's unfortunate, then, that Chicken Run is marred by co-protagonist and farm savior Rocky (Mel Gibson) as an entirely unlikeable chauvinist conman. His inevitable change of heart is too little too late, not to mention forced through guilt, and I like to just pretend he's not even in the movie.
I doubt many audiences went vegetarian afterwards, but the chickens are largely believable and human, whatever that means for…
POLLOS A LA FUGA.
Cualquiera que haya nacido a principios de los 90, recordará esta cinta como una de las que marcaron su infancia. Y no es para menos, ya que vista esta cinta desde una mirada adulta, te das cuenta de la mayor parte de los detalles que te perdiste durante tu mas tierna infancia.
Sobre el papel, 'Chicken Run' era el debut de la factoría británica de animación Aardman en pantalla grande (anteriormente, habían destacado por sus incursiones en calidad de cortometraje de la mano de Nick Park, como los consabidos 'Wallace & Gromit' o 'Creature Comforts'). La cinta narraba la historia (de gran impronta flemática británica) sobre una grupo de gallinas atrapadas en un corral rodeado por una…
Perhaps I'm Missing something. I don't see the genius in this.
What a follow up to The Evil Dead movies, going straight for the jugular with Chicken Run. It should be scary in its own right, I mean, chickens want to escape the evil clutches of Mrs. Tweedy who wants to pie them up and sell them, that in its own right is damned frightening. To a chicken at least. Ginger leads a group of hens who has only one thing on her mind, to escape, with the help of a Rooster named Rocky they devise plan after plan of escaping the coup forever. Great animation still, 14 years later it still holds up and so does the story. What a fun ride.
Just as good now as it was when I was a kid. There's something magical about the Wallace & Gromit animation and humor that brings so much joy. It's simple, witty, funny, and incredibly well written. There's enough on a thematic level to break down the film's interesting commentary on anthropocentrism, the agriculture industry, and feminist revolution, despite some other troubling gender dynamics in the film. Altogether, it's always a delight to watch.
A story set in a concentration coop, complete with prison guards, dogs, and death by pastry, mixed veg and gravy – has never been this adorable. Watch the plucky leader, Ginger, repeatedly try to free her poultry friends! Witness as the plot chickens! When Rocky the cocky American rooster accidentally lands in the coop. Rocky needs to hide from the circus, so deliberately egg-xaggerates his flying capabilities, and agrees to help the ladies escape the evil cluck-ches of Mr. and Mrs. Tweedy, who have a cock-a-maiming fowl plan to turn Ginger and her friends into pies!
This yolks is a great film! Great Aardman character design and animation, matched with hen-sanely great voice talent from both sides of the pond.…
Nostalgia is the best.
- Spirited Away
- My Neighbor Totoro
- Toy Story
- The Incredibles
- Boogie Nights
- The Last King of Scotland
- Eastern Promises
- The Dreamers
- À nous la liberté
- About Schmidt
- Absence of Malice
- Adam's Rib
From the NYT website:
This list is drawn from the second edition of The New York Times Guide to the…