Chicken Run

Directed by Nick Park, Peter Lord
Voices of Jane Horracks, Jane Horrocks, Mel Gibson…

DreamWorks Home Video | May 22, 2006 | DVD

Chicken Run is rated 4 out of 5 by 2.
The brilliant animating team of Nick Park and Peter Lord, the masterminds behind the Wallace and Gromit series, bring the feature length Chicken Run to the big screen with wonderful appeal. Set in the gulag-type environment of Tweedy's chicken farm, the film follows the adventures of a group of hens led by the plucky Ginger (voiced by Julia Sawalha), who's always looking for a way to flee the coop. But the cluckers are running out of time and things look grim… until a cocky rooster who goes by the name of Rocky (Mel Gibson) lands in the feed trough and promises to teach them all how to fly to freedom. But is he all he's cracked up to be, or is their saviour just in it for the feed? Delightfully animated and marvellously clever in a way that both parents and kids can enjoy, Chicken Run is one great escape you'll definitely want to be a part of.

Video Release: May 22, 2006

Theatrical Release: 2000

Runtime: 84

Rating: G (MPAA)

Studio: DreamWorks Home Video

UPC: 667068645323

Found in: Animation, General, General

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from An EGG-cellent EGG-scape Animation Well, what an absolute joy and surprise this movie turned out to be. I was dumb-founded from start to finish as to how the animators actually created this magical stop-motion picture. In the past three days I have watched this disc over and over again, not tiring of it at all. The story (ala "Stalag 17" and "The Great Escape") is simple yet effective. A group of English hens constantly plot and scheme to escape from their chicken farm, run by the tyrannical Mrs Tweedy (the voice of Miranda Richardson), before they are turned into chicken pies. Their only hope comes in the shape of a cocky, plucky American rooster named Rocky Roads (Mel Gibson in his best performance to date). "Chicken Run" is filled with great adult one-liners and jokes and is packed with every war/escape movie cliche know to this genre. It will also appeal to the little ones. The disc is great value. The DTS soundtrack is pretty awesome and really kicks into power when the chicken pie oven blasts into action....WOW! The video transfer is crystal clear, which adds an extra dimension to the clay models. The extras are fun also. The "Chicken Panic" button is very cute, "The Making Of" docos (there are two) are VERY interesting and informative, and there is great information about the movie hidden throughout the menus....you have to find them! The highlight of the disc is the voice of Jane Horrocks ("Little Voice" and Bubble from "Ab Fab") who steals the show as Babs the dumb hen! She's hysterical. Make sure you buy this disc for your DVD library. You won't be disappointed! If this movie doesn't win an Oscar at next year's Academy Awards....I'll give up poultry for life!
Date published: 2009-08-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Funny movie! I think that this movie is funny because even my parents laughed
Date published: 2003-03-08

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Chicken Run

Directed by Nick Park, Peter Lord
Voices of Jane Horracks, Jane Horrocks, Mel Gibson, Miranda Richardson, Phil Daniels, Timothy Spall

Video Release: May 22, 2006

Theatrical Release: 2000

Runtime: 84

Rating: G (MPAA)

Studio: DreamWorks Home Video

UPC: 667068645323


Edition Description
  • Dolby
  • Closed Captioned
  • Color
  • Runtime: 84 minutes
  • NTSC (Canada and USA)
  • Wide Screen
  • Originally in English
  • Released in English

Synopsis

Facing imminent death while laying eggs at Tweedy's English farm, a group of chickens led by the determined Ginger (Julie Sawahla) plan to escape their prison-like coop. The situation goes from bad to worse when the sinister Mrs. Tweedy (Miranda Richardson) decides to stop selling eggs and use the hens as the main ingredient in chicken pot pies. However, some hope literally falls from the sky in the form of Rocky (Mel Gibson), an American rooster who promises to teach the chickens how to fly. As the hens begin their struggle to get airborne, the monstrous pie-making machine arrives, giving the chickens precious little time to make their great escape. Aardman Studios' first full-length feature film is a stunning showcase of stop-motion animation. Utilizing the unique Plasticine designs of the acclaimed WALLACE & GROMIT and CREATURE COMFORT shorts, CHICKEN RUN features vibrant visuals and colorful characters that are immediately endearing. (The naïve and constantly knitting Babs, voiced by Jane Horrocks, is particularly hilarious.) With its clever writing, witty film references, and pitch-perfect combination of comedy, drama and romance, CHICKEN RUN is one of those rare movies that genuinely appeals to viewers of every age.

Description

This engaging stop-motion, claymation adventure tells the story of an American rooster who falls in love with a gorgeous hen on a British farm. The couple decides to run away from the farm, but they must first contend with the evil farmer who is intent on keeping them under her control. Brought to you by the creative team behind WALLACE AND GROMIT, CHICKEN RUN is an animated work of entertainment for individuals of every age.

Notes

The Plasticine characters in CHICKEN RUN were often moved 24 times for every second of exposed film. At the height of the movie's production, up to 40 stop-motion animators worked around the clock to capture just ten seconds of footage per day.
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