May 22, 2006
DreamWorks Home Video
- Closed Captioned
- Runtime: 84 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Wide Screen
- Originally in English
- Released in English
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.
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.
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.