Chicken Run

 (3,583)7.01 h 24 min2000X-RayG
While the chickens on evil Mrs. Tweedy's farm dream of a better life, a clever hen named Ginger is hatching plans to fly the coop - for good! Every escape attempt goes fowl until Rocky, a smooth-talking Rooster, crash-lands into the coop. With teamwork, determination and little bit o'cluck, the fearless flock plots one last daring attempt in a spectacular bid for freedom.
Peter LordNick Park
Phil DanielsLynn FergusonMel Gibson
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Julia Sawalha
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Matthew D'SouzaReviewed in the United States on May 7, 2020
5.0 out of 5 starsAlways Relevant and Good Family Fun!
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A delightful children’s movie for the whole family!

Aardman and DreamWorks’ claymation stop-motion feature film Chicken Run (2000) is a daring chicken coup. Watch as these personified chickens endear themselves to you with their charming personalities. You’ll sympathize with them for sure and want them to pull off their prison break from Mrs. Tweedy’s chicken farm. Chicken Run makes you empathize with the poor plight of the average poultry on a factory farm from the chicken’s point of view. Nick Park, Peter Lord, and Karey Kirkpatrick’s writing is humanistic and gentle as they make you relate to the various fowls. While humans eat animals, the birds themselves suffer on factory farms only alive to be slaughtered for our consumption. Chicken Run is a brilliant and likable critique of factory farming and animal cruelty with biting commentary on the entire industry at large.

Nick Park and Peter Lord direct Chicken Run with a serious, somber tone that really makes the drama of these chickens desperate to escape feel all the more real. The claymation is as expressive and cute as any of Aardman’s Wallace & Gromit cartoons. They have these chickens scheme, dance, and fly together with fluid motion and playful designs. It’s neatly edited down to a brisk and bright 84 minutes by editors Mark Solomon, Robert Francis, and Tamsin Parry.

Tristan Oliver, Frank Passingham, and David Alex Riddett’s cinematography for Chicken Run features tons of cute close-ups and funny wide shots of this farm. I really like how they keep the camera low by the chickens to better allow the audience to relate to their side. Phil Lewis’ production design is bleak and dreary making the chicken farm a dismal place indeed. John Powell and Harry Gregson-Williams’ score is magnificent and sorrowful. They add another layer of serious swells to the otherwise funny movie.

Julia Sawalha is wonderful as Ginger, the heroine chicken that wishes to have a home of her own and freedom. Mel Gibson is charismatic as the rogue rooster Rocky. His silly jokes are full of gusto and bravado for a really funny voice role from Gibson. Jane Horgarth is hilarious as the idiotic chicken Babs. Lynn Ferguson is funny as the genius chicken Mac. Imelda Staunton is humorous as the fat chicken laying eggs and punching birds. Benjamin Whitrow is hilarious as the stuffy British rooster. They are all neat characters. Some people never learn, but hopefully Chicken Run makes a few carnivores and a few vegetarians.

On the other hand, Phil Daniels and Timothy Spall are funny as the greedy rat vendors Fetcher and Nick. Tony Haygarth is funny as the oaf Mr. Tweedy, who is driven near mad by thoughts of chickens plotting instead of feeding. Last, but certainly not least, Miranda Richardson delivers a genuinely repulsive performance as the voice actress for Chicken Run’s villainess Mrs. Tweedy. Her harsh voice acting is really fun.

In short, Chicken Run’s impressive cast deliver vocal performances that ensure viewers will empathize with the escapee chickens. Chicken Run is up there as a top 3 DreamWorks film.
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Alan HolyoakReviewed in the United States on June 25, 2015
5.0 out of 5 starsA 5-star romp that works for everyone from 5 to 95
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A free-spirited American rooster played by Mel Gibson (who ironically is from Australia) finds himself injured and surrounded by British hens trying to escape from a tightly-controlled English chicken farm.

This claymation film is a classic in many ways. It's classic in that it's put together by claymation geniuses Nick Park and Peter Lord (think Aardman Studios and "Wallace and Grommit").

This is a must-see for fans of WWII POW movies. You will see many parallels to the big-budget movie "The Great Escape" and the made-for-TV film "The Birdmen", along with hints of "Stalag 17", etc. \

The film features the somewhat dim-witted farmer, his militant/driven (commandant-like) wife- check out her boots, dogs guarding the fence perimeter, an optimistic escape leader, smuggler/scrounger rats and more.

Things go from bad to worse when the Farmer's wife, tired of earning "minuscule profits" invests in a business that will shift the farm from egg production to something much more sinister and lethal for the chicken inmates. What can the chickens do? Watch and see.

The writing is witty, the story line is fun, and character development is top-notch.

A 5-star romp that works for all ages.
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RebeccaReviewed in the United States on May 29, 2014
5.0 out of 5 starsLaughed my tail feathers off!
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We recently joined the backyard chicken movement and acquired 6 little golden balls of fluff. Ever since the chicks arrived I have been possessed with the desire to see this movie again. I saw it years ago and remembered it as being a cute animation, but not anything special. This time around I laughed myself silly.

This movie is hilarious. I thought the claymation would be annoying, but instead I found it charming. The British dialogue is incredibly witty, the characters are fantastic, and the storyline is simply endearing. And no, I'm not affiliated with the movie in any way or being paid to endorse it. I really did just LOVE this movie.

The pop culture references alone are brilliant. There are a whole bunch of them, but my favorites were the Star Trek references, especially the lines lifted straight from Star Trek IV. I mean, a Scottish "engineer" chicken who says things like, "It's a Klingon, Cap'n! The engines can't take it!" It's been a long time since I saw a movie so funny that I actually fell off the couch laughing, but this one delivered!

Highly recommend it, especially if you have your own little flock. Whoever made this movie spent a LOT of time around chickens - the behaviors and movements of the chickens are spot on. I spent most of the movie saying, "OMG - that's EXACTLY how chickens are!!" Seems like every flock's got a leader, a troublemaker, a complainer, and an underachiever - and after seeing this movie you'll recognize YOUR chickens immediately, lol! It's funny - all the time I was building the coop I was worried about predators getting in. Now after seeing this movie I'm a little paranoid that my girls are actually plotting to get out!
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david n smithReviewed in the United States on April 22, 2017
5.0 out of 5 starsYES!! Buy the Blu-ray version. WELL worth it!!
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As other customers have stated, this Blu-ray defaults to German but you can go to the settings and choose English and then turn off the subtitles. The hardest part is knowing which settings to choose since the choices aren't in English. I managed to get it right the first time and I have to tell you, the video is FAR superior to the DVD issue, so this is well worth the purchase. I watched it and enjoyed it as if I was watching it again for the first time. The work these guys do to animate just blows my mind. One of my all time favorites and thrilled to have it on Blu-ray!!
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Jacinta SmithReviewed in the United States on December 17, 2020
5.0 out of 5 starsIf you own the chickens, you must watch this.
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If (like me) you also bought chickens at the beginning of the pandemic anticipating the end of the world as we know it. And you also have many many small children who are obsessed with the raising and general well being of said chickens, them you should get this movie and let them watch it. Over and over and over again. It never gets old for them.
PatriciaReviewed in the United States on December 23, 2010
5.0 out of 5 starsR U N, ....C H I C K E N S.........R__U__N !!!!!!
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U P D A T E:......H A S ....M R S......T W E E D Y......B E E N.....F I D D L I N G.....W I T H .....M Y .....D V D:....

I recently bought this DVD so I could see a favourite movie over again. It played well........but I could't access any of the extras! This was a FOWL thing to happen on a DVD!

However, the PACKAGING of this DVD is, er.,,EGGSellent!
Perhaps because this CAN be considered a chilldrens' movie, the removal of this DVD, from it's case, is the easiest I have ever come across. Press your finger in the place indicated....and two seconds later, wow -- your DVD is free(!) to put into your DVD player. ALL future DVDs should come in similar packaging. Doesn't look any more expensive to produce this type of DVD packaging, than similar cases, (which -- should women, (and men!) users ever band together in a class law-suit over broken finger-nails caused by difficult-to-open DVD packaging -- could easily bankrupt several studios. (Only kidding??????) Anyway, the DVD case that CHICKEN RUN comes in is DEFINITELY one for manufacturers to emulate! Labels of "Freedom opening" DVD Packaging, (in honour of that found on the 'Chicken Run' DVD), should make the DVD-buying public SO happy, that those DVD packages that are made this way, will probably increase sales for their producers many times amounts Mr. & Mrs. Tweedy could never have even imagined!

O R I G I N A L.....R E V I E W.........
I totally enjoyed this movie in the theatre! So did my mom, (over 80 at the time.) Neither of us knew that this was supposed to be a children's movie -- now we do. The prevailing idea used to be that "cartoons", (animations), are just for children. Then I got to thinking.....a "cartoon", (animation) film COULD be made of "The Diary of Anne Frank". It's not the "medium" used in a film that's the message. (And, with apologies to Marshall McCluhan, medium and message really need NOT be the same.)

Reading the Amazon summary of this movie, brings back some very vivid
recollections. Yes, indeed, this IS "Stalag 17" -- with chickens, (the first scenes even LOOK like a POW camp...complete with dogs and barbed wire, with our heros and heroines ensconsed in
"Chicken Coop 17". Some of the sight-gags are, indeed, best understood by adults -- and/or precocious teens who have seen "Stalag 17", and other movies hinted at, so cleverly, in "Chicken Run". (At the beginning, our heroine, Ginger, tries to escape many times. And each time she is put into solitary confinement. Which is nothing compared to the sad fate that awaits "eggless Edwina"...! Later on, cruel Mr. and Mrs. Tweedy decide to change their farm from an chicken -egg-producing a chicken-PIE-producing one! These English chickens are really scared now....but a visitor from the US, ("Rocky the Rooster", voiced by Mel Gibson), hopes to teach them to fly. But...FLY???? Chickens CAN'T FLY! Is the situation hopeless? No, of course not....but not before danger and daring await and are required of all of the chickens....including Ginger and Rocky....who, at one point, find themselves in the new chicken-pie making machinery...and OVEN!!!!! Yet Ginger, Rocky, and the other chickens and roosters, never give up trying to escape........

It's a great film. So great that, when it was over, and my mom and I went to the nearby Burger-King for a snack, I forswore my usual chicken sandwhich, and opted for a salad instead!
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Classic Movie BuffReviewed in the United States on December 11, 2017
5.0 out of 5 starsSTALAG 17 WITH FEATHERS!
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Stalag 17 with feathers! Inventive storyline and amazing visuals. Not just for fact, it would be wasted on them. So, for all of you "adults" out it!
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M. BrittonReviewed in the United States on April 16, 2014
5.0 out of 5 starsAny fan of this classic MUST get this awesome blu ray! It looks and sounds amazing!!
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Very happy to have found CHICKEN RUN on blu ray! Never thought I would see it in hi def. Animation really comes alive on blu ray (I admit I am cheating by having displayed on a 4K TV) and is a must have for any fan of this classic. The DVD looks horrible compared to this amazing high resolution picture. Don't be worried its a German import. It is region free, English DTS-HD 6.1 (defaults to German, so must choose English and turn off subtitles manually) with special features. I forgot how much a blast it is to watch this fun movie. Cannot believe DreamWorks has not released this here in the states. Got mine for about twenty bucks from a great importer. Chicken Run rules!!
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