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Chicken Run

Published February 15, 2010

Chicken Run

Film info

  • Title Chicken Run
  • Directors Peter Lord, Nick Park
  • Year 2000
  • Run time 1hr 24m
  • Genres Animation, Family, Comedy
  • Tagline This ain't no chick flick, it's poultry in motion

Life on Tweedy's Chicken Farm is far from pleasant for the inmates; they are badly treated by Mr Tweedy and his domineering wife, and kept alive only as long as they keep producing eggs. Ginger the hen's (voiced by Julia Sawalha) various attempts at escape have failed due to the lethargy and downright incompetence of her fellow prisoners, but when Rocky (Mel Gibson) - the famous Flying Rooster - crash lands in the farm, she sees the chance she has been waiting for: Rocky can teach everyone how to fly, and they can stage a mass break-out! However, the braggardly Rocky is not all that he seems; can he really help Ginger and the others find freedom before Mrs Tweedy (Miranda Richardson) hatches her fowl plan to turn them all into chicken pies?

Live Blog

TimeComment
0:21I must say, I like how short kids films are.
2:54That is an excellent way to get rid of gnomes.
3:45She should have just dived back under the wire once the fat one had got out the way.
6:05I don’t want to pick holes, of course, but where would chickens get a whisk from?
7:40Ah, the chickens are knitting, I take back the whisk comment.
10:25Chicken balaclavas! I like!
12:06How is chicken feed even slightly valuable? I can’t see why they haven’t always demanded eggs?
13:31Mrs Tweedy has a mouth just like Wallace.
14:58Do turnips splat like that? I don’t like them so I don’t know, but I thought they were relatively hard. I suppose at that speed, anything could splat.
17:00“Then there’s still a chance.”
20:54He knows he can’t help but he likes his adoring fans.
21:32Just a thought - do chickens have teeth?
24:20Ms Sawalha isn’t that great at the clucking.
25:41“The whole bunk is my side of the bunk.”
26:48Chickens doing aerobics. She won’t be impressed if they are losing weight.
28:55I’m worried about the chicken trying to fly whilst knitting. She could do some serious damage with those needles.
29:23A lot of bruised chickens coming up.
38:34For talking animals, their communication is not great. They never tell each other about not having laid any eggs!
42:10The chickens listen to The Archers! This is excellent news.
48:50I know we are all worried for Ginger, but the pie machine is making me a little bit hungry.
56:07He’s gone, hasn’t he?
1:01:17They suddenly have eggs to spare for the rats because they are going to be used for pies, right?
1:04:43Ms Tweedy doesn’t seem to have a plan for replacing the chickens once they are in the pies. She needs some stock rotation in place.
1:16:00I say egg first.

Thoughts

I’ve seen Chicken Run plenty of times before and whilst I probably wouldn’t choose to watch it again, it was on the iPlayer so I figured it would be worth getting out the way!

It’s a good and fun film, although not a patch on anything Pixar. The nice thing about Wallace & Gromit style creations are that they have nice in jokes that relate to Britain, as opposed to the US Pixar. It does make them feel very homely and I feel better about the film having watched it this time.

Rating: 3 / 5

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