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Chicken Little (1943)

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It's a peaceful day at the local poultry farm until Foxy Loxy happens along intent on a chicken dinner. He takes the advice of a book on psychology by striking "the least intelligent" first... See full summary »

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Uncredited cast:
Florence Gill ...
Hens - clucking sounds only (voice) (uncredited)
Frank Graham ...
Narrator / Foxy Loxy / Chicken Little / Cocky Locky / Turkey Lurkey / Additional characters (voice) (uncredited)
Clarence Nash ...
Ducks - quacking sounds only (voice) (uncredited)
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It's a peaceful day at the local poultry farm until Foxy Loxy happens along intent on a chicken dinner. He takes the advice of a book on psychology by striking "the least intelligent" first and convinces dim witted Chicken Little the sky is falling. Chicken Little spreads the word but when head man Cocky Locky proves the story to be false, Foxy Loxy spreads rumors that Cocky Locky isn't the smart chicken he appears to be, which leads to the ultimate undoing of the chickens at the hands of Foxy Loxy. Written by Matt Yorston <george.y@ns.sympatico.ca>

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17 December 1943 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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Produced as a propaganda short during WWII, warning audiences not to believe anti-American propaganda. Originally the film was to have had more direct references to the war: Foxy Loxy would have read from "Mein Kampf"; and the chicken's graves would have been marked by swastikas. But Walt Disney decided to keep the film generic so that it would not become dated after the war. See more »

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After Cocky Locky announces "The sky isn't really falling," Chicken Little responds by shouting "I tell you it is too falling!" When he says this, his speech doesn't match his beak movement. See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator: Our story takes place in a nice, cozy little farmyard.
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Version of Chicken Little (2005) See more »

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not really for children
4 March 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I remember reading the 'Chicken Little' book as a child but this cartoon turns it on its head with one eye on the time it was made, 1943, during the Second World War.

The sly and hungry Foxy Loxy reads from a text which describes how to lie and cheat your neighbours - in this case to persuade Chicken Little and others than the sky is falling, and so the world is about to end.

It showcases the power of propaganda, panic and persuasion to achieve an aim (Foxy of course wants a hearty supper of chickens and ducks). Cocky Locky is the political leader who gets depicted as a fool, while Henny Penny and her cronies spread gossip and hysteria.

A clever cartoon, perhaps too sophisticated for children, but enjoyable on some levels to a younger audience with a bit of forethought, a bit like 'Animal Farm'.


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