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Release Date:
17 December 1943 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
It's a peaceful day at the local poultry farm until Foxy Loxy happens along intent on a chicken dinner... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Despite being a WWII propaganda film, it still holds up pretty well. See more (8 total) »

Cast

  (in alphabetical order)
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)

Directed by
Clyde Geronimi (uncredited)
 
Produced by
Walt Disney .... producer
 
Animation Department
Ollie Johnston .... animator (uncredited)
Milt Kahl .... animator (uncredited)
Ward Kimball .... animator (uncredited)
John Lounsbery .... animator (uncredited)
Norman Tate .... animator (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
8 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | UK:U | USA:Approved (certificate #9322)

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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 »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: 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 »
Quotes:
[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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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Despite being a WWII propaganda film, it still holds up pretty well., 13 August 2012
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

This Disney short is a bit preachy, but in its original incarnation, it was a lot more obvious and a lot more dated. That's because Walt felt that the obvious references to WWII would date the film. In hindsight, although the film isn't perfect, it does hold up pretty well today.

This is a retelling of the old story of Chicken Little. It's pretty obvious that it was meant to be a metaphor for spreading and believing rumors during wartime, but no mention is made of the war--just Chicken Little and all his stupid poultry friends believing ANYTHING that the wicked Fox tells them.

I give this one a 7 despite the dated theme. Why? Because the Fox is a great character and I loved the very dark and twisted ending. Well worth your time.

One negative, by the way, was the film's use of repetitive animation. Like the lower quality Hanna-Barbera films of the 60s, you see the same images again and again--in the hopes that the audience wouldn't notice this. I certainly did.

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