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Chicken Run -- Chicken Run is a comedy escape drama with a touch of passion set on a sinister Yorks chicken farm in 1950's England

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Writers:
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Release Date:
23 June 2000 (USA) See more »
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This Ain't No Chick Flick! See more »
Plot:
Chicken Run is a comedy escape drama with a touch of passion set on a sinister Yorkshire chicken farm in 1950s England. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 23 wins & 25 nominations See more »
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Son of a gun, "Chicken Run" is pure fun! See more (353 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Phil Daniels ... Fetcher (voice)

Lynn Ferguson ... Mac (voice)

Mel Gibson ... Rocky (voice)

Tony Haygarth ... Mr. Tweedy (voice)

Jane Horrocks ... Babs (voice)

Miranda Richardson ... Mrs. Tweedy (voice)

Julia Sawalha ... Ginger (voice)

Timothy Spall ... Nick (voice)

Imelda Staunton ... Bunty (voice)

Benjamin Whitrow ... Fowler (voice)

John Sharian ... Circus Man (voice)
Jo Allen ... Additional Chicken (voice)

Lisa Kay ... Additional Chicken (voice)
Laura Strachan ... Additional Chicken (voice)

Directed by
Peter Lord 
Nick Park 
 
Writing credits
Peter Lord (original story) &
Nick Park (original story)

Karey Kirkpatrick (screenplay)

Mark Burton (additional dialogue) &
John O'Farrell (additional dialogue)

Produced by
Jacky Chrisp .... assistant producer
Jake Eberts .... executive producer
Jeffrey Katzenberg .... executive producer
Peter Lord .... producer
Nick Park .... producer
Michael Rose .... executive producer
Carla Shelley .... line producer
David Sproxton .... producer
Lenny Young .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Harry Gregson-Williams 
John Powell 
 
Cinematography by
Simon Jacobs (lighting cameraman)
Andy MacCormack (lighting cameraman) (as Andy Mack)
Tristan Oliver (director of photography)
Frank Passingham (director of photography)
Paul Smith (lighting cameraman)
 
Film Editing by
Robert Francis 
Tamsin Parry 
Mark Solomon 
 
Casting by
Patsy Pollock 
 
Production Design by
Phil Lewis 
 
Art Direction by
Tim Farrington 
 
Costume Design by
Sally Taylor (senior costume designer)
 
Production Management
Harry Linden .... production manager
Michael Solinger .... post-production supervisor (as Mike Solinger)
Ezra Sumner .... assistant production manager (as Ezra J. Sumner)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lisa Butler .... additional third assistant director
Fred De Bradeny .... first assistant director
Robert Hurley .... second assistant director
Will Norie .... third assistant director
Rich Priestley .... second assistant director
Tony Tyrer .... additional first assistant director
Merriel Waggoner .... second assistant director: second unit
 
Art Department
Mike Applebee .... team leader: sets/pie machine
Bee Arnoux .... art department coordinator
Arlene Arrell .... painter: model making
Martin Asbury .... additional storyboard artist
Craig Atkinson .... model maker
Pete Atkinson .... painter: model making (as Peter Atkinson)
Justeen Bailey .... set dresser
Claire Baker .... model maker
Mike Bass .... fabricator
Sue Black .... head of painting
Tanya Booth .... accounts administrator: set and props
Rejean Bourdages .... additional storyboard artist
Rachel Bowen .... set dresser
David Bowers .... storyboard supervisor
Andy Brown .... fabricator
Trisha Budd .... assistant art director
Kitty Clay .... set dresser
Anita Clipston .... set dresser
John Davey .... graphic artist
Georgie Everard .... model maker
John Fattorini .... scenic painter
Melanie Ford .... set dresser
Jack Goodyear .... set supervisor & lead engineer (as Jak Goodyear)
Paul Gough .... design researcher
Anthony Gould .... fabricator
Mike Gould .... fabricator
Alastair Green .... set designer
Mark Gunning .... fabricator
Roger Hall .... additional production designer
Terry Hathway .... spray shop
Mathew Healey .... fabricator
Polly Holland .... paint design supervisor: model making
Maria Hopkinson .... senior set dresser
Nancy Jones .... model maker
Jane Kite .... props supervisor: model making
Dan Lane .... additional storyboard artist
Cliff Lewis .... set and props runner
Roddy MacDonald .... team leader: pie machine (as Roddy Macdonald)
Lorraine Mason .... painter: model making
Francesca Berlingieri Maxwell .... senior painter (as Francesca Maxwell)
Patrick McGrath .... fabricator
Duncan Miller .... model maker
Jon Minchin .... set production supervisor
Ruth Mitchell .... painter: model making
Damian Neary .... model maker
Lizzie New Bones .... senior set dresser (as Lizzy New Bones)
Martin Norie .... studio set coordinator
Mahali O'Hare .... painter: pie machine
Lesley Osbourne .... model maker
Jes Par .... fabricator
John Pealing .... team leader: sets/crate
Cecily Pearce .... set and props runner
Matt Perry .... assistant production designer
Bridget Phelan .... model maker
Julie Philpott .... additional assistant art director (as Julie Philpot)
Mark Plenderleith .... lead engineer: pie machine
Cathy Price .... team leader: model/props
Steve Priddle .... studio set coordinator
Gavin Richards .... model maker
Manon Roberts .... senior set dresser
Martin Rolfe .... fabricator
Cat Russ .... painter: model making
Michael Salter .... storyboard artist
Ed Sams .... model maker
Jan Sanger .... model production designer
Clayton Saunders .... model maker (as Clay Saunders)
Lisa Scantlebury .... model maker
Rosalind Shingleton .... additional art director
Joanne Smith .... draughtsperson
John Smith .... fabricator
John Smith .... model maker
David Soren .... additional storyboard artist
Libby Watson .... set production coordinator
Richard Webber .... model maker
Jo Weeks .... team leader: model/props
Kathryn Williams .... model maker
Ruth Wynne .... model maker
Adrian Sims .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Howard Bargroff .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Matthew Gough .... assistant sound re-recording mixer (as Mathew Gough)
Diane Greaves .... foley artist
Danny Hambrook .... sound effects editor
Steve Hancock .... dubbing engineer
Tim Hands .... dialogue editor
Graham Headicar .... sound effects editor
Graham Headicar .... supervising sound editor
Stuart Hilliker .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Terry Isted .... foley recording assistant
Ben Jones .... foley artist
Daniel Laurie .... assistant dialogue editor (as Dan Laurie)
James Mather .... foley effects editor
James Mather .... supervising sound editor
Lee Maturine .... assistant sound effects editor
Alan Meyerson .... additional sound recordist
Mike Prestwood Smith .... additional sound re-recording mixer
Simon Price .... assistant dialogue editor
Adrian Rhodes .... sound re-recording mixer
Sam Southwick .... assistant foley editor
Jack Stew .... foley artist
Ted Swanscott .... foley recording mixer
Jens Christensen .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Peter Gleaves .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Kevin Globerman .... second engineer (uncredited)
Jeff Hamon .... original dialogue mixer (uncredited)
James Seddon .... sound consultant: Dolby (uncredited)
Carlos Sotolongo .... additional original dialog mixer (uncredited)
Jez Spencer .... assistant adr recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Michelle Freeborn .... senior painter: model making
Kevin Yates .... wireman
Jim Davey .... film recording: Cineimage (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
John Adams .... workshop manager: model making
Kyleigh Adrian .... junior armature designer: model making
Kate Anderson .... design team supervisor: model making
Louise Atkinson .... production assistant: model making
Nada Backo .... production assistant: model making
Steven Blake .... CG artist
Gill Bliss .... model maker
Andrew 'Bloxy' Bloxham .... armature designer: model making
Steve Boag .... offline auto-conform
Gideon Bohannon .... multiples modelmaker
Sule Bryan .... digital paint artist trainee: CFC (as Sule Bryan-Hurst)
Martin Bullard .... optical coordinator
Allan Burne .... model maker
Steve Chapman .... research and development: CFC
Fiona Chilton .... visual effects line producer: CFC
Janine Chisholm .... costumes junior: model making
Richard Clarke .... CG Animator: CFC
Sheila Clarkson .... puppet coordinator: model making
'Slick' Jim Connolly .... mould maker: model making
Jo Conrad .... textiles development: model making
John Craney .... additional model maker
Shane Dalmedo .... costumes: model making
Adrian De Wet .... senior compositing artist: CFC
Tabitha Dean .... visual effects editorial: CFC
Tom Debenham .... digital grading: CFC
Claire Drewett .... design team leader: model making
Paddy Eason .... digital visual effects supervisor: CFC
Julia Egerton .... scanning and recording: CFC
Alison Evans .... press moulder: model making
Kerry Evans .... model resources manager: model making
Ian Fellows .... digital paint artist: CFC
Jon Frier .... armature designer: model making
Marguerite 'Mog' Fry .... press moulder: model making
Adam Glasman .... scanning and recording: CFC
Verity Grantham .... assistant coordinator: CFC
Phil Gray .... junior armature designer: model making
Charles Green .... optical printer
Darrel Griffin .... data support: CFC
Robert Hall .... digital paint artist: CFC
Linda Hamblyn .... motion control operator
Michael Hares .... multiples modelmaker
Claudia Hecht .... multiples modelmaker
Mick Hockney .... additional model maker
Jan Hogevold .... digital lab producer: CFC
Diane Holness .... model maker
Robert Horvath .... mould making supervisor: model making
Oliver James .... research and development: CFC
Merrin Jensen .... scanning and recording: CFC
Drew Jones .... visual effects producer: CFC
Gavin Jones .... model maker
Anne King .... deputy production designer: model making
Matthew Kitcat .... assistant motion control operator (as Mathew Kitcat)
Tina Klemmensen .... press moulder: model making
Linda Langley .... sculptor: model making
Stephen Lawes .... main title designer
Nigel Leach .... multiples modelmaker
Rebecca Levine .... puppet maintenance coordinator: model making
Roz Lowrie .... visual effects editorial: CFC
Grant MacDonald .... model maker (as Grant Macdonald)
Graham Maiden .... multiples supervisor: model making (as Graham G. Maiden)
Scott Marriott .... scanning and recording: CFC
Jason Marshall .... motion control operator (as Willy Jason Marshall)
Virginia Mason .... design team supervisor: model making
George Milburn .... motion control trainee
James Moore .... mouth & beak replacement coordinator: model making
Mark Nelmes .... co-digital visual effects supervisor: CFC
Mark Nettleton .... compositing artist: CFC
Lisa Newport .... sculptor: model making
Nicola O'Toole .... costumes: model making
Dominic Parker .... supervising CG animator: CFC
James Parkyn .... press moulder: model making
Alex Payman .... compositing artist: CFC
David Pedley .... armature designer: model making
Simon Peeke .... armature design supervisor: model making
Rachael Penfold .... visual effects producer: CFC
Matt Pilston .... mould maker: model making
Jemma Proctor .... multiples modelmaker
Sharon Reed .... visual effects executive producer: CFC
Helen Schell .... press mould coordinator: model making
Kevin Scillitoc .... senior armature designer: model making (as Kevin 'Baby' Scillitoe)
Dave Scott .... research and development: CFC
Dominic Sidoli .... assistant coordinator: CFC
Lizzie Spivey .... model department production manager: model making
Harriet Thomas .... design team leader: model making
Jon Thum .... senior compositing artist: CFC
Steve Tizzard .... scanning and recording: CFC
Gavin Toomey .... compositing artist: CFC
Kate Wadsworth .... puppet wrangler: model making
Mark Waters .... multiples modelmaker
Liz Watt .... multiples modelmaker
Elinor Weston .... foam technician: model making
Jane Whittaker .... costumes: model making
Natasha Wilkinson .... visual effects editorial: CFC
Lee Wilton .... model maker
Kevin Wright .... model maker
Matt Kasmir .... digital artist (uncredited)
Christopher Rigby .... research and development: CFC (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tom Barnes .... photographer: publicity
Alan Barrett .... rigger
John Bradley .... supervising gaffer
Andy Brown .... rigger
Mark Chamberlain .... additional photographer: publicity
Charles Copping .... assistant camera
Robert Dibble .... first assistant camera
Tim Fletcher .... additional electrician (as Tim 'The Fletch' Fletcher)
Jon 'Rockin' Graves .... additional electrician
Bob Gregory .... electrical engineer
Jon Gregory .... assistant camera
Malcolm Hadley .... additional assistant camera
Jeremy Hogg .... assistant camera
Richard Hosken .... best boy (as Richard 'Tricky' Hosken)
Toby Howell .... supervising camera assistant
Carl Hulme .... lighting department coordinator
Simon Jacobs .... photographer: publicity
Ian Jewels .... gaffer
Richard Laing .... photographer: publicity
Janet Legg .... assistant camera
Andy Loran .... senior electrician
Beth MacDonald .... assistant camera (as Beth Macdonald)
Andy Mitchell .... junior camera assistant
Paul Norris .... photographer: publicity
Paul O'Bryan .... electrician
John Oaten .... video engineer
Dave Alex Riddett .... supervising director of photography
Churton Season .... junior camera assistant
Peter Sim .... additional electrician
Adam Vernon .... best boy (as Adam 'Turbo' Vernon)
Richard Whiteford .... assistant camera
 
Animation Department
Kelly Asbury .... additional story artist
David Bennett .... assistant animator
Claire Billet .... assistant animator (as Claire Billett)
Mike Booth .... additional animator
Steve Box .... additional key animator
Terry Brain .... additional animator
Dug Calder .... animator (as Douglas Calder)
Cody Cameron .... additional story artist
Randy Cartwright .... additional story artist
Mike Cash .... additional animator (as Michael Cash)
Stefano Cassini .... animator
Brenda Chapman .... additional story artist
Mike Cottee .... additional animator
Merlin Crossingham .... key animator
Gary Cureton .... additional animator
Martin Davies .... additional animator
Sergio Delfino .... key animator
Teresa Drilling .... additional key animator
Darren Dubicki .... layout artist
Curtis Fell .... assistant animator
Jo Fenton .... assistant animator
Francesca Ferrario .... trainee assistant animator
Tobias Fouracre .... additional animator
Andy Fraser .... assistant animator
Tom Gasek .... additional key animator
Jay Grace .... key animator
Jurgen Gross .... additional story artist
Jane Hicks .... track breakdown
William Hodge .... animator (as Will Hodge)
Maria Hopkinson .... assistant animator
Vicky Jenson .... additional story artist (as Vicki Jenson)
Kim Keukeleire .... assistant animator
Robert Koo .... additional story artist
Serguei Kouchnerov .... additional story artist
Guionne Leroy .... key animator
Seamus Malone .... key animator
Damian Neary .... additional story artist
Jeff Newitt .... additional key animator
Dave Osmand .... key animator
Suzy Parr .... key animator (as Suzy Fagan)
John Pinfield .... animator
Loyd Price .... supervising animator
Darren Robbie .... key animator
Christopher Sadler .... additional key animator
Bob Scott .... assistant animator
Jason Spencer Galsworthy .... key animator (as Jason Spencer-Galsworthy)
Andy Spilsted .... trainee assistant animator
Andy Symanowski .... animator
Christina Vilics .... assistant animator
Seth Watkins .... trainee assistant animator
Simon Wells .... additional story artist
Ian Whitlock .... key animator
Hilary Wyatt .... track breakdown
Catherine Yuh Rader .... additional story artist (as Catherine Yuh)
 
Casting Department
Brendan Donnison .... adr voice casting (as Brendon Donnison)
 
Editorial Department
Jo Bale .... film conform editor
James Beshears .... post-production executive
Yvonne Davies .... second assistant editor
Vicki Hiatt .... additional editor
Peter Hunt .... color timer
Angharad Owen .... associate editor
Ben Renton .... additional editorial support
Adrian Shipp .... editorial production assistant
Andrew Ward .... assistant editor
Claus Wehlisch .... additional editorial support
Jason Wheeler .... negative cutter
John Venzon .... additional editor (uncredited)
Paul Wojciechowski .... trailer editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Dina Eaton .... music editor: temp
Bruce Fowler .... orchestrator (as Bruce L. Fowler)
Gavin Greenaway .... conductor: score
Harry Gregson-Williams .... conductor
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestral contractor
Marylata E. Jacob .... music supervisor
Harry Kim .... orchestrator
James McKee Smith .... composer: additional music
Gretchen O'Neal .... music production services
Tony Stanton .... music preparation
Richard Whitfield .... supervising music editor
Nick Wollage .... score recordist
Geoff Zanelli .... composer: additional music
Walt Fowler .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Gavin Greenaway .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Darren N. Henson .... assistant technician: score (uncredited)
Steve Jablonsky .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Ladd McIntosh .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Bruno Roussel .... music editor (uncredited)
Richard Todman .... music editor (uncredited)
Bruce White .... viola (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Pete Atkin .... script consultant
Craig Atkinson .... assistant rigger
Neil Baker .... systems engineer
Tom Bannister .... additional accounts assistant
Tom Barnes .... technical director
Adam Barriball .... assistant publicity unit manager
Collette Bassford .... receptionist
Adrian Baxter .... IT supporter
Richard Beek .... production runner (as Richard 'Beeky' Beek)
Sylvia Bennion .... storyreel
Becky Bettington .... kitchen assistant
Lisa Bilbe .... finance director
Frank Bloom .... legal services
Sarah Brazier .... assistant: Carla Shelley
John Carnochan .... additional storyreel editor
Simeon Chard .... floor assistant
Derek Connop .... production accounts assistant
Ali Cook .... assistant: Peter Lord and Nick Park
Shona de Bradeny .... production runner
Marvin Denning .... building assistant
Jo Dorney .... human resources assistant
Darren Dubicki .... visualization
Peter Dunne .... international publicity manager
Sara Edwards .... administrative assistant
James Flintoff .... accounting assistant
Lew Gardiner .... Steenbeck supporter
Alan Gregory .... mechanical development engineer
Dan Gregory .... production runner
Alistair Gue .... senior chef
Julia Hardy .... assistant: Michael Rose
Marriott Harrison .... legal services
Pam Hayes .... head of human resources
James Heyworth .... production runner
Timothy Hogg .... continuity coordinator
Timothy Hogg .... story coordinator
Julie Imboden Keel .... additional assistant (as Julie Imboden)
David 'Del' Lawson .... armature & rigging supervisor
Fiona Layton .... receptionist
Tara Nicole Lee .... continuity coordinator (as Tara Cunningham)
Tara Nicole Lee .... story coordinator (as Tara Cunningham)
Kevin Llewellyn .... assistant building manager
Kerry Lock .... finance controller
Pamela Lonsdale .... additional senior chef
Adam Loretz .... production runner
Rebecca Lovell .... receptionist
Mary Lowance .... general manager
Irene Lyons .... assistant: Jake Eberts
Ngaio Mackintosh .... assistant: David Sproxton
Scott Macmath .... additional senior chef
Katherine Mann .... technical resources coordinator
Stuart Markovic .... catering manager
Josie Marshall .... payroll administrative
Alex Matcham .... production accountant
Bridget Mazzey .... continuity supervisor
Bridget Mazzey .... story supervisor
Antony McBride .... kitchen assistant
Liza McCarron .... IT supporter
David McCormick .... additional storyreel editor
Pippa Mercer .... production runner
Chiara Minchin .... technical resources coordinator
John Morrissey .... electronics development engineer
Jesse Newton .... dance consultant
Liz O'Keefe .... receptionist
John Oaten .... mechanical engineer
Gareth Overton-Edwards .... business affairs: Aardman
Liam Owen .... production runner
Cynthia Park .... assistant: Jeffrey Katzenberg
Ann Peskett .... dance consultant
Jerzy Pilecki .... IT manager
Veronica Pollard .... researcher
Graham Puckett .... dance consultant
Martin Robins .... trainee chef
Helen Sargent .... assistant: Carla Shelley
Alan Scrase .... senior rigger (as Alan 'Scratch' Scrase)
Roger Sharland .... engineer
Roger Sharland .... projectionist
Arthur Sheriff .... publicity/marketing: Aardman
Malcolm Smele .... avid supporter
Mike Smythe .... facilities manager
Sandy Spencer .... human resources consultant
Victoria Spurgeon .... production runner
Lottie Storey .... assistant publicity unit manager
Paul Swann .... senior laboratory liaison
Mark Taylor .... storyreel
Clare Thalmann .... publicity unit manager
Jennifer Thomas .... production runner
Kate Thomas .... pre-production assistant
Mike Thorne .... avid supporter
Zbigniew 'Spish' Trzaska .... projectionist
Nick Upton .... senior rigger
Holly Van Praagh .... assistant: Jeffrey Katzenberg (as Holly Von Praagh)
Joke van Wijk .... additional storyreel editor (as Joke Van Wijk)
David Vinicombe .... storyreel
Natascha Vizard .... catering assistant
Karen Walter .... production accountant
Doug Weaver .... assistant: Mel Gibson
Anne Webb .... receptionist
Andy White .... avid supporter
Katherine Wyatt .... dance consultant
Allan Yates .... senior electronics development engineer
Kevin Yates .... engineer
Christy Yellen .... additional assistant
Anthony Domingo .... hardware engineer (uncredited)
Anthony Domingo .... production supporter (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Andrew Birch .... special thanks (as Andy Birch)
John Buckley .... special thanks
Matt Caines .... special thanks
Marty Cohen .... special thanks
David Cox .... special thanks
Bruce Daitch .... special thanks
Ann Daly .... special thanks
Jeremy Dane .... special thanks
Alex Drought .... special thanks
Fiona Eberts .... special thanks
Leslee Feldman .... special thanks
Penney Finkelman Cox .... special thanks
Nick Fletcher .... special thanks
Doug Fries .... special thanks
Paul Gibbs .... special thanks
Michael Kahn .... special thanks
Cecil Kramer .... special thanks
Melanie Maniam .... special thanks
Ann Morgan .... special thanks
Maurice Morgan .... special thanks
Johnny Parsons .... special thanks
Alec Porter .... special thanks
Jack Rosenthal .... special thanks
Jérôme Seydoux .... special thanks (as Jerome Seydoux)
Simon J. Smith .... special thanks
Alan Stewart .... special thanks
Hans Zimmer .... special thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"C:R-1" - USA (promotional abbreviation)
"Chicken Chicken Run Run" - Japan (English title)
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Runtime:
84 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Austria:10 | Brazil:Livre | Canada:G (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Chile:TE | Denmark:A | Finland:K-8/5 | France:U | Germany:6 (bw) | Hong Kong:I | Iceland:L | Netherlands:AL | New Zealand:G | Norway:7 | Peru:PT | Portugal:M/4 | Singapore:G | South Korea:All | Spain:T | Sweden:Btl | Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud) | UK:U | USA:G (certificate #37470)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Originally, the filmmakers had planned to have sparrows ridicule the chickens' attempts at flight. Rather than spend time and money on characters that would be on screen for only a brief time, they used Nick and Fetcher instead.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Rocky abseils on a telephone wire through a round window into the shed with the pie machine. The bracket holding the wire is clearly attached exactly above the window. Later, when Mrs. Tweedy involuntarily skydives from the plane, she enters the shed through the same round window (the bracket is clearly visible above it) but she does not hit the wire on her way down.See more »
Quotes:
Rocky:The name's Rocky. Rocky the Rhode Island Red. Rhodes for short.
Bunty:Rocky Rhodes?
Rocky:Catchy, ain't it?
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Movie Connections:
References The Italian Job (1969)See more »
Soundtrack:
Flip Flop and FlySee more »

FAQ

How come Mr. & Mrs. Tweedy don't refer to each other by first name?
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50 out of 57 people found the following review useful.
Son of a gun, "Chicken Run" is pure fun!, 22 August 2000
Author: Glacier571-3 from San Francisco

After watching "Chicken Run," you will become a believer of many things.

You will believe that a bunch of talking hens wearing beads and bandanas can speak with British and Scottish accents, practice martial arts, escape from inside a pie machine and secretly plot their getaway from an egg farm in 1955 England. You will believe that chickens can knit, dance, wear glasses and play the harmonica. You will believe that rats can wear bad suits and have an obsession for eggs. You will believe that roosters can fly airplanes, ride a tricycle and sing "The Wanderer."

Most importantly, you will believe that the otherwise Disney-choked world of animated films has life again, and that a tiny British studio can top the big boys from Japan and the U.S. and turn out the smartest, possibly best work of this genre ever. The one point of light in an otherwise lousy summer movie season, "Chicken Run" is something you'll want to watch over and over again. You could sit through it 31 times (like yours truly) and it never gets boring. The audienced applauded at the end during my first 13 viewings.

Aardman Studios has concocted a recipe consisting of a wonderful (albeit portly and feathered) cast, a funny, intelligent script, a gripping score, excellent cinematography and production design, plus great voice work, all mixed with years of labor and love, and the result is what is easily the best film of 2000. When was the last time you saw a movie with a cast – nearly all-female, no less – so determined and believable in their mission for freedom, and whom you cared so strongly about that you were actually cheering for them to be successful?

"Chicken Run" may be the first animated film that is an absolute joy for both children and adults. Children will be tickled by the jocularity of these hens, while adults will find pleasure in discovering homages to classic prison films – "The Great Escape," "Stalag 17" and even "The Shawshank Redemption," among others.

Screenwriter Karey Kirkpatrick has come up with a sharp script, which has all but become a lost art in the movie world these days. The dialogue is loaded with puns that work so well. The British slang is a delight, and makes the chickens' personalities more endearing and – dare I say it – human.

One of the best lines comes from Mrs. Tweedy talking lovingly about her soon-to-be chicken pie enterprise. When Mr. Tweedy asks why she only will be included in the brand name, her reply is: "Woman's touch. Makes the public feel more comfortable." The other is Fowler's immortal "Pushy Americans, always showing up late for every war." That's simply brilliant writing.

The flawless (yes, flawless) voice cast is the heart of this movie. This is one of those rare films in which both the heroes and the villains are fun to watch. You'll find yourself thinking during the end credits, "I liked this character the best…no, wait a minute, I think I like this one more…no, no, I like that one."

Leading the way is Julia Sawalha, playing another character with a spicy name (from "AbFab's" Saffy to CR's Ginger), and providing the ideal heroine we moviegoers have yearned for so long. She's so convincing in this role; you're deeply immensed in Ginger's quest for free range living that you forget she's a Plasticine chicken.

It's safe to say that 2000 has been the summer of one Melvin Gibson. He doesn't disappoint with "The Patriot" or with his role as Rocky, the vagabond flying rooster (listen to his hysterical rendition of Dion's "The Wanderer"), who easily bested his squirrel namesake at the box office. The film pokes fun at him in a good-natured way, from his opening "Braveheart" gag to his nationality.

Rounding out the supporting cast is Lynn Ferguson as the genius Mac, she of the wild hen's comb and odd spectacles. Jane Horrocks is a show-stopper as the innocent yet…well, bubbleheaded, knitter Babs. She doesn't have much dialogue, but definitely does the most with the least as she delivers the funniest lines in the movie with aplomb. Perhaps the film's most famous line is when she bawls "I don't want to be a pie!" Why? "I don't like gravy."

Ben Whitrow's Fowler, the old military rooster, had me in stitches with his constant rambling about his glory days in the Royal Air Force. Seriously, wouldn't we all want to be awakened by a rooster who hollers, "Cock-a-doodle-doo, what what"?

Timothy Spall and Phil Daniels are a hoot as Nick and Fetcher, the Laurel & Hardy-style farm rats. Tony Haygarth and Miranda Richardson (not straying very far from her "evil wife" role in "Sleepy Hollow") are perfect as Willard and Melisha Tweedy, the cruel owners of the prison camp…er, egg farm. The loving couple is an evil version of American Gothic rendered in clay. Mrs. Tweedy is the best animated villain since Maleficent from "Sleeping Beauty."

But my favorite (and this was a tough choice) was Imelda Staunton as the brusque, oversized and argumentative, yet lovable, Bunty. She was the character I related to most because my personality is sometimes like hers…I think I may have finally found my role model! My favorite part in the film was watching Bunty getting down to "Flip Flop and Fly."

The ending contains the most thrilling action sequence I've seen all year. I won't dare describe it here…go and experience the magic for yourself. What I will say is that I haven't had this much side-splitting fun with an ending since "Mrs. Doubtfire."

I haven't enjoyed a film like this since "Sleepy Hollow" was released 7 months earlier…needless to say, this has been a period of movie ecstasy that is as rare as hens' teeth, so to speak. I'm sure nobody will care, but what I found interesting about "Chicken Run" was that it bore a striking resemblance to SH in terms of the plot: a small citizenry, kept prisoner by a villain who has a fetish for decapitation, pins their hopes of freedom on an outsider who is brash and sure of himself on the outside, yet soft and bewildered on the inside. Both movies are in my personal top 10 of all time.

After watching this, I dare anyone to find another movie that is as heartwarming, witty, suspenseful and funny as "Chicken Run." To those who feel the need to criticize this film for any reason…I deeply sympathize with your lack of soul. 10/10

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