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Free Birds (2013)

PG  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Comedy  |  1 November 2013 (USA)
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Two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history - and get turkey off the holiday menu for good.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Reggie (voice)
Jake (voice)
Jenny (voice)
S.T.E.V.E. (voice)
Myles Standish (voice)
Chief Broadbeak (voice)
Ranger / Leatherbeak / President / Hazmats / Additional Voice Talent (voice)
Amos (voice)
Jeff Biancalana ...
General Sagan / Hazmats / Additional Voice Talent (voice)
Danny Carey ...
Danny (voice)
Narrator / Alejandro (voice)
Chief Massasoit (voice)
Pilgrim Woman (voice)


After years of fruitless warning of his farmyard brethren of the coming Thanksgiving doom, Reggie the Turkey finds himself spared as the annual Pardoned Turkey. However, Reggie's easy life is disrupted by Jake, a fanatic turkey who drags him along with the insane idea of going back in time to make sure turkeys are not part of the first Thanksgiving. Through foolhardiness and luck, the pair manage to take an experimental time machine to do just that. Now in 1621 at the Plymouth colony, Reggie and Jake find themselves in the middle of a turkey clan's struggle for survival. In doing so, their preconceptions of the world and themselves are challenged forever in a conflict from which the world will never be the same. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Changing the main course of history See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some action/peril and rude humor | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 November 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Turkeys  »

Box Office


$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$15,805,237 (USA) (1 November 2013)


$55,747,724 (USA) (14 March 2014)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ren and Stimpy creator and animator John Kricfalusi was brought on early in the production as a conceptual artist. He submitted numerous character designs and sequences, none of which were used in the film, but are available for viewing on his blog. See more »


The rifles used in the movie by the Pilgrims are percussion cap rifles which were not produced until after 1807. See more »


Jake: Goodbyes are just hellos blowing across the wind until our paths intersect once again.
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There is a scene during the credits where Jake returns holding a duck and a chicken under both of his arms. When asked by Reggie why he returned, Jake's response is, "Have you heard about the turducken?" See more »


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Hilarious laugh out loud funny
31 January 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Sorry this is a film that doesn't deserve the bad reviews it got because if you cant find this film funny you are miserable as hell with no sense of humor because this is a extremely funny with slap stick humor, compared to most animated film this is so worth watching.

The writing in this comedic tale is spot on with the humor -- while the voice performances and animation are brilliantly done. The only downside to the movie, is the lack of inclusion of the song's that normal come in to animated film's…but seriously this was a laugh-out-loud movie that really only slows down during an attempt to throw in some romance. There is some amazing and hilarious animation done between Woody's voice acting for the character Jake

and the leader of the pack Chief Broadbeak voiced by Keith David in the old world when they try to out do each other in a macho contest, with some hilarious outrageous laugh out loud moments.

Owen Wilson voices of Reggie, the only sain turkey among a dumb pack of turkeys was brilliant to show a unsung hero of the bird world, i like that they gave his character that romance element as well which was funny with Jenny voiced by Amy Poehler, who his character just acts like a love sick puppy but it just brilliant done. Through this whole film you just find yourself laugh because the level of the slap stick humor you just cant help but laugh your head off, i really don't know why some people can find this film funny, because I've never laugh so hard in my life at an animated film, special even more so with the angry birds reference, it just a classic animated film that all the family will love, you just cant go wrong with this animated film chicken run was good, just turkeys do it better.

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