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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 (

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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1.85 : 1
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The turkey Danny, is voiced by Danny Carey, the Drummer from the rock band Tool. See more »


When Jake first meets Reggie, Jake knows Reggie's name, because the Great Turkey told Jake. However, when Reggie goes back in time as the Great Turkey to when Young Jake escapes from the factory, he only mentions that Jake needed the "Pardon Turkey", and he never mentioned that the "Pardon Turkey"'s name was Reggie. See more »


Jake: Goodbyes are just hellos blowing across the wind until our paths intersect once again.
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Crazy Credits

The film opens with a tongue-in-cheek disclaimer stating: "The following film is a work of fiction. It is loosely based on historical events and is, in no way, meant to be historically accurate. Except for the part about the talking turkeys. That part is totally real." See more »


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Hilarious & inventive animated movie...
26 November 2013 | by (Evansville, Indiana USA) – See all my reviews

1st watched 11/23/2013 – 8 out of 10(Dir-Jimmy Hayward): Hilarious & inventive animated movie about two turkeys who go back in time to try to change the fate of future turkey's ending up on the dinner table during this festive time of year. The writing in this comedic tale is spot on -- while the voice performances and animation are very well done. The only downside to the movie, in my opinion, is the lack of inclusion of the song Free Bird…but seriously this was a laugh-out-loud movie that really only slows down during an attempt to throw in some romance. Owen Wilson is the voice of the one-of-the-kind turkey in a stupid current flock as the only one who knows they are getting fattened up to enter their death. The president pardons him from being the main course on Thanksgiving and he is living the good life until he runs into a wild turkey searching out a time machine to turn things around for his kind. Woody Harrelson is the voice of the wild one and the time machine, "Steve", leads them back to before the first Thanksgiving. There is some amazing and hilarious animation done between Woody's character and the leader of the pack in the old world when they try to outdo each other in a macho contest. I was wildly surprised with this movie with it's lame idea but the humor and pacing was great --- the turkey love part was a little much – but other than that this animated movie was excellent. If you are looking for a satisfying and fun time at the movies where you and the kids can enjoy it at the same time see this movie!!

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