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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)

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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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Did You Know?


At the end Jake is carrying a chicken and a duck and warns the turkeys about a Turducken. A turducken is a boneless chicken stuffed in a duck that is stuffed in a turkey. 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 »


Elder Turkey: Everything is made of Corn! Green leafy Corn, Corn Corn... Fire Corn!
Reggie: Yeah, that's a great theory and all but I think that's called the Sun.
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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 »


References My Little Pony 'n Friends (1986) See more »


How You Like Me Now?
Performed by The Heavy
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Stop complaining about PETA and relax
20 September 2014 | by See all my reviews

Reggie (Owen Wilson) is a scrawny turkey who knows that they are on the Thanksgiving menu. None of the other turkeys believe him. Luckily for Reggie, he gets pick by the President's daughter to be pardon. Jake (Woody Harrelson) is a strong slightly dumb turkey who takes Reggie on a mission. He takes him to a shed in Camp David which turns out to be the entrance to a secret base with a time machine. The two turkeys go back to 1621 Plymouth colony to take turkeys off the Thanksgiving menu. Reggie falls for the chief's daughter Jenny (Amy Poehler). The time machine is called S.T.E.V.E. (George Takei).

The advertisements keep touting the fact that one of the producers (Aron Warner) also produced Shrek. Really? That's just stupid. There is also the tough sell that they're getting turkeys off the menu. Turkey is tasty. If one can accept the idea of Thanksgiving without turkeys, then this movie has a chance. 'Chicken Run' is more palatable because it doesn't propose to take all chickens off the menu. The animation is reasonable for a family movie. It's not the top of the line but it's good enough.

I really like the idea that turkeys are the Indians to the Pilgrams settlers. It works quite well. Reggie and Jake are fine but I wish they get friendlier faster. There is one joke that made laugh hard. "STEVE's not here, man." It's a great stoner joke. I wish Cheech or Chong was doing it and they could keep it going for awhile. On the other end of the spectrum, the 'angry birds' joke was groan inducing. I thought the big capture is quite thrilling and the resulting low point very touching. I also really like the final resolution for the Thanksgiving meal because that is filled with great big pitfalls. This premise has its difficulties but I find most of it is resolved reasonably.

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