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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


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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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Aspect Ratio:

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 »


At around 27mins we see Captain Standish. He has a wooden match in his mouth. This scene takes place in 1621, 200 years before friction matches were invented in the mid to late 1820's. See more »


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

During the first half of the end credits, various photos of turkey-themed landmarks are shown. See more »


References Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989) See more »


How You Like Me Now?
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5 August 2014 | by See all my reviews

Not nearly as good as the other time traveling animal (Mr. Peabody), but has some charm of its own. Although that might depend on your take of Owen Wilson (since he's the voice of the main character here). You might want to rate higher or lower I guess. The time travel thing does not work entirely, but what makes it worthwhile is the fact that it has a few jokes here and there (definitely not the "twist" towards the end though that's for sure).

This animation works more the kids and less for the adults, though there are some stabs at American/native history here. It still is kept simple and the whole thing is predictable. There are worse things though and your kids/young ones won't mind watching this at all.

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