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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?


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 »


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

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 »


Up Around The Bend
Written by John Fogerty (as John C. Fogerty)
Performed by Social Distortion
Courtesy of Swing and Swagger, LLC
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Some folks who are either not getting this or are taking it way too seriously.
3 November 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"We have a Turkey situation"

"How should we address it?"

"With cranberry sauce." (HA, HA, HA,HA)

This was just a fun, silly movie -- perfect for a family outing. It has no pretensions to be anything more than just a goofy, romp through "history". No, it doesn't contain any riotously funny scenes. No, it doesn't contain any hidden agenda. No it doesn't contain a subtext of humor aimed at the parents/adults in the audience. And no, it is not a thinly veiled attempt by Hollywood to promote a "Vegan" agenda. (Seriously?!?)

It's not great art. It doesn't even really try to manipulate the heart strings.

It reminded me a lot of "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" and even referenced it at one point.

It's just exactly that kind of a (again) fun, silly little movie.

Nothing more, nothing less.

Just take the kids and enjoy it.

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