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Free Birds (2013)

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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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Reggie (voice)
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Jake (voice)
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Jenny (voice)
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S.T.E.V.E. (voice)
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Myles Standish (voice)
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Chief Broadbeak (voice)
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Amos (voice)
Jeff Biancalana ...
General Sagan / Hazmats / Additional Voice Talent (voice)
Danny Carey ...
Danny (voice)
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Narrator / Alejandro (voice)
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Chief Massasoit (voice)
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Pilgrim Woman (voice)
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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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The greatest turkey movie of all time. See more »


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

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1 November 2013 (USA)  »

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Turkeys  »

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$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$55,747,724 (USA) (14 March 2014)
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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 »

Goofs

Instead of the pizza company's pizza boxes they use chucky cheese boxes. See more »

Quotes

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

Connections

Referenced in AniMat's Reviews: Frozen (2013) See more »

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Back In Time
Written by Marshall Manning
Produced by Justin Reinstein
Performed by MattyB
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Mission thanksgiving. The turkeys time to fight back!
24 June 2016 | by (Somewhere in the Cosmos) – See all my reviews

It is definitely an underrated animation. Okay, I agree, Disney is solely dominating the animation industry, especially at present. But this film is no masterpiece like that Disney makes yet not bad to ignore complete. Yes, there are flaws in it, but very acceptable as they're just minors. In the animations, the real world logics won't apply. So you should try to enjoy it than trying to find the errors.

This film is targeted for children, but then anybody can watch it because it is a beautiful theme with some real laughs in it, only if you forget that you are an adult for a 90 minute. Technically the film quality matches with Disney, Pixer, Dreamworks and even the Sony animation. It is a fine achievement for an outside/new production house to come up with like this. I hope Reel FX would make more animations in the future and compete directly with these top companies.

It was really a star studded cast. I did not know who were they all, but I identified them by their voices. As far as the story, too easy to predict, but somehow it managed to keep me glued to it with its entertaining contents. It is a time travel theme and a quite entertaining film made by the 'Horton Hears a Who' director.

Some are saying it is anti-thanking giving film, but I think it is just a fun film. Although, it was kind of like 'Happy Feet', where a bunch of turkeys tries to loose their kind from the humans grip. But narrated differently, something like in the line of 'Penguins of Madagascar'. I don't think anybody can regret watching it, but then there are people with expectations, so it might fail at them. Overall, it was a decent film for sure if not great as other animations that came in the same year. Waiting for its sequel about 'mission turducken'.

7/10


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