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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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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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$55,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$55,747,724 (USA) (14 March 2014)
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This is the first film to use the updated Relativity Media logo, used in all current releases afterwards. See more »

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The rifles used in the movie by the Pilgrims are percussion cap rifles which were not produced until after 1807. See more »

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Jake: Goodbyes are just hellos blowing across the wind until our paths intersect once again.
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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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Back In Time
Written by Marshall Manning
Produced by Justin Reinstein
Performed by MattyB
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A lot of laughs
31 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My kids and I loved this movie, so I was surprised to see the low rating on IMDb. The negative comments seem to center on three things:

(1) "Cultural insensitivity," chiefly for portraying 17th century turkeys like Indians. I don't get this one. They are put in opposition to pilgrims, who are trying to eat them, and the Indian association seems natural. (2) A "vegetarian" message. I am relatively sensitive to such message (e.g., I thought it was rather heavy-handed in "Jurassic Park"), so I can say that there simply isn't one here. It's about turkeys trying not to get eaten, not that people should never eat meat. (3) "disregard for time-travel paradoxes" (quoting from Wikipedia here). It's a movie about talking turkeys, and this guy is bothered by inconsistencies in time travel? If this bothers you, it's time to take off the bow tie and unfasten the suspenders, you need to loosen up.

Okay, the plot is not great, and there really isn't a message (at least not much of one). The joy of this movie and others of its ilk is in the presentation. There are a lot of funny lines, and the animation is amazing. I love seeing how cartoonists can elicit the most focused emotions simply by depicting a turkey's face.

If you are looking for a deep movie, this one is probably not for you. If you are looking for a great way to spend 90 minutes, you will enjoy this one.


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