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Chicken Run (2000)

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When a cockerel apparently flies into a chicken farm, the chickens see him as an opportunity to escape their evil owners.

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Peter Lord, Nick Park

Writers:

Peter Lord (original story), Nick Park (original story) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 23 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Phil Daniels ... Fetcher (voice)
Lynn Ferguson Lynn Ferguson ... Mac (voice)
Mel Gibson ... Rocky (voice)
Tony Haygarth ... Mr. Tweedy (voice)
Jane Horrocks ... Babs (voice)
Miranda Richardson ... Mrs. Tweedy (voice)
Julia Sawalha ... Ginger (voice)
Timothy Spall ... Nick (voice)
Imelda Staunton ... Bunty (voice)
Benjamin Whitrow ... Fowler (voice)
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Storyline

Having been hopelessly repressed and facing eventual certain death at the chicken farm where they are held, Rocky the rooster and Ginger the chicken decide to rebel against the evil Mr. and Ms. Tweedy, the farm's owners. Rocky and Ginger lead their fellow chickens in a great escape from the murderous farmers and their farm of doom. Written by Cory Booth <WHMacy@yahoo.com>

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Plot Keywords:

chicken | farm | escape | rooster | freedom | See All (42) »

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The Lone Free Ranger See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 June 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

C:R-1 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,506,162, 25 June 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$106,834,564

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$224,834,564
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Dolby Digital EX | SDDS | DTS-ES | DTS (Digital DTS Sound)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The pie machine was meant to show the threat of mechanization. Fifty people worked on its design. The cogs in the machine were silver spray painted, to make them look metallic (they were made of polyurethane), and then scrubbed down, to take some of the shine off. Finally, they rubbed the (plywood) interior with lead grate polish to give it the look and feel of age and use. The machine even had a plaque, to give it a further touch of authenticity. See more »

Goofs

Rocky abseils on a telephone wire through a round window into the shed with the pie machine. The bracket holding the wire is clearly attached exactly above the window. Later, when Mrs. Tweedy involuntarily skydives from the plane, she enters the shed through the same round window (the bracket is clearly visible above it) but she does not hit the wire on her way down. See more »

Quotes

Fowler: Increase velocity!
Babs: What does that mean?
Bunty: It means pedal your flippin' giblets out!
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Crazy Credits

Near the very end of the credits the conversation about which comes first, the chicken or the egg??, comes up again. The two rodents want to take an egg or a chicken and make a chicken farm to make their own eggs. However, they cannot decide if they need a chicken or an egg. Finally, Rocky the Rooster pipes in and says to "please pipe down". See more »

Alternate Versions

In the original version, Mrs. Tweedy angrily berated Mr. Tweedy after the pie machine blew up, to which he pushed the wall down on her. That was cut from the theatrical version, but you can still see him, in the extreme long shot, having just pushed the wall down on her. See more »

Connections

Spoofs Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) See more »

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Barwick Green
Written by Arthur Wood
Courtesy of Promusic
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Something for everyone
20 June 2000 | by AdRagerSee all my reviews

Chicken Run is a wonderfully entertaining movie for EVERYONE! Kids will love the eye-candy of chickens doing absurd things and tossing off silly one-liners. Adults will enjoy the brilliantly funny dialogue and the sweet, engaging story. Parents will enjoy taking their kids to a movie that does not have the Disneyesque product tie-ins and must-buy soundtrack. Movie buffs can try to count the references to The Great Escape, Stalg 17, Star Trek and Braveheart and may be pleasantly surprised at the quality of the camera work.

Nick Park, Peter Lord & Co. succeeded (where so many other have failed recently) in making an animated movie whose story, plot and dialogue are equal to the brilliant animation. In the wordless opening minutes we are engaged and in invited to care about these silly chickens. By the time the snappy dialogue gets rolling we've already identified with the chickens' plight. It may be a bit slow through the middle for the younger moviegoers. But the sound of laughter, cheers and applause from the whole audience as the chickens make their final bid for freedom is well worth the wait. The only sad part is we may have to wait another five years for another Aardman Animations to produce another picture of the quality.


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