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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

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Peter Lord (original story), Nick Park (original story) | 3 more credits »
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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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chicken | farm | escape | rooster | freedom | See All (42) »

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CR:1 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

Gross USA:

$106,834,564

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$224,834,564
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

There is a reference to The Simpsons (1989); when Rocky falls in the pie dough, and proclaims "Dough!" in an annoyed manner, which is phonetically similar to Homer Simpson's catchphrase "D'oh!" A year before the release of the movie, Mel Gibson guest starred on The Simpsons episode "Beyond the Blunderdome" as himself. See more »

Goofs

After Mrs Tweedy falls off the plane, the shot of Fowler saying "The old bird bought it!" is flipped (the "17" is the wrong way round and is also on the wrong side of the hut door). See more »

Quotes

Mac: [examining a diagram] I thought we tried going under the fence.
[Ginger flips it]
Mac: Ah! Over! Right!
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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

Originally, when Mrs. Tweedy was cutting off Edwina's head, the shadow on the wall actually depicted the axe coming downward before cutting away. It was further moved back to the current theatrical version where you see the axe going up, but not coming down. See more »

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References Ace in the Hole (1951) See more »

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Ave Maria
Written by Franz Schubert (uncredited)
Performed by Gracie Fields
Courtesy of Living Era (ASV Ltd)
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Wonderful Animation Packed with Intertexts
30 December 2014 | by l_rawjalaurenceSee all my reviews

Watching Peter Lord and Nick Park's glorious animation story of a group of chickens escaping from a repressive farm in 1950s Britain, one comes to understand how the script draws on a whole raft of classic war films of the period, including THE COLDITZ STORY (1955), STALAG 17 (1953), and most obviously THE GREAT ESCAPE (1963).

All of the elements are there, treated with a tongue-in-cheek reverence that makes the film a memorable experience. Ginger (voiced by Julia Sawalha) is the lead chicken, desperately trying to devise escape plans from the farm policed by Mr. Tweedy (Tony Haygarth) and his shrewish spouse (Miranda Richardson). The need to escape is paramount; all the chickens have to hope for instead is a life dedicated to laying eggs and a violent death by strangulation, as the Tweedies cook yet another tasty Sunday dinner. The only problem is that Ginger's task is hampered by the well-meaning yet rather clueless inmates, led by Babs (Jane Horrocks) and Mac (Lynn Ferguson). The entire group are 'supervised' (?) by the Brigadier Fowler (Benjamin Whitrow), using the kind of Fifties Received Pronunciation accent that immediately recalls the war films of that period.

Enter Rocky the Rooster (Mel Gibson), a self-assured refugee from the circus, with a cockiness (pun intended) recalling Steve McQueen in THE GREAT ESCAPE. Although eventually helping to create a successful escape, Rocky has to learn how to co-exist with a group of Brits, that requires both races to become more accommodating, and less xenophobic. The script allows for some jokes familiar to viewers acquainted with World War II history (all Americans are "overpaid, oversexed, and over here."

Although only just over eighty minutes long, the film is packed with incident as well as some really funny jokes. CHICKEN RUN is a joyous experience, a tribute both to the talents of animators and script-writers alike.


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