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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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The Cluck Stops Here See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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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 crate plane at the climax was meant to look extraordinary and funny. Sixty chicken models were inside of it at any one time. See more »

Goofs

Puppets were often mounted to rigs so they could be suspended in the air. The rigs were edited out of each frame after filming, but there is a short cut in Chicken Run where a rig was missed: Inside the pie machine when Rocky is falling out of the meat chute, the 17-frame cut of him falling directly into the camera still has the puppet rig visible. See more »

Quotes

[after Rocky leaves]
Babs: Perhaps he just went on holiday.
Bunty: [grabbing Babs' knitting, throwing it on the ground, and stomping on it] Perhaps he just went to get away from your infernal knitting!
Mac: Well, you were the one that was always hitting him. Let's see how you like it.
[shoves Bunty]
Bunty: Don't push me, four-eyes.
[other chickens start fighting]
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Crazy Credits

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The Wanderer
Written by Ernie Maresca (as Ernest Maresca)
Performed by Dion DiMucci (as Dion)
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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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