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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.

Directors:

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 (38) »

Taglines:

She's Poultry In Motion See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | USA | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 June 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

C:R-1 See more »

Filming Locations:

Bristol, England, UK

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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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Dolby Digital EX | SDDS | DTS-ES | DTS (Digital DTS Sound)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

There are 563 feathered and costumed puppets in the film. 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

Rocky: Ouch! What happened to my wing?
Ginger: You took a rather nasty fall.
Mac: [very fast, in strong Scottish accent] And sprained the anterior tendon connecting your radius to your humerus. I gave her a wee bit of a tweak, Jimmy, and wrapped her up.
Rocky: Was that English?
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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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Referenced in Cats & Dogs (2001) See more »

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The Wanderer
Written by Ernie Maresca (as Ernest Maresca)
Performed by Dion DiMucci (as Dion)
Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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Animation at its best, with outstanding characters and a clever story. ***1/2 (out of four)
3 August 2000 | by Movie-12See all my reviews

CHICKEN RUN / (2000) ***1/2 (out of four)

"Chicken Run," DreamWorks Picture's newest animation festival, is an old-fashioned fairy tale with more heart and truth than most movies can even imagine about containing. The film's animated style contains state-of-the-art clay-animation techniques, which make it worth the trip to the multiplex just for feasting your eyes on such brilliant special effects. Directors Peter Lord and Nick Park, with co-writer Karey Kirkpatrick, give the characters depth, reason, and dimension-even if the main star is a feathered farm animal that converges with his companions about political matters.

"Chicken Run" details the miserable lives of a clan of chickens being withheld within a sinister dairy farm in 1950's England. Ginger (voiced by Miranda Richardson) is the central character, who, along with her acquaintances, deeply lust for the sweet smell of freedom that lies beyond the constricting boundaries of their pens. The unhappy farm owners, the smart and devious Mrs. Tweedy and the dumb and precarious Mr. Tweedy, brutally dispose of chickens who fail to produce the amount of eggs they require.

When a overzealous circus Rooster named Rocky (voiced by Mel Gibson) stumbles onto the farm one evening, the other chickens blackmail him into teaching them how to escape. This is also when the Tweetys lurch up a devilish new plan to strike it rich by purchasing a machine that will turn innocent chickens into merchandising pot pies.

The film's plot is steady, solid, and knowing; it portrays a series of events that gradually build tension eventually inducing an exciting climax that is both conclusive and satisfying. "Chicken Run" is a precise piece of filmmaking, an inoffensive family adventure that will entertain audiences of all ages.

Regardless of how well crafted it is or how artful the material, the movie is about chickens escaping out of their pen in order to find genuine independence. No, the stakes are not nearly high enough, and with a plot like this, it is only natural for some audiences to expect a shallow, cheap cartoon publicity stunt. However, the filmmakers make this movie feel original, fresh, suspenseful, and involving, regardless if the main characters are chickens with patriotic instincts.


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