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Free Birds (2013)

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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 Turkeys off the Thanksgiving menu for good.

Director:

Jimmy Hayward

Writers:

Scott Mosier (screenplay), Jimmy Hayward (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Owen Wilson ... Reggie (voice)
Woody Harrelson ... Jake (voice)
Amy Poehler ... Jenny (voice)
George Takei ... S.T.E.V.E. (voice)
Colm Meaney ... Myles Standish (voice)
Keith David ... Chief Broadbeak (voice)
Dan Fogler ... Governor Bradford (voice)
Jimmy Hayward ... Ranger / Leatherbeak / President / Hazmats / Additional Voice Talent (voice)
Kaitlyn Maher ... President's Daughter (voice)
Carlos Alazraqui ... Amos (voice)
Jeff Biancalana Jeff Biancalana ... General Sagan / Hazmats / Additional Voice Talent (voice)
Danny Carey ... Danny (voice)
Carlos Ponce ... Narrator / Alejandro (voice)
Robert Beltran ... Chief Massasoit (voice)
Lesley Nicol ... Pilgrim Woman (voice)
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Storyline

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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some action/peril and rude humor | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Turkeys See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,805,237, 3 November 2013, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$55,750,480

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$110,387,072
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is the first film to use the updated Relativity Media logo, used in all current releases afterwards. See more »

Goofs

During the first turkey hunt, the matchstick hanging out of Captain Standish's mouth keeps switching sides. See more »

Quotes

Reggie: Well, I guess this is good-bye.
Jake: No, Reggie. Good-byes are just hellos, carried across the wind until our paths... intersect once again.
Reggie: That's beautiful.
[pauses]
Reggie: And confusing.
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Crazy Credits

There is a scene during the credits where Jake returns holding a duck and a chicken under both of his arms. When asked by Reggie why he returned, Jake's response is, "Have you heard about the turducken?" See more »

Connections

References Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Back In Time
Written by Marshall Manning
Produced by Justin Reinstein
Performed by MattyB
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Turkeys Have Feelings Too!
31 October 2013 | by rannynmSee all my reviews

You should think twice before you eat that Thanksgiving turkey this year! Especially after you watch the movie, "Free Birds"! This is a wonderful animated comedy, packed with lots of action and adventure. Two turkeys team up to travel back in time to try to take turkey off the Thanksgiving menu for good. If this doesn't sound funny enough, these two turkeys have nothing in common with each other, argue constantly, and run into some hilarious situations when they travel back to pilgrim days.

In order to change the course of history, the turkeys, Reggie (Owen Wilson) and Jake (Woody Harrelson), must first learn to get along and put aside their differences. Reggie is a smart, although a rather lazy and weak turkey, while Jake is a strong and brave turkey, but very dumb. This duo makes for some great comedy! Then a female turkey that Reggie has a crush on makes it even funnier! This role of Jenny is voiced by the very funny Amy Poehler, which could not have been cast any better.

The director, Jimmy Hayward, also directed "Horton Hears a Who!" He is also known for his work on "Finding Nemo," "Toy Story," "Monsters Inc.," and many more great animated hits. The soundtrack for "Free Birds" is also great.

My favorite scene in this movie is when Jake rescues a bunch of baby turkeys, chicks, from a blazing fire. These adorable, tiny puffballs are clinging to his feathers, and looking up at this massive hero with huge eyes. It is just too cute!

"Free Birds" is a family movie that is great for all ages. I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars. So don't miss out!


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