Chicken Run

Chicken Run

4.4 17
Director: Peter Lord, Nick Park

Cast: Peter Lord, Nick Park, Mel Gibson, Julia Sawalha

     
 

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Aardman Animations, the British clay-animation studio that created a cult sensation (and won three Academy awards) with its short subjects featuring Wallace and Gromit, presents its first feature film, a mixture of comedy and adventure. Mrs. Tweedy (voice of Miranda Richardson) operates a chicken farm, where most of the birds have resigned themselves to a short and… See more details below

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Aardman Animations, the British clay-animation studio that created a cult sensation (and won three Academy awards) with its short subjects featuring Wallace and Gromit, presents its first feature film, a mixture of comedy and adventure. Mrs. Tweedy (voice of Miranda Richardson) operates a chicken farm, where most of the birds have resigned themselves to a short and uneventful life of producing eggs and ending up as the main course of someone's Sunday dinner. But when Rocky (voice of Mel Gibson), a rooster from America, arrives on the farm, things begin to change. Rocky soon finds romance with a hen named Ginger (voice of Julia Sawalha) who longs for a better life and has been trying to find a way out of the farm for some time; together they devise a plan to escape to freedom. However, Rocky and Ginger soon find themselves racing against the clock when Mrs. Tweedy decides it's time to turn the entire flock into chicken pies. Nick Park, director of the Wallace and Gromit shorts, co-directed Chicken Run with Peter Lord, who produced several Aardman projects and created animation for the TV series Pee-Wee's Playhouse. The voice cast also includes Jane Horrocks, Phil Daniels, and Timothy Spall.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Patricia Kim O'Cone
A coop full of tender chickens attempt to fly for freedom in the newest claymation creation from Nick Park and Peter Lord, whose U.K.-based Aardman Animations is known for its wildly popular Wallace & Gromit series. After several unsuccessful attempts to escape the chicken farm of vicious Mrs. Tweedy (voiced by Miranda Richardson), a snappy hen named Ginger (Julia Sawalha) thinks she finds the answer to her prayers in the form of a Yankee Doodle Dandy named Rocky (Mel Gibson), who can supposedly fly. But can the charming rooster save the hens from their imminent doom -- being diced for pot pies? Intelligent execution of a witty story makes this farmhouse allegory vastly entertaining, and it's enhanced all the more by a colorful cast of characters and clever references to films like The Great Escape. Simultaneously humorous and touching, Chicken Run's visual and technical magic is wholly cinematic in scope, a perfect example of the animation niche Aardman has carved for itself. Although not always the fun-filled children's romp you would expect -- several allusions to the tragedies of World War II are made -- Chicken Run still strikes home on many levels. And after only one viewing, you may think twice before eating another chicken pot pie.
All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
This film marked the smashing feature-debut of Aardman Animations, the Oscar-winning model-animation studio from Britain that specializes in "Claymation." Co-directors Nick Park and Peter Lord have eliminated the jerky motion traditionally associated with the process through the use of high-tech models and computer-aided filming methods; the painstaking methodology results in a triumph of a family film, seamlessly blending a sly script, intelligent pacing, memorable visuals, and joyful vocal performances by stars Mel Gibson, Miranda Richardson, and Julia Sawalha. The barometer of a successful "kids picture" is whether there are enough laughs to keep adults entertained, and Chicken Run is Grade A on all counts. A box-office success, the film was also a triumph for the animation division of Dreamworks Pictures, the U.S. studio financing the project, which quickly re-upped with Aardman for another feature project.
Time Magazine - Richard Corliss
It's a parable of plucky sisterhood: hens who endure life's drab defeats while hoping for a break. The film is funny and touching and beautifully understated; its characters earn big laughs with the subtlest wrinkle of a brow, sobs with a stifled sigh.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/21/2000
UPC:
0667068575439
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
G
Source:
Dreamworks Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mel Gibson Rocky
Julia Sawalha Ginger
Miranda Richardson Mrs. Tweedy
Jane Horrocks Babs
Lynn Ferguson Mac
Imelda Staunton Bunty
Benjamin Whitrow Fowler
Anthony Haygarth Mr. Tweedy
Timothy Spall Nick
Phil Daniels Fetcher

Technical Credits
Peter Lord Director,Original Story,Producer
Nick Park Director,Original Story,Producer
Fred de Bradeny Asst. Director
Jake Eberts Executive Producer
Tim Farrington Art Director
Alastair Green Set Decoration/Design
Harry Gregson-Williams Score Composer
Jeffrey Katzenberg Executive Producer
Karey Kirkpatrick Screenwriter
Phil Lewis Production Designer
Tristan Oliver Cinematographer
Frank Passingham Cinematographer
Patsy Pollock Casting
John Powell Score Composer
Michael Rose Executive Producer
Jan Sanger Production Designer
Mark Solomon Editor
Mark Solomon Editor
David Sproxton Producer
Sally Taylor Costumes/Costume Designer
Lenny Young Associate Producer

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