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Chicken Run

Chicken Run

4.4 17
Director: Peter Lord, Nick Park, Mel Gibson, Julia Sawalha

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


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Dreamworks' "fowl" take on The Great Escape arrives on DVD in an elegant edition that is sure to please all comers. The picture is stunningly clear, presented in a 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen format with rich, textured colors. The sound is Dolby Digital 5.1, offering tremendous depth and clarity. But while these features alone make this a worthy purchase, it's


Dreamworks' "fowl" take on The Great Escape arrives on DVD in an elegant edition that is sure to please all comers. The picture is stunningly clear, presented in a 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen format with rich, textured colors. The sound is Dolby Digital 5.1, offering tremendous depth and clarity. But while these features alone make this a worthy purchase, it's the extras that will have people flocking to the stores. Chicken Run offers a witty commentary from directors Nick Park and Peter Lord and a pair of documentaries. While the documentaries both feature largely the same material, it's interesting to watch the painstaking process of bringing claymation characters to life. There is also a "read-along" feature, which is a storybook retelling of the film designed for younger viewers, as well as the usual trailers, production notes, and bios. Also of note are the dozen "Easter Eggs" hidden throughout the film's menus. Click on any of these to find interesting tidbits on the making of the film. This DVD is one that truly has broad appeal: from animation fans to movie buffs or kids, there is something here for everybody.

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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Dreamworks Animated
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[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital]
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Special Features

Director's commentary with Peter Lord and Nick Park; DVD-ROM: two interactive games, desktop icons and pets, calculator, screensavers, and poster sets; Read along to the script; Two behind-the-scenes featurettes; Screaming chicken panic button; Trailers, bios, production notes, and other surprises

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

Scene Index

Side #1
0. Scene Index
1. No Chicken Escapes From Tweedy's Farm [4:21]
2. Opening Titles [2:49]
3. Eggless Edwina [3:41]
4. Nick and Fetcher At Your Service [1:44]
5. They're Organized [1:48]
6. Operation Cover-Up [3:42]
7. The Lone Free Ranger [4:44]
8. Teach Us To Fly [4:15]
9. Poultry In Motion [4:13]
10. Special Delivery [3:46]
11. We Need More Thrust [4:37]
12. Roll Call [3:57]
13. Shake Those Tail Feathers [4:03]
14. It's A Pie Machine [2:02]
15. Chickens Go In, Pies Come Out [4:26]
16. I Don't Want To Be A Pie [4:00]
17. Rocky's Secret Is Revealed [4:25]
18. Building The Plane [4:15]
19. The Escape [2:37]
20. Ready For Take Off [3:36]
21. We're Flying [2:48]
22. Bombs Away [1:54]
23. Chikin Sanctuary [1:18]
24. The Chicken Or The Egg (End Credits) [5:04]


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Chicken Run 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
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The patience and perseverence it must have taken to make this film! I'd like to believe that the results made them feel that it was all worth it. It sure was for the audience. If you can overlook some gratuitous feminism, this film hits the mark in every category, and is unlike any film ever made. Such imagination went into this film that one could be excused for thinking that the creators ate watermelon and pizza every night just before bed and dreamdt all this stuff up!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The animation was neat - really quite good--- but, the story line........ was lame. I kept checking to see how much longer I had to endure the movie. Could hardly stay awake. I would recommend spending time elsewhere.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We all loved this movie! It showed a different side to chickens. It was action packed, non stop rollercoaster type fun. I highly recommend this movie. You can't beat the all star cast either and the animation is divine! SEE THE MOVIE!!!!!!! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 2 kids (ages 8 & 9) and I all love this movie. There's a variety of humor, both slapstick and more sophisticated to keep us all interested. And a great story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I sat through this movie 5 times. This was truely the summer blockbuster. My sons, and I enjoyed it so much we didn't mind going again and again. As an adult you could appreciate all of the special effects and ''Claymation'' and the kids could enjoy a quality movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A can't miss for the whole family, clever enough for adults and overall funny for kids. None of my kids moved throughout the movie. It would be an injustice to children if they miss this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
it was exciting it wwas funny it was touching that is why I have become a vegatarian.
Guest More than 1 year ago
chicken run is very funny and keeps you in suspence. It has the funny one Babs and the clever one Ginger and the so called hero Rocky its definatly the one to watch!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When i saw the movie in the first time i did not like too much ... but when i did in the second time i could not hold my self watching it ... i watched it 5 times after the first one it is simply THE BEST .
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first saw this movie, I thought, "Okaaaay... this looks like a really, really, really dumb movie". Boy, was I in for a surprise when I got the opportunity to actually WATCH this movie! This movie was absolutely FUNNY!!!!!!!!! Julia Sawalha did a good job at Ginger, and Mel Gibson was really funny as Rocky ("Why should I help you?" "Because I'm... cute?"). Whoever wrote this script was pretty clever all right. My favorite lines were: "My whole life flashed before my eyes... it was very boring", "I don't want to be a pie. I don't like gravy!". All though it did get a bit corny, I still think it's a good movie... a movie that's all about chickens, that is. Anyway, it's a really good movie, and if you plan on buying, I hope you enjoy it. :-)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Best amiated film in a long time! Sutible for all the family
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a super selection this film would make for the family video center! A flock of chickens lives on Tweady's Farm, which is about to be mechanized for greater profit. Evil Mrs. Tweady has just invested in an enormous machine which will kill the chickens, skin them, and make them into Mrs. Tweady's ''homemade'' pies. When things look their worst, a Yank hero (voice of Mel Gibson) comes cannonballing into their avian roost. Gibson is the never-say-die type and he convinces the chickens they can escape by flying away. By the end of the movie the chickens do fly, literally and metaphorically, but not in the way you'd think. ''Chicken Run'' is not a computer-generated movie. It was filmed in stop-action, a painstaking process similar to claymation, where inert figures have to be moved a tiny, tiny amount and photographed one frame at a time. This film took years to produce, but the quality is up there on the screen. Don't think that ''Chicken Run'' is just a kid's movie. There's a lot of throwaway wit that adults (and even grandparents) will enjoy. For example, the most heroic chickens inhabit coop (stalag) 17. A super film, fun for all ages. Most people who see it are amazed at how good it is.
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