Chicken Run

Chicken Run

4.4 17
Director: Peter Lord, Nick Park

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

     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

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'sSee more details below

Overview

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

Product Details

Release Date:
11/21/2000
UPC:
0667068645323
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
G
Source:
Dreamworks Animated
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
1:24:00
Sales rank:
1,956

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

Read More

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]

Read More

Videos

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >