Reviewed by: Josh Johnson
|Featuring:||Phil Daniels … Fetcher (voice)
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)
John Sharian … Circus Man (voice)
Jo Allen … Additional Chicken (voice)
Lisa Kay … Additional Chicken (voice)
Laura Strachan … Additional Chicken (voice)
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“Escape or Die Frying”
Summer films are usually either big-budget action flicks or annoyingly cute children’s films. Fortunately, this summer of 2000 brings us “Chicken Run” as a great alternative to other films.
“Chicken Run” (from the makers of “Wallace and Gromit”) is a claymation film about chickens living in a 1950’s English egg farm who decide to escape. Rather than lay eggs all her life and then get eaten, Ginger, the leader of the chickens, constantly thinks up unusual escape plans that always fail. When a circus rooster named Rocky flies in, he gives Ginger another idea. Rocky will teach the chickens how to fly so they can simply fly over the fence to freedom. This results in a race between the chickens and the farm owners, who decide to buy a pie-making machine and start selling chicken pies.
This is one of the rare films that adults and children can enjoy. While there are many memorable gags, the script of “Chicken Run” is hilarious and does not rely on sight gags for its laughs. The animation is flawless and the plotline clever. Whether or not you enjoy “Wallace and Gromit”, “Chicken Run” is sure to please.
This film offers no foul language or sexual situations. Some mild violence is present, but mostly off-screen. Some scenes may scare younger viewers. (For example, early in the film a hen that doesn’t lay many eggs is eaten by the farmers. But older children shouldn’t have a problem with such parts.)
“Chicken Run” uses quality, not depravity, to make money. “Chicken Run” is highly recommended. It’s sure to be one of the best movies of the summer.