After their huge success with Creature Comforts and the Wallace & Gromit shorts, Nick Park and Peter Lord ventured out into the world of full-length features. Using the same style of animation that they'd established with W&G, they decided to create a spoof of old wartime prison escape films. The result is the featherbrained caper known as Chicken Run.
Life on the Tweedys' farm was never easy. Mrs. Tweedy was a cruel woman and her husband a paranoid fool. He insisted that the chickens were planning elaborate escapes. And he was right. A plucky hen named Ginger was organizing the other hens in repeated attempts to fly the coop. But her plans were being foiled time and time again. Until one day a rowdy American rooster named Rocky came soaring into their mundane lives. They had grown tired of being forced to lay eggs and being killed for food if they failed to produce. Maybe this rooster could teach them to fly. But he wasn't what he appeared to be. Meanwhile Mrs. Tweedy had become impatient and discovered that she could make greater profits if she simply killed the chickens. She buys a horrible pie-making machine and this urges the chickens to unite and form a proper escape plan. Everything seems to be looking up until Rocky disappears and Ginger is once again forced to save her companions.
Chicken Run has much of the same visual style as other Aardman films and shorts, but it's unique for its humor, which is more accessible in America than most of their previous television endeavors. The voice cast is fantastic, especially Mel Gibson (before he lost his mind) as Rocky. All in all, Chicken Run is a whimsical adventure for children of all ages.
The DVD features a commentary track, two behind the scenes featurettes, a hilarious screaming chicken "Panic Button", and much more including facts about the film, which are hidden throughout the menus.
Facing imminent death while laying eggs at Tweedy's English farm, a group of chickens, led by the determined Ginger (Julia Sawahla, BBC-TV's ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS), plan to escape their prisonlike coop. The situation goes from bad to worse when the sinister Mrs. Tweedy (Miranda Richardson) decides to stop selling eggs and use the hens as the main ingredient in chicken pot pies. However, some hope literally falls from the sky in the form of Rocky (Mel Gibson), an American rooster who promises to teach the chickens how to fly. As the hens begin their struggle to get airborne, the monstrous pie-making machine arrives, giving the chickens precious little time to make their great escape.