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.
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 … more