It is totally proper this this review should immediately follow my review of the Great Escape. I can't see one movie without thinking of the other. This is frankly one of the best children's features of the last 10 years.
Forgetting the many in jokes for movie fans or for Mel Gibson fans (" '...the land of the free and the home of the brave. 'Scotland!'") We see a movie full of interesting characters with interesting tag lines: "In my RAF days", "on holiday" etc... We also see a very British film that isn't Americanized and just plain fun the way it is.
The makers of Wallace & Gromit have a reputation for making smart and funny short films in this way. After this one we see they can make feature films of the same quality. The fact that it hasn't been merchandiced (With apologies to Mel Brooks) to death is another plus.
This is clean family fun that any adult will love. It lived up to its previews and surpassed them. In this year of weak movies its worth buying this one. It's better than anything I've seen this year.
You really have to hand it to the British creative team of Peter Lord and Nick Park. From their stop-motion masterwork craftsmanship on Wallace and Gromit to their computer generated animated feature Flushed Away, these guys have been dazzling fans with slick animation and memorable characters for decades. Going back a full decade (summer of 2000), DreamWorks introduced the world to Chicken Run; an ambitious, full-length motion picture employing Park's signature claymation … more
CHICKEN RUN is a great movie. It is one of the best movies of 2000. It is a film that contains a lot of humor for both children and adults. The movie is made by the people responsible for WALLACE AND GROMIT and if you enjoy those films, you will probably enjoy CHICKEN RUN.One of my favorite things about the film is to trying to figure out all the different parodies and allusions made to other films, televison, and pop culture. The basic plot line of the story is taken from THE GREAT ESCAPE. There … more
There were a lot of disappointments in the 2000 summer movie season, butChicken Runwasn't one of them. Made by Aardman Animations, which produced the Oscar-winning Wallace & Gromit shorts, this is a dazzling stop-motion animation film that is both deftly funny and surprisingly touching. The concept is simple:The Great Escape--with chickens. But directors Peter Lord and Nick Park take it much further than that (and remember: there's a whole generation out there that has no idea who Steve McQueen is). Julia Sawalha voices Ginger, a plucky English hen who has been trying to escape from Tweedy's chicken farm, where the vicious Mrs. Tweedy (Miranda Richardson) fries up any chicken who doesn't produce enough eggs. When egg profits slump, Mrs. Tweedy decides to turn her farm into a chicken-pie factory, giving new urgency to Ginger's plan. Enter Rocky the Flying Rooster (Mel Gibson), a brash American who has escaped from a circus and promises to teach the chickens to fly to safety. The film is filled with innumerable visual touches and the animation has a tactile quality that makes you want to reach out and touch these funny fowl. Above all, it's played with intelligence, wit, and heart--a rare combination in any film. WhileChicken Runis being marketed to a youth audience, it truly is a family film that operates on both a child and an adult level. It would be a shame if grownups skipped it because they thought it was strictly for kids.--Marshall Fine