CHICKEN RUN (Theatrical Release USA 2000)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.6|5.0 Stars ììì

Chicken Run
 performs well at box office, wins 13 movie awards, receives 13 nominations for additional awards, and backs itself with prestigious critic approval. Despite this, Ben Meyers International Movie Critics finds the movie lacking in that little ‘flare’ that makes higher quality entertainment possible. It's an okay watch with an okay story. It does not perform uniquely other than the outstanding stop motion figuring that it uses for its final product.  Overall, children will enjoy it and it works as a one time child/adult share. The voicing talent is excellent. Watch for the light and clever references to Indiana Jones and The Great Escape movies.

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The story begins with a nearly realistic looking animated moon, then scrolls to barbed wire, then to a wired-off place, then to a man inspecting the grounds with a flashlight while walking his dog. The man inspects a chain and a lock to ensure security. A chicken waits until the man passes, runs to the fence, leans her back against the fence, holds a spoon in her ‘hand,’ starts to dig under the fence, escapes, hides, and calls for the other chickens to follow. The story is off and running.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Peter Lord and Nick Park for directing efforts. Thank you to Executive Producers Jeffery Katzenberg, Jake Eberts, and Michael Rose for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Fetcher (voice of Phil Daniels), Mac (voice of Lynn Ferguson), Rocky (voice of Mel Gibson), Mr. Tweedy (voice of Tony Haygarth), Babs (voice of Jane Horrocks), Mrs. Tweedy (voice of Miranda Richardson), Ginger (voice of Julia Sawalha), Nick (voice of Timothy Spall), and Bunty (voice of Imelda Staunton).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. If one is a tremendous stop motion animated film fan, this movie will satisfy.

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