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. Th...
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.<BR>Aardman Studios' first full-length feature film is a stunning showcase of stop-motion animation. Utilizing the unique Plasticine designs of the acclaimed WALLACE & GROMIT and CREATURE COMFORT shorts, CHICKEN RUN features vibrant visuals and colorful characters that are immediately endearing. (The naive and constantly knitting Babs, voiced by Jane Horrocks, is particularly hilarious.) With its clever writing, witty film references, and pitch-perfect combination of comedy, drama, and romance, CHICKEN RUN is one of those rare movies that genuinely appeals to viewers of every age.
Mel Gibson, Miranda Richardson, Julia Sawalha, Phil Daniels, Jane Horrocks, Timothy Spall, Imelda Staunton, John Sharian, Lisa Kay, Laura Strachan
Peter Lord, Nick Park
1 hour 21 minutes
Country Of Origin:
Set on a Yorkshire farm in the 1950's, this is the story of a group of repressed chickens who are owned by the evil Mr and Mrs Tweedy. Things start to happen when an American chicken, Rocky, arrives on the farm, he finds romance with a hen called Ginger and together they hatch a plan to escape to freedom...
PATHE DISTRIBUTION; 20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT
No of Discs:
P 8990 DVD
Jane Horrocks, Julia Sawalha, Mel Gibson
Nick Park, Peter Lord
Aardman Animations, Mel Gibson, Peter Lord, Nick Park, Jack Rosenthal
Miranda Richardson, Phil Daniels, Imelda Staunton, Julia Sawalha, Jane Horrocks, Timothy Spall, Mel Gibson
Karey Kirkpatrick, Jack Rosenthal, Nick Park
Peter Lord, Nick Park
Hearing Impaired Language:
Teaser Trailer, Regular Trailer, Chicken Impossible Trailer, Chicken Run Game Trailer, Fowl Play The Making Of Chicken Run, Chickens Go In Pies Come Out, Aardman Archive Clips, Directors Commentary, Audio Described, DVD ROM Material, Interactive Moving Menus
"...[CHICKEN RUN] will hypnotize the young...[And] is packed with the kind of detail that adults will like, too....It's immensely satisfying, a divinely relaxed and confident film." (New York Times, pp.E1-E6, 21/06/2000)<br><br>"...Pleasures abound, particularly the dizzying pie-machine sequence." -- 3 out of 5 stars -- A Satisfying Rental (Premiere, p.98, 01/12/2000)<br><br>"...Devilishly clever Claymation..." (Rolling Stone, p.133, 08/06/2000)<br><br>"...CHICKEN RUN is a spectacular piece of stop-motion, clay-figure animation....A world of visual miracles..." (Rolling Stone, p.146, 06/07/2000)<br><br>"...Aardman's laid a golden egg which offers plenty of poultry powered thrills..." -- 4 out of 5 stars (Total Film, p.83, 01/07/2000)<br><br>"...Poultry has never been so stuffed with personality....A little slapstick, a little action, rich characters and a whopping serving of wit. All baked to near-perfection." -- 3.5 out of 4 stars (USA Today, p.2D, 21/06/2000)<br><br>