Chicken Run

Directed By: Peter Lord Nick Park

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While the chickens on evil Mrs. Tweedy's farm dream of a better life, a clever hen named ginger is hatching plans to fly the coop, for good. The only problem is, chickens can't fly or can they? Every escape attempt goes fowl until rocky, a smooth talking all-american rooster, crash-lands into the coop.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 40144327
UPC 667068645323
UPC 14 00667068645323
Format DVD
Release Date 8/27/2014
Rating Rating
Family (General)
Stop-Motion Animation
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note 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. ^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.
Plot Summary
Summary This engaging stop-motion, claymation adventure tells the story of an American rooster who falls in love with a gorgeous hen on a British farm. The couple decides to run away from the farm, but they must first contend with the evil farmer who is intent on keeping them under her control. Brought to you by the creative team behind WALLACE AND GROMIT, CHICKEN RUN is an animated work of entertainment for individuals of every age.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "Morning, Ginger. Back from holiday?"--Babs (Jane Horrocks) to Ginger (Julie Sawahla)|"I wasn't on holiday, Babs. I was in solitary confinement."--Ginger|"'s nice to get some time to yourself, isn't it?"--Babs
Quote "So laying eggs all your life and then getting stuffed and roasted, that's good enough for you, is it?"--Ginger to Babs |"It's a living."--Babs
Quote "I saw my whole life flash before my eyes! It was boring!"--Babs on almost getting the ax
Quote "The name's Rocky. Rocky the Rhode Island Red. Rhodes for short."--Rocky (Mel Gibson)|"Rocky Rhodes?"--Bunty (Imelda Staunton)|"Catchy, huh?"--Rocky
Quote "You mean you weren't the pilot?"--Ginger to Fowler (Benjamin Whitrow)|"Good heavens, no! I'm a chicken! The Royal Air Force doesn't allow chickens behind the controls of complex aircraft!"--Fowler
Rolling Stone "...Devilishly clever Claymation..." 06/08/2000 p.133,"...CHICKEN RUN is a spectacular piece of stop-motion, clay-figure animation....A world of visual miracles..." 07/06/2000 p.146
USA Today "...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 06/21/2000 p.2D
New York Times "...[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." 06/21/2000 pp.E1-E6
Total Film "...Aardman's laid a golden egg which offers plenty of poultry powered thrills..." -- 4 out of 5 stars 07/01/2000 p.83
Premiere "...Pleasures abound, particularly the dizzying pie-machine sequence." -- 3 out of 5 stars -- A Satisfying Rental 12/01/2000 p.98
Los Angeles Times "...The humor in CHICKEN RUN is genial and playful, able to treat the wildest concepts with total seriousness....The film never loses its priceless stamp of individuality..." 06/21/2000 p.C1
Chicago Sun-Times "...A magical new animated film that looks and sound like no other....Not only funny and wicked, clever and visually inventive, but kind and sweet. Tender and touching..." 06/23/2000 p.29
Peter Lord
Nick Park
Name Gibson,Mel
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Cast & Crew
Jane Horrocks - Actor
Julia Sawalha - Actor
Mel Gibson - Actor
Miranda Richardson - Actor
Peter Lord - Director
Nick Park - Director
Tristan Oliver - Director of Photography
Dave Alex Riddett - Director of Photography
Harry Gregson-Williams, et al. - Musical Score
Jake Eberts, et al. - Producer
Karey Kirkpatrick - Screenplay
Nick Park - Story By
Peter Lord - Story By
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2000
Catalog ID 86453
UPC 00667068645323
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 84 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review ...a comedy to cluck about. The folks who created Wallace & Gromit have turned out a work of inspired pluck with delicious layers for just about every age group... a witty, action-packed story as well as a fascinating blend of realistic, gritty images and outlandish but believable clay animated characters...
Reviewer Peter Stack
ReviewRating 9
Review ...just trying to describe Chicken Run can put one into the state of euphoric silliness... This movie's cornucopia of humorous riffs and stunts never fails to amuse or enthrall...
Reviewer Michael Sragow
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Widescreen
Product Attributes
Actor Gibson,Mel
Label Dreamworks Pictures
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Gene Shalit, The Today Show Uproarious! The most fun I’ve had all year.
People Magazine A delight!
USA Today Near perfection.
The Today Show Uproarious!
Roger Ebert Magical entertainment for all ages.
US Weekly Brilliant…the year’s funniest movie.
Jeffrey Lyons, WNBC TV Superb Family Fun…

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