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Chicken Run (2000)

Director: Peter Lord Nick Park     Starring: Gibson,Mel
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40144327
UPC: 667068645323
UPC 14: 00667068645323
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Escape or die frying.
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.

"Uproarious! The most fun I’ve had all year.  Gene Shalit, The Today Show
"A delight!  People Magazine
"Near perfection.  USA Today
"Uproarious!  The Today Show
"Magical entertainment for all ages.  Roger Ebert
"Brilliant…the year’s funniest movie.  US Weekly
"Superb Family Fun…  Jeffrey Lyons, WNBC TV

Editor's 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.

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Video Features DVD, No Longer Produced

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Foxvideo
Video Release Date Release Date: 1/22/2013
Video Play Time Running Time: 84 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2000
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 86453
Video UPC UPC: 00667068645323
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Jane Horrocks
Video Cast Info Julia Sawalha
Video Cast Info Mel Gibson
Video Cast Info Miranda Richardson
Video Cast Info Peter Lord - Director
Video Cast Info Nick Park - Director
Video Cast Info Tristan Oliver - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Dave Alex Riddett - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Harry Gregson-Williams, et al. - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Jake Eberts, et al. - Producer
Video Cast Info Karey Kirkpatrick - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Nick Park - Story By
Video Cast Info Peter Lord - Story By
Plot 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

"Morning, Ginger. Back from holiday?"----Babs (Jane Horrocks) to Ginger (Julie Sawahla)|"I wasn't on holiday, Babs. I was in solitary confinement."----Ginger|"Aw...it's nice to get some time to yourself, isn't it?"----Babs

"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

"I saw my whole life flash before my eyes! It was boring!"----Babs on almost getting the ax

"The name's Rocky. Rocky the Rhode Island Red. Rhodes for short."----Rocky (Mel Gibson)|"Rocky Rhodes?"----Bunty (Imelda Staunton)|"Catchy, huh?"----Rocky

"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

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone
"...Devilishly clever Claymation..." 06/08/2000 p.133

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

Rolling Stone
"...CHICKEN RUN is a spectacular piece of stop-motion, clay-figure animation....A world of visual miracles..." 07/06/2000 p.146

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

San Francisco Chronicle 9 of 10
...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... - Peter Stack

Salon.com 9 of 10
...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... - Michael Sragow

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Gibson,Mel
Product attributeLabel:   Dreamworks Pictures
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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