Could it be the interesting voices behind some of the more memorable characters? Talents like Zach Braff as the little furry guy, Steve Zahn as the runt of the litter, or my favorite, the great Joan Cusack as a feisty mallard definitely stand out and make this one fun. But maybe it’s the writing? The whole father/son story line, with Garry Marshall providing the voice of the over protective papa, definitely had me misty (I’m a dad, sue me!) and there was even a little “lesson” by the end. (Not something I like, but this one’s not for me is it?!) Who knows? Creating a memorable flick so that the kids will sit is a lot like shooting pool with a rope – seemingly impossible, but you might get lucky. And while I wasn’t completely bowled over by CHICKEN LITTLE, my baby boy was and in the end, to parents and to Disney I’m sure, that’s all that really matters.
Kid’s Critique: “I loved it.” (And this time, he actually meant it!)
Deleted Scenes: To even have extra scenes that aren't artificially generated as a goof (especially for an animated film!) is a downright odd. But there are four here, which have two options. First, you can Play All (10:30), which I highly recommend if you don’t want to have to get up from your cat nap to press the button for a whining munchkin. Second, you can Play All with (13:24) or with out an introduction by Producer Randy Fullmer and Director Dindal, which seemed fine to me, but bothered the kid. Kid’s Critique: “Good but I don’t like the talking, talk, talk, talk!”
• Alternate Opening #1: Chicken Little Storybook (2:50): An alternate opening of the film, with the story being told by a book. Very smart move in changing this one! Kid’s Critique: “It’s okay.” (In kids speak it means boring!)
• Alternate Opening #2: Cooking With Klaus (6:10): A cute cooking sequence, that I agree has nothing to do with the overall story, but it’s nice to see here! Kid’s Critique: “It’s funny.”
• Original Opening With Chicken Little As A Girl (2:05): I can’t tell if this was a gag scene or it was the original concept, either way it could've been good if they had gotten a decent female for the voice over. (Think Amanda Plummer!) Kid’s Critique: (he was speechless and not in a good way!)
• Lunch Break (2:00): This sequence is done with storyboards, not the most visually appealing for the little ones! Kid’s Critique: “I don’t like it.”
Backstage Disney: Hatching Chicken Little – The Making Of The Movie: This making-of doc, consisting of no less then five parts that can be done individually or as a Play All (18:15). It’s hard to say which is better, as the talking heads got so much, that the kid left the room. Kid’s Critique for the whole thing: “Too much talking.”
• The Incubation Period: The Story Behind The Story (2:45): A look at the story and meeting the main players. (Can finally see that the girl footage was for real!) Best when they fast forward the footage, which was done for style, but works as a cure for boredom.
• Cracking New Ground (3:15): Talking about design, with various animators. May be of interest to a fledging cartoonist, not so great for a five year old!
• Birds Of A Feather: The Voices Behind The Characters (5:00): The only remotely interesting one, but for adults only. (Seeing the people behind the voices kind of ruins it for him, you know?!) Seeing how Fish’s voice is done (didn’t know he even had one!) is odd, yet compelling!
• Rock-A-Doodle-Do: The Music Of Chicken Little (4:30): Music may be important to a film, but not integral to this DVD, as this mini-doc cries nap time!
• Ruling The Roost: A Day In the Life Of The Director (4:30): A lot of talk and arm flailing from Director Dindal, who seems like a fun guy, but we didn’t need to see this.
In the games and activities section, there is a “Where’s Fish?” Trivia Game where kids test their knowledge of (what else?) CHICKEN LITTLE, then must follow flying Fish and guess where he lands. While my little guy said he “thought it was fun”, he also followed it up with “Aren’t there more games?” Cater to the kids, Disney!
There is also two music video’s including ”Shake Your Tail Feather” Performed by The Cheetah Girls (3:05) and ”One Little Slip” Performed by Barenaked Ladies (no, not those!) (2:50), a “One Little Slip” Karaoke Song (3:01), and Sing Along (3:01) , as well as eight (whew!) Sneak Peeks for THE LITTLE MERMAID SPECIAL EDITION, THE WILD, DUMBO SPECIAL EDITION, CARS, AIRBUDDIES, HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE, THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA, BROTHER BEAR 2 and THAT’S SO RAVEN.