Review Date: June 17, 2000
Director: Peter Lord, Nick Park
Writer: Karey Kirkpatrick
Producers: Peter Lord, Nick Park, David Sproxton
Any major problems with the film? Not really. Perhaps the addition of a couple of snappy songs might've added to the proceedings, but any film featuring a boisterous chicken dance sequence as well as an all-out muddy cockfight, certainly has enough filling on its plate as it is. I also loved the movie's many prominent homage scenarios, including the film to which this one derives its most obvious influence, THE GREAT ESCAPE (just replace the humans in that movie with chickens). There are also a couple of really cool action sequences, one reminiscent of INDIANA JONES, and the other bringing to mind the last 20 minutes of TOY STORY 2 (8/10), two films which certainly aren't chicken feed on their own right. And if you really pay close attention, you will note a famous shot from THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION done with a chicken standing in the rain here. Pretty funny. I don't like making predictions either, but this film certainly could be one of the biggest hits of the summer (a sleeper, some might say), simply because of its ability to hit many of the tones that people look for in a quality movie. It's got a great look, a rousing score, plenty of goofs, inside pranks, emotional scenes, a touch of romance, action, adventure, memorable characters and just an overall solid feeling of chicken-loving-fun. So drop the chicken wings, grab the kids, tow the better half along, and prepare yourself to be entertained for 85 minutes of cluckin' fun! And who can't love those darn chicken teeth!