Chicken Run

Chicken Run

Nick Park (2000)

80min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Four years in the making and at the time the most ambitious project undertaken by the award-laden Aardman Animations unit, this feathered pastiche of PoW classics such as The Great Escape and Stalag 17 is an awesome achievement by consummate film-makers. Rocky, a "lone free-ranger" rooster, promises to help the hens in Mr and Mrs Tweedy's high-security egg farm find a way to freedom. The nods to classic film moments are funny and plentiful, the largely British voice cast (Julia Sawalha, Jane Horrocks, Miranda Richardson, Timothy Spall) lends moments of humour and pathos, and the set pieces are exhilarating in their ingenuity and comic élan. The need to justify Mel Gibson's vocal presence as Rocky slows the pace occasionally, but this is still a soaring flight of fancy.

Summary

A headstrong chicken and her fellow fowls ponder how to escape from a grim Yorkshire farm before the evil farmer's wife can turn them into pies. Luckily, help arrives in the form of a heroic American rooster who promises to show them how to fly. Nick Park's animated comedy, with the voices of Mel Gibson, Julia Sawalha, Miranda Richardson and Jane Horrocks.

Cast & Crew

Rocky Mel Gibson
Ginger Julia Sawalha
Bunty Imelda Staunton
Babs Jane Horrocks
Mrs Tweedy Miranda Richardson
Fetcher Phil Daniels
Nick Timothy Spall
Mac Lynn Ferguson
Mr Tweedy Tony Haygarth
Fowler Benjamin Whitrow
Director Nick Park
Director Peter Lord
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: PathéAvailable on: video and DVDReleased on: 30 Jun 2000
Comedy Drama Children's