Chicken Run is a claymated film made by the Aardman Animations studios (which produced the Oscar-winning Wallace and Gromit shorts), which had its theatrical release in 2000. more...
Chicken Run is the humorous story of a band of chickens who seek escape from their coop before their owners, mild-mannered farmer Mr. Tweedy and his overbearing wife, make them all into chicken pot pies. The film is an homage to the World War II prison films of the 1950s and 1960s (particularly The Great Escape and Stalag 17), but it alludes to numerous other films, including Braveheart, the Indiana Jones films, and Star Trek.
The star roles in the movie are those of Ginger (voiced by Julia Sawalha), a hen who has absolute faith that the chickens can fly out of the coop if only they train hard enough, and Rocky (voiced by Mel Gibson), a rooster whom Ginger believes can fly, but who keeps the secret of his flightlessness from her for much of the film. Mrs. Tweedy (voiced by Miranda Richardson) is the nefarious, grasping farm wife whose exasperation at low profits from egg sales leads her to reinvent her farm as a chicken pie factory.
The film proved a success with both children and adults, and showed that Peter Lord and Nick Park had the ability to handle the technical and writing challenges posed by a feature film.
The film spoofs Star Trek at one point where Mac says "A 'cling-on'(Klingon) cap'n, and the engines can't take it!" The kazoo march has become popular with high school bands.
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