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Chicken Run [2000] (1 disc)

Director:Nick Park
Peter Lord
Writer:Karey Kirkpatrick
Composer:Harry Gregson-Williams
John Powell
Length:84 minutes
(1 hour 24 minutes)
MPAA Rating:G
Sorting Category:Kids
Sorting Tub:Bravo
IMDB Rating:7.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:96%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: The chickens in Mrs. Tweedy's farm set about planning to make a break for greener pastures.

Reaction: A fun movie that the whole family can enjoy.

Personal Rating: 8/10

Nick Park => Director
Peter Lord => Director
Karey Kirkpatrick => Writer
Harry Gregson-Williams => Composer
John Powell => Composer
Benjamin Whitrow => Fowler (voice)
Imelda Staunton => Bunty (voice)
Jane Horrocks => Babs (voice)
John Sharian => Circus Man (voice)
Julia Sawalha => Ginger (voice)
Lynn Ferguson => Mac (voice)
Mel Gibson => Rocky (voice)
Miranda Richardson => Mrs. Tweedy (voice)
Phil Daniels => Fetcher (voice)
Timothy Spall => Nick (voice)
Tony Haygarth => Mr. Tweedy (voice)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The chickens were built on two scales: full-size "A" models for the main scenes, and smaller "B" models for scenes with the Tweedys and for forced perspective shots.
  • One reference to [Indiana Jones] in the pie machine sequence that was never used had Rocky come face to face with a chicken skeleton inside the machine, as Indy does in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Rocky would then have said, "They bought a used machine. How cheap is that?"
  • Early in development, Mac's name was supposed to be short for MacNugget.
  • During the screwball teaching the hens to fly sequence, Mac, the Scottish chicken is tossed into the air exactly like a caber in the Highland Games. And, in fact, when she lands on her head and falls facing exactly away from her tosser, this would achieve the maximum possible score for that event.
  • Mel Gibson's kids played a major part in convincing Gibson to take the part because they were very impressed with the Wallace and Gromit shorts.
  • Mel Gibson recorded all of his lines separately in the United States, while the rest of the crew recorded together at Aardman (in the UK).
  • According to the pattern of the scarf she is wearing, the Scottish chicken Mac belongs to clan MacLeod of Lewis.
  • The original script featured an additional character: Ginger's little brother Nobby. Dreamworks suggested that Nobby was left out, in order to make the film less cute.
  • After Rocky leaves, there is another joke at Mel Gibson's expense. Bunty says, I don't even think he was American, a reference to the common misconception that Gibson is actually Australian. (Although he was born in the USA and didn't move to Australia until he was 12, the belief persists, especially in the UK, that he's Australian.)
  • Babs's knitting is real, done with toothpicks as needles.