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Chicken Little (2005)

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Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 159
Fresh: 58 | Rotten: 101

In its first non-Pixar CGI venture, Disney expends more effort in the technical presentation than in crafting an original storyline.

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Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 39
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 30

In its first non-Pixar CGI venture, Disney expends more effort in the technical presentation than in crafting an original storyline.

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As you may recall the classic fable, Chicken Little caused widespread panic when he mistook a falling acorn for a piece of the sky. And now, the young chicken is determined to restore his reputation, but just as things are starting to go his way, a real piece of the sky lands on his head! Suspense, chaos and plenty of laughs ensue as Chicken Little and his band of misfit friends, Abby Mallard (aka Ugly Duckling), Runt of the Litter and Fish Out of Water, attempt to save the world without sending

Mar 21, 2006

$135.3M

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All Critics (159) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (58) | Rotten (101) | DVD (35)

Animation fans will find this worth the wait, though apparently there's no story-generating software that can tap into the dark recesses of a child's psyche as cannily as Uncle Walt once did.

November 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Only a singularly subversive sidekick, a Streisand-obsessed porker (Zahn), makes this movie stand out from a host of other mediocre animated kids' flicks.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Traditional cel animation may be dead, but it'll be remembered fondly. Pop ephemera like Chicken Little is more likely to be smiled at once, then instantly forgotten.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: AV Club
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By the time the sky really does start 'falling' -- courtesy of an alien invasion -- Chicken Little's frantic efforts to stay farm fresh have started to wear on the nerves.

November 8, 2005 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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I don't care if it's 2-D, 3-D, CGI or hand drawn, it all goes back to the story.

November 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper | Comment (1)
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This film's procession of dumb clucks and yuks manages to bring the roof down on occasion, if only through sheer manic exertion.

November 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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By a comfortable margin the worst feature to come out of the Disney Studios since they invented the American feature-length cartoon in 1937.

November 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Heavy with the sweat of a studio straining to snatch the kids back by throwing digi-crayons, potty jokes, and disco tunes at the lens

September 1, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

A bland byproduct of too many cooks in the kitchen, with not enough ideas on how to bring their different sub-plots together into a cohesive entertaining film for kids.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Tasteful vocal performances, by a talented cast including Zach Braff, Garry Marshall and Steve Zahn, can't relieve Disney's first inhouse all-computer generated animation movie from its music video trappings and inadequate storyline.

April 17, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

Easy, quick and utterly forgettable.

January 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons

the cinematic equivalent of a battery-farmed egg: not exactly rotten, but surrounded by dozens of others just like it in appearance, shape and taste.

July 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

A friendly, if decidedly featherweight, feature.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

It lacks a good, old-fashioned story -- the fourth dimension every 3-D feature needs to be a classic.

September 22, 2006
Christianity Today

Post-Pixar Disney's "Digital 3-D" concept doesn't seem to include any reservations about 2-D character development.

May 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

A cute movie that -- with a G rating -- is suitable for even the smallest children.

April 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Reno Gazette-Journal

Beyond a cheeky, twisty bit of genre-tinkering, there's more here for the under-tens than over-, but it's still charming, amusing and energetic enough to win you over.

April 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

...overall lack of substance ultimately lends the proceedings a vibe of irrelevance.

March 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

...because of its winsome characters, it may appeal to the very young.

March 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Truly there's no sense of calm to the film, which feels as if it's been assembled with the manic energy of a preschooler trying to fit square-shaped plastic toys into circle-shaped holes.

March 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Not quite the animated masterpiece one would expect of Disney of old, but nonetheless a step in the right direction.

February 18, 2006 Full Review Source: FilmFocus

Line by line, scene by scene, visual gag by visual gag, this picture is disappointing: underpowered and dull, even for kids.

February 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

The animation is colourful and lively, if uninspired, but there are several good sight gags and the characters are both funny and engaging.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

This film confirmed Disney's suspicion that conventional animation is dead, but audiences will flock to any digitally animated film, even an inferior one like 'Chicken Little.'

February 2, 2006 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
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Audience Reviews for Chicken Little

I love the original story of Chicken Little, couldn't we at least have a faithful adaptation before the full blown cheap update? I loved the opening sequence, the 'how to begin a story' idea was one of many clever tricks the film had up its sleeves. The animation, voice talents and general humour was of high quality, it's just the story that let the whole production down. They even make light about the ridiculousness of modern day updated versions but it didn't come across to me as a particularly clever joke, more of a we're really just in this for the money gesture and to hell with the fans.

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Talent cast and good story, Chicken Little flaw with a poor screenplay that don't save this first CGI picture non-Pixar of Disney. Rotten.
July 23, 2012
Lucas Martins

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Good
August 12, 2011
spielberg00

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Childhood favourite and a definite classic!
June 23, 2011
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Bethany Murphy

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    1. Buck Cluck: What happened?
    2. Chicken Little: Oh uh I fell out of bed.
    3. Buck Cluck: But how did you get over there?
    4. Chicken Little: Where?
    5. Buck Cluck: There!
    6. Chicken Little: Where?
    7. Buck Cluck: There, how did you get over there?
    8. Chicken Little: Who we talking about?
    – Submitted by Shelia H (2 years ago)
    1. Mr. Woolensworth: Fish Out of Water. [fish blubs, clicks his tongue, and goes back to his seat] Quite.
    – Submitted by Anthony A (2 years ago)
    1. Mr. Woolensworth: Henny Penny. Ducky Lucky. Fuzzy Wuzzy. Morkubine Porcupine.
    – Submitted by Anthony A (2 years ago)
    1. Runt of the Litter: Oops, dropped my pencil.
    – Submitted by Anthony A (2 years ago)
    1. Runt of the Litter: GET THE DUCK OUT!
    – Submitted by Anthony A (2 years ago)
    1. Foxy Loxy: Go back! Run back! You're never gonna make it!
    – Submitted by Anthony A (2 years ago)
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