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Chicken Run (2000)

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97

Average Rating: 8.1/10
Reviews Counted: 165
Fresh: 160 | Rotten: 5

Chicken Run has all the charm of Nick Park's Wallace & Gromit, and something for everybody. The voice acting is fabulous, the slapstick is brilliant, and the action sequences are spectacular.

100

Average Rating: 8.2/10
Critic Reviews: 40
Fresh: 40 | Rotten: 0

Chicken Run has all the charm of Nick Park's Wallace & Gromit, and something for everybody. The voice acting is fabulous, the slapstick is brilliant, and the action sequences are spectacular.

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Movie Info

A comedy drama set on a Yorkshire chicken farm in 1950s England, the story follows the turbulent romance between Rocky the Rooster and Ginger the chicken, both of whom yearn for freedom and are planning a daring "prisoner of war" style escape. Both chickens are tired of being repressed and know they face an eventual certain death, so in planning their escape, they rally with their fellow chickens.

Nov 21, 2000

$106.6M

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What gives this movie its oddly strong grip on a viewer's heart is a physical tenderness inseparable from the nature of claymation.

August 24, 2014 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Most of the time Chicken Run entertains, instructs, involves and enchants.

August 24, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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Run to Chicken Run. This clay-animation comedy is the most entertaining animal story since Babe.

August 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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This first feature by Nick Park and Peter Lord, the team that brought you Wallace and Gromit, is a diabolically witty piece of work, a haymaker.

August 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Slate
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Apart from looking like no other type of animated film, Chicken Run stands alone in its unwavering determination not to play down to the kiddies.

August 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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It is not only an amazing technical accomplishment, it's also the wittiest and best-voiced animated movie to come along in years.

August 4, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Chicken Run is a charmingly conceived entertainment. But it's a little bit twee.

August 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

The claymation comedy Chicken Run is eggsactly what the doctor ordered. It's a witty, high-spirited adventure that will appeal to moviegoers of all ages. Call it chicken soup for the funny bone.

August 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

The first feature film from England's Aardman Animation, and the first truly terrific film to be released by DreamWorks.

August 24, 2014 Full Review Source: New Times
New Times

The film is brilliantly voiced across the board, with special notice to Mel Gibson as Rocky and Julia Sawalha as Ginger.

August 24, 2014 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

The sly, sardonic flight of fancy known as Chicken Run is a delightful epic of fowl deeds, quests for freedom and poultry heroics from the off-kilter English cartoon house, Aardman Animation.

August 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Tulsa World
Tulsa World

Like Wallace & Gromit, it's a paean to British eccentricity, equal parts cluelessness and hopefulness, full of English slang and dry Brit humor.

August 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Florida Times-Union
Florida Times-Union

Indeed, it's the best movie comedy to come out of England since Monty Python packed up the circus.

August 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Chicken Run contains some gorgeous, destined-to-be-classic set pieces, and this is where the Aardman production team flex their animation muscles.

August 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Triple J
Triple J

It's nothing less than a stop-motion tour de force, bursting with charm, humor, invention and eye-popping mise en scene.

August 4, 2013 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

With its winking homages to films like Stalag 17 and The Great Escape, Run is visually inventive, its characters plump with personality and, for a bunch of chickens, ever so brave.

August 4, 2013 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

This wonderful visual treat is done in stop-action clay animation, a form which is both substantial and magical. It's as if the clay figures kids make have managed to take on a life of their own.

August 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Most of the laughs stem from the peculiar appeal of claymation -- something about a raised eyebrow or other subtle bit of expression just seems funnier at the stop-motion speed of claymation.

August 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

Chicken Run isn't just chock-full of references to classic prison-break movies and some witty inside Hollywood jokes, but is filled with a secret ingredient sadly missing from its super-digitized, merchandise-driven counterparts: heart.

August 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

Chicken Run, Aardman's first full-length animated feature, finally makes good on the promise of the studio's award-winning shorts.

August 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

This feathered pastiche of PoW classics such as The Great Escape and Stalag 17 is an awesome achievement by consummate film-makers.

August 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Audience Reviews for Chicken Run

An exhilarating stop-motion animation that not only proves to be impressively well made and visually spectacular, but also boasts a delicious story full of adorable characters, hilarious dialogue and amazing action scenes, making for a lot of endless fun.
August 13, 2013
blacksheepboy

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Fantastic animation and artwork, brilliantly performed voiceovers, a hilarious script and heaps of Aardman detail, this film is successful on every level and withstands inordinate amounts of rewatching.
October 28, 2012
Louis Rogers

Super Reviewer

This film has a hugely undeniable charm, it is exciting and brilliant to look at. The detail of the animation is simply a spectacle and the voice acting is a real talent. I feel that this film is so much better then the Wallace and Grommit pieces of work. You will care so much about the characters and there are moments in the film that are hilarious when it's not telling a well thought out story that is.
March 4, 2012
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Directors Cat

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The stop-motion animation is impressive with well-executed action sequences to boost. Unfortunately, the story treads on too much familiar ground and tends to feel too mellow at times. The characters do a good job for the purposes they serve even though not one is particularly memorable. Despite some really good moments of humor, this film fails to be as endearing as Wallace and Gromit, another Aardman Animation effort.
December 20, 2011
Christopher Heim

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    1. Bunty: The chances of us getting out of here are a million to one.
    2. Ginger: Then there's still a chance.
    – Submitted by Panos M (11 months ago)
    1. Mr. Tweedy: I told you they were organised.
    – Submitted by Baurushan J (18 months ago)
    1. Rocky: Freedom!
    – Submitted by Baurushan J (18 months ago)
    1. Rocky: Ducky, i think you flew four feet today!
    2. Nick: Oh right four feet..from the roof to the ground! *he and Fetcher laugh*
    – Submitted by Kay K (19 months ago)
    1. Babs: We'll make posters...
    – Submitted by karl a (20 months ago)
    1. Nick: It makes you look like a vision, a dream..
    2. Fetcher: Like a duck!
    – Submitted by Kay K (21 months ago)
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