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Free Birds (2013)



Critic Consensus: Technically proficient yet creatively moribund, Free Birds begs unfortunate comparisons with the dim-witted fowl that inspired it.

Movie Info

In this irreverent, hilarious, adventurous buddy comedy, directed by Jimmy Hayward (Horton Hears a Who!), two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history - and get turkey off the holiday menu for good. (C) Relativity Mediamore
Rating: PG (for some action/peril and rude humor)
Genre: Animation, Kids & Family, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: John J. Strauss, David I. Stern, Jimmy Hayward, Scott Mosier
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 4, 2014
Box Office: $55.7M
Relativity Media - Official Site


George Takei
as S.T.E.V.E.
Colm Meaney
as Myles Standish
Keith David
as Chief Broadbeak
Dan Fogler
as Governor Bradford
Dwight Howard
as Cold Turkey
Kaitlyn Maher
as President's Daughter
Jeff Biancalana
as General Sagan/Hazmat
Carlos Ponce
as Narrator/Alejandro
Robert Beltran
as Chief Massasoit
Lesley Nicol
as Pilgrim Woman
Jason Finazzo
as Chrononaut One
Scott Mosier
as Pizza Dude
Lauren Bowles
as Jake's Mother
Jimmy Hayward
as Hazmat, Ranger/Leath...
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Critic Reviews for Free Birds

All Critics (80) | Top Critics (22)

Free Birds is not (sorry) a turkey of a film. But it doesn't really soar terribly high either.

Full Review… | November 8, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Any given scene from Free Birds seems more like a YouTube parody of stupid children's films than a piece of something that real human beings put together with honest artistic intent.

Full Review… | April 8, 2014
Movie Mezzanine

These birds are good to look at, and you can easily get caught up in the characters. But the situation is a bit too much to swallow . . . even for Thanksgiving.

Full Review… | February 9, 2014
Movie Metropolis

This family-friendly animation gets off to an amusing start but soon flies off into la-la land.

Full Review… | February 7, 2014
Daily Record [UK]

The muddled story and lacklustre animation makes this a film that's strictly for the birds.

Full Review… | January 19, 2014
Movie Talk

Anyone who's seen Chicken Run will wonder why they're not enjoying a well-constructed Aardman animation rather than attempting to make sense of this incoherent transatlantic trifle.

Full Review… | December 1, 2013
Observer [UK]

Audience Reviews for Free Birds

It's understandable that pretty much everyone absolutely hated this film, the main reasons being: its premise is laughably horrible, it isn't politically correct, and many find it humorless. I understand these points, and many of them are valid, but I think some credit is due to this holiday film. Though a lot of this is slipshod, there were a lot of great jokes. The humor in this is really great, blending jokes for both adults and children alike. It's really precocious in its handling of the material and made me laugh a good many times. Between those jokes, however, are really offensive depictions of Thanksgiving era turkeys as Native Americans, complete with feathers behind their heads and war paint on their faces. The premise, well executed in most of the film, still leaves some giant plot holes and a whole lot of unneeded absurdity. The worst of this is evidenced by the fact that the Pilgrims are presented as villains who blame the turkeys for their many misfortunes. The turkeys are actually to blame, since this is a kid's movie, but how do the humans know this? It's great for kids, because it's at least funny, but it's not intelligently presented.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


A mediocre, run-of-the-mill animation destined to be rapidly forgotten by everyone, not only for being mostly unfunny and full of clichés but also because it holds few to no surprises, making sure that every joke is explained and leaving almost nothing to our imagination.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer



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