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Chicken Little Reviews

November 16, 2009
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.
February 9, 2006
Only a singularly subversive sidekick, a Streisand-obsessed porker (Zahn), makes this movie stand out from a host of other mediocre animated kids' flicks.
December 6, 2005
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.
November 8, 2005
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 7, 2005
I don't care if it's 2-D, 3-D, CGI or hand drawn, it all goes back to the story.
November 4, 2005
This film's procession of dumb clucks and yuks manages to bring the roof down on occasion, if only through sheer manic exertion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 4, 2005
It's an odd up-and-down storyline, and it's told with too many shortcuts: pop songs used in place of dialogue and emotion, pop references used in place of jokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 4, 2005
The animators are - - you almost no longer have to say this - - fabulous and full of mischief, weaving enough ironic amusements into the story for the longer of tooth.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 4, 2005
Chicken Little is much too glib to make us feel what its characters are experiencing; the filmmakers would much rather explode their animated sets and vaporize their talking creatures.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 4, 2005
... as cluttered as the movie gets before the ending, it's funny throughout, with some 1970s and '80s music thrown in to keep adults happy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 4, 2005
When Disney can't hit a tried-and-true fairy-tale adaptation out of the park, maybe it's time to give up the ghost and get Pixar back on the phone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 4, 2005
There's such a density of visual puns and pop culture reference points, kids and parents are bound to find themselves smiling in spots. The cumulative effect of the film, however, is exhaustion.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 4, 2005
There's scarcely enough story here for a half-hour TV cartoon.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 4, 2005
While it is colorful and jaunty and filled with benign barnyard creatures, the occasional jokes and pop references aimed for designated guardians in the audience are more insulting than entertaining.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 4, 2005
The movie (directed by Mark Dindal, The Emperor's New Groove) swings from sugar buzz to glucose crash a bit too quickly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 4, 2005
Chicken Little settles for what's expedient and safe and, over all, lives down to its title.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 4, 2005
It's almost as if Disney was so nervous about its big chance at computer animation that it crammed in the cheap jokes and disposable music and wayward side plots to make sure it appealed to everyone.
Read More | Original Score: C+
November 4, 2005
The originality and brightness of Chicken Little resides in its characters, whose names may be familiar from children's books, but whose personalities are unique.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 4, 2005
The invasion material is acceptably funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 4, 2005
Cuteness trumps horror, and Chicken Little suffices as kiddie entertainment in a moment when there's not a whole lot for youngsters to devour.
Read More | Original Score: C+
November 4, 2005
More than a loving, clever riff on a fable, Chicken Little is a grade-school primer on the language of movies with a capital M.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 4, 2005
Chicken Little is shiny and peppy, with some solid laughs and dandy vocal performances, but even a small child may sense how forced this movie is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 3, 2005
For a movie that's supposed to launch Disney's official CGI era, Chicken Little doesn't stand tall enough.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 3, 2005
Compared to the CG gems from Pixar, Chicken Little is stylistically inconsistent, narratively messy, and, well, just not much fun.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 3, 2005
While the frenetic pacing might help conceal the movie's flaws, the bizarre twists in the plot are not easily glossed over.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 3, 2005
Chicken Little, though it has its moments, mostly just feels anxious and overreaching. It tries to be all things to all people and fails to be anything to anyone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 3, 2005
The first computer-animated film from Disney also has the distinction of being a terrible movie a hectic, uninspired pastiche of catch phrases and cliches.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
November 3, 2005
The movie did make me smile. It didn't make me laugh, and it didn't involve my emotions, or the higher regions of my intellect, for that matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 3, 2005
The visuals are irrepressibly witty and so is the script, which morphs from the classic fable into a spoof on War of the Worlds.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
November 3, 2005
In trying to be all things to all popcorn-buyers, Chicken Little comes off as a manic scramble to please everyone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 3, 2005
Unlike the storytelling acumen that made Pixar's Finding Nemo about real emotional panic, Chicken Little is a clunky, arbitrarily plotted, over-caffeinated spritz.
November 3, 2005
No matter how technically proficient a movie's visual effects, they mean nothing without wit, cunning and soul.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 3, 2005
Chicken Little gets a lot of the small things right. It's the bigger picture that gives it trouble.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 3, 2005
Chicken Little has been Disneyfied with a vengeance.
Read More | Original Score: C-
November 3, 2005
It is bogged down by many of the problems that have plagued Disney's recent traditional animated features: anonymous voice work, poor plot structure, and the mistaken belief that the Disney brand will elevate anything to a 'must see' level.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 2, 2005
Another in a new breed of mass-market comedy that substitutes self-reference for original wit and pop songs for emotional content.
Full Review | Original Score: C
November 1, 2005
It's one of the funniest, most charming and most exhilarating movies in years.
October 31, 2005
A consistently amusing, often inspired family romp.
October 31, 2005
Under-nourishing and highly derivative.