Free Birds (2013)

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

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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 Media

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Cast

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/Leatherbeak/President/Hazmat
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Critic Reviews for Free Birds

All Critics (85) | Top Critics (22)

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

Nov 8, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

A lot of agreeable kookiness compensates for the ramshackle script in this tale of turkeys traveling back in time to prevent becoming an essential part of Thanksgiving dinner.

Nov 1, 2013 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

The movie's animal rights, vegetarian message should go down easily with politically correct parents - at least until they choke on the offensive depiction of 17th-century turkeys as face-painted, headband-wearing native Americans.

Nov 1, 2013 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Everything about "Free Birds" feels perfunctory, from its generic title and holiday setting to its starry voice cast and undistinguished use of 3-D.

Nov 1, 2013 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

A stale turkey hash that heaves a lot of ingredients in the oven but never turns on the gas, a frantic attempt to come up with an animated film built around Thanksgiving Day traditions.

Nov 1, 2013 | Rating: 1.5/4

A forgettable - and occasionally borderline offensive - animated tale of turkeys trying to take back Thanksgiving.

Oct 31, 2013 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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.
Spencer S.

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½

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
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

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Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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The greatest turkey movie of all time. Good animated movie! I'm very relieved to finally see an animated movie made just for fun and without feeling the need to add an unnecessary message or plot or emotional attachment. There was only one instance where they tried to get you emotionally involved, it didn't work but it didn't disturb me either. This film is sweetly entertaining. Camera angle used in story telling keeps the pace of film on very good note. Animation is done creatively. You would feel that you are simply watching a typical Hollywood movie. Even animated choreography justifies it. Overall, it has all ingredients of a good film, drama, emotion and entertainment. Please go and watch with your kids. They will enjoy as well as you. After years of fruitless warning of his farmyard brethren of the coming Thanksgiving doom, Reggie the Turkey finds himself spared as the annual Pardoned Turkey. However, Reggie's easy life is disrupted by Jake, a fanatic turkey who drags him along with the insane idea of going back in time to make sure turkeys are not part of the first Thanksgiving. Through foolhardiness and luck, the pair manage to take an experimental time machine to do just that. Now in 1621 at the Plymouth colony, Reggie and Jake find themselves in the middle of a turkey clan's struggle for survival. In doing so, their preconceptions of the world and themselves are challenged forever in a conflict from which the world will never be the same.

Manu Gino
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

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