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April 22, 2018
Clever but unimaginative.
March 30, 2018
Despite having a few funny moments in the first act and looking impressive animation-wise for Reel FX's first film, but once time traveling turkeys Reggie (Owen Wilson) and Jake (Woody Harrelson) end up in 1621, Free Birds ends up becoming a chore to sit through with unfunny gags and a narrative that isn't allowed to go as crazy as it should, given the insane premise.
½ March 28, 2018
Very good animated film
March 13, 2018
movie to watch one time
December 25, 2017
Nice & funny AND....cute:)
October 28, 2017
Interesting for the lite eco-anarchist messages wrapped up in a pretty decently complex time-travel scenario. I'm not sure how I feel about the historical revisionist normalization of the overt, direct link between turkeys and Thanksgiving (an invention of a more recent era - especially since the holiday wasn't even widely celebrated until 242 years after the so-called "first" of 1621), which I have my own problems with that I won't get into. I've now probably used too many complicated words and ideas to analyse a dumb animated comedy movie now, so let's talk about it as entertainment rather than in sociopolitical terms.

It's fine, as animated movies go, I've seen far, far worse. I appreciated most that it didn't fall into the usual trap of the typical animated feature story structure (thanks largely to the time travel plot giving it room to try unusual plot developments). It's not mind-blowing, but it's clever enough to be worth at least a look that the reviews might put one off from making.

I've maybe overanalysed this. It's an above-average animated film with some pretty unusual ideas that raise it a bit. It's quite specific to American culture, but not something other people can't enjoy regardless.
September 9, 2017
Just weird, but the animation keeps the kid entertained. Likely the only reason I sat through it.
May 26, 2017
OK, this is a bad movie. Not the worst, but still, it was pretty bad. There were times where it did make me laugh, and some of the characters were likable, but that doesn't really make up for everything else.
March 25, 2017
Uh it's pretty awful
½ March 2, 2017
2013 gave us many great films, this is not one of them. It was a DREADFUL film. Props for trying, but Wilson & Harrelson deserve much better. If you want a good 2013 film, try Gravity, Captain Phillips, Ender's Game, The Internship, Now You See Me or almost any other 2013 film, with the exception of The Smurfs 2(also horrible.)
½ February 24, 2017
Pretty dumb movie that doesn't offer much compared to Storks or The Angry Birds Movie.
½ January 11, 2017
Funny animated movie with an interesting story, but, I thought it lacked a little in the storyline and came up short
January 2, 2017
Don't do time travel if you can't.
December 16, 2016
Just another waste of $, talent and energy. Avoid wasting more of your life.
November 24, 2016
Free Birds (2013) is one of those movie that has one heck of a weird concept. Basically it's an animated film about two turkeys named Reggie and Jake. They travel in an egg shaped time machine to 1621 which is where the first Thanksgiving took place. The main goal of the film is to take turkeys off the Thanksgiving menu. I'll admit that the concept is very odd and I didn't think their was much you could do with it. To my surprise I was sort of intrigued on how creative they set things up. Sadly though, This movie does suffer from some weak not well thought out jokes, a very rushed 1st act and a sort of questionable ending. Despite all some of the movie's flaws I still do think the movie has advantages. I really do like the background scenery of 1621 and the main villain pilgrim was surprisingly both witty and kind of threatening. The turkeys from the past are also well meaning and have a interesting way of living. Some of the characters are very likable and do get a couple laughs here and there. Jake and Ranger are kind of annoying sometimes but at least both do mean well. In fact, I won't spoil but there's more to Jake then you'd think and I will admit that I did feel sad for him during one scene with him. The movie does have some very calm and settle moments when it's not being action packed or over the top. These moments really do make me feel that the people were really trying to make something great and while they did fail on doing that I still think the movie is very decent and watchable. It might have it's flaws and the ending is very questionable. Even though it's not a Thanksgiving classic it's still a weird but interesting adventure that I think you may want to watch at least once Especially whenever Thanksgiving is near. (B-)
November 6, 2016
The animation looks cheap, the plot is ridiculous and the characters are not that interesting. Of all the bird puns I could use, I'll just say this movie is for the birds.
September 19, 2016
I really really don't like that.
½ August 27, 2016
Love it. Can't help but watch every time my kids put it on. Family fav.
½ August 13, 2016
Free Birds is convoluted, cliched, and predictable.
½ June 24, 2016
Mission thanksgiving. The turkeys time to fight back!

It is definitely an underrated animation. Okay, I agree, Disney is solely dominating the animation industry, especially at present. But this film is no masterpiece like that Disney makes yet not bad to ignore complete. Yes, there are flaws in it, but very acceptable as they're just minors. In the animations, the real world logics won't apply. So you should try to enjoy it than trying to find the errors.

This film is targeted for children, but then anybody can watch it because it is a beautiful theme with some real laughs in it, only if you forget that you are an adult for a 90 minute. Technically the film quality matches with Disney, Pixer, Dreamworks and even the Sony animation. It is a fine achievement for an outside/new production house to come up with like this. I hope Reel FX would make more animations in the future and compete directly with these top companies.

It was really a star studded cast. I did not know who were they all, but I identified them by their voices. As far as the story, too easy to predict, but somehow it managed to keep me glued to it with its entertaining contents. It is a time travel theme and a quite entertaining film made by the 'Horton Hears a Who' director.

Some are saying it is anti-thanking giving film, but I think it is just a fun film. Although, it was kind of like 'Happy Feet', where a bunch of turkeys tries to loose their kind from the humans grip. But narrated differently, something like in the line of 'Penguins of Madagascar'. I don't think anybody can regret watching it, but then there are people with expectations, so it might fail at them. Overall, it was a decent film for sure if not great as other animations that came in the same year. Waiting for its sequel about 'mission turducken'.

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