We all know the story of Chicken Little (Zach Braff), the poor little chicken who tried to warn the town that the sky was falling only to have it turn out to be an acorn. But what happened to him after the story ended? That's what this movie tells us.
Turns out that Chicken Little is in middle school. His exploits of a year ago are an embarrassment to his father, Buck Cluck (Garry Marshall). And the fact that there are commemorative plates and an upcoming movie based on the story haven't done much for the father/son relationship.
Despite Buck's constant pleas, Chicken Little is determined to prove his worth to his father. And, just as he's about to put the whole sky is falling nonsense behind him, it happens again. What should Chicken Little do this time?
Okay, let's get the bad out of the way right now. Yes, the story is a little slow in the first half and a little weird and frantic in the second half. And that second half might scare kids until they learn what is really happening. But there really is so much to love.
Even though the first half is slow, there are so many wonderful gags in it. Chicken Little's friends like Fish Out of Water and Runt of the Little are a hoot. One scene has a background joke I love. And once the sky falls a second time, things really pick up. As I said, it goes off in a weird direction, but they manage to make it work. This isn't something serious, but it is fun, and that's all that truly matters. Having said that, there is an important moral about parent child communication that gets a tad preachy at times. I don't mind too much.
No, this isn't a grand slam. But it is plenty of fun to entertain the young and young at heart.