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Chicken Run [DVD]

Peter Lord    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Peter Lord
  • Producers: Peter Lord, Frank Passingham, David Sproxton
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Pathe
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Oct 2005
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BD7NGA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,009 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



As warming as a nice cup of tea on a cloudy day, Chicken Run is that charming singularity, a commercially successful British family movie that has near-universal appeal without compromising its inherent British pluckiness (that will be the first and last poultry-pun in this review). It invites us into the Plasticine-world of Tweedy's farm, a far-from-free-range egg factory ruled with an axe of iron by greedy Mrs Tweedy. One intrepid chicken, Ginger (voiced by Julia Sawalha) sets her sights on breaking out the whole flock, a cast of beautifully individuated chicken characters including ditsy Babs (voiced by Jane Horrocks), matronly Bunty (Imelda Staunton) and practical-minded Mac (Lynn Ferguson). Each effort is thwarted, and Ginger repeatedly reaps a spell in the coal bunker for her troubles, prompting the first of many allusions to The Great Escape, one of several World War II films name-checked throughout.(Grown-ups will have a ball playing Spot-the-Allusion Game here.) When an American rooster named Rocky (Mel Gibson) literally drops in from the air, the hens are set all a-flutter with excitement thinking he'll help teach them to fly away at last. But Rocky is not all he seems.

Although the action sags just a fraction around the 40-minute mark, it's the set pieces that really lift this into the realm of cartoon genius: the montage of inept flying attempts, Rocky and Ginger's narrow escape from Mrs Tweedy's new pie machine (an horrific contraption of chomping steel and industrial menace) and the magnificent, soaring climax. Despite the fact British animators (such as the directors, Nick Park and Peter Lord, themselves) regularly scoop Oscars for their short films, our record in full-feature length cartoons has been scrappy at best. There have been a few highlights--Animal Farm (1955), The Yellow Submarine (1968), Watership Down (1978)--and, er, that's about it really, unless you count The Magic Roundabout: Dougal and the Blue Cat. ChickenRun, made by the Aardman production house who produced the delightful Wallace and Gromit shorts among many other treats, has proved that Britain can compete with the most calculated, merchandised and screen-tested Disney production and win. --Leslie Felperin

Product Description

Trapped behind barbed wire, fearing for their very lives, Ginger, Bunty, Babs and Fowler are chickens with a mission. Ginger and her fellow flock are determined to make a break for freedom but every escape goes 'fowl' when they are caught by the evil Mrs Tweedy and her oafish husband who want to turn them into chicken pies. When an all-American rooster named Rocky lands in the farm, Ginger sees her chance--these chickens won't cross the road; they'll fly the coop. Together they prove that chickens are anything but, as they engage in a daring and spectacular escape. From the creator of Wallace and Gromit and the Aardman Classics, Nick Park. Have fun with the Chicken Run Fun Pack on PC CD-ROM.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clucking Brilliant Fun ! 30 Nov 2000
By A Customer
I loved this film when I saw it on holiday in Dublin that I had to take my best friend along to my local as soon as I got back. Tweedy Farm, the setting for this comedy that is anything but plastic, is a typical 50's Yorkshire farm - from the vehicles, to the clothes and dialog. Mr + Mrs Tweedy are branching out into the chicken pie market, and that means trouble for the chickens. Following numerous attempts to escape, including frequent trips to the cooler for Ginger, the head chicken, they start to feel they will never make it out alive. Enter Rocky, a Yankee rooster who uses his charm to get among "the beautiful English chicks". Of course, he's hiding a secret which they eventually discover (not saying what it is) and the scene is set for the funniest climax ever with a few nice twists along the way. The dialogue is more likely to appeal to the adult audience while the kids just enjoy the set pieces, but it's Jane Horrocks (Absolutely Fabulous) who gets the best lines throughout the film including what will hopefully become a catchphrase once the film hits the shops just in time for Christmas;
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, absolutely brilliant 22 Jan 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
How can anyone not be entertained by this film, any purist who can find holes to pick at in the production are well, just sad !! Bah Humbug to them.
The action that goes on in the background, like where Mrs Tweedy pinches Mr Tweedy's bottom in the scene where food rations are doubled, doubles me up every time, and the spatial sound (if you have a TV up to it) when Rocky and Ginger are in the oven never fails to make my kids jump, and the bit with Edwina , the first time my kids saw it you could cut the tension with a knife.
You can watch this film a dozen times, and get something new out of it each time. A good sucess indicator is, whenever I drop a CD/DVD into the player, Chicken Run is already in there
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic! 24 Feb 2007
By John
I got this DVD for Christmas even though i have seen this film umpteen number of times. With most films i would hate it if i got it after watching it loads but no, it is very difficult to get bored of this film. There are funny little bits that sometimes you miss and then next time you will spot them and think 'Genious!' This film is now widely regarded as a classic and so it should be! It is great fun for all ages! The animation is fantastic, when you see films using animation this well you think what is the point in films using special effects! The models are fantastic and the voicing is apsolutely second to none! If you haven't seen this film either you're just born or WHAT PLANET HAVE YOU BEEN ON?!! The ending maybe isn't for vegetarians! A must see for all ages 9/10.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun for Kids and Adults alike 22 Mar 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Chicken Run is a wild ride into the world of animation. The references to The Great Escape and Braveheart are pure genius. I loved this film and so does everyone I speak to.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chicken Fun 11 Jan 2001
By Neil
Format:VHS Tape
As Stephen Spielberg said: 'They know how to make you care an awful lot about rubber chickens'.
Truly a classic with some mind-boggling animation and characterisation when you consider the disciplines of stop-motion animation.
Good fun for young and old.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantanstic alround entertainment 4 April 2002
Format:VHS Tape
not just for the kids a good laugh for all, and you don't even have to be a farmer to understand the goings on. We all know someone like a character from this film
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's nice to have some time on your own....... 27 Oct 2003
I just cannot believe anyone or their kids found this film boring or lacking in Aardman polish, how sad do you have to be to apply production standards to a film involving plasticine chickens? This film is brilliant and the one liners will stay in your mind for a long time. Ginger's stirring 'We can die free chickens or we can die trying' countered by Babs 'Are they the only choices' still makes me laugh, and I know it's coming. This is a film to suspend reality for and to enjoy for the sake of enjoyment. Forget the art critics and the kids with no sense of humour and buy this movie it's fabulous.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! Just wonderful!! 30 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
It was the film I wanted to see so much when it appeared in the cinema, being such a fan of Wallace and Gromit. I went to see it with a friend's daughter (aged 9) and we both had such a good time. It's touchy without being Disney-esque sentimental and it's funny without being Hollywood-ish over the top. And being able to watch it again at home was just fabulous!
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4.0 out of 5 stars ... had to buy it again for the grandchildren towatch. excellent
bought this once and lost it so had to buy it again for the grandchildren to watch. excellent movid
Published 11 days ago by greying fox
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great film. Daughter hooked on Wallace and Gromit so ...
What a great film. Daughter hooked on Wallace and Gromit so thought I'd try this one - yippee success!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great entertainment
I have seen this movie before and thoroughly enjoyed it hence the reason I ordered it to watch again. Recommended
Published 1 month ago by Lincs lass
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny
I have always loved this movie. It is extremely funny and mimics German stalag interns. The accent is Lancashire/Yorkshire which I find hilarious. Would highly recommend.
Published 2 months ago by pollyanna
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad, But Very Predictable
It has often been claimed that at the core, there are really only a tiny handful of stories. Stories that are told and retold endlessly across the generations with only cosmetic... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Theo
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd
the best film I have seen for ages laughed and laughed have watched it over and over again brilliant film
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Love to receive it
I had seen this cartoon programme on TV , therefore, I have bought it for my grand children whom I am going to meet in the next month, Insha Allah.
Published 6 months ago by Dr. Tariq Yusuf Rajbee
5.0 out of 5 stars my wifes choice
just a classic my wife has chickens and is convinced they are related its a shame really iv'e told her its not true story
Published 6 months ago by colin usher
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