Exit Wallace and Gromit, enter Ginger and Rocky. "An escape movie with chickens" was how Chicken Run was pitched to Spielberg, and the result was one of the treats of the new millennium. Hatching the Movie is also a treat. Heavily illustrated, mostly in colour, and written in a concise, easy to follow and unflashy style, it covers all aspects of the film's creation, as well as an in depth history of Aardman's previous achievements.
Best known to British readers as a regular radio presenter and film buff, Brian Sibley helped co-director Nick Park to develop the plot. As he notes, Chicken Run shares many similarities with Wallace and Gromit's outings, including scepticism about technology--an outlook which manifests itself in the "handmade" style of the films. However, Hatching the Movie leaves no doubt about the immense pressure, skill and patience involved in such creativity. Some detractors have criticised Chicken Run as feeling commercially compromised, and Sibley covers the uneasy relationship between art and commerce.
Younger children might be put off by the amount of text, but for film buffs and Aardman's numerous older fans, this cannot be recommended highly enough. --Stephen Portlock --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.