Chicken Little

Movie review by
Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
Chicken Little Movie Poster Image
Cute, sometimes-frantic movie has peril, potential scares.
  • G
  • 2005
  • 77 minutes

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 38 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 44 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

Meant to entertain rather than educate.

Positive Messages

Townsfolk judge Chicken Little harshly at first, but they come around when they find he's right.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Chicken Little's friends believe him and stand by him.

Violence & Scariness

Some alien-invasion violence (pounding music, alien machines zapping animals to nothing and setting things on fire). Bullying.

Sexy Stuff

Some suggestions concerning a piggy's gay-leaning sexual orientation. Chicken Little ends up only wearing underwear in one scene. Song includes lyrics "be my lover."

Language
Consumerism

Spoofs on news, fashion, and sports magazines (Cosmo-Mallard, Modern Mallard, Newsquack).

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Chicken Little features prominent and repeated images of mayhem. Its opening sequence, which shows citizens running around in a panic and screaming, is somewhat frantic; it might be a bit too intense for some sensitive younger viewers. Though much of the action is benign and cartoonish (crowds in a panic, animal children playing aggressive dodgeball or baseball and falling from windows), the film ends with an alien invasion, with giant tripods and creatures inspired by War of the Worlds, and some potentially scary Predator- or Aliens-style music. Chicken Little is bullied by the other kids. One character is readable as gay, as he adores disco and cowers before his mother, and another, a tough, baseball-playing female fox, is transformed into a traditional girl -girl, as a partly jokey reinforcement of traditional gender roles. We hear in a song's lyric "be my lover."

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bynaymatune April 9, 2008
Parent of a 7 and 10 year old Written byMattmchugh February 14, 2011

OK for grade school kids

There are some moments that scared my 3-year-old daughter when she first saw it, and my then-5-year-old son got upset at some of the father-son conflict, but it... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byarthur16morgana April 8, 2011
not scary.good movie
Kid, 12 years old June 18, 2010

Chicken Bigger

This was a very creative spoof of that "the sky is falling" chicken story. Although it wasn't the most interesting movie ever, it did have some f... Continue reading

What's the story?

When well-meaning Chicken Little (Zach Braff) begins the movie by ringing the tower bell in his small town, Oakey Oaks, he thinks he's been hit by a chunk of falling sky. When the residents discover that no chunk is to be found, they call him "crazy" and laugh at him. So Chicken Little resolves to make his dad proud by becoming a baseball star. But once again, he's hit on the head with another "piece" of the sky. Afraid to tell his father, he shows his friends, who decide that the sometimes-invisible panel is from an alien spaceship and the adults need to know. But before they can convince the adults, the kids are abducted by the aliens. When they're returned home, they're followed by an alien child, whose absence incites his parents to attack the town and punish the earthlings. The day will be saved, of course, though not before Oakey Oaks is razed and burned by stomping, ray-zapping alien tripods and the townsfolk come to realize that Chicken Little has been telling the truth all along.

Is it any good?

It's not one of the best computer-animated features that Disney (and Pixar) has released, but in its way, it stands out by making the audience want to root for Chicken Little. He's the all-too-familiar "misfit kid" with an overactive imagination, a determination to practice at baseball until he improves, and a desire to win the unconditional love of his father. Without these elements, this would be just another formulaic movie with hammy celebrities providing the voices to personified animals. 

This CHICKEN LITTLE reimagines the falling sky as invading aliens. For all its silliness and slapstick, the movie is unafraid to explore the pathos of Chicken Little's status as town pariah after scaring the town, his lack of natural ability at baseball, and the difficulties in his relationship with his father, a single parent. This quality helps keep the movie entertaining and interesting to parents as well as kids caught up in the humor of the action and voicings of the characters. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the relationship between the father and son, as Chicken Little wants so desperately to please his dad. How might his father show more faith in his son, rather than expecting the worst?

  • How might Chicken Little trust his father to appreciate his own interests and identity, rather than trying so hard to be the son he imagines his father "wants" (that is, a baseball player like his father was)?

  • How is this version of the famous tale different from the traditional Chicken Little story?

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