Chicken Little

 
Cute, colorful, mostly lively movie has some peril.
  • Review Date: March 20, 2006
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2005
  • Running Time: 77 minutes

What parents need to know

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

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.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

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

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that, for a kids' film, this one 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. While 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 up with an alien invasion, with giant tripods and creatures inspired by War of the Worlds, and some potentially scary Predator or Aliens style music. 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 girly-girl, as a partly jokey reinforcement of traditional gender roles.

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 space ship 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?

QUALITY
 

Cute, colorful, and mostly lively, this CHICKEN LITTLE reimagines the falling sky as invading aliens.

Families can talk 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)?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:November 4, 2005
DVD release date:March 21, 2006
Cast:Joan Cusack, Steve Zahn, Zach Braff
Director:Mark Dindal
Studio:Walt Disney Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Book characters, Horses and farm animals, Space and aliens
Run time:77 minutes
MPAA rating:G
MPAA explanation:all ages

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Teen, 15 years old Written byarthur16morgana April 8, 2011
age 8+
 
not scary.good movie
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 12 years old June 18, 2010
age 7+
 

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 funny and emotional moments. It was a pretty good movie, and it's cool to see.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Parent of a 17 year old Written bylove2 September 29, 2009
age 5+
 

theres lots of.....................

theres lots of vilonce and peril but still very good and very very funny.
What other families should know
Too much violence

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