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Chicken Run

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Charming animated escape tale has some peril, scares.
  • G
  • 2000
  • 84 minutes
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 18 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 28 reviews

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

Positive Messages

Honesty and teamwork shown through discussion and example. Other themes include integrity and perseverance.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Strong and smart female characters. Rocky is more about bravado than actual work in the beginning, but he comes through when it counts.

Violence & Scariness

Characters in peril throughout. A minor character (chicken) is killed with an ax; the killing isn't shown, but the sound of the ax falling on her neck is heard. Plenty of mild injuries as the chickens try out flying machines. Chickens are threatened with getting turned into pies. Human characters kick each other in the rear and get stuck in a large, ominous-looking pie-making machine. 

Sexy Stuff

Flirtation. An older British chicken calls Americans "oversexed." 

Language

An older chicken calls Americans "oversexed." Some British slang such as "buggers" and "bum." 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A rooster drinks what he calls a "cocktail" out of a martini glass and acts drunk. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that although Chicken Run is rated G, it may be too scary or hard to follow for younger or sensitive kids. A minor character is killed offscreen with an axe, and characters are in peril throughout the movie. The lead male character -- a rooster voiced by Mel Gibson -- drinks a "cocktail" out of a martini glass and acts drunk. There is some cartoonish violence; although it's often comedic and filled with falls and spills, the scenes with the chicken farmers take on a darker tone. Also, an older character -- a chicken who claims to have fought in World War II with the Royal Air Force -- calls Americans "oversexed." 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAshnak April 9, 2008

Funny

Once a kid knows that we eat chickens, this is slapstick funny
Parent of a 11 year old Written bygeerinck April 9, 2008

Funny Film for Kids (6+) & Parents

This is one of those films that was written with enough tongue-in-cheek references to older films (especially Steve McQueen's "The Great Escape"... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old April 1, 2014

Very appalling with a scheme! Duh check the adds like seriously

I'm 9 and I still hate it to much violence listen before you child is scarred like I was
Kid, 11 years old August 22, 2012

Terrible

I HATE THIS MOVIE SOOOOO MUCH!!!!! I became a vegetarian partly because of this movie!!! It made me realize what some farmers do to these poor animals!! :(

What's the story?

CHICKEN RUN has arrived, to the joy and relief of the many fans of Nick Park's Oscar-winning Wallace and Gromit short films. In his studio's first feature-length movie, a brave chicken plots an escape from a small Yorkshire chicken farm. The stern and angry Mrs. Tweedy (voiced by Miranda Richardson) and her hen-pecked husband have bullied their hens into producing eggs, but now they've set up a fierce-looking machine that turns chickens into chicken pies. Ginger (Julia Sawalha) is a smart, brave, loyal chicken who won't leave unless she can take the others with her. When an American circus rooster named Rocky (Mel Gibson) arrives, Ginger gets him to agree to teach the chickens to fly over the fence so they can find a place where they can live in freedom.

Is it any good?

Animator Nick Park is a master at creating a world that's enchantingly believable. The farm seems to be set in the 1950s, and every detail, down to the last nail in the last board on the hen house wall, looks exactly as it should. The chickens are highly individual, completely believable, and wildly funny, as are the side characters. Parents and kids alike will delight in Park's Rube Goldberg-like machines and split-second action sequences.

Kids may not get all the jokes in Chicken Run, and some of the 1950s references may even escape adults. There is a wonderful variety of British accents here, but that shouldn't deter non-Brit viewers. Both kids and adults will find much to enjoy in the chickens' adventures and their incredibly creative, highly detailed, animated world.

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