Leafie: A Hen into the Wild

Movie review by
Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Heartfelt, intense adoption story has some scary scenes.
  • NR
  • 2014
  • 93 minutes

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

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

Positive Messages

Loyalty; different forms family can take; healing power of adoption; triumph of familial love; honoring the grief process.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Daisy/Leafie is an incredibly loving, courageous mother who risks everything for her son, in spite of his differences. Wilson risks his life protecting the community from a terrible weasel that stalks and threatens them.

Violence & Scariness

A duck and weasel tumble, scrap, and claw at each other in multiple scenes; they also are killed. A farmer dumps a wheelbarrow full of dead chickens into an open grave. Chickens are shown sick and dying in cramped factory cages.

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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Leafie: A Hen into the Wild is a heartfelt, sometimes bleak animated Korean film released in English and overdubbed as Daisy: A Hen into the Wild. It tells the story of a chicken who escapes a factory farm and raises an orphaned duck. It has some frightening scenes of chickens in cramped factory cages, dead chickens tossed into an open grave, and the battle between a duck and a weasel, with a few resulting deaths. The story reflects positively on the sheer force of a mother's love and the triumph of adoption but is best for older kids who can handle the heavy themes, loss, and grief.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bynduns February 6, 2018

Surprisingly realistic and thought-provoking

I'll admit, going into this film, all I knew is that this is currently the most popular animated film from Korea, and I can see why. This film has a very... Continue reading
Adult Written byHolly R. March 3, 2021

Beautifully animated and moving film

The film is beautifully animated and was originally a Korean film. The English dub version is ok but there were a bunch of changes made during localization that... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old March 11, 2021

Buy Korean movie with English subtitles

I'd recommend getting the one with English subtitles, as the dub made too many changes, especially the ending (I won't spoil).
Kid, 12 years old May 26, 2018

Beautiful, realistic story about a hen who escapes from a factory farm and adopts a duckling

I would recommend getting the english subtitles version instead of the english dub version because the english dub version made a lot of unnecessary changes to... Continue reading

What's the story?

Leafie/Daisy is a chicken trapped in a factory farm who longs for freedom. But once she escapes to the world outside, she learns it's a much scarier place than she imagined. As she makes friends along the way and eventually finds herself raising an orphaned duck, she learns about the risk of freedom, the bonds of mother and son, and the power of love to trump even the bleakest of circumstances.

Is it any good?

This is a powerful, often sad, and very emotional story about adoption, survival, loss, grief, and ultimately what it really means to be free. It's a compelling story, but the Korean-to-English shift here means the overdub and voice acting can feel off-kilter. That said, the animation is at times arresting, and the emotional resonance of the film comes through in spite of itself. 

There are some scary scenes here of cramped and dead chickens, some growls and scary fights, and a few key deaths, so kids who aren't used to death as a common theme or the bleaker nature of existence may be thrown. Older kids who've seen films with heavier themes may appreciate the sweet story underneath, of a mother's love for her son and her fight to help him succeed in life in spite of their many differences.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the popularity of adoption stories. Which other stories have you seen about adoption? Why do you think they're so popular?

  • Have you ever felt like you didn't fit in? If so, what did you do to try to change that? Did it work? Why, or why not?

  • What do Daisy and her son learn about their love for each other? Why does it succeed in spite of their differences?

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