A and A's Movie A Day

Watching movies until we run out.

Chicken Run

April 27, 2010

Chicken Run

As is probably evident by now I quite enjoy a fun animated movie. And today’s movie definitely fits the bill. This was the first feature length film from Aardman Animation (The people behind Wallace And Gromit.) So naturally you can expect lots of characters with bucktoothed overbites and button eyes, and great big expressive hands. (Nick Park’s characters for some reason very much act with their hands.) As most of the characters in this movie are chickens you do end up with bucktoothed chickens, which seems like somewhat of an evolutionary misstep, but in the context of the movie (what with the chickens being talking tool-users) it seems perfectly natural.

Chicken run is a movie heavily influenced by The Great Escape (there are several references to that movie such as Ginger throwing the ball against the wall of her cell and Fowler with all the bolts down his trousers) and Stalag 17 and other such World War Two escape films. The chickens of Tweedy’s farm (and in particular the trouble making rebel Ginger) are bent on escape from confinement in their coops. Mrs. Tweedy wants to make them all into pies. And Rocky the flying Rooster is a lone rooster who flies over the fence of the farm one day and might just offer them a way out. If the chickens can learn to fly in time.

On the whole it’s actually a very quick light movie. I felt tonight like the movie was over before I had even begun writing my review. But it’s full of great little moments that made me chuckle. The time just flew by. (Sorry… couldn’t resist.)

There are a lot of really impressive bits of animation as well. There’s the whole flock of chickens, for example, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned listening to the Robot Chicken commentaries there is nothing in the world a stop-motion animator dreads more than big crowds. There’s a scene in the rain (I suspect that the rain was added in post, but the droplets on the characters are practical. I can’t imagine how difficult it must be to animate drops of water or tears.) There’s the big showstopper scene when Rocky rescues Ginger from the pie making machine. So many details and bits to animate that it quite staggers the brain.

I had a lot of fun tonight. You know, I never did buy Flushed Away. I’m curious to see what Nick Park does in the medium of computer animation. I’ll have to add it to the list.

April 27, 2010 - Posted by | daily reviews | , ,

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