A and A's Movie A Day

Watching movies until we run out.

Movie 58 – Chicken Run

Chicken Run – April 27th, 2010

Another new view for me! I looked at the number of movies I’ve seen in our collection and the number I haven’t seen and realized if I kept up the way I was going, I would get to a point where there would be nothing but new ones. And some nights I’m just not up to that. Andy’s seen more of the collection than I have, probably because he’s the one who buys most of the DVDs and he watches things when I’m not home.

So! Chicken Run. Another victim of overhype for me. It’s not an uncommon problem. These days I try to avoid it by simply avoiding hype. It doesn’t always work, but it’s better than it used to be. The ridiculous part is that I like stop-motion animation quite a bit and I like Nick Park. So very silly of me to not watch this sooner.

It’s a cute movie. Maybe that’s not the term one should use to describe a movie about chickens escaping from a farm to keep from getting butchered for pot pies, but really, it is cute. Not in a Cute Overload sort of way, but it’s got a chicken who knits a wee little noose (and I’ve now read that the knitting was all real and done with toothpicks – bravo to the knitter for that) and it’s got a teapot with a chicken mask on it and lots of charming moments and horrible puns. It is cute, in a Sesame Street we’ve-put-jokes-in-for-the-adults-too way.

Some of the things I enjoyed: The references to things like Indiana Jones and Stalag 17 and of course the line near the end with the Scottish chicken as the engineer. Of course she is, right? She’s givin’ it all she’s got! Knowing the main character, Ginger, was voiced by Julia Sahwala and the rather absent-minded knitting chicken was voiced by Jane Hurrocks is going to leave me unable to watch Absolutely Fabulous without picturing them as hens now. And having had some experience with chickens, I will say that any time the entire flock got all riled up made me laugh, because it was spot on. Chickens aren’t the brightest of creatures (but I’ll take them over geese any day – fucking geese). But my very favorite bit: The safety scissors. Oh, safety scissors, saving us from cutting anything ever. Sure, it’s one gag in a movie full of them, but grrr. Safety scissors.

I don’t really have anything else to say about it. Nothing really insightful. It’s not that sort of movie. Like I said, it’s cute. Charming and cute and funny and well-voiced. Probably not one I’ll put in all the time, but I’m glad I finally saw it.

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

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