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Chicken Run (2000)

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Coming Out at 21 June 2000 in theaters

Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Chicken Run is stop motion animated comedy film produced by the British studio Aardman Animations in partnership with American studio DreamWorks Animation. The studio’s first feature-length film, it was directed by Peter Lord and Nick Park from a screenplay by Karey Kirkpatrick and story by Lord and Park. The film stars the voices of Julia Sawalha, Mel Gibson, Tony Haygarth, Miranda Richardson, Phil Daniels, Lynn Ferguson, Timothy Spall, Imelda Staunton, and Benjamin Whitrow. The plot centres on a band of chickens who see a rooster named Rocky as their only hope to escape the farm when their owners prepare to turn them into chicken pies.

The chickens live in a farm run by the Tweedys. They try to escape, but are always caught. Frustrated at the minuscule profits that the farm generates, Mrs. Tweedy conceives an idea of converting the farm to automated production and having a pie machine in the barn in order to turn the chickens into meat pies. One day, Ginger, the leader of the chickens, observes a rooster named Rocky crash-landing into the farm after being shot from a circus cannon. Ginger and the chickens hide him from the Tweedys. Ginger, interested in Rocky’s flying abilities, begs him to help teach her and the chickens to fly. Rocky gives them training lessons in the meantime while Mr. Tweedy builds the pie machine. Later, Rocky holds a party and Ginger insists he show them to fly the next day, but Mr. Tweedy finishes making the pie machine and puts Ginger in it for a test run. Rocky saves Ginger, giving them time to warn the others of the Tweedys’ plan to make them into pies and only a short time for their escape.

Directors: Peter Lord, Nick Park

Writers: Peter Lord, Nick Park, Karey Kirkpatrick, Mark Burton, John O’Farrell

Stars: Mel Gibson, Julia Sawalha, Phil Daniels, Tony Haygarth, Lynn Ferguson, Jane Horrocks, Miranda Richardson

Cast:

Phil DanielsFetcher (voice)
Lynn FergusonMac (voice)
Mel GibsonRocky (voice)
Tony HaygarthMr. Tweedy (voice)
Jane HorrocksBabs (voice)
Miranda RichardsonMrs. Tweedy (voice)
Julia SawalhaGinger (voice)
Timothy SpallNick (voice)
Imelda StauntonBunty (voice)
Benjamin WhitrowFowler (voice)
Jo AllenAdditional Chicken (voice)
Lisa KayAdditional Chicken (voice)
John SharianCircus Man (voice)
Laura StrachanAdditional Chicken (voice)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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