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A 5-star romp that works for everyone from 5 to 95
on June 25, 2015
A free-spirited American rooster played by Mel Gibson (who ironically is from Australia) finds himself injured and surrounded by British hens trying to escape from a tightly-controlled English chicken farm.
This claymation film is a classic in many ways. It's classic in that it's put together by claymation geniuses Nick Park and Peter Lord (think Aardman Studios and "Wallace and Grommit").
This is a must-see for fans of WWII POW movies. You will see many parallels to the big-budget movie "The Great Escape" and the made-for-TV film "The Birdmen", along with hints of "Stalag 17", etc. \
The film features the somewhat dim-witted farmer, his militant/driven (commandant-like) wife- check out her boots, dogs guarding the fence perimeter, an optimistic escape leader, smuggler/scrounger rats and more.
Things go from bad to worse when the Farmer's wife, tired of earning "minuscule profits" invests in a business that will shift the farm from egg production to something much more sinister and lethal for the chicken inmates. What can the chickens do? Watch and see.
The writing is witty, the story line is fun, and character development is top-notch.
A 5-star romp that works for all ages.