Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
USA, 2005. Walt Disney Feature Animation, Walt Disney Pictures. Story by Mark Dindal, Mark Kennedy, additional story material by Robert L. Baird, Daniel Gerson, Screenplay by Steve Bencich, Ron J. Friedman, Ron Anderson, additional screenplay material by Steve Bencich, Josann McGibbon, additional dialogue by David Reynolds, Sandra Tsing Loh. Produced by Randy Fullmer. Music by John Debney. Production Design by David Womersley. Film Editing by Dan Molina.
Any animated film where a tiny animal wears adorably trendy clothing is worth at least a glance (see Stuart Little), but this lifeless tale won’t impress you much. Poor little Chicken Little (voiced by Zach Braff) feels a piece of the sky falling and causes a panic in his town, only to be made a laughing stock (and the subject of a tabloid-style movie) when it turns out to only be an acorn. Desperate to impress his peers and please his father, Chicken does his best to blend in and be cool, but eventually he gets another whammer on the head, this time accompanied by alien abductors. Turning an innocent nursery rhyme into a Jimmy Neutron-style animated feature isn’t sacriligious, but it is terribly odd, and neither the screenplay nor the direction ever manage to make much sense of what they’re after here. Still, it’s nice to know that a film like Home On The Range wasn’t a failure because audiences didn’t want to watch traditional animation–it was because the thinktank at Disney is really starting to suck ass. Watch it for the hilarious voice work by Joan Cusack and Steve Zahn.