Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.
United Kingdom, 2000. Aardman Animations, DreamWorks Animation, Pathé. Original Story by Peter Lord, Nick Park, Screenplay by Karey Kirkpatrick, additional dialogue by Mark Burton, John O’Farrell. Cinematography by Tristan Oliver, Frank Passingham. Produced by Peter Lord, Nick Park, David Sproxton. Music by Harry Gregson-Williams, John Powell. Production Design by Phil Lewis. Film Editing by Robert Francis, Tamsin Parry, Mark Solomon.
Hilarious claymation film from the creator of the always wonderful Wallace and Gromit series, Nick Park. In his first feature film (which took seven years to develop), Park takes us into the world of a chicken coop, where pensive hens lay in wait until they can escape the harsh reality that surrounds them: their farmer owners are planning to bake them into pies. Julia Sawalha is excellent as the voice of Ginger, the chicken who decides to lead the exodus. Mel Gibson lends a bit of American marketing help as the voice of the handsome Rocky, a rooster who supposedly can fly. The best animated film of its year.
European Film Award Nomination: Best European Film
Golden Globe Award Nomination: Best Picture-Musical/Comedy