Chicken Run
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A comedy drama set on a Yorkshire chicken farm in 1950s England, the story follows the turbulent romance between Rocky the Rooster and Ginger the chicken, both of whom yearn for freedom and are planning a daring "prisoner of war" style escape. Both chickens are tired of being repressed and know they face an eventual certain death, so in planning their escape, they rally with their fellow chickens.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This first feature by Nick Park and Peter Lord, the team that brought you Wallace and Gromit, is a diabolically witty piece of work, a haymaker."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"Chicken Run boasts the most delicious collection of desperately funny Brits since The Full Monty. Poultry has never been so stuffed with personality."
‑ Susan Wloszczyna, USA Today
"It's nothing less than a stop-motion tour de force, bursting with charm, humor, invention and eye-popping mise en scene."
‑ Todd Anthony, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Most of the laughs stem from the peculiar appeal of claymation -- something about a raised eyebrow or other subtle bit of expression just seems funnier at the stop-motion speed of claymation."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"This feathered pastiche of PoW classics such as The Great Escape and Stalag 17 is an awesome achievement by consummate film-makers."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"Apart from looking like no other type of animated film, Chicken Run stands alone in its unwavering determination not to play down to the kiddies."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"The finale and a scene set inside the pie-making machinery prove that the Rube Goldberg formula is infallible, and the puns -- another staple of crossover animation -- range from "fowl" to "poultry in motion.""
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"With its winking homages to films like Stalag 17 and The Great Escape, Run is visually inventive, its characters plump with personality and, for a bunch of chickens, ever so brave."
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"Chicken Run isn't just chock-full of references to classic prison-break movies and some witty inside Hollywood jokes, but is filled with a secret ingredient sadly missing from its super-digitized, merchandise-driven counterparts: heart."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Baltimore Sun
"There are some mighty fine laughs in this clever Claymation cartoon from the creator of England's hilarious Wallace and Gromit movies."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"It is not only an amazing technical accomplishment, it's also the wittiest and best-voiced animated movie to come along in years."
‑ Jonathan Foreman, New York Post
"The level of invention on display, from the vividly detailed models and figurines to the gallery of memorable supporting characters, is astonishing at any length."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"This wonderful visual treat is done in stop-action clay animation, a form which is both substantial and magical. It's as if the clay figures kids make have managed to take on a life of their own."
‑ Serena Donadoni, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"Chicken Run, Aardman's first full-length animated feature, finally makes good on the promise of the studio's award-winning shorts."
‑ , Total Film
"Fab animation from Wallace and Gromit creator."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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