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Chicken Run (2000)

Chicken Run (2000)

Here's a Claymation/Stopmotion movie in good 'ol Wallace and Gromit or Shaun The Sheep style, featuring a click of chicks and a fearless rooster, attempting to escape the cliches (and clutches) of an evil madame, her hubby, and their chicken farm.

Shaun the Sheep was much better - let me start by saying that. I believe it was mostly so because it changed location much more than this one did. Both are dynamic, but this one is - as the scenario, very confined. Within the fences of the farm the chickens roam and wait to be freed, and await their feed, and Ginger (with help of Mac) plots her creative schemes... that usually don't work out. One day along comes Rocky (voiced by Mel Gibson!), and things change for the worse... or better, in different ways. But it's still all within the fence. Mostly.

The cast of voice actors is impressive, and so is the craft of creation, but the plot itself feels... a bit basic. I love the look of it, the fast pace and the creative approach to many scenes that'd be different if the medium was different, but I don't get the same vibe as I do from the few other claymation counterparts I've stumbled upon. It's great, witty, fun and dramatic, but there's a little something missing. Just a little something that keeps it below the greats.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle


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