Chicken Run – The Great Escape with chickens.
Sounds like a promising premise. Well, wait till you see it. Because this beautifully crafted gem of a film is currently one of the best films released this year, and is certainly one of the all-time greats in the animation field.
The technical wizardry with the plasticine models is second to none, with its accuracy and facial expressions wholly believable and realistic. The voices, which include Mel Gibson and Jane Horrocks, are perfectly ‘cast’.
Top this up with a fabulous musical score by Harry Gregson-Williams (who previously worked on The Rock, Armageddon, and the animated The Prince of Egypt) and John Powell, and you have the ingredients of a perfect family (and adult) film.
But what distinguishes Chicken Run from other animated (even Disney) films is the witty and intelligent humour, created with facial expressions and situations rather than the normal slapstick humour.
Verdict: spit-roastingly wonderful!