The star roles in the film are those of Ginger (voiced by Julia Sawalha), a hen who has absolute faith that the chickens can fly out of the coop if only they train hard enough, and Rocky Rhodes (voiced by Mel Gibson), a rooster whom Ginger believes can fly, but actually got shot out of a cannon, which was how he "flew" to the farm. Mrs. Tweedy (voiced by Miranda Richardson) is the nefarious, grasping farm wife whose exasperation at low profits from egg sales leads her to reinvent her farm as a chicken pie factory, while her husband does all he can to prevent the chickens from (as he rightly believes they are) escaping.
The film proved a success with both children and adults, and showed that Peter Lord and Nick Park had the ability to handle the technical and writing challenges posed by a feature film, and thereby serving as a test bed for the 2005 movie outing for Wallace and Gromit, The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.
Chicken Run featured only 5 themes. The only important music in the film was its score by John Powell & Harry Gregson-Williams, who would next work on Shrek. Its soundtrack article can be found on The Chicken Run Soundtrack. Strong themes present in John Powell & Harry Gregson-Williams's score, cleverly injected just the right amount of whimsy and wit, according to several critics. The soundtrack clearly payed homage to the classic WWII movie themes; kazoos and whistling are added for comical and authentic effect. Generally, the soundtrack for this particular film has been regarded as a bombastically energetic approach to light-hearted film composing. Nevertheless, it is of the opinion of many people within the film industry that the brassy, punchy and varied score of Chicken Run was a success in the feature-length film.
A stray visitor arrives; an American rooster named Rocky Rhodes from a circus act involving a "chicken cannonball". By the manner of his arrival, flying though the air and crash landing within the confines of the farm, the chickens believe he can fly and holds the key to their escape. Temporarily injured, Rocky plays along with this misunderstanding, believing he will be rescued in good time by the circus before having to deliver on their expectations.
Slap-stick adventures follow as the chickens attempt to learn to fly under Rocky’s confident, but clueless, guidance, all the time unaware of their impending doom at the pie machine's arrival. But it becomes increasingly apparent that, despite all his bravado and talk, Rocky has no idea how to fly.
On completion of the construction of the pie machine, Mr. Tweedy selects Ginger as its first victim as he believes her to be the ring-leader and his chief tormentor, but Rocky rescues her from the jaws of the machine by sabotaging it, silencing the critics amongst the chickens who had begun to doubt him. However, Rocky disappears the following day, unable to keep up his deception any longer now that his wing has healed, and Ginger discovers the remnants of a circus poster he had left for her to find that reveals the truth of how he really achieved flight.
This discovery plunges the chickens into despair, but Ginger is enthused by the discovery that the elderly rooster Fowler used to belong to the Royal Air Force and knows about aeroplanes. They resolve to build a aeroplane and fly out of the farm. The film now becomes a race to see who will finish first, as Mr. Tweedy fixes the pie machine while the chickens scavenge for material and construct their plane.
Upon completing the aeroplane the chickens bravely rebel against Mr. Tweedy, tying him up. Despite Fowler never having actually being a pilot, he takes the controls. The Tweedys make one last attempt at grounding the aeroplane as Mr. Tweedy escapes and Mrs. Tweedy attacks Ginger, but they are thwarted by the eventual arrival of Rocky, returning to assist Ginger. The aeroplane takes flight to safety with all aboard, powered by frantically pedalling chickens. Mr. Tweedy reminds his defeated wife, "I told you, they was organized!"
The chickens reach a lush green island in the middle of a crystal-clear lake, settling down there as their new home. Ginger and Rocky become a couple, and all the chickens nurse a whole flock of chicks as they live in paradise.
|Directed by|| Nick Park|
|Produced by|| Peter Lord|
|Original story by|| Peter Lord|
|Screenplay by||Karey Kirkpatrick|
|Executive producer|| Jake Eberts|
|Associate producer|| Lenny Young|
|Music by|| Harry Gregson-Williams|
|Line producer||Carla Shelley|
|Director of photography||Dave Alex Riddett|
|Production designer||Phil Lewis|
|Film editor||Mark Solomon|
|Human model||Sam White|
|Supervising animator||Lloyd Price|
|Storyboard supervisor||David Bowers|
|Production manager||Harry Linden|
Chicken Run is a stealth-based (nicknamed "Chicken Gear Solid") 3-D platformer based on the movie. The game is a loose parody of the famous The Great Escape movie, which is based in WWII.