Chicken Run is a 2000 stop motion animated adventure comedy film produced by the British studio Aardman Animations in partnership with American studio DreamWorks Animation, and French studio Pathé. The studio's first feature-length film, it was directed by Peter Lord and Nick Park from a screenplay by Karey Kirkpatrick and story by Lord and Park. The film stars the voices of Julia Sawalha, Mel Gibson, Tony Haygarth, Miranda Richardson, Phil Daniels, Lynn Ferguson, Timothy Spall, Imelda Staunton, and Benjamin Whitrow. The plot centres on a band of chickens who see a rooster named Rocky as their only hope to escape the farm when their owners prepare to turn them into chicken pies.
A group of chickens live on a farm run by the Tweedys. They try to escape, but are always caught. Frustrated at the minuscule and declining profits that the farm generates, Mrs. Tweedy conceives an idea of converting the farm to automated production and having a pie machine to turn the chickens into meat pies. One day, the chickens' leader, Ginger, observes a rooster named Rocky Rhodes crash-land in the farm and hides him from the Tweedys. Interested in Rocky's apparent flying abilities, Ginger begs him to help teach her and the chickens to fly. Rocky gives them training lessons while Mr. Tweedy builds the pie machine. Later, Rocky holds a party and Ginger insists he show them to fly the next day, but Mr. Tweedy finishes making the pie machine and puts Ginger in it for a test run. Rocky saves her, giving them time to warn the others of the Tweedys' plans and only a short time to escape.
|author||John O'Farrell Karey Kirkpatrick Mark Burton|
|director||Nick Park Peter Lord|
|events||animal husbandry domestication escape|
|genre||adventure animation comedy|
|keywords||bound and gagged fly gag id machine meat pie pie machine raf royal air force train|
|musicBy||Harry Gregson-Williams John Powell|
|nomination||European Film Award for Best Film|
|producer||David Sproxton Nick Park Peter Lord|
|publisher||DreamWorks Pictures Pathé Distribution|
|theme||animated children's children's adventure children's comedy prison stop-motion animated|