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||The voices of:
Zach Braff, Joan Cusack, Don Knotts, Garry
Marshall, Steve Zahn
||They're the only
ones this movie is geared for.
||Only if she's your
kid's mom or stepmom.
||Various animals do
get obliterated by the aliens, but don't worry, all will be
well in the end.
||Some chasing and
||Only the fact that
the filmmaker folks can't decide if Runt is supposed to be
gay or not.
||The animation is
So Disney is now trying to enter the 3D animation
universe since it appears its relationship with Pixar will
be coming to an end. And what do they give us to anticipate
if they can dominate? They give us "Chicken Little."
Animation-wise, Disney is on par with the Pixar folks, but
story-wise, well, letís start with the story.
A Movie Review
Most of us know the story of Chicken Little. Heís a
chicken who scares the crap out of people by saying the sky
is falling, only it isnít. But thatís not enough for a major
motion picture, is it? So the Disney folks expand the story
to this. Chicken Little starts the movie, ringing a bell at
the school and causing a ruckus, announcing the end of the
world, because, well, the sky is falling. As everyone calms
down, Chicken explains he was under the oak tree when this
blue thing shaped like a stop sign hit him on the head. No
one believes him, least of all his dad, and Chicken is now
the laughing-stock of the town. Fast forward a year later,
and Chicken still canít get his dadís respect, thinking he
needs to do something big to impress his dad and get the
town to forget the whole sky is falling thing, much to his
friendís dismay, Abby Mallard, known better as the Ugly
Duckling. She thinks Chicken should just have a sit-down
with dad so they can get some closure.
With things still not going well, Chicken joins the
baseball team. Dad was a hero on the baseball team, so, of
course, Chicken thinks he can be a hero, too, and get Dad to
like him. Sure enough, Chicken becomes a baseball hero, dad
loves him again, and all is well until, go figure, Chicken
gets hit on the head, again, by a blue thing that looks like
a stop sign. Enter the alien invasion. It seems Chicken has
stumbled upon a piece of a spaceship, his friends help him,
track down the mothership, they think an invasion is coming,
Chicken rings the bell again, the townsfolk run with Chicken
to the ball field to see the ship, but, of course, the ship
is gone, and Chicken still looks like a dork.
Ah, but the story canít end there. So, alas, the aliens
come back to retrieve something left behind, and of course
Chickenís dad realizes his son isnít a liar, they make up,
and they save the day. Blah, blah, blahÖ
Look, I know I gave you a lot of the story, but it really
doesnít matter because the Disney folks just donít have the
story magic in this one to make a great 3-D animated flick,
and I think they are missing one other thing the Pixar folks
do brilliantly Ė Pixarís animated characters are easily
identified, actually look like what we expect them to look
like, and are generally likable. For "Chicken Little" we get
a chick that doesnít look like a chicken, hell, even dad the
adult chicken doesnít look like a chicken. Runt, whom Iím
assuming is supposed to be a pig, doesnít really look like
one, and the cutest character in the movie simply called
Fish, and itís a goldfish that has a helmet on (it holds the
water to the fish can breathe).
In the end, the little boy sitting next to me in the
theater, Iím guessing about three or four, totally expressed
my sentiment about the movie as he kept telling his mom, "I
donít like this movie," and asking "Can we go home soon?"
Little Skippy, I felt the same way. Maybe your kid will like
this movie, but little Skippy didnít, and neither did I. For
me, itís 1 Ĺ star out of 5. The animation looked fine, but
the thing the Pixar folks, and for that matter the
Dreamworks folks are also doing better, is developing
stories both enjoyable for the kids, and the adults can
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!!