From the people who gave us the “Wallace and Gromit” shorts comes a claymation comedy set at a chicken farm where a flock of hens are determined to fly the coop before meeting a fowl fate. When a rooster, shot from a circus cannon, sails over the fence of a Stalag 17-like egg hatchery, the hens believe he can fly. Not wanting to go back to the circus, the rooster makes a deal. If they hide him, he will teach the chicks to fly. Of course, as we all know, don’t we, chickens can’t fly. But something better happen quickly, for the owner is determined to turn the egg farm into a death camp.
The dark side of me was hoping it would be awful so I could call it a turkey. That shows you how desperate we reviewers can get. But the truth is, “Chicken Run” is a crate-load of fun. (Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.) With enough going on visually to keep little ones enthralled, it also contains sly, pun-riddled humor to keep the most anti-animated adult amused. And let’s not forget the sight gags. Picture a rooster in solitary, a la Steve McQueen’s Cooler Joe in “The Great Escape.” The expressive faces (chickens with teeth – isn’t that great?), the fast-paced adventure and the witty dialogue make for a fun family movie outing. “Chicken Run” is finger-lickin’ good.