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Movie Review - Chicken Little (2005)

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Chicken Little (2005) Movie Poster

Chicken Little (2005) Movie Poster

Overview

Chicken Little (2005) is a Disney 3-D computer animated comedy cartoon movie directed by Mark Dindal. The film screenplay is written by Steve Bencich, Ron J. Friedman, and Ron Anderson. Chicken Little (2005) was produced by Randy Fullmer, the executive producer of Walt Disney Feature Animation. The film was distributed by Buena Vista Pictures and was released in American theaters on November 4, 2005. During its release worldwide, the film has gained over $314 million dollars in box office revenue. Chicken Little (2005) cast stars Zach Braff (voice actor for Chicken Little), Joan Cusack (voice actress for Abigail Mallard), Steve Zahn (voice actor for Runt of the Litter), and Garry Marshall (voice actor for Buck Cluck).


Zach Braff (voice actor for Chicken Little) hugging Chicken Little mascot at the Chicken Little (2005) movie premiere

Zach Braff (voice actor for Chicken Little) hugging Chicken Little mascot at the Chicken Little (2005) movie premiere

Summary

At the beginning of the film, Chicken Little rings the town bell and alerts everyone. Chicken tells the crowd that “The sky is falling”. Buck Cluck, Chicken Little’s dad, tells them that an acorn hit him in the head and it was a false alarm. At the school gym, the popular and unpopular group have a dodgeball fight. Chicken Little and his friends Abby, Runt, and Fish - all belong in the unpopular group. Chicken Little tells Abby that he wants to make his dad proud of him after the whole town bell incident. Abby tells Chicken to ask why his dad isn’t saying positive things to him nor showing any affection. Chicken tells Abby that he wants to make his dad proud instead. During break time, a bully named Foxy throws a dodgeball at Abby and makes fun of her. Chicken confronts Abby, but fails and accidentally pulls the fire alarm when Foxy pushes him towards it. Chicken gets in trouble and is sent to the principal’s office. Returning home, Chicken sits on top of the house roof and looks up at the sky wishing to give him a chance.


Chicken Little alerting everyone with the town bell

Chicken Little alerting everyone with the town bell

Chicken Little and Abby playing dodgeball

Chicken Little and Abby playing dodgeball

Next day, Chicken signs up for the baseball team and gets trained by his friends. During the baseball game, Chicken Little is up next to bat in a tied game and the crowd begins to doubt the team will have a chance to win the pennant. Chicken Little makes sure that he won’t embarrass his dad again. He swings the bat and hits the ball out in the middle field. The opponent players suddenly scramble and panic, after they realize that Chicken actually hit the ball. Chicken runs around the base and scores, before the opponent tags him out. He wins the game and the crowd cheers for him.


Chicken Little up at bat

Chicken Little up at bat

Buck Cluck overjoyed with Chicken Little's baseball team victory

Buck Cluck overjoyed with Chicken Little's baseball team victory

Back home, Buck and Chicken celebrate their team victory. Chicken looks up to the sky and thanks it. A hexagon shaped object from the sky suddenly falls and hits him in the face. Chicken and his friends investigate the weird object. Chicken tells Abby that he wants to get rid of it. Fish finds a button on the back of the hexagon shaped object and clicks on it. The object causes Fish and the object to fly out into the sky. Chicken, Abby, and Runt run after him. At the baseball field, they encounter a huge spaceship. Inside the spaceship, they find Fish and they see a huge map showing Earth as a target. Suddenly, two aliens chase after them and one baby alien named Kirby leaves the spaceship out of curiosity. As they are being chased, Chicken and his friends head toward the town bell to alarm the citizens. Chicken rings the bell, causing the aliens to retreat back to the spaceship and fly off. Once the citizens arrive, Chicken and his friends try to convince them that they were chased by aliens. They find no trace of aliens nor the spaceship around the area. Buck gets upset again and assumes that Chicken has lost his mind.


Chicken Little reveals the hexagon shaped object to his friends

Chicken Little reveals the hexagon shaped object to his friends

Chicken Little and his friends see a huge map that shows Earth as a target

Chicken Little and his friends see a huge map that shows Earth as a target

The next day, Chicken is approached by Kirby who was left behind by the spaceship. Kirby asks Chicken for help to return him back to his parents. Out of nowhere, a huge alien invasion begins. Chicken tells Buck that he needs to return Kirby back to his parents. Buck ignores him and tells him to get inside the car. Chicken tells Buck that he never trusted him and runs off with Kirby through the chaotic street. Chicken and the baby alien make their way to a play theater. Chicken’s dad approaches Chicken again and tells him to escape town. Chicken tells Buck that he has never defended him when the town bell incident happened and that he never showed affection. Buck apologizes as they hug it out. Chicken and Buck come up with a plan to go on top of the highest roof to hand over Kirby to his parents. They make their way up to the roof.

Kirby points at the spaceship

Kirby points at the spaceship

A massive alien invasion

A massive alien invasion

Chicken and his dad are sucked inside the spaceship. They are confronted by Kirby’s dad and accuse them of kidnapping his son. Chicken and his dad deny kidnapping their child. Kirby tells his dad that they were trying to help return him back to the spaceship. Kirby’s dad calls off the invasion and apologizes. Kirby’s dad explains that they wanted to go to Earth to scavenge acorns because other planets don’t have any. At the end, Chicken becomes the town’s hero and earns Buck’s full trust. A movie is created about Chicken and how he saved planet Earth from an alien invasion.

"Chicken Little The True Story" premieres at the movie theater

"Chicken Little The True Story" premieres at the movie theater

Chicken Little portrayed as the superhero in his own movie

Chicken Little portrayed as the superhero in his own movie

Review

Chicken Little (2005) is a great film for families and Disney fans that want a sweet ending with action packed scenes. This film is an underdog story, showing how a chicken persevered through rough difficult times and still managed to save the world. It’s odd that a chicken saves the world, even though chickens get a bad wrap of being known as cowardly. The film did an amazing job capturing the audience's attention through use of puns and satire. The film also did a good job of showing the strong bond relationship between dad and son, which the audience can relate to. The minor characters in the film really did help build-up the story and Chicken Little’s friends were a backbone of support for him throughout his journey. Friendship did have a major key role in this film, Chicken Little’s friends never gave up on him even when no one believed him. The takeaway of this film is that it takes a lot of courage to speak up the real truth even when no one believes you. Chicken Little (2005) is now streaming on Netflix.


Chicken Little mascot greeting fans at Disneyland

Chicken Little mascot greeting fans at Disneyland

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