Chicken LittleNovember. 04,2005 G
When the sky really is falling and sanity has flown the coop, who will rise to save the day? Together with his hysterical band of misfit friends, Chicken Little must hatch a plan to save the planet from alien invasion and prove that the world's biggest hero is a little chicken.
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In 2005, Disney really hit rock bottom when they felt the need to pander to its audience the way a Dreamworks movie of back then would, by releasing Chicken Little. Originally intended as a tale starring an overreacting grim female chicken going to summer camp where she would uncover a nefarious plot planned by her camp counselor against her hometown, Michael Eisner suggested it to the film's writer and director, Mark Dindal, to change Chicken Little into a male because as Dindal recalled, "if you're a boy and you're short, you get picked on." The result is a poorly made, unfunny, pandering mess that feels more like it came from some second rate CG studio trying to copy the Dreamworks formula.The story at first seems to be about the titular character Chicken Little as an underdog trying to overcome the incident of scaring the town over an acorn that he felt came from the sky, but then he joins the baseball team, and then the sky turns into aliens, and meanwhile the main character is trying to win a relationship with his father, and.....yeah, the movie doesn't know what to focus on. The father-son relation is passable as a subplot, but if you can't decide between baseball and aliens, then you really should have rewritten this and tried again. If that's not enough, for a movie that throws a lot of jokes out, barely any of them hit the mark, with mediocre visual gags, animal jokes that don't make sense (a fish drives in a water bowl car, how does he get out though?), horrible pop culture references, and really bad one-liners. When the funniest character in the movie is a fish literally named fish out of water, there's a problem.You'd think this movie would at least look good visually, but considering Disney made this without the help of Pixar, the animation sticks out like a sore thumb. The characters look ugly, the movements are wonky, the colors don't mix well, and while the effects animation is well done, it doesn't impress me as much as it should. I will admit though, the designs of the aliens do look pretty unique, and I don't think I'll ever see any designs like that ever again. But the worst aspect of the film is how mean spirited it is. In shows like The Simpsons and South Park, while the characters are a bunch of moronic jerks, they're played out so hysterically that there's no way you can take them seriously, and they always know when to relent on their actions and let the main characters shine. In this film though, not only do the townsfolk berate Chicken Little so much that it becomes sickening, but they only congratulate him when he succumbs to stuff that they desire, like winning a ball game. Even after he saves the town, it feels like nobody learned anything, and even the father....wow. I mean, there's being neglectful, and then there's trying to distance yourself as far away from your son as possible. The father may have seen the error of his ways, but I still fail to see any sort of dignity in him given how little he seems to acknowledge of his son, even when the son needs him most. Thus, even when he apologizes and makes up with Little, I felt no sympathy and only wanted to fry him up for dinner.Overall, it's a good thing Pixar and Disney have been working together creatively and visually over the years, because this was a sour way for Disney to enter into computer animation. Not only is this movie unfunny, pandering, stupid and unfocused, but it's just ugly in visuals and in tone, and I've never felt so disgusted watching a Disney movie in my life, which shows how the movie being a bad adaptation of its source material is the LEAST of its problems. It's a good thing Disney has given us better talking animal films like Robin Hood, The Lion King and Zootopia, because this was a bad egg that should have been smashed rather than hatched.
I'll tell what this is. It's worse than Home on the Range. It's worse than Dinosaur. It's worse than The Black Cauldron. All of those films have at least something good in them. Home on the Range has nice animation and a good pink elephants scene. Dinosaur has good animation moments as well, and a story that's merely bland instead of awful. The Black Cauldron is baffling, but kind of entertaining in a cult movie kind of way. But this one is simply bad.It adapts the tale of, well, Chicken Little. A small chicken child who hollers for all the world to hear that the sky is falling and that they should all run for their lives. When in reality it was just an acorn falling from an oak tree. The moral changes from version to version, but it's usually that you shouldn't jump to conclusions and not believe everything you're told. There's usually a king they're trying to warn about the sky and an antagonistic fox who tries to eat the chickens, all that good stuff. The movie practically writes itself.But no, this time Disney decided to be... *shudders* ... hip. They have a town, full of anthropomorphic animals, where the original folk tale is covered in the first minute or so. The rest of the film is merely a cookie cutter attempt to do an underdog sports film with the moral that everything will be alright in your life as long as you try hard enough and become popular. And that will solve all your problems, no matter what they are. From an absent father to school bullies to alien invasions. There's no problem being popular won't solve.I'm not the only one seeing the problem here, right? Plus, the film is ugly. This is Disney's first fully computer animated film, and it looks like it. CGI doesn't age well. Any children's morning cartoon nowadays is far superior to this one in terms of animation quality. The textures look fake, the character designs are ugly, they don't move well and it all looks outdated.Chicken Little is not insultingly bad. If you wanted, you can show it to your kids and they won't mind. Even the "popularity above all" message is given enough depth and cross-examined enough that it won't give them any wrong ideas. But it's not Disney. It has none of the charm or spirit the studio is known for. It's a failed attempt to adapt to a new age and it's sad to behold. See it only if you want to say you've seen them all. But please, your kids deserve better.
It's been a long time since I saw it in theaters, and I used to have a DVD copy of it for a long time. I think I remember liking it when I was 7. Finally, after 6 years later since my mom sell it out for a yard sale, because I didn't care about it, I seen it once again on the computer. I didn't like the movie that much now. I don't mean that it's "the worst thing that Disney had ever made", I just thought that even though I didn't think it is as terrible as people seemed to make it out to be but that I do had to admit that it was pretty bad.For the story itself, the premise of course is just from the fable that is based on, but they're two different plots from this movie that are obviously not from the fable itself. One is this baseball underdog story that is pretty much a rip-off of Angels in the Outfield or other baseball movies out there from the 90s. And the other being about an alien invasion trying to destroyed the Earth (or so you think...Spoilers!). At the end when the aliens say that everything was an misunderstanding, and during the scene, the message from the fable about not worrying something of things happening, literally being absent. That wasn't a good thing to remove it at all, Disney.Other than that, the story is cliché and predictable, the characters are obviously stereotypes, the references to better movies and putting pop songs that weren't from Disney were pretty unnecessary, and the tone was pretty mean-spirited if you ask me. But the worst offender of the bunch for me has got to be the main character's dad named Buck. I hate Buck. I never find anything redeemable about him. He didn't have any heart or caring for his son all because of something that he was embarrassed and never cared for his son anymore, and when he does pretend that he loves him (all because that Chicken Little's team won the baseball game because of him), it makes me to hate Buck even more.However, there are still good things about this movie. First being that the animation, while not Pixar of quality, is pretty decent from changing the way to what Disney usually used to make 2D animated movies. The voice acting is great. And it was kinda entertaining and it wasn't all that boring.But all in all, I can't really recommend it. But if you do have kids, it's something for them but other than that, just skip it. It's a pretty forgettable film, and not something that I would watch at certain occasions.Score: 3.5/10.
Next autumn Chicken Little will be 10 years old.The movie laid forgotten, as a long row of animated animal movies followed like The Wild.Releasing the movie under the 2005 Harry Pottter movie could had been the wrong move.This is about Chicken Little that causes mayhem is in his city filled with anthro animals, as he says the the World is ending.As said the World nearly ends with an alien invasion.But Chicken Little and his friends saves the day.The movie ends with the animals singing Don't Go Breaking My Heart by Elton John.Despite the movie is a mess, and there are too much going on at times it's not the worst Disney movie ever.If you and your Family love some Innocent CGI animal fun try to find this movie at the second hand stores.7/10