Unjustly overlooked by fans of fun animation, Chicken Little remains a firm favourite of mine and provides a great mix of cute, wacky and outright crazy.
The basic story is all about our titular character (voiced by Zach
Braff), an innocent chicken who finds himself the butt of many jokes
when he mistakenly tries to warn people that the sky is falling after
something hits him on the head. The crowd that gathers around him
assumes that it was just an acorn. It wasn't, but just how will Chicken
Little manage to convince everyone that he is the only one who knows
the worrying truth. Perhaps his friends - Runt Of The Litter (Steve
Zahn), Abby Mallard (Joan Cusack) and Fish Out Of Water (Dan Molina) -
can be of some use. Perhaps.
Rattling along at a great pace, Chicken Little marries lovely visuals
to a multitude of great gags, big and small, and also throws in the
usual Disney life lesson. Thankfully, the life lesson part isn't
overdone and plays perfectly for the intended audience while the laughs
keep coming thick and fast.
The voice cast also includes people like Patrick Warburton, Harry
Shearer, Wallace Shawn, Fred Willard, Patrick Stewart, Don Knotts, Amy
Sedaris and even Adam West. Which means that it's brilliant.
Lots of people had a hand in forming the screenplay and adding
dialogue, including director Mark Dindal, but this doesn't leave the
movie feeling overcrowded. On the contrary, Dindal in his directorial
role makes sure that everything feels perfectly paced and balanced.
A film that doesn't deserve to be so easily forgotten and/or dismissed
- give Chicken Little a viewing and find out how enjoyable it is for