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I first saw these guys in one of their shorts, Creature Comforts, where zoo animals are interviewed.  It was hilarious.  I didn't see Wallace and Grommit until after I saw Chicken Run.

All of these are very much the same style.  Chicken Run is definately slicker than W&G.  More on par with Creature Comforts.

I haven't watched any old WW II movies, lately, so I'm sure I missed a lot of little references.  The makers of this movie unabashedly payed homage to many of those movies.  I did catch the a coupla references to The Great Escape.  And of course the Indian Jones bit.

The story itself is rather simple.  Early in the movie the chickens find that they all have to escape.  A rooster appears that they think can teach them to fly.   Lots of sight gags based on that idea.

The magnitude of the animation necessary for the movie is just incredible.  There are often a lot of chickens on-screen at one time.  And somehow they manage to give each one a little personality.  Very impressive.  And probably one of the signature features of their style.  There's almost always something interesting going on in the background.

The main characters are also interesting and distinctive, along with many of the secondary characters.  There are a pair of weasels who sneak stuff in for them.   There's a genius inventor who's always thinking up Rube Goldberg devices for escape attempts.

Those Rube Goldberg devices are also signature items in these guys' films.   Several of them are a lot of fun.

And that's sums up this entire movie.  It's just a lot of fun.

Interestingly, I didn't recognize Mel Gibson's voice, even after Mo guessed that was who it was.  To me, he sounded more like Tim Allen.

On my brother's Total Movie Value Scale, Full Price.  Lots of fun and very clever.  These guys have an incredible imagination.

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