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Chicken Little - Zach Braff, Joan Cusack, Katie Finneran, Mark Dindal

Threat advisory: Elevated - Significant risk of entertaining activities

Movie propaganda

Next summer the sky really is falling in Walt Disney Pictures' new computer animated film Chicken Little. This epic tale presents a new twist to the classic fable of a young chicken who causes widespread panic when he mistakes a falling acorn for a piece of the sky. In this hilarious adventure, Chicken Little (Zach Braff) is determined to restore his reputation. But just as things are starting to go his way, a real piece of the sky lands on his head! Suspense, chaos, and plenty of laughs ensue as Chicken Little and his band of misfit friends, Abby Mallard (aka Ugly Duckling - Joan Cusack), Runt of the Litter (Steve Zahn) and Fish Out of Water, attempt to save the world without sending the town into a whole new panic.

This time, when it comes to saving the world, it helps to be a little chicken.

Theatrical propaganda posters

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Animation cartoon comedy family chicken fable science fiction alien Ugly Duckling

Persons of interest

  • Zach Braff .... Chicken Little
  • Joan Cusack .... Abby Mallard (The Ugly Duckling)
  • Katie Finneran .... Goosey Lucy
  • Don Knotts .... Mayor Turkey Lurkey
  • Garry Marshall .... Buck Cluck
  • Amy Sedaris .... Foxy Loxy
  • Steve Zahn .... Runt
  • Jeremy Shada .... Alien Boy
  • Adam West .... Hollywood "Ace" Little
  • Dara McGarry .... Hollywood Abby
  • Robert L Baird .... Additional Storywriter
  • Dan Gerson .... Additional Storywriter
  • Steve Bencich .... Screenwriter
  • Ron J Friedman .... Screenwriter
  • Mark Dindal .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

When I left the cinema after watching Chicken Little I had a strange urge to have lunch at KFC.

Meanwhile, Disney have finally developed the technology to go head-to-head with Pixar and DreamWorks and Chicken Little is their first feature-length presentation. Technically, the movie is as good as anything else on the market; my only dislike is that the whole film was washed-out, as if someone had pushed the de-contrast button. It makes the most exciting scene seem a little bland, like porridge without honey.

Mmmm... honey...

I also liked Zach Braff's performance as the voice of the poultry protagonist, not least because Chicken Little doesn't sound like him. One of the things that annoy me about many animated movies is that the actors are so obviously sitting in a sound booth, reading lines and thinking about the money. Bill Murray's Garfield is a prime example.

Still, it's good to see some of the old fairy stories and fables making it up onto the big screen, even if it is through the eyes of the Disney Corporation (eg in Hans Christian Anderson's original Cinderella, the ugly sisters - in a wonderful precursor to the wonders of modern cosmetic surgery - hacked off parts of their feet to try and fit the glass slipper). You'll have no qualms taking the nippers to see Chicken Little, even though it does get a bit sappy in the morals department. Remember to get some popcorn.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Languages: Danish, English, Hindi, Norwegian
  • Picture: Widescreen 1.78:1
  • Special features:
    • Deleted scenes: Including alternate openings
    • Featurettes:
      • Backstage Disney
      • Game: Where's Fish? - Trivia
      • Hatching Chicken Little: The making of the movie
      • Karaoke and Sing along
    • Music videos: Barenaked Ladies; The Cheetah Girls
  • Subtitles: Danish, English, English captions, English closed captions, Hindi, Norwegian

Security censorship classification

PG (Mild themes, some scary scenes)

Surveillance time

81 minutes (1:21 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 1 January 2006
DVD retail: 10 May 2006

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