Chicken Run (2000)

Genres - Adventure, Children's/Family  |   Sub-Genres - Adventure Comedy, Escape Film, Family-Oriented Adventure  |   Release Date - Jun 21, 2000 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 84 min.  |   Countries - United Kingdom , Netherlands , United States   |   MPAA Rating - G
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This film marked the smashing feature-debut of Aardman Animations, the Oscar-winning model-animation studio from Britain that specializes in "Claymation." Co-directors Nick Park and Peter Lord have eliminated the jerky motion traditionally associated with the process through the use of high-tech models and computer-aided filming methods; the painstaking methodology results in a triumph of a family film, seamlessly blending a sly script, intelligent pacing, memorable visuals, and joyful vocal performances by stars Mel Gibson, Miranda Richardson, and Julia Sawalha. The barometer of a successful "kids picture" is whether there are enough laughs to keep adults entertained, and Chicken Run is Grade A on all counts. A box-office success, the film was also a triumph for the animation division of Dreamworks Pictures, the U.S. studio financing the project, which quickly re-upped with Aardman for another feature project.