Chicken Run (2000) - Synopsis
They are prisoners-trapped behind barbed wire, fearing for their very lives and dreaming only of the outside world. Every escape attempt is thwarted, and the ringleader tossed into solitary to do hard time. But this is no ordinary prison...and these are no ordinary jailbirds.
They're the inmates at Tweedy's Egg Farm, where any chicken who doesn't put breakfast on the table can wind up as dinner. But Ginger (Julia Sawalha) and her fellow flock are determined to break out before they meet a "fowl" fate. Time is running out as the greedy owner of the farm, Mrs. Tweedy (Miranda Richardson), finds a new way to feather her own nest-turning chickens into chicken pies. Now, with the help of Rocky (Mel Gibson), "the lone free ranger," the chickens hatch their most spectacular plan to fly the coop in our story of poultry in motion.
Mel Gibson, Julia Sawalha and Miranda Richardson head the voice cast, which also includes Jane Horrocks, Lynn Ferguson, Imelda Staunton, Benjamin Whitrow, Tony Haygarth, Timothy Spall and Phil Daniels.
Presented by DreamWorks Pictures in association with Pathe "Chicken Run" marks the first full-length feature from Aardman, the Academy Award®-winning team behind the popular Wallace & Gromit shorts, and is created with Aardman's distinctive brand of clay animation.
Peter Lord and Nick Park directed "Chicken Run" from a screenplay by Karey Kirkpatrick, based on a story by Lord and Park. The film is produced by Peter Lord, David Sproxton and Nick Park, with Jake Eberts, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Michael Rose serving as executive producers, and Carla Shelley as the line producer.
The behind-the-scenes team also includes supervising animator Lloyd Price, editor Mark Solomon, supervising director of photography Dave Alex Riddett, composers John Powell and Harry Gregson-Williams, production designer Phil Lewis and art director Tim Farrington.