Chicken Run is a stop-motion animated comedy film from Pathé, Aardman Animations, and DreamWorks Animation that was released in 2000. It was directed by Peter Lord and Nick Park from a screenplay by Karey Kirkpatrick and a narrative by Lord and Park, and it was the studio’s first feature-length picture.
Julia Sawalha, Mel Gibson, Tony Haygarth, Miranda Richardson, Phil Daniels, Lynn Ferguson, Timothy Spall, Imelda Staunton, and Benjamin Whitrow all lend their voices to the picture. When their owners plan to turn them into chicken meat pies, a flock of fowl sees a rooster named Rocky as their only hope of escaping the farm.
Chicken Run was a critical and economic blockbuster, grossing over $224 million and becoming the highest-grossing stop-motion animated picture ever. A sequel to this film is in progress. Aardman co-founder Peter Lord and Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park came up with the idea for Chicken Run in 1995. The concept began as a parody of 1963 classic The Great Escape, according to Park.
On November 21, 2000, Chicken Run was released on VHS and DVD. DreamWorks Animation bought the film’s North American distribution rights from Paramount Pictures in July 2014, then transferred them to 20th Century Fox before returning to Universal Studios in 2018.
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