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|Starring = Zach Braff<br>Joan Cusack<br>Dan Molina<br>Steve Zahn<br>Garry Marshall<br>Amy Sedaris<br>Mark Walton<br>Don Knotts
 
|Starring = Zach Braff<br>Joan Cusack<br>Dan Molina<br>Steve Zahn<br>Garry Marshall<br>Amy Sedaris<br>Mark Walton<br>Don Knotts
|Sequel = ''Chicken Little 2: The Ugly Duckling Story (cancelled)''
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|Photography = Color|Budget=$150 million|Box Office=$314.4 million|Based On=Chicken Little<br>(Also known as Henny Penny or Chicken Licken)|Language=English|Produced By=Randy Fullmer}}
 
|Photography = Color|Budget=$150 million|Box Office=$314.4 million|Based On=Chicken Little<br>(Also known as Henny Penny or Chicken Licken)|Language=English|Produced By=Randy Fullmer}}
 
{{Quote|I think, Oh that version… Then I’m reconnected with what I’m thinking at the time. And you’re thinking how that version would have turned out. If we had stuck with that instead of this. If we had pushed Eisner and said, It has to be a girl,’ it could have been killed. With this, I wish I could see an alternate reality, what that would have been like. That’s mostly it.|Mark Dindal<ref>https://collider.com/disney-chicken-little-history-explained/</ref>}}
 
{{Quote|I think, Oh that version… Then I’m reconnected with what I’m thinking at the time. And you’re thinking how that version would have turned out. If we had stuck with that instead of this. If we had pushed Eisner and said, It has to be a girl,’ it could have been killed. With this, I wish I could see an alternate reality, what that would have been like. That’s mostly it.|Mark Dindal<ref>https://collider.com/disney-chicken-little-history-explained/</ref>}}
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*This is Disney's first fully CGI-animated film without Pixar because it’s made by Walt Disney Animation Studios.
 
*This is Disney's first fully CGI-animated film without Pixar because it’s made by Walt Disney Animation Studios.
 
*The German title of the movie is ''Himmel und Huhn'', which means "Sky and Chicken".
 
*The German title of the movie is ''Himmel und Huhn'', which means "Sky and Chicken".
*The movie was originally going to get a sequel which was going to be called ''Chicken Little 2: The Ugly Duckling Story'' and was going to be released in 2010, but it was cancelled when John Lasseter became CEO of Walt Disney Animation Studios.
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*The movie was originally going to get a sequel which was going to be called ''Chicken Little 2: The Ugly Duckling Story'' and was going to be released in 2010, but it was canceled when John Lasseter became CEO of Walt Disney Animation Studios.
 
*Chicken Little appeared as a summon character in the highly-successful ''[[w:c:awesome-games:Kingdom Hearts 2|Kingdom Hearts II]]'' which came out about a month later in Japan and in North America four months later after the film's release.
 
*Chicken Little appeared as a summon character in the highly-successful ''[[w:c:awesome-games:Kingdom Hearts 2|Kingdom Hearts II]]'' which came out about a month later in Japan and in North America four months later after the film's release.
 
*David Spade, Michael J. Fox, and Matthew Broderick were considered for the role of Chicken Little.
 
*David Spade, Michael J. Fox, and Matthew Broderick were considered for the role of Chicken Little.

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Chicken Little
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"A big acorn level fluh..." - Chicken Little
Genre: Animation
Comedy
Science fiction
Directed By: Mark Dindal
Produced By: Randy Fullmer
Written By: Mark Dindal
Mark Kennedy
Based On: Chicken Little
(Also known as Henny Penny or Chicken Licken)
Starring: Zach Braff
Joan Cusack
Dan Molina
Steve Zahn
Garry Marshall
Amy Sedaris
Mark Walton
Don Knotts
Photography: Color
Distributed By: Walt Disney Pictures
Release Date: October 30, 2005 (El Capitan Theatre)
November 4, 2005 (United States)
Runtime: 81 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: $150 million
Box Office: $314.4 million
Sequel: Chicken Little 2: The Ugly Duckling Story (canceled)


"I think, Oh that version… Then I’m reconnected with what I’m thinking at the time. And you’re thinking how that version would have turned out. If we had stuck with that instead of this. If we had pushed Eisner and said, It has to be a girl,’ it could have been killed. With this, I wish I could see an alternate reality, what that would have been like. That’s mostly it."

Mark Dindal[1]

Chicken Little is a 2005 American 3D computer-animated science fiction comedy film, produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and loosely based on the original fable of the same name.

Plot

Young Chicken Little (Zach Braff) throws his small town into panic by claiming the sky is falling. Unable to find the piece of "sky" that hit him, he earns the town's scorn. A year later, outcast Little tries to redeem himself by joining the baseball team, helping to win a crucial game. Later that night he is hit on the head again and discovers that the "falling sky" is actually from a UFO. Now, Little must convince the skeptical town that an alien invasion is about to happen.

Bad Qualities

  1. The main problem with this movie is that it’s very mean-spirited; the townsfolk make fun of Chicken Little just for making one mistake even going so far as to make a movie about it. The movie itself focuses too much on Chicken Little getting made fun of and doesn't really want to take a break from it.
  2. Executive Meddling: The original storyline was gonna be about Chicken Little who was originally a girl suffering from paranoia who, as a result, caused several panic outbreaks in her hometown. In an attempt to reduce her anxiety, she went to a summer camp known as Camp Yes-You-Can where she met her friends who were the same as in the final product. Chicken Little and her friends then discovered that the sheep who ran the camp were wolves in disguise who were plotting to eat all of the students, Chicken must face her fears to become a hero, but also prove her dad she can make him proud. However, the storyline was rewritten to Chicken Little being a male to save his hometown from aliens and to cash in on the "Fractured Fairy Tale" trend popularized by Shrek, but failed poorly. The original storyline sounded interesting and it would’ve worked instead of trying to cash-in said movie.
  3. A lot of the characters are unlikable and some don't contribute much value to the movie:
    • Chicken Little's father, Buck Cluck, is unlikable since he doesn't support or protect his son and even acts like he's not his father. And even though he realizes that he had been a jerk and a bad father, in the end, it still doesn't make up for how cruel he had been to his son before. In fact, he was shown to be tolerable in the deleted scenes and the scrapped early storyline as he’s shown to be more of a realistic father who genuinely cared about his daughter/son and wants her/him to be a normal kid instead of a cruel, lousy, and neglectful father who pushes him away.
    • Not only that Buck is unlikable, but Foxy Loxy, Goosey Loosey, and Mayor Turkey Lurkey are also unlikeable characters.
    • Fish Out Of Water is a pointless comic relief character who exists purely to make blatantly unnecessary pop culture references, and even if he does something, any other supporting character of the film could easily hold that position and nothing would change.
    • Despite being advertised and appearing on the movie cover and is one of the most likable characters, Morkubine Porcupine is a useless character who only says a few little words and nothing more than just a marketing gimmick.
  4. Some of the characters are too similar to other characters from other media. For example, Chicken Little is way too similar to Dib Membrane from Invader Zim, both are hated and laughed at by the entire town, outcasts, try to warn everyone that they’re in danger but fail, have involvement in aliens, and embarrassed fathers.
    • Buck Cluck is also a little similar to Professor Membrane, both are fathers who don’t support their children (Dib/Chicken Little) enough, embarrassed by some situations, good fighters, and even don’t believe in them.
  5. While not bad in particular, the animation looks mediocre at best, especially by Disney standards, even if it was Disney's first fully CGI film without Pixar's involvement.
    • Since this is Disney's very first CGI-animated movie without Pixar's involvement, the movie suffers some continuity errors, including:
      • During the first alien scene, the aliens creating a crop circle in the corn field. However, the corn field is unchanged in all other scenes.
      • When Chicken Little is holding Kirby after they and his father were zapped by the large spaceship above them, they reappear inside the spaceship, you can see Buck is holding Kirby not Chicken Little.
      • Foxy dumps out a bag of acorns to make Chicken Little trip. When he falls, the acorns are all around him. However, when he gets back up, the acorns are now gone.
      • When Chicken Little sings one of the lyrics in his cover of "We Are The Champions" onto a large spoon (pretending it was a microphone), the spoon's reflection is upright instead of being upside down like in real life.
    • The character designs are also pretty poor, such as Runt's mother, who has the same model as him with a few minor differences.
  6. Extremely poor grasp of the source material: The original Disney short cartoon was a rendition of the classic fable of the same name which told about the story of a little chick who thought the sky was falling for no reason and ends up eaten by a fox who invites him and the other fowl into his lair to seek shelter (which is pretty dark). This film, however, is about Chicken Little mistaking an acorn for the sky and later finding out that the sky really is falling because of aliens. If anything, the film's story actually has more in common with The Boy Who Cried Wolf, with Chicken Little's warnings about the aliens initially being disbelieved because of the false alarm he previously caused, heck, one deleted scene pointed that out!
  7. Before the movie started in theaters, there is a cringeworthy "Turn off your Phone" PSA with Chicken Little dancing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIVnvLuZkS8
  8. Poorly executed story, as it uses science fiction elements that are out of place in the original story, as mentioned above.
  9. The movie has some noticeable plot holes, such as the aliens not noticing Kirby running around during their invasion of Oakley Oaks or when Chicken Little gets his big hit in the baseball game, by the time he heads for home, the game is tied. If he is called out, it wouldn't be the big tragedy it's played out to be, they would still have a chance to win in later innings.
  10. Questionable voice casting, especially with Zach Braff, who somehow makes Chicken Little sound older than John Dorian, the character who Braff was playing on Scrubs at the same time this movie was released.
  11. The humor is below average, with many bad fat jokes about Runt of the Litter, along with a few gross-out and mean-spirited humor.
  12. Too many pop-culture references, which are really blatant for a fractured fairy tale, such as a cameo of Indiana Jones in the theater during the opening (it's ridiculous that despite showing a movie that has humans, the entire world is filled with animals), Runt yelling "Is Darth Vader Luke’s Father?!" when they meet Kirby, and when Abby says "It's like War of the Worlds out there!" in the climax.
  13. The overall quality of the music in the movie is very low because instead of having original songs created by Disney (like many films that they made), they just use pop culture-oriented songs (like #2, using pop-culture material for a fractured fairy tale film to cash in on Shrek), the most infamous being R.E.M.'s "It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)", which was used in the alien invasion scene.
  14. The event that kicks off the film's storyline doesn't make much sense. Yes, Chicken Little's claims sound very far-fetched, but he still gives a very specific description of the "sky piece" that he saw, which sounds absolutely nothing like an acorn. Yet everyone instantly believes it was an acorn when one happens to fall near him while he's describing it.
    • Speaking of the "sky piece", Chicken Little says that the piece of the sky was shaped like a stop sign. Later, the panel appears in a hexagonal shape, and he still says it's shaped like a stop sign, which are commonly found in octagonal shapes.
  15. The trailers aren't even that good as one teaser parodies The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and they also spoil scenes for the movie, like when they spoiled the scene with Chicken Little kissing Abby.
  16. At times the film doesn’t even feel like a Disney animated film, but rather a mockbuster of a DreamWorks animated film.
  17. The baseball tournament scene was honestly 15 minutes of pure filler that doesn’t contribute to the plot.
  18. The movie doesn't provide it's standard politically correct message. Of course, the best player on the baseball team is a girl (Foxy Loxy). Of course, a girl (Goosey Loosey) beats up and humiliates the boy (Chicken Little). And of course, the character with the most redeeming social value is physically unattractive (Abby Mallard).

Good Qualities

  1. Pretty good voice acting, such as Zach Braff as the titular character, even with the questionable casting choices.
  2. Despite the bland pop-culture references, there are a couple of funny moments here and there, such as Chicken Little accidentally drinking Fish's water during training, the baby bunnies in the opening scene, the introduction of Runt of the Litter, Chicken Little screaming at the end of his "We Are The Champions", and Runt raging over a soda machine. It also has a hilarious intro which pokes fun at cliché animated film openings.
    • The "What are you talking about?" exchange is quite funny.
  3. Despite the lackluster soundtrack, it has a couple of highlights and decent songs, which are the cover for "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" sung by the entire cast over the end credits, "One Little Slip" which plays near the beginning in the scene in which the kids harass Chicken Little when he tries to catch up with the bus, "All I Know" by Five For Fighting is a pretty sad and emotional song, "Stir It Up" by Joss Stone and Patti LaBelle that's played during Chicken Little's training montage for the baseball game, "Shake Your Tail Feather" by The Cheetah Girls that's played during the credits sounds very catchy, and John Debney's score, which is heartwarming to hear.
  4. Although cringeworthy, Chicken Little’s dance in the PSA was kinda funny and pretty cute.
  5. There are some good messages about believing in yourself and trying your best.
  6. Chicken Little, Abby, Runt, and Fish (depending on your view) are at least tolerable and likable characters. The chemistry between Chicken Little and Abby is cute and heartwarming, too.
  7. Even though he's unlikable, Turkey Lurkey is pretty funny.
  8. Buck Cluck, even though unlikable, has a few decent moments, such as apologizing for not believing his son at the climax of the film and he is also a good fighter and baseball player.
  9. The animation (while mediocre for Disney standards) is still nice to look at and it aged okay.
  10. It has a handful of heartwarming and emotional scenes, such as Chicken Little and Buck Cluck driving home, Chicken Little getting belittled a once again as the aliens leave, Kirby missing his parents, Abby, Ruby, and Fish trying to cheer up Chicken Little, and Buck's apology.
  11. The film does have a decent start during the 'One Little Slip' sequence, where Chicken Little uses his ingenuity to get out of certain jams.
  12. The movie within the movie at the end is pretty good with Adam West voicing Ace. It would later have a video game spin-off with Adam West returning.
  13. Morkubine Porcupine, despite being completely useless, is one of the best characters in the film, because his lines are kinda funny and he is not even a jerk to Chicken Little.
  14. The scrapped early storyline/concept and deleted scenes of the movie are much better than the final product, as they were less mean-spirited, heartwarming, sad, interesting, and also kinda dark (such as the original opening and the wolves plotting to eat the students in the camp in the scrapped storyline).

Reception

Chicken Little received mixed-to-negative reviews from critics and audiences who praised the 3D animation, visuals, soundtrack, and voice acting but criticized the story, inconsistent tone, humor, and the characters and is considered (maybe) by many to be one of the worst or weakest animated movies ever created by Disney. In particular, it was also criticized for its mean-spirited nature and the way Chicken Little's father Buck "Ace" Cluck treated him.

Rotten TomatoesRWW gave it a 37% score with a critic consensus that states: "Disney expends more effort in the technical presentation than in crafting an original storyline.". IMDbRWW gave it a 5.7/10 and Metacritic scored it a 48/100 indicating "mixed or average reviews."

Box office

Chicken Little opened at #1 with $40,049,778, The total domestic gross was $135,386,665,in foreign countries, it made $179,046,172, Overall, the film grossed $314,432,837 worldwide against its $150m budget.

Because of the negative reception the movie received, the director, Mark Dindal, wasn’t proud of the final result of the film, see the tagline above ("The end is near").

Trivia

  • This is Disney's first fully CGI-animated film without Pixar because it’s made by Walt Disney Animation Studios.
  • The German title of the movie is Himmel und Huhn, which means "Sky and Chicken".
  • The movie was originally going to get a sequel which was going to be called Chicken Little 2: The Ugly Duckling Story and was going to be released in 2010, but it was canceled when John Lasseter became CEO of Walt Disney Animation Studios.
  • Chicken Little appeared as a summon character in the highly-successful Kingdom Hearts II which came out about a month later in Japan and in North America four months later after the film's release.
  • David Spade, Michael J. Fox, and Matthew Broderick were considered for the role of Chicken Little.
  • Holly Hunter, Jamie Lee Curtis, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jodie Foster, Geena Davis, and Madonna were considered for Abby Mallard.
  • As of 2021, the movie started spawning memes, mostly featuring Runt and Buck Cluck.
  • There are 250,000 feathers on Chicken Little.
  • During the opening sequence, when the water tower ball crushes three cars, their horns sound off the M-O-U-S-E portion of The Mickey Mouse Club (1955) theme.
  • It was the last Disney animated theatrical movie to be released on VHS.
  • The movie has not one but two tie-in games, with the first one that follows the events from the movie (Microsoft Windows, Game Boy Advance, GameCube, PlayStation 2, and Xbox) and the second one that's based on the movie within the movie (PlayStation 2, Nintendo DS, Wii, and Microsoft Windows).

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Comments


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EnnardTrap1987

11 months ago
Score 10
Its a shame, that i’ve been growing up with bad movies, the whole time.. :|
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Stephenfisher2001

11 months ago
Score 12
I know, but it has Indiana Jones in Chicken Little.
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Space0720

10 months ago
Score 2
Yeah, same here.
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UndertaleGamer1000

7 months ago
Score 0
Me three.
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I have no idea

6 months ago
Score 1
Me four.
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Funny

6 months ago
Score 1

Me 5, I grew up with too many bad movies, like uhhh

Hey Arnold: The Movie, The Cat in the Hat (2003), Garfield: The Movie, How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), and I still have yet to see if Flushed Away is bad.
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UndertaleGamer1000

4 months ago
Score 0
Speaking of growing up with bad movies, I also grew up with Ice Age: Collision Course, since its release on DVD, but only because of space stuff that I'm interested in.
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Mr. Dready

11 months ago
Score 8
I actually like this movie.
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HellLord

11 months ago
Score 1
Same
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Url8

7 months ago
Score 2
Me three.
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XXSeph MySpaceXx

6 months ago
Score 4
same here, it's a big guilty pleasure of mine
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Funny

6 months ago
Score 1
Me 5
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Keylonrocks7356

10 months ago
Score 2
Even after I realized this movie isn't that good, I kinda enjoyed it.
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PhantomVulture

10 months ago
Score 3
Fun Fact: Ironically, the original fable was a source for Disney to cash in on the success of the Shrek franchise; their 2005 film Chicken Little fusing the story with another public domain tale, War of the Worlds.
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Space0720

10 months ago
Score 3
Oh great now you're here?
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Caulipower

10 months ago
Score 1
I remembered this movie, it looks like it didn't age well if you look at it today.
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JDM4678

8 months ago
Score 1
Just my opinion, but I like it
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Hiatt Grey

8 months ago
Score 2
This movie is one of my hugest guilty pleasures.
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XXSeph MySpaceXx

6 months ago
Score 2
same
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Burger

8 months ago
Score 2

"A big acorn level fluh...."






-Chicken Little
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Omar mcmillan

8 months ago
Score 4
tbh it a okay movie
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Blubabluba9990

7 months ago
Score 1
Yeah.
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The Autistic Raccoon

7 months ago
Score 2
I doubt it's going to get a remake/sequel.
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Master Chief

6 months ago
Score 1
Didn't like it when I was 9, still don't like it. The plot-twist that there actually was something falling from the sky feels forced, unnecessary, and completely defeats the moral of the original story.
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Mr. Black Sky

5 months ago
Score 4
If you disliked this movie, give this comment an upvote
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Mr. Black Sky

5 months ago
Score -2
But if you enjoyed this movie, give this reply a downvote.
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UndertaleGamer1000

4 months ago
Score 0
I give it both.
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Peter Parker

5 months ago
Score 3
This movie is so cruel.
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No bias

3 months ago
Score 1
what about Warner bros?
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Kiyah Walter

2 months ago
Score 0
It's The Worst of the Fucking Worst in My Opinion
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Mt Omar Jewel

2 months ago
Score 1
Not Really TBH
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PhantomVulture

2 months ago
Score 2

Alternative Title:

The Chicken who cried U.F.O.
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Cartoonverse999

one month ago
Score 1

Another negative about this movie: some extras reappear in various scenes, and there is even at least one scene where two copies of the same extra are present in the same scene.

You know, this movie was made a year after The Incredibles.

It almost makes you wonder if CL was plastered together in a few months.
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MinecraftDogCats

one month ago
Score 1
I like it
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MrChangeUserNameAlot

one month ago
Score 1
The alien robot designs are cool though
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MrChangeUserNameAlot

one month ago
Score 1
The Gameboy videogame feels so nostalgic, I was way too addicted to that game
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Creeper guy

one day 23 hours 45 minutes ago
Score 0
If it wasn't for the meddling, the film would've been successful.

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