Big Family Entertainment
Starring: Zach Braff, Garry Marshall,
Joan Cusack, Steve Zahn, Amy
Sedaris, Don Knotts, Harry
Shearer, Patrick Stewart,
Wallace Shawn, Fred Willard,
and Catherine O’Hara, Adam
West, and Patrick Warburton
Genre: Animated Comedy/SF
Audience: All ages
Runtime: 81 minutes
Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures/Buena
Director: Mark Dindall
Producer: Randy Fullmer
Writer: Steve Bencich, Ron J. Friedman
and Ron Anderson
Address Comments To:Robert Iger, CEO
Buena Vista Distribution Co.
(Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, Hollywood Pictures)
Dick Cook, Chairman
The Walt Disney Company
500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521
Phone: (818) 560-1000
The movie opens with Chicken Little ringing the alarm bell at his school and yelling, “The sky is falling!” The whole town goes into a total panic. Vehicles crash into each other and crash into other objects. The water tower is destroyed and a huge giant ball structure comes crashing and tumbling through the local movie house, while the audience is watching Indiana Jones run from another giant ball in RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK.
Chicken Little shows his father and the town mayor where a piece of the sky fell on his head. As he’s talking, however, an acorn from the tree above falls on his head, and everyone goes home dejected. Chicken Little’s dad is the most dejected and disappointed of all. They all think that Chicken Little panicked over nothing. “Your kid went and scared us all to death,”
A year later, Chicken Little’s dad is still disappointed in his son. He tells Chicken Little to lay low, even though a movie is coming out about the whole incident with the sky falling. Chicken Little thinks that if he can do something really great, then he has a chance to make everyone forget about the sky falling and, even better, finally make his father proud of him.
Chicken Little decides to join the high school baseball team and emulate his father’s own sports heroics as the star of the team years ago. He is so small, however, that the coach relegates him to the bench. Eventually, Chicken Little gets his chance in the big game and comes through with flying colors. His newfound stardom results in a reconciliation with his father, but the two males are still afraid to really open up to each other about their feelings, as Chicken Little’s friend Abby Mallard (aka Ugly Duckling) suggests.
Chicken Little is too happy to be discouraged by this, however. Unfortunately, his happiness is short-lived when another piece of the sky falls on his head. The object turns out to be a piece of an alien spaceship that has the ability to camouflage itself. Chicken Little and his friends Abby, Fish Out of Water and Runt of the Litter investigate the spaceship, which leads to an alien invasion that endangers the whole town.
CHICKEN LITTLE is an energetic, funny, screwball take on the famous children’s fable. It deftly combines the frantic pace of the Loony Toon Cartoons starring Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck with the heart and quirky humor of Pixar’s FINDING NEMO. It contains a lot of slapstick humor mixed in with vibrant, very funny characters. Disney has assembled the talent of a host of comic stars to animate the voices of many characters, including the legendary Don Knotts. Rated G, the movie has something for everyone, young and old alike.
CHICKEN LITTLE has a very strong, family friendly moral worldview with Christian overtones. It encourages parents and children to communicate freely with one another. Even better, the biggest moral truth it teaches is that children shouldn’t have to earn their father’s love by being star players or even doing well in school. This echoes the Christian message that we are saved by God’s love and grace through Jesus Christ, not by any good works we may do. We can’t earn God’s love; it is always there for His children.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” – John 3:16.
CHICKEN LITTLE is a wild and wooly take on the children’s fable. It combines the frantic pace of the Loony Toon Cartoons starring Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck with the heart and quirky humor of Pixar’s FINDING NEMO. The movie also has a very strong, family friendly moral worldview with Christian overtones. It encourages parents and children to communicate freely. Even better, it teaches the Christian message that the truest, deepest, most powerful love is not something you can earn. It is something that is freely given.