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. The 46th Disney animated feature film, it was directed by Mark Dindal with screenplay by Steve Bencich, Ron J. Friedman, and Ron Anderson and story by Mark Kennedy and Dindal. The movie is dedicated to a Disney artist Joe Grant who died of a heart attack before the film's release.
The film was animated in-house at Walt Disney Feature Animation's main headquarters in Burbank, California and released by Walt Disney Pictures on November 4, 2005 in Disney Digital 3-D (the first film to be released in this format) along with the standard 2-D version. It is Disney's first fully computer animated feature film, as Pixar's films were distributed but not produced by Disney, and Dinosaur (2000) was a combination of live-action and computer animation.
While this film has received a positive reception by fans, critics and others has given this a generally negative reveiw, this is also The Mysterious Mr Enter's most hated movie, he considered this as one of the WORST movies he seen due to how horribly mean-spirited the film is, how stereotypical the characters are, poor morals and most infamously, Buck Ace Cluck. Phantom Strider called it the worst Disney film and called Buck Cluck the worst Disney character of all time. It currently has a 36% rotten tomatoes rating.
In the small town of Oakey Oaks, Chicken Little causes widespread panic and mayhem when he rings the alarm bell, claiming the sky is falling. He is humiliated in front of his father Buck Cluck and the entire town when, after telling everyone a piece of the sky "shaped like a stop sign" had hit him on the head, he is unable to find it. All the residents assume an acorn must have fallen on him and Chicken Little becomes a laughing stock.
One year later, Chicken Little is still being ridiculed for the incident and is bullied at school by Foxy Loxy and Goosey Loosey. His best friends Abby Mallard, Runt of the Litter, and Fish Out of Water advise him to talk about his feelings with his father, but Little is more concerned with restoring his reputation outright.
During dodge ball, following a bust-up with Foxy and a rough beating by Goosey (on Foxy's orders), his father is called in and Little overhears the school principal Principal Fetchit stating that Buck had been the school baseball star in his youth. Determined to rekindle his relationship with his father, Chicken Little signs onto the baseball team. In the final inning of the big Oakey Oaks pennant game, with all the other players injured, he is called up to bat and manages to hit an inside-the-park home run. Despite some confusion, the umpire ultimately declares the game won; Chicken Little is hailed as a hero for winning the pennant and Foxy is humiliated.
Later that evening, Chicken Little prepares to go to a victory party being thrown for him by Abby, Runt, and Fish, but another "piece of the sky" identical to the one he had been hit by the previous year falls through his bedroom window. Not wanting to bring the matter up with him again, Little hides the sky piece from his father and examines it more closely, discovering it to be a bizarre panel-like device designed to blend in with its surroundings. Realizing that this is why he was unable to find it the first time, Chicken Little immediately calls his best friends over to help figure out what the device is.
While playing around with the panel, Fish presses a button on its underside and it carries him out of Chicken Little's bedroom and into the sky, where it appears to fit into a gap. Disturbed by this, Little, Abby, and Runt immediately give chase and follow Fish to the ball field, where a series of similar panels appear in the sky; revealed to be part of an invisible UFO's camouflage. The three sneak aboard the ship and retrieve Fish, but Runt locates a map of the solar system that seems to indicate Earth is being targeted for an alien invasion. Thinking that the UFO is being used to sneak aliens onto the planet undetected by disguising itself as the sky, the group immediately flees to warn the town, inadvertently releasing a small orange creature from the ship in the process, which follows them.
Two metallic aliens give chase and Chicken Little rings the alarm bell once again to alert the townsfolk. The sound of the bell makes the aliens flee, leaving the orange creature behind in their haste, and the citizens fail to reach the ball field in time to see the UFO taking off. As such, no one believes Chicken Little's claims that aliens are planning to invade, thinking it a repeat of the acorn incident, and he and his father are ridiculed once again. In space, the two aliens send out a distress signal.
The following morning, Chicken Little's best friends try to console him, but he wishes to be left alone in dismay. Soon after, the orange creature, having followed Little home, approaches them and identifies itself as Kirby, the child of the two aliens. The group look up to see the sky apparently cracking open, revealing a vast fleet of cloaked spaceships, which descends on the town. Kirby tells them that his parents, usually peaceful people, think he has been kidnapped and plan to vaporize Earth in retaliation.
Chicken Little, with the evidence he was telling the truth raging above them, tells Buck off for not believing him and heads towards the chaos, with Kirby in tow. Heartbroken, his father follows and the two finally reconcile in the safety of a movie theater. With his father's help, Little evades the rampaging aliens, who have already zapped Foxy and Turkey out of existence, and delivers Kirby to his parents' ship atop the town hall, urging them to stop the invasion.
Kirby's parents beam the two aboard the ship and threaten to kill them for the "kidnapping", but Kirby explains that they had helped him and the aliens release them, restoring Oakey Oaks and its citizens to normal. The parents Melvin and Tina apologize for the misunderstanding, explaining that they visit Earth once a year to pick acorns, renowned in Oakey Oaks as "the best in the universe", and never planned to invade at all, simply wanting to keep hidden to avoid causing panic (the map Runt found was a chart showing that acorns could only be found on Earth, not an attack plan). Tina reveals that one of the panels on their ship's underside is loose; this is what had hit Chicken Little on both occasions. The townsfolk thus realize that Little was right all along as the aliens depart with Kirby.
The film ends with all the characters watching a parody Hollywood version of the events, in which Chicken Little is portrayed as a comically macho action hero named Ace. Chicken Little, his reputation restored, celebrates with his father and friends.
Why the movie is falling
- While not nearly as bad as Happy New Year, Charlie Brown!, it's infamous for how mean-spirited it is. This is because the town abuses Chicken Little massively for no reason. It's Just Like how The Villagers Of Berk Treat Hiccup in How To Train Your Dragon before he Meets Toothless.
- It has characters that look weird, wrong and ugly. The design of the aliens is creative though.
- The main characters are stock and cliché, Mostly Stereotypes.
- Abigail "Abby" Mallard is your typical deuteragonist that's the love interest of the main protagonist Chicken Little (But she is at least kind to him and one of the few likeable characters in this film)
- Fish Out of Water is pointless.
- Fat jokes (that have to do with Runt of the Litter).
- Despite Foxy being the "main" antagonist of the film, she helps her team (Chicken Little is on her team by the way) progress in baseball.
- There is this porcupine kid that only says "Yo, No and Woah". He serves no purposes other then being the running gag of the film, That is Irritating and Repetitive.
- The whole town chooses to unreasonably abuse Chicken Little no matter what. Again, just like Hiccup.
- After Chicken Little wins the baseball game, it doesn't get mentioned again until the middle of the climax, and that is the last mention of the baseball game.
- "Twistin'" is uncatchy and childish, unlike "Fuego". In fact, any song from this movie that isn't named "One Little Slip" and "All I Know" is horrific. The use of "Wannabe" was horrendous. It could've possibly worked in 1996, when the Spice Girls were popular, but the band was out of commission in 2005, so it made no sense to use it. But the absolute worst part, and what makes the creators seem even more lazy with the sound track is that in the climax of the film were the aliens invaded, they use the song "It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" by R.E.M., Disney (the company that is known for creating beautiful music tracks specifically for its movies) uses a pop song that was made by someone else!
- Not only was Mark Dindal an off director when he made Chicken Little, but he is also an annoying voice actor!
- Many Pop-culture jokes are half baked and incredibly outdated. (Most infamously the "It's the End of the Worlds As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" song that plays at the climax)
- The town is named "Oakey Oaks". Couldn't come up with a Creative Name for a town I See...
- It's too juvenile.
- Characters would criticize others if they did not win anything.
- The supporting characters are cruel, ulikable and mean-spirited, especially... Buck... Ace... Cluck!!! (Chicken Little's father). He is extremely mean-spirited, unfair, never learns anything, is extremely untrustworthy and doesn't stick up for Chicken Little or even help him until near the end of the film.
- The story is bizarre.
- The way the story treats Foxy Loxy is very sexist. She's a popular, athletic tomboy and a bully and by the end of the film, not only is she the only real antagonist (unless you somewhat count the aliens as the real main antagonist), but she's also mind raped into becoming docile and feminine after being trapped, terrified, in a featureless, black void. When a cure is offered, Runt exclaims "No! She's perfect!" and she instantly becomes his girlfriend. So her character arc ends with her being brainwashed into becoming traditionally feminine, and no-one advocates for her right to her own personality because a boy likes her better this way.
- It has such a hideous message (the message is that you are allowed to shun, attack and abuse the unpopular in favour of the popular).
- What kind of town actually believes that the sky is falling?
- Weird and dreadful animation. And this was Disney's first CG animated film without the help of Pixar.
- During the dodgeball scene, if Chicken Little was on a news report and if the whole town knew and hated him, why was he on Team Unpopular? It's a little sad that we're thinking this more through than Disney.
- The only characters that contribute ANYTHING to the plot are Chicken Little, Abby Mallard, and Runt of the Litter. Everyone else is either meaningless, mean-spirited, or just someone who no one really cares.
- While this film is somewhat mean-sprited, there are some funny moments here and there.
- The voice acting is passible.
- The baby alien is really cute.
- This is Disney's 1st CGI Movie Without Pixar Or Live Action Backgrounds.
- The entire town respecting Chicken Little at the end of the movie, when they realize that the Alien Invasion and the "Octognal Piece Of Sky" were real.
- The cast's cover of Don't Go Breaking My Heart was good.