VOICES OF:Zach Braff, Garry Marshall, Don Knotts, Patrick Stewart, Amy Sedaris,
Steve Zahn, Joan Cusack, Wallace Shawn, Harry Shearer, Fred Willard,
Catherine O'Hara, Patrick Warburton, Adam West
2005, 77 Minutes, Directed by: Mark Dindal
Disney were planning on giving Pixar a run for their money with Chicken
Little, their first big screen computer animated movie, then they’d need
to go back to the drawing board since there is nothing here for Pixar to
worry about: the producers of Finding Nemo,
The Incredibles and Monsters, Inc.
are still undoubtedly the champs when it comes to the current fad for
computer-generated animated movies.
Chicken Little may offer a twist on the child’s fable by throwing in
an alien invasion plot plus some obligatory pop cultural references, but the
film is simply too “Disney” for its own good. It may be a cliché that the
best children’s movies are those that offer something for their parents who
accompany them, but it is still true. Chicken Little unfortunately
doesn’t offer reluctant parents who escort their progeny to Saturday
matinees much. The movie is simply too cute for its own good. Also, while
there are a few funny gags (check the one with the lemmings) the movie is
simply too bland and stale. The story line is quite thin and movie is over
too much quick – it ultimately lacks any real emotional resonance and
involvement. Small children will obviously lap it all up, but even adult
fans of animation would want to give it a skip.
On the plus side, the film isn’t quite as annoying as the recent Shark
Tale and Madagascar and sensitive parents needn’t worry about
their kids coping with Shrek-style double entendres. The animation is
also nice, but not ground-breaking. Some bits might frighten very small
children so be sure to see it with them. The movie might seem like an
endurance test of sorts for adults, but trust me; it has nothing on the
recent live action Garfield movie . . .