My opinion right after watching film
My opinion right after watching the movie is……… it is not good, but it did not stress me out as much as I thought it did. It has a somewhat decent story, but it is jarring with its pacing, the aliens are not explained well, and I think the big issues with this films are that the characters are unbelievably flat, bland, and the animation is not very good.
There is honestly not a lot that is known about the production of the film. All that it is known is that it was made around the time Pixar’s 10 year contract was expiring, and as they were closing the traditional animation studio in Disney. Pixar is mad that WDAS is trying to make a new CGI feature, and the 2 studios made a deal of if Chicken Little failed in the box office, Disney could not make a CGI film without the aid of Pixar, but if Chicken Little is a success, it would give Disney better leverage for negotiations. Well, Disney ended up buying Pixar a year later anyways. Former Disney VAs Michael J Fox, David Spade, and Matthew Broderick were initially considered to voice Chicken Little.
The film starts with a bunch of failed intros (even using Circle of Life), but changes it, because it is not “edgy enough”. This is not funny. We are taken to an anthropomorphic town called Oakley Oaks where Chicken Little (Zach Braff) rings the town emergency bell, as he sees the shy falling. Everyone rushes out of what they were doing, and all I am thinking about is how ugly the animation is. The news crew and all the town members goes to Chicken Little to interview him, and he fails to prove that it was the sky that fell, but his father Buck Cluck (Gary Marshall) tells them it was an acorn, because he is embarrassed. The entire town laughs at him and calls him insane.
We skip a year to find out that there has been a franchise off of the incident, with books, games, and now they are making a movie off of it. I find this to be overly ridiculous in the fact that they stretched the issue this far. This never happens in real life. Buck is dropping his son off to the bus stop, but Chicken Little misses it, an a song called One Little Slip plays, and Chicken Little loses his pants to gum on the street, There are many gimmicks during this song.
In his class, everyone is talking about how ugly Abby Mallard (aka Ugly Duckling, played by Joan Cusack) is, and I think she is ugly because the textures in this film are ATROCIOUS. They then go to gym class, and his friend Fish Out of Water (Dan Molina) is doing a bunch of illogical and painful jokes. The issue with the characters is that they are so overly flat, and used for painful comedy instead of actually giving them characterization. So long story short, Chicken Little gets in trouble because of Foxy Loxy (Amy Sedaris) and his father picks him up to take him home. Abby previously told him that he needs to speak with his father, and to get closure. During the car ride home, he tells his father that in order to redeem himself, he is going to join the baseball team, just like his father did.
So we are in a montage in the form of a song (which I do not know the name of) where Chicken Little is on the baseball team, but he never gets the chance to play, while Foxy becomes the town Baseball star. It is the final game, and because there is no one else to go on the field, Chicken Little is getting ready to bat, and you hear his father crying saying “Why him? Why now?” because he wants his team to win. It is the way he says it which turns me off. He finally gets a swing, and long story short, he wins the final match for his team.
So after his friends ruins the Spice Girls song
even more than it already was, they go to Chicken Little’s house, and they discover that a piece of the sky fell again. Disney needs to NEVER quote and sing as much pop culture as they did in this film. GTFOH with that BS. They see the piece ,and Fish in a Bowl is miraculously stolen. Pig, Abby, and Chicken Little somehow makes it on the machine, and they observe it to find a bunch of weird sights.
They get Fish and they discover a map, where many of the planets are crossed out, and they realize that Earth is next. They rush back to earth and on their way to Chicken’s home, as an alien ship follows them, but Abby thinks they need to ring the bell. I am really noticing how unfocused this film gets. He hesitates ringing the bell because of the traumatic event that happened the year before, but rings it as his friends are about to be killed. Of course when the entire town comes out, the alien ship camouflages.
The alien goes up to a saddened Chicken Little the next day, as it’s parents left without him/her. A bunch of alien craters show up, as they want the kid back. Chicken Little’s father runs out and tells Chicken Little that he is right that they need to go. He explains to his father that they are there for the alien, but he does not believe his son, which Chicken Little comments that he never does. He is determined to reunite the alien child with his/her parents, and Buck follows him, where Chicken has the conversation with his father when they are about to die. I do not think Abby thought this was the appropriate time to do it.
Since I really want to end this review sooner than later, I will wrap this up in a nutshell. They tell the aliens that their kid is fine and wants to return him. They all are transported onto the ship, and all parties realize that this is all a big misunderstanding. They return to their town, and Foxy Loxy is turned into a southern belle. That is some bullshit. So the aliens leave, and a year later, the Chicken Little movie premieres, and there is a BUNCH of changes, but all of them still say that it is very accurate. They end the song playing Ain’t No Mountain High Enough. Don’t you dare. DON’T YOU FUCKING DARE.
The characters are flat and unlikable. Not only do many of them not have anything likable about them, but all of them are overly flat and lack characterization. They are just gimmicky and mean spirited (a lot of them).
The animation………..poor Disney. Pixar definitely needed to help them with the animation. While it is not the worst thing I have seen, the CGI is very dull, lacks texture, the colors were pretty dull, and it looks so….fake and unreal looking. It is very disturbing to watch this film for an hour and a half, and not get shivers at least a few times.
The music is very forgettable. I barely remember a song, and I do not remember the score. Oh wait, I do remember when they ruined the classic Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, and they did have other pop songs, but the music is not used well here at all.
Reception at Release
When the film was released on November 4th, 2005, it for some reason opened at number 1 in the box office for the opening weekend, and remained so for the following week. It ended up making $135,386,665 in North America, and $179,046,172 overseas, with an international amount of $314,432,837, having the second biggest box office result right behind Dinosaur.
Critically, it is currently the worst received movie in the entire canon, having negative reception. Many complained that the story sucks in many ways, the characters and the overall vibe of the movie being mean spirited. Many did not care that the film was in CGI. The downhill spiral with the Post Renaissance continued, though the company changed to CGI.
Today, this film has almost no fans, and it is known as one of the worst films in the canon. Disney does not talk about this film, and a lot see Tangled as the first CGI film that put Disney on the map.
= 22/40 = 55%