The Great Eggscape"
Clucking Brilliant Fun"
"fantastic all-round entertainment"
"... but I don't want to be in a Pie. I don't Like Gravy!"
by Nick Park and Aardman Animation
Set on a Yorkshire farm in the 1950's, this is the
story of a group of repressed chickens who are owned by the evil Mr and
Mrs Tweedy. Things start to happen when an American chicken, Rocky,
arrives on the farm, he finds romance with a hen called Ginger and
together they hatch a plan to escape to freedom...
Run is a commercially-successful British
family movie that has universal appeal without compromising its
inherent British pluckiness. It invites us into the Plasticine-world of Tweedy's farm,
a far-from-free-range egg factory ruled with an axe of iron by greedy
Mrs.Tweedy. One intrepid chicken, Ginger (voiced by Julia Sawalha) sets
her sights on breaking out the whole flock, a cast of beautifully
individuated chicken characters including ditsy Babs (voiced by Jane
Horrocks), matronly Bunty (Imelda Staunton) and practical-minded Mac (Lynn
Ferguson). Each effort is thwarted, and Ginger repeatedly reaps a spell in
the coal bunker for her troubles, prompting the first of many allusions to
The Great Escape. When an American rooster named Rocky (Mel Gibson) literally drops
in from the air, the hens are set all a-flutter with excitement thinking
he'll help teach them to fly away at last. But Rocky is not all he seems...
The directors, Nick Park and
Peter Lord, regularly scoop Oscars for their short movies, and the Aardman production house
show that Britain can compete with the most merchandised Disney production and win.
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