Film Review: Chicken Little

by Nate Taylor

The Rumsfeld says:
"That little fish-guy was adorable."
It's the end of the world as you know it.

Every boy and girl born in America in the last forty years knows the story of Chicken Little and the infamous falling sky, but where the story ends, the movie begins. The plot is not terribly enrapturing, inspired as it may be, but the characters make the movie shine. I'm willing to bet that fully half the film's budget was spent making things cute to the point that even Stalin would let slip an "Awwwwww" at least once.
While the alien invasion was well done, and I loved watching Chicken Little try to regain confidence and respect in the town (following the "falling sky" fiasco), the tumultuous relationship between Little and his dad was heavy-handed at best. Adults would be bored by the drama's stereotypical nature, and children would be confused by why it should be important. The only people relating to it might be 12-year-olds at the brink of rebellion, but they wouldn't be going to see Chicken Little anyway. Unless they were like me. But I didn't rebel until much later.

Anyway, back to the movie. The animation style is completely different from anything else that's come out. You get the detail we've become accustomed to with Dreamworks and Pixar, but a cartoony look to everything that's all Disney. The buildings have curves and swoops, and the cars are ultra-stylized top-heavy bubble clusters. It's something that definitely has a market and room to grow.

That said, the movie was well worth the hype and the money I paid to get in. I can't wait to see what Disney computer animation does next.

So here are my answers:
Repeat viewings? Not a lot of inside jokes or details to notice. You can wait until video.
Bring a date? It's a kids movie, so they will be there. If you want to bring a date, make sure school is in sesison, or they're tolerant of the occasional screaming outburst.