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Chicken Run (2000) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120630/
Ginger is one of the chicken at the Tweety Egg Farm, who is capable of escaping (and desperately wants to) but is constantly being held back by her incompetent partners. One night, feeling failed and depressed after a chicken is axed, she wanders out to the gate, where she sees a rooster triumphantly flying through the air. After crashing and injuring his wing, Ginger takes him in and learns he's Rocky Rhodes, a cocky American who enjoys freedom - in fact, he escaped from a circus when she found him. In exchange for protecting him when the circus arrives asking for him, Ginger makes a deal with Rocky that he will teach them to fly so they can escape. Taking advantage of the situation, Rocky woos the chicken, irritating Ginger "Doll-Face" and organizer Officer Fowler, formerly of the Royal Air Force, in the process. Meanwhile, the Tweetys have purchased a machine to make chicken pies out of, intending to cook every last one of them.
Phil Daniels ... Fetcher (voice)
Lynn Ferguson ... Mac (voice)
Mel Gibson ... Rocky (voice)
Tony Haygarth ... Mr. Tweedy (voice)
Jane Horrocks ... Babs (voice)
Miranda Richardson ... Mrs. Tweedy (voice)
Julia Sawalha ... Ginger (voice)
Timothy Spall ... Nick (voice)
Imelda Staunton ... Bunty (voice)
Benjamin Whitrow ... Fowler (voice)
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Chicken Run PC Game
Wanna play a little chicken?
Wonder if you have the pluck to do so? (Pluck: a.k.a. courage, for those not old enough to remember the phraseology, employed here simply for the pun of it.)
Well, no sooner has “Chicken Run,” the movie, flown the coop than Activision has released Chicken Run Fun Pack, the PC program. This is mainly a marketing ploy, pure and simple. Not a lot of energy was expended on making this a great gaming experience. In fact, the real charm of this program lies in some of the extras thrown in.
First, kudos must go out to the programmers for the design of the set-up screen. It is the chicken yard, at night. Your cursor, which reveals the features of this program, is a spotlight. This is a wonderful effect.
Now, on to the program itself. There are five features you can avail yourself of: Spring Chicken, Egg Savers, Chickenizer, Run Chicken Run and Fowl Play.
Fowl Play is a series of video clips from the movie. Featuring three characters and two themes, these are as lively as the film itself - which is because they come from the film. Egg Savers is comprised of three screen savers for your PC - stills from the movie, escape (three attempts that appear randomly on your computer screen during times of inactivity), and plans (in which escape plans are drawn up).
Chickenizer turns your computer into a Chicken Run theme package. You can select a chicken cursor, have your computer cluck on command, or give yourself Chicken Run wallpaper.
Two additional elements are the Rocky’s Radio, which can be used to play CDs on your PC (it basically is the same program that your computer already has, just with a theme face), and Clock-a-Doodle Doo, an alarm clock that looks like an old-fashioned clock, though it sports the Chicken Run theme.
The two games, Spring Chicken and Run Chicken Run, are arcade-style programs. Spring Chicken is the basic game where you use a horizontal-sliding control element to bounce an object across the screen. In this case, you have a spring and pillow, and you are trying to bounce chickens from the top of a coup across the screen and over the fence. Run Chicken Run is a maze game. You have to lay down planks to help the fowls traverse the chicken yard without falling into the holes. Both games get progressively harder as you complete each task.
The controls are extremely simple in this program, and the audio is very basic - mostly music and sound effects. Graphically the game borrows from the movie (which isn’t surprising), and in that regard, these elements do work although the overall scheme is less than stunning.
Experienced game players picking up this program will soon discover that the yolk ... er, joke is on them. This is not a challenging product. It is intended as simple, harmless fun. And that may be ‘eggs-xactly’ what fans of the movie, or those with younger children, want. While rated for everyone, Chicken Run Fun Pack is definitely for the young, and young at heart.