CHICKEN RUN: DAWN OF THE NUGGET – “A gloriously crafted stop-motion treat that flies a little too close to retread territory”

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Directed by: Sam Fell

MAIN CAST

Thandiwe Newton as Ginger
Zachary Levi as Rocky
Bella Ramsey as Molly
Romesh Ranganathan as Nick
Daniel Mays as Fetcher
David Bradley as Fowler
Jane Horrocks as Babs
Imelda Staunton as Bunty

SYNOPSIS

It is a sequel to Chicken Run (2000).

“Having escaped from the farm, Ginger and Rocky welcome a new little adventurer into their lives. Back on the mainland, the whole of chicken-kind faces a terrible new threat.”

REVIEW SUMMARY

Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget is a gloriously crafted stop-motion treat that flies a little too close to retread territory. That’s because ethe story here is very reminiscent of the first installment. But, since that movie was a whopping 23-years-ago, I’m guessing not many will notice. Speaking of that first film, there’s no need to have seen it or revisit it, they do a great job of recapping everything you need to know in the first 2 minutes. What you should know, however, is that this film is basically Mission: Impossible with Claymation chickens – and it works. There’s plenty of British humor and whimsy to go around – a nice mix of jokes for the adults and kiddie crowd. The plot is fine, delivering nice messages around parenthood and belonging. There’s also the welcome addition of Bella Ramsey as a plucky new heroine of sorts. And while some of the OG voice cast has changed, look for plenty of nostalgia and call backs (again, maybe a bit too much). But, the real appeal here is the unique and beautiful animation. There have certainly been some advancements in the stop-motion field as of late, and this film shows the vibrant results. It really is a great film to behold – even if the plot could have used some feathering.

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