You know those people at work or in school who make jokes all the time yet they're never funny? "Chicken Little" is like that person. Full of goofy antics that should have the little kids laughing, "Chicken Little" falls flat on its face for any audience over the age of five.
"Chicken Little," as you may suspect, is about a tiny, nerdy chicken who gets picked on for his size and ideas, especially when he causes chaos in his town by claiming the sky is falling - with no proof. After becoming a laughing stock, he takes to baseball to prove his worth and win back the respect of his father. Unfortunately, he was correct about the sky falling - the piece was a panel from an invading alien force.
The concept is good, but boy does "Chicken Little" fail miserably. The movie is so full of potential; every minute is packed full of goofy antics and silly jokes that could have so easily converted into laughs. Even when nothing all that exciting is going on with the plot or dialogue, something in the background is happening, whether it be a character running into a glass wall or... well, that's about all I remember.
Unfortunately, few, if any, of the jokes or antics in the movie click, and what we get is a dull, non-exciting action-comedy CGI film that offers nothing new. Created by Disney's own animation studio, not Pixar, the movie lacks the character and edge that has made most of the company's efforts major hits. The movie is so focused on its environment that it fails to deliver an enticing plot or intriguing dialogue - it simply relies on off-the-wall characters to make stale dialogue funny.
Sadly, I could see this movie appealing to young kids around the age of five, but that is such a limited audience. Some people will say, "How can you give a movie aimed at little kids a poor rating while saying that it will appeal to little kids?" The truth of the matter is, CGI films, no matter what the studios say, are not made to entertain little kids and no one else. They are made to make money, and to make money they need to reach broader audiences. Compared to the good animated movies of the last ten years, "Chicken Little" falls far short.
Thank God Disney bought Pixar, because if "Chicken Little" was any indication, their CGI animation department was going to go the way of its traditional animation department.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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