Free Birds, directed by Jimmy Hayward (Horton Hears a Who!), is packed with funny one-liners and some great cameo voice roles.
After being given the US Presidential turkey pardon, Reggie is flown to Camp David to enjoy a new life of luxury. After stumbling into a secret facility, complete with hazmat clad minions, he meets another turkey, Jake, who leads the way to a time machine.
The plot spans more than 300 years and sees the pair landing in 1621, just in time for the first Thanksgiving.
The characters look great, with some very smart touches of loose feather, stray hairs and incredibly cute, big-eyed chicks. Fowl comparisons with Chicken Run are expected, but with such a US-centric plot they’re short-lived.
Free Birds is a free-wielding scene stealer, with every minute trying to out-pun the next. The story suffers as a result but any movie with George Takei voicing a time-travelling egg is a mandatory must-see.