Off the menu: Free Birds #Review





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.

 

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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.
 

 

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David Maybury

David works at Brown Bag Films and occasionally eats cake, lots and lots of cake.
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