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Thursday, 23 September 2010
The first mainstream Disney animation to be 100% computer animated, the plot follows Ace "Chicken Little" Cluck (Zach Braff), a geeky young chicken, who is ridiculed for claiming "the sky is falling" a year earlier. All this changes when he wins his school baseball team the final game and is hailed a hero. However as the sky begins "falling" again he and best friends duckling Abby Mallard (Joan Cusack), piglet Runt of the Litter (Steve Zahn) and goldfish Fish Out of Water (Dan Molina) - who wears a scuba helmet full of water at all times in order to live on land - investigate it and find that alien spaceships are the cause.
The animation is beautifully detailed, with a lot of care and attention gone into its creation, there's no denying that. However, the screenplay isn't that well written, with gags that don't live up to Disney's usual standards, and a plot that falls short constantly, part only to the fact that the film's world is Planet Earth with no one specific type of animals as the occupants. The characters get quite tedious, thanks to a lack of gags and the aforementioned poorly written screenplay. There are, though, some quite neat references to 2005 big hits War of the Worlds and King Kong.
All together not that much better than the lousy direct-to-video/DVD sequels/prequels/midquels that Disney constantly churn out, there is still more than enough that will entertain small children, so there are worse films that you could buy for your kids.
Stars: Zach Braff, Joan Cusack, Steve Zahn, Dan Molina, Garry Marshall, Sean Elmore, Matthew Michael Joston, Evan Dunn, Amy Sedaris, Mark Walton, Don Knotts, Fred Willard, Catherine O'Hara, Mark Dindal, Patrick Stewart, Wallace Shawn.
Annie Award nominations: Best Animated Feature, Best Animated Effects (Dale Mayeda), Best Character Design in an Animated Feature Production (Joseph C. Moshier), Best Production Design in an Animated Feature Production (Ian Gooding, Dan Cooper, David Womerseley, Billy George).