Hatching Chicken Little — A “Making of” Featurette
“Where’s Fish?” Trivia Game
Karaoke Sing Along
The Cheetah Girls Music Video
Barenaked Ladies Music Video
“When the sky really is falling and sanity has flown the coop, who will rise to save the day? Together with his hysterical band of misfit friends, Chicken Little must hatch a plan to save the planet from alien invasion and prove that the world’s biggest hero is a little chicken. Overflowing with incredible music and bursting with exciting bonus features, including alternate openings, an exclusive “making of” featurette, games, and much more, this sensational DVD is truly something to cluck about.”
Chicken Little is rated G.
When I first saw “Chicken Little” in the theater, it had a little bit of an edge. I saw it presented in 3-D at a digital screen. The result was phenomenal. It turned a pretty good computer animated film into something amazing to watch. The 3-D effect (on a non-IMAX screen for once) was beautiful. You could see incredible detail in the characters and as the aliens invaded, they literally popped out at you. You could hear ooh’s and aah’s from the crowd just in the opening credits. However, this 2-D version lacks that WOW!” factor, so it hurts the overall DVD presentation to some degree.
The voice cast for this film was perfect. Zach Braff is amusing as Chicken Little while Garry Marshall, with his unique voice, plays Buck Cluck, his father. Steve Zahn is also great as Runt of the Litter. He brings the same sense of humor and ad-libs that he does to all of his movies. They are backed up by a fantastic supporting cast including Don Knotts as Mayor Turkey Lurkey, Patrick Stewart as Mr. Woolensworth, Wallace Shawn as Principal Fetchit, Harry Shearer as Dog Announcer, and more.
The movie also has a fun soundtrack that includes “Shake a Tail Feather,” “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine),” “We Are the Champions,” “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” and more.
“Chicken Little” is a bit slow in parts, usually when the characters are having “touchy feely” moments. Otherwise it’s pretty fast paced.
I also have to add that I think the trailers for this film haven’t done it justice. The movie is a lot funnier than you might expect.
My kids and I all enjoyed this film quite a bit. It was funny, had some great voice work, and featured some good animation.
Deleted Scenes Including 3 Alternate Openings These deleted scenes are hosted by the producer and director of the film. The first alternate opening shows Don Knotts as Turkey Lurkey narrating the story of Chicken Little from a 2-D storybook. Seeing as how Knotts recently passed away, it’s a nice tribute to him. The second alternate opening shows Chicken Little’s Dad trying to cook him breakfast. As he follows a cooking show, things go wrong and the TV eventually gets changed to a news report about Chicken Little’s “the sky is falling” routine. A third alternate opening shows Chicken Little as a girl. In it she’s in bed late at night and terrified of noises she hears in her room. The final deleted scene is entitled “Lunch Break” and shows Runt trying to get food out of a vending machine. He fails until Fish Out of Water helps him out.
Hatching Chicken Little — A “Making of” Featurette This is your standard “making of” featurette. There are interviews with cast and crew, behind the scenes footage of the voices, and more. They even talk about how Michael Eisner mandated the change of Chicken Little from girl to boy.
“Where’s Fish?” Trivia Game In this trivia game you answer questions about the film and then you’re given a shot to find Fish hidden on the screen. It is narrated by Harry Shearer.
The Cheetah Girls Music Video Disney’s starlets sing this peppy rendition of the classic tune “Shake Your Tailfeather”. I still like Ray Charles’ Blues Brothers version better.
Barenaked Ladies Music Video This is your typical movie music video showing the Barenaked Ladies in the recording studio playing music to movie clips. It’s a good song, though, so it makes the boring video more tolerable.
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