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''Chicken Little'' is a 2005 [[AllCGICartoon computer-animated film]] produced by [[Creator/{{Disney}} Walt Disney Animation]], and their first completely CG film not by Creator/{{Pixar}}. It is the 46th film in the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon, and is also Creator/{{Disney}}'s first movie to be completely made via computer animation (2000's ''Disney/{{Dinosaur}}'' had CG characters against live-action backgrounds). It is based on the fairy tale of the same name, but set in modern times and given a ScienceFiction spin.

In the original tale, a little chicken is hit by an acorn on the head and [[CryingWolf believes that the sky was starting to fall down in pieces]]; she sets out to warn the king and is joined by other animal characters, eventually running into the evil Foxy Loxy, who wants to eat them.

In the movie, Chicken Little is male, a nerdy boy who gets bullied in school despite his cleverness because of [[NeverLiveItDown that ONE false alarm]] he created that caused waves of panic throughout the town a year earlier. He also has a troubled relationship with his widowed father, Buck Cluck, who cares more about the approval of his peers than caring for his son. He tends to hang out with other [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits unpopular kids]] -- such as Abby Mallard (a homely duck girl who has a crush on Little, but he doesn't seem to realize it); Runt of the Litter, a cowardly, morbidly obese pig who can't stop eating; and Fish out of Water, who is an actual fish who wears a diving helmet (filled with water) to be able to breathe. They often get teased by Foxy Loxy, a female bully. But as the film progresses, Chicken Little and his friends uncover the presence of extraterrestrials in their town and attempt to warn the now-extremely skeptical townsfolk before all havoc breaks loose.

The movie had two [[LicensedGame game adaptations]], one of them based in the movie-within-the-movie.

This is the second single-story Disney Animated Feature after ''Disney/RobinHood'' to use anthropomorphic characters, and a third film with this concept, ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'', was released in 2016.

Note: Disney had already adapted the Chicken Little story once, as an 1943 animated short parodying, of all things, Nazi propaganda. See the bottom of the page for tropes relating to it.
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!!{{Trope}}s in the movie:

* AdaptationPersonalityChange: InUniverse. The FilmWithinAFilm of ''Chicken Little'' completely twists all of the main characters. Adventurous CloudCuckoolander Fish is a Mr. Spock expy, panicky Runt is a stalwart boar, UglyCute but helpful Abby is stunning but helpless, and nerdy, {{Adorkable}} Chicken Little is an rugged ActionHero.
* AdvertisedExtra: Despite appearing on the DVD cover, the front of the DVD itself and in much of the marketing for the film, Morkubine Porcupine only appears in about 3 scenes in the film and has exactly three words: 'Yo', 'Whoa', and 'No.'
* AliensSpeakingEnglish: Averted by Kirby, but played straight with his parents.
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: With the exception of Abby, Runt and Fish out of Water, Chicken Little is shunned by everyone, including his father.
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: The theme song for the Japanese dub is [[http://vuighe.net/mp3/nghe-bai-hat-vuighe-1073792015.html "Itsuka Kitto"]] by Mayo Okamoto. For the Latin American dub there was [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-XGGm48rWg "Todos Tenemos A Alguien"]] (We All Have Somebody) by Alejandro Lerner.
* {{Anticlimax}}: [[spoiler:The "invasion."]] Wait, that's ''it?'' That's ''all there is?''
* ApatheticCitizens: The residents of Oakey Oaks are, quite frankly ''complete jerks'', who only give Chicken Little the time of day if he wins a ball game for them.
* AudibleGleam: Made by a penny that distracts the Mayor.
* {{Badass}}: Say what you want about Buck Cluck's parenting skills, but the old man can throw down.
* BarefootCartoonAnimal: Most of the cast.
* BerserkButton: Normally Chicken Little puts up with Foxy Loxy's bullying...but he gets angry when she decides to throw a dodge ball at Abby.
* BigDamnKiss: Chicken Little does one on Abby during the invasion.
* BreakTheCutie: The premise of the movie is a cute little chicken making a mistake which follows by him getting ostracized by the townspeople, not letting him live it down. It's clear it tears on his self-esteem and he's more desperate than ever to get his father's approval, who's ashamed of him.
* BrickJoke: Chicken Little's Origami pants, which his movie counterpart wears at the end when he and Movie!Abby fly off.
* BrokenAesop: The movie inverts the original tale's.
* ButtMonkey: Chicken Little.
* BullyingADragon: Foxy Loxy tries to do this to the aliens... [[WhatAnIdiot it doesn't end well.]]
* CanNotSpitItOut: "Big acorn lebefluh"
* CassandraTruth: Naturally, nobody believes Chicken Little about the UFO...
* CatchPhrase: Chicken Little says "Who we talkin' about?" a lot. Though this is normally because he breaks down under the pressure.
* CloudCuckoolander: The Mayor, though he has moments of lucidity.
* ContagiousCassandraTruth: When the title character finally succeeded in convincing his friend that "the sky is falling" [[spoiler:(in other words, an alien ship was visiting]], when they tried to back him up the rest of the town didn't believe them either.
* CueCard: Turkey Lurkey's aides hold up cue cards to inform him on how to act, including one telling him his fly is open.
* CuteMute: Fish Out of Water.
* {{Determinator}}: Chicken Little will stop at nothing to gain his father's approval and restore his reputation.
* DisasterDominoes: Chicken Little has a habit of creating more than a few of these, some intentionally, some not.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Chicken Little's innocent mistake of believing the sky is falling after getting hit in the head by an acorn is treated as the biggest, most shameful and embarrassing thing done known to man, with the townspeople refusing to let him live it down even ''one year later''. The word "overreact" doesn't do it justice.
* DodgeballIsHell: An early scene.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Chicken Little repeatedly struggles with derision and mistrust from friends, family, and all who know him. Also, his mom is dead. But in the end, his "crazy talk" is vindicated, he becomes a hero to the town, he gets a better relationship with his dad, and he and Abby become a couple.
* EarlyBirdCameo: The titular character appeared in Japan in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' before the film was released in theaters. Ironically, Little is quite useful, and you get him very early in the game, after completing two Disney worlds.
* EmbarrassedByAChild: A boy points at Little and says "Look, Mommy, it's the crazy chicken!" His mom pulls him away, saying "Yes, that is the crazy chicken, we don't make eye contact."
* FishOutOfWater: Happens literally.
* FootPopping: Done by Abby when kissed.
* ForgottenFallenFriend: InUniverse. In the ''Chicken Little'' movie, Runt's character is killed while attacking the aliens. Chicken Little's character tearfully says that "he was my good friend"...and then plunges into a romantic scene with Abby's character.
* FurryConfusion: Chicken Little has a broken egg for a rug. Yolk and all.
* FurryReminder: Various animals are shown doing things that pertain to their species from time to time.
* GangOfBullies: Foxy Loxy and Goosey Loosey.
* GentleGiant: Runt of the Litter.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: When Fish looks to be dead, Runt gets scared & pulls out [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything two bags at once to breathe into]]. He turns out OK.
* GoThroughMe: Buck places his son behind him when the alien [[spoiler: father]] confronts them about "kidnapping" Kirby.
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: In a rather surprising subversion considering the company this came from, almost everyone wears a full set of clothes. Not wearing pants is treated as nudity. And yet some characters ''don't'' wear pants - Abby, Fish, the sheep, and the chameleon posing as streetlights, who are [[AccessoryWearingCartoonAnimal mostly]] or completely nude.
* HandOrObjectUnderwear: Little loses his pants in one scene, and covers himself with his schoolwork.
* HeelFaceBrainwashing: Foxy, although many find it [[WhatTheHellHero more like]] MindRape.
* HighTechHexagons: Chicken Little is hit in the head by a high-tech hexagon that automatically adjusts to its surroundings to make itself invisible. The hexagon turns out to be [[spoiler:a panel from the hull of an invisible alien spaceship]].
* HollywoodChameleon: The chameleons posing as streetlights.
* HyperventilationBag: Runt does this so hard he accidentally swallows it.
* ImprovisedClothes: Chicken Little makes origami pants out of his homework.
* JerkJock: Foxy Loxy is unusual in that she is a female one, rather than being the AlphaBitch.
** In one scene before her brainwaves got scrambled, she showed shades of JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
* JumpScare: Strange that it's in a kid's movie.
* KaraokeBox: During the scene where Abby and Runt are singing "Wannabe".
* MaliciousMisnaming: Abby's nickname of "Ugly Duckling", as given to her by Foxy.
* MerchandiseDriven: A claim constantly lobbed at the film, as it existed more to be lucrative like ''{{Shrek}}'' while milking products in a way that Pixar wouldn't.
* MissingMom: Chicken Little's mom died at some unspecified point before the start of the film, and Buck Cluck still hasn't learned how to be an effective single parent to his son.
* MobileFishbowl: Fish Out Of Water wears a scuba helmet filled with water in order to interact with Chicken Little and the others. There is also a background fish character driving a fishbowl car, which begs the question of how he gets out and goes about his day.
* MoodMotif
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Lampshaded; at the end, Hollywood gets hold of the story and butchers it right into a stereotypical SciFi action film.
* MurderIsTheBestSolution: [[spoiler:The aliens are actually peaceful acorn gatherers; but when their son disappears, they immediately decide the best solution to the problem would be to blow up an entire planet.]]
* [[ShowWithinAShow Movie Within A Movie]]: At the end of the film, a movie is made of Chicken Little's exploits in saving the town and the world from the aliens. Instead of telling it faithfully, the movie is a cross between Star Trek and Star Wars and stars Creator/AdamWest.
** Also at the start, the characters watch ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk''.
* NerdsAreInnocent: Chicken Little is a nerdy and creative boy with an optimistic and idealistic outlook on life.
* NeverLiveItDown: The whole point of the movie. Because of '''one''' misunderstanding, Chicken Little gets bullied a made a pariah to no end for a year (until he redeems himself). [[invoked]]
** Almost referenced to by name in "One Little Slip".
--> "It feels like in this town/I'll never live 'till I live down/the one mistake that seems to follow me around."
* NoRespectGuy: Chicken Little, when it turns out he was sort of right about the sky falling.
* OverprotectiveDad: Kirby's father, definitely.
* PapaWolf:
** Threatening to wipe out a whole planet to find your missing son? Yeah.
** Buck Cluck also gets shades of this during the last part of the film, wherein he starts smacking around aliens, yelling, "Get away from my boy!"
* ParentalNeglect: Buck Cluck. Granted, he sees the error of his ways towards the end, but for the vast majority of the film, he only cares about what the [[WhatTheHellTownspeople egotistical self-serving townsfolk]] want, over the well-being of his own flesh and blood. Whenever his son embarrasses him, Buck distances himself from Chicken Little as much as possible.
* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: Foxy Loxy's "improvement". Yeah, she was a JerkJock, but she did have friends and presumably family who liked her the way she was, and they don't restore her because Runt prefers her as an ultra-feminine MindRape victim.
* ReferenceOverdosed: Nearly every scene has a reference to some other film, including a few seconds of ''Disney/TheLionKing'''s intro in the beginning.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Whether you hate the movie or not, there's one thing everyone agrees on: Chicken Little is utterly ''adorable''.
* ShoutOut: When trying to cross the road, Chicken Little uses a daisy stem to climb up a telephone pole and press the button in a similar fashion to Disney/{{Mulan}} and her weights.
** Also, when Runt is having a FreakOut about Fish being taken to the ship, he clearly references ''Alien''.
** Runt sings "I will survive", just like Archie the Bear did in ''Film/DrDolittle 2''; [[ActorAllusion both characters are voiced by Steve Zahn]].
* SimilarToTheShow: One of the trailers resembled one made for ''Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' movie (Disney produced both films). The movie posters and the box art for the DVD borrow from the then-current ''Film/MenInBlack II''.
* SouthernBelle: Foxy Loxy gets [[MindRape mindraped]] into one in the ending, and [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop they keep her like that.]]
* TelepathicSprinklers: In the dodgeball scene, the title character accidentally pulls the fire alarm which sets off the fire sprinklers.
* ThemeNaming: The characters names either rhyme with the species of animal they are (as in the original story), or form an animal-related idiom.
* ToothyBird: Abby with her ever-present buck teeth. [[ShowWithinAShow Movie Within A Movie]] Chicken Little has teeth too.
* TopHeavyGuy: [[ShowWithinAShow Movie Within A Movie]] Chicken Little.
* TrailerSpoof: See above.
* TheUnintelligible: Fish, who wears a water-filled helmet and communicates through bubbling sounds.
** IntelligibleUnintelligible: "You want me to do WHAT?!"
* VoiceOfTheLegion: The alien leader's. [[spoiler:It was just a trick.]]
* WellDoneSonGuy: One major point of the movie is Chicken Little trying to do something heroic or amazing so Buck, his father, will finally be proud of him.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Kirby the alien's parents were so desperate to find their lost son that they brought the Galactic Armada to Earth.
* WhatTheHellTownspeople: Overall, the townspeople here are a rather...unlikable bunch of people. Overly ready to panic, never willing to admit that they might be at fault, putting all the negative traits of sports out, and picking on a single child because of ''one'' mistake ([[CassandraTruth which turned out to be true]]). In the end, you can't help but think they'll get AesopAmnesia and toss Little under the bus and his friends shortly after the movie or even before that. Needless to say, this is one of the most common criticisms aimed at the movie, as it creates a seemingly mean-spirited tone that put off many.
* WorldOfFunnyAnimals: With a unique [[AvertedTrope Aversion]] of NoCartoonFish.
* YouHaveToBelieveMe: Chicken Little says this ''a lot''.
* YouWereTryingTooHard: Runt does a good job avoiding dodgeballs for such a large target just by running around in fear. It isn't until he copies Fish's moves at Abby's suggestion that he starts getting pelted with balls.
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Disney's first attempt at adapting the Chicken Little story was a short in 1943, a wartime propaganda short lampooning Nazism and even some of Nazism's own propaganda. The initial draft made this explicit, with Foxy Loxy reading from ''Literature/MeinKampf'', but Walt Disney changed things to a less direct comparison in hopes of making the short better withstand the test of time. Though normally remembered for being broadcast on its own, it was also re-aired (alongside the "Bongo" segment from ''Disney/FunAndFancyFree'' and the short "Figaro and Cleo") as part of the 1955 anthology "Jiminy Cricket Presents Bongo".

Taking its cues from the bleaker interpretations of the base story, this short casts Foxy Loxy into the role of the villain protagonist, as he schemes to lure the poultry of a nearby farm from the safety of their yard to his cave.
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!!{{Trope}}s in the 1943 short:
* TheBadGuyWins: Foxy Loxy gets to eat all the poultry.
* BalloonBelly: Foxy Loxy sports a notably distended stomach in the short's ending.
* CunningLikeAFox: Foxy Loxy's intelligence allows him to play all the fowls for saps.
* DownerEnding: Pretty much every fowl from the farm ends up being eaten by Foxy Loxy.
* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: Don't believe everything you hear, don't blindly follow others, and don't let yourself be led by rumors, at the very least. None of them especially offensive to family morals, but the bleak way in which they're hammered home can be a little hard for small children -- and/or their parents! -- to stomach.
* GoryDiscretionShot: Once the panic-stricken flock has fled into Foxy Loxy's cave, he wraps a napkin around his neck and shoots inside, blocking it off from within with a boulder. The next shot is of Foxy Loxy sucking a final wishbone clean before planting it in the ground next to the others, in a shot deliberately reminiscent of a wartime cemetary.
* OlderThanTheyThink: Though the narrator in the original version of the short is shocked by Foxy Loxy winning, most versions of the fairy tale actually end up with everyone (except, in some cases, Chicken Little) being eaten; only the most "Disneyfied" versions have them all get away safe. This may be why Jiminy Cricket's narration of the ending is far more cynical.
* OnlySaneMan: Cocky Locky the rooster is far smarter and more rational than the rest of the flock, easily discrediting Foxy Loxy's initial attempt to use Chicken Little to stir a panic. Consequently, Foxy Loxy's next plan is to discredit Cocky Locky and ultimately knock him out before the fowls make their panic-stricken flight from the farm to the fox's den.
* VillainProtagonist: Although he's unquestionably a bad guy, Foxy Loxy's plans drive the short.
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