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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 {{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 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.

One of the reasons this was made was because Disney was in a turbulent relationship with Pixar since their contract with them would expire soon, and Disney wanted to prove they could make a blockbuster CGI family film without the Pixar name, in the chance that Pixar would either go independent or find another distributor. It's unclear if they succeeded in this goal. While this film was critically panned, it did mildly well at the box office. It turns out that Disney realized they ''did'' need Pixar and bought them out, hired Creator/JohnLasseter as the new Disney creative officer, and their goal was hand-waved. It is often regarded as one of the weakest films in the [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Canon]], and is the worst rated, due to it being a blatant [[FollowTheLeader cash-in]] on the FracturedFairyTale genre popularized by ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}''.

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

Note: Disney had already adapted the Chicken Little story once, as an animated short parodying, of all things, Nazi propaganda. In a contrast to the source material the short has a DownerEnding with [[TheBadGuyWins the bad guy winning]], which is {{lampshaded|trope}} by the narrator.
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!!{{Trope}}s in the movie:
* AbusiveParents: Buck Cluck of the neglectful kind. 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.
* 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 3 lines of dialogue.
** Lines is kind of pushing it. Morkubine says exactly three words: 'Yo', 'Whoa', and 'No.'
* AliensSpeakingEnglish: Averted by Kirby, but played straight with his parents.
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: The theme song for the Japanese dub is [[http://vuighe.net/mp3/nghe-bai-hat-vuighe-1073792015.html "Itsuka Kitto"]] by Mayo Okamoto.
* AmbiguouslyGay: The pig.
* {{Anticlimax}}: [[spoiler:The "invasion."]] Wait, that's ''it?'' That's ''all there is?''
* ApatheticCitizens: The residents of Oakey Oaks, are quite frankly ''complete jerks'', that'll 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.
* BarefootCartoonAnimals: Most of the cast.
* BrokenAesop: The movie inverts the original tale's.
* ButtMonkey: Chicken Little.
* BullyingADragon: Foxy Loxy tries 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.
* DisasterDominoes: Chicken Little has a habit of creating more than a few of these, some intentionally, some not.
* DodgeballIsHell: A scene early on.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Chicken Little repeatedly struggles with derision and mistrust from friends, family, and all who know him. Also, his mom is dead.
* 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. (After the first two Disney worlds you complete.)
* FishOutOfWater: Happens literally.
* FollowTheLeader: It's hard not to notice that the film is aping the ''{{WesternAnimation/Shrek}}'' formula to a T, except of course the strong anti-Disney overtones of the first ''Shrek'' film.
** The story and characters themselves draw several heavy parallels to that of ''WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutronBoyGenius'', as noticed by this YouTube comment:
-->They are both the exact same story: a short, intelligent protagonist tries to strengthen his reputation when aliens invade. And if you don't believe me there, Chicken Little recycles the "Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius" plot point for point:\\
They both start with the main character making a mistake. (Jimmy Neutron contacts aliens without his parents' permission/ Chicken Little thinks the sky is falling)\\
They both miss the bus while being ridiculed and a pop song plays. (Jimmy Neutron Theme by BowlingForSoup/ One Little Slip by BarenakedLadies)\\
They both have a scene in their school where major and minor characters are introduced (show and tell/ role call and dodge-ball fight)\\
Both main characters have a jetpack (Jimmy's is his backpack/ Chicken Little's is a soda)\\
Both accidentally get in trouble with their parents (Jimmy flies a jet-pack in the house/ Chicken Little pulls the fire alarm)\\
Both go against the norm to win over their peers without parental favor. (Jimmy sneaks out to Retroland/ Chicken Little joins the baseball team)\\
Both wish upon a star (Jimmy wishes for life without adults/ Chicken Little wishes for Buck's love)\\
Aliens invade (the Yokians steal all the adults in Retroville/ the aliens in Chicken Little come for... unexplained reasons)\\
The main character has a scene of them having a good time (Jimmy and friends enjoy life without parental control/ Chicken little wins the baseball championship)\\
Both discover evidence of an alien invasion (Jimmy finds the note that doesn't match his parents' handwriting/ Chicken Little found a piece of the sky)\\
Both try to confront the aliens (Jimmy organizes all the kids to build spaceships and travel to another planet/ the fish gets captured and Chicken Little chases the spaceship)\\
Both have a scene where the main character explores the aliens' culture (Jimmy witnesses the Yokiens' advancements/ \\
The aliens find out about the main characters and attack (the Yokiens capture Jimmy and the kids/ the aliens in Chicken Little flat-out attack the town)\\
Both main characters have a heart-to-heart speech during the threat (Cindy talks Jimmy into breaking them out/ Buck and Chicken Little make up during the invasion)\\
They both stop the aliens while giving a monologue (Jimmy gets offended by the aliens making fun of his size/ Chicken Little and Buck convince the alien leader to be a better parent)\\
The obnoxious girl is no longer a threat (Cindy vows to not be cruel to Jimmy anymore/ Foxy Loxy has her entire personality altered)\\
In the end, it’s all a misunderstanding (Jimmy apologizes to his parents/ the aliens just came to pick acorns)\\
And the characters are the exact same in both movies as well:\\
A short protagonist who is more intelligent than all the rest of the town (Jimmy Neutron/ Chicken Little)\\
Parents that don’t understand the protagonist’s ideas (Hugh and Judy Neutron/ Buck Cluck)\\
An entire town that ridicules him (Retroville/ Oakey Oaks)\\
An obnoxious girl who gains pleasure from ridiculing him (Cindy Vortex/ Foxy Loxy) and her unneeded sidekick (Libby Folfax/ Goosey Loosey)\\
A few losers who are the main character’s only friends, including a fat one (Carl Wheezer/ Runt of the Litter) and a weirdo (Sheen Estevez/ Fish out of Water and Abby Mallard)\\
An annoying teacher (Miss Fowl/ Mr. Woolensworth)\\
A cool kid with a VERY minor role (Nick Dean/ Morkubine Porcupine)\\
Aliens that attack due to a misunderstanding (the Yokians/ the aliens from Chicken Little, whatever they’re called) including their overly angry leader (King Goobot/ Kirby’s father) and and an a really annoying one (Ooblar/ Kirby)\\
One last note that makes them similar is that they both have good CGI animation, but nothing Disney or Dreamworks quality. And they both have soundtracks composed entire of pop songs.
* FootPopping: Done by Abby when kissed.
* FurryConfusion: Chicken Little has a broken egg for a rug. Yolk and all.
* FurryReminder: Various animals are shown dropping furry reminders from time to time.
* GangOfBullies: Foxy Loxy and Goosey Loosey.
* GentleGiant: Runt of the Litter.
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: 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. Except for Abby who doesn't wear pants and for 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.
* 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 Foxey.
* 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 a hold of the story and butchers it right into a stereotypical SciFi action film.
* MurderIsTheBestSolution: [[spoiler:The aliens were actually peaceful acorn gatherers, but when their son disappeared, they immediately decided the best solution to the problem would be to blow up the 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 the one at the start, ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk''.
* 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]]
* 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!"
* ProtagonistTitle
* 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.
* 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''.
* 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''.
* 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.]]
* 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 read 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 for 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 dodge-balls 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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