* AcceptableTargets: Americans. Naturally the one American rooster is lightheartedly made fun of in an English setting.
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** Is Rocky a {{Jerkass}} [[spoiler: who lead the girls on false promises and turned their backs on them only to have a sudden attack of conscience that prompts him to return]], or is he a sympathetic man (or rooster) who was put into this situation by a goal driven chicken who would stop at nothing to get what she wants, and gets treated like a Jerkass even though he technically, never lied in the first place?
** Edwina. Did she not tell anyone because [[DontYouDarePityMe she didn't want them to worry about her]], or did she do it deliberately because she ''wanted'' to die?
** Did Mr. Tweedy [[spoiler: drop the door on Mrs. Tweedy]] by accident? [[TheDogBitesBack Or was he finally tired of the abuse she constantly put him through and did it deliberately?]] [[WhatCouldHaveBeen This was the case in an early cut of the film]], and it's not helped by how awkwardly the scene was edited.
* AnimationAgeGhetto: ''WesternAnimation/ChickenRun'' is a semi-mature film, but was billed as a children's film. According to Wiki/{{Wikipedia}}, the producers attempted to avert this by dropping a character from the early scripts named Nobby (who was supposed to be Ginger's little brother, and thus the KidAppealCharacter) in order to avoid being excessively cute.
* AwardSnub: Despite critical acclaim, a determined campaign from Aardman and preference by a number of Academy voters, the movie failed to gain a Best Picture nomination. This would result in the creation of the Best Animated Feature category the next year.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic:
** Following their triumph with the ''WesternAnimation/{{Antz}}'' score, John Powell and Harry Gregson-Williams made this score, possibly the best score to ever feature a ''kazoo''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUDCbOVmSdU Main Titles]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFR3Fmx2BP4&feature=related Building the Crate]] stand out.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsEsoJn9trI Flip, Flop and Fly]], heard during the dance scene, also counts.
** [[https://youtu.be/4YfX_ubhVK8 The Chickens Are Revolting]] is magnificent.
* BrokenBase: Creator/MelGibson's presence in light of his questionable religious (see: anti-Semitic) beliefs has some people disowning this film as a result, while others are more forgiving because the movie is just so damn good.
* DesignatedVillain: Mr. Tweedy, to an extent. Mrs. Tweedy, on the other hand, averts this by being much, much nastier (for example, the [[SlasherSmile evil grin]] on her face just before Edwina gets the chop shows that, yes, Mrs. Tweedy ''[[ForTheEvulz enjoys]]'' [[AxCrazy killing them]]).
* EndingFatigue: There are three separate climaxes. It becomes a bit tiresome by the middle of the second.
%%* EnsembleDarkhorse: Babs.
* GutPunch: Edwina's death (complete with her ''bones'' on a dinner table right after), drives home the point that Mrs. Tweedy (and the film) aren't fooling around.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: You know how this movie has a concentration camp metaphor? You know how Creator/MelGibson is in this movie? [[RuleOfThree You know how]] Gibson made anti-Semitic comments that one time?
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Timothy Spall became more famous a few years later playing [[Franchise/HarryPotter another rat]].
** Co-director Creator/NickPark's first professional animation job was on Music/PeterGabriel's "Sledgehammer" video, animating (wait for it) two dancing chickens.
* HoYay: Nick and Fetcher seems to be a little closer than just being ThoseTwoGuys and HeterosexualLifePartners.
-->'''Fetcher:''' ''(practically swooning)'' Wanna dance?
-->'''Nick:''' ... alright.
* IronWoobie: Let's just say Ginger has to put up with a ''lot'' over the course of the film.
* JerkassWoobie: Mr. Tweedy. With all the abuses he takes from his predominant and nasty wife, it's not hard to feel a bit sorry for him.
* MemeticMutation: "In the quite likely case of an emergency, stick your head between your knees and kiss your bum good-bye!" So much so that one TV spot jokingly [[{{Bowdlerise}} bleeped out the word "bum"]].
** Also, Mrs. Tweedy has made it VERY clear what her motivation is: being sick & tired of making minuscule profits.
* MisaimedMarketing: Despite the film being about chickens trying to avoid being turned into food, Burger King restaurants in the US and Canada promoted the film by adding airplaned-shaped chicken tenders to the Big Kids Meal menu.
* {{Narm}}: [[spoiler:Ginger]]'s DisneyDeath can lose its shock pretty quickly, especially when you [[SpecialEffectFailure notice that the top of her head is still slightly visible]], making it glaringly obvious what really happened.
%%** [[ItMakesSenseInContext "You are going to be a pie!"]]
* MoralEventHorizon: She had been imprisoning them in her farm since day one and killing them when they can't lay any more eggs, but Mrs. Tweedy crosses it when she decides to cook each of them into chicken pies.
* SugarWiki/NoProblemWithLicensedGames: The game based on the movie is a pretty good stealth game (''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: [[Recycled In Space with chickens! ]]
]]) with exciting levels and funny mini-games.
* SpecialEffectFailure: As noted above, the top of [[spoiler:Ginger]]'s head can still be seen after Mrs. Tweety attempts to decapitate it, making it obvious that it, well, wasn't.
* SpiritualAdaptation: The premise revolves around a prison-like meat farm that cruelly mistreats its workers on the verge of bankruptcy, so the head of the business resorts to selling the workers as food, leading to an escape. This sounds like ''VideoGame/{{Oddworld}}: Abe's Oddysee,'' doesn't it?
* SugarWiki/SuperlativeDubbing: The Norwegian dub used a hilarious cast of women giving nearly all the chickens different dialects and accents. Perhaps it's the 'style' of the original dub to have the chickens speak in a calm and low manner, but the Norwegian cast seemed to give a lot more emotion to every line and they clearly had a blast dubbing it.
* UnfortunateCharacterDesign: The chickens' bodies consist of two bulbous hips and cylindrical torsos. If you only look at their bodies from the shoulders down, they look like, well, let's just say, [[{{Pun}} a cock]]. Even the female ones.
* {{Woolseyism}}: In the original version, when Mac speaks to Rocky for the first time, he asks "Was that English?" to reference her heavy Scottish accent. In the Swedish dub, he instead asks "Was that Norwegian?" when she speak heavily in an East Gothland accent. The joke is that while Swedish and Norwegian are vastly different, if you speak slow enough, both parties can understand each other.