Animation: Leafie, a Hen into the Wild

It's a tough world, for a hen.

An animated film from South Korea, released in 2011. It tells the story of a battery hen named Leafie, who manages to escape the cage where she spent all her life and make it into the wild. Through series of events, she comes across a duck egg, whose mother had been killed by the weasel. Having never sat on any of her eggs back on the farm, she does so eagerly, to (surprisingly) no protest from the egg's father. She promises the father duck, whom Leafie names Wanderer, to take the duckling to the everglade when he hatches. After the duckling does hatch, he and Leafie embark on their their journey there, and the story proper begins.

One of the best-looking and highest grossing animated films from S. Korea (watched by 2.2 million), Leafie is also quite a Tear Jerker, particularly in the controversial final scene, where Leafie willingly offers herself up as a hot meal to her antagonist One-Eye the weasel, whose children would otherwise starve, and is killed. As a result the entry is heavily spoilered. You have been warned.


  • Animated Adaptation: It's an animated version of a South Korean novel of the same name.
  • Antagonist in Mourning: One-Eye's seen shedding tears before she delivers the final bite to Leafie.
  • Birth/Death Juxtaposition: Greenie hatches shortly after Wanderer is killed.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Greenie becomes the guard duck of his flock and is able to set out and see the world while Leafie lets herself be eaten by One-Eye so the weasel babies can survive.
  • Blatant Lies: Leafie's reassurance that she will wait for Greenie. She sacrifices herself to One-Eye instead so that another mother won't have to watch her children die.
  • Disney Death:
    • Greenie falls off a cliff, and is presumably killed. While Leafie sobs her heart out, the audience finds out that he spontaneously learned to fly and is safe after all.
    • Averted at the end. The audience is expecting everything to be okay and everyone will have their own happy ending... until Leafie sacrifices herself so that One-Eye's babies can survive.
  • Dub Name Change: Leafie becomes Daisy, Greenie becomes Willie, Wanderer becomes Wilson, and the weasel loses her name entirely.
  • Furry Female Mane / Gender-Inverted Trope: The two main male duck characters and most if not all of the background male ducks have "hair" (really feathers), but most if not all of the female characters lack these.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar / Animals Lack Attributes Averted: The weasel's nipples are shown in all versions of the film, though it's not for a perverted reason. It appears to be there to cement the fact that she is the mother of the baby weasels.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Mercifully, Leafie's death is off-screen, and the camera cuts back to a distant shot to show One-Eye dragging the mutilated body away.
  • Happily Adopted: Greenie. Initially subverted when Greenie first finds out that Leafie's different, but becomes the trope after his mom saves him from having his wings cut off.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Wanderer to protect the unborn Greenie, as well as Leafie at the end of the film to save One-Eye and her babies.
  • Honorary Uncle: Mayor to Greenie. Greenie even calls him "uncle" at one point.
  • Humans Are Bastards: The owner of the chicken farm, who is the only human shown in the film, tries to cut off Greenie's wings.
  • Interspecies Adoption
  • Interspecies Romance: Leafie's unrequited affection for Wanderer.
  • I Will Wait for You: Leafie promises to wait for Greenie at the end of the movie. Unfortunately, that doesn't pan out too well, seeing as she let herself be eaten by the weasel.
  • Mama Hen: Leafie. Even to the extent of a Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Monster Is a Mommy: One-Eye the weasel.
  • The Nicknamer: Leafie.
  • No Indoor Voice: Leafie has a habit of shouting. She seems to pass it onto Greenie.
  • Not So Different: Leafie and One-Eye, who are both mothers just looking out for their young.
  • Predators Are Mean: The weasel One-Eye. Subverted at the end, when it's revealed she's just trying to provide food for her new children. When Leafie offers herself so One-Eye and her babies won't starve, you can see the weasel is crying before the final pounce.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: While a good portion of the ensemble can be defined by this trope, baby Greenie steals it all, as he pretty much fits this to a tee.
  • She's a Man in Japan: Bizarrely, the English dub refers to the weasel with male pronouns, despite the character still clearly being female.
  • Toilet Humour: On several occasions. At one point, we're treated to a rather gratuitous shot of Mayor pooping.
  • Xenofiction: The world from Leafie's perspective, in birth and in death.

Alternative Title(s):

Leafie A Hen Into The Wild