Disney / Chicken Little

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Nope, this never happens in the movie.note 

Chicken Little is a 2005 computer-animated film produced by Walt Disney Animation, and their first completely CG film not by Pixar. It is the 46th film in the Disney Animated Canon, and is also Disney's first movie to be completely made via computer animation (2000's 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 Science Fiction 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 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 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 game adaptations, one of them based in the movie-within-the-movie.

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

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 Downer Ending with the bad guy winning, which is lampshaded by the narrator.

Tropes in the movie:

  • Adaptation Personality Change: In-Universe. The Film Within a Film of Chicken Little completely twists all of the main characters. Adventurous Cloud Cuckoolander Fish is a Mr. Spock expy, panicky Runt is a stalwart boar, Ugly Cute but helpful Abby is stunning but helpless, and nerdy, Adorkable Chicken Little is an rugged Action Hero.
  • Advertised Extra: 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.'
  • Aliens Speaking English: Averted by Kirby, but played straight with his parents.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: With the exception of Abby, Runt and Fish out of Water, Chicken Little is shunned by everyone, including his father.
  • Alternative Foreign Theme Song: The theme song for the Japanese dub is "Itsuka Kitto" by Mayo Okamoto. For the Latin American dub there was "Todos Tenemos A Alguien" (We All Have Somebody) by Alejandro Lerner.
  • Anticlimax: The "invasion." Wait, that's it? That's all there is?
  • Apathetic Citizens: 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.
  • Audible Gleam: 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.
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Most of the cast.
  • Berserk Button: Normally Chicken Little puts up with Foxy Loxy's bullying...but he gets angry when she decides to throw a dodge ball at Abby.
  • Big Damn Kiss: Chicken Little does one on Abby during the invasion.
  • Break the Cutie: 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.
  • Brick Joke: Chicken Little's Origami pants, which his movie counterpart wears at the end when he and Movie!Abby fly off.
  • Broken Aesop: The movie inverts the original tale's.
  • Butt Monkey: Chicken Little.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Foxy Loxy tries to do this to the aliens... it doesn't end well.
  • Can Not Spit It Out: "Big acorn lebefluh"
  • Cassandra Truth: Naturally, nobody believes Chicken Little about the UFO...
  • Catch Phrase: Chicken Little says "Who we talkin' about?" a lot. Though this is normally because he breaks down under the pressure.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: The Mayor, though he has moments of lucidity.
  • Contagious Cassandra Truth: When the title character finally succeeded in convincing his friend that "the sky is falling" (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.
  • Cue Card: Turkey Lurkey's aides hold up cue cards to inform him on how to act, including one telling him his fly is open.
  • Cute Mute: Fish Out of Water.
  • Determinator: Chicken Little will stop at nothing to gain his father's approval and restore his reputation.
  • Disaster Dominoes: Chicken Little has a habit of creating more than a few of these, some intentionally, some not.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: 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.
  • Dodgeball Is Hell: An early scene.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: 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.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: The titular character appeared in Japan in Kingdom Hearts II 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.
  • Embarrassed by a Child: 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."
  • Fish out of Water: Happens literally.
  • Foot Popping: Done by Abby when kissed.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: In-Universe. 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.
  • Furry Confusion: Chicken Little has a broken egg for a rug. Yolk and all.
  • Furry Reminder: Various animals are shown doing things that pertain to their species from time to time.
  • Gang of Bullies: Foxy Loxy and Goosey Loosey.
  • Gentle Giant: Runt of the Litter.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: When Fish looks to be dead, Runt gets scared & pulls out two bags at once to breathe into. He turns out OK.
  • Go Through Me: Buck places his son behind him when the alien father confronts them about "kidnapping" Kirby.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: 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 mostly or completely nude.
  • Hand or Object Underwear: Little loses his pants in one scene, and covers himself with his schoolwork.
  • Heel–Face Brainwashing: Foxy, although many find it more like Mind Rape.
  • High-Tech Hexagons: 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 a panel from the hull of an invisible alien spaceship.
  • Hollywood Chameleon: The chameleons posing as streetlights.
  • Hyperventilation Bag: Runt does this so hard he accidentally swallows it.
  • Improvised Clothes: Chicken Little makes origami pants out of his homework.
  • Jerk Jock: Foxy Loxy is unusual in that she is a female one, rather than being the Alpha Bitch.
  • Jump Scare: Strange that it's in a kid's movie.
  • Karaoke Box: During the scene where Abby and Runt are singing "Wannabe".
  • Malicious Misnaming: Abby's nickname of "Ugly Duckling", as given to her by Foxy.
  • Merchandise-Driven: 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.
  • Missing Mom: 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.
  • Mobile Fishbowl: 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.
  • Mood Motif
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Lampshaded; at the end, Hollywood gets hold of the story and butchers it right into a stereotypical Sci-Fi action film.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: 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.
  • 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 Adam West.
  • Nerds Are Innocent: Chicken Little is a nerdy and creative boy with an optimistic and idealistic outlook on life.
  • Never Live It Down: 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."
  • No Respect Guy: Chicken Little, when it turns out he was sort of right about the sky falling.
  • Overprotective Dad: Kirby's father, definitely.
  • Papa Wolf:
    • 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!"
  • Parental Neglect: 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 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.
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality: Foxy Loxy's "improvement". Yeah, she was a Jerk Jock, 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 Mind Rape victim.
  • Reference Overdosed: Nearly every scene has a reference to some other film, including a few seconds of The Lion King's intro in the beginning.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Whether you hate the movie or not, there's one thing everyone agrees on: Chicken Little is utterly adorable.
  • Shout-Out: 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 Mulan and her weights.
  • Similar to the Show: One of the trailers resembled one made for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy movie (Disney produced both films). The movie posters and the box art for the DVD borrow from the then-current Men in Black II.
  • Southern Belle: Foxy Loxy gets mindraped into one in the ending, and they keep her like that.
  • Telepathic Sprinklers: In the dodgeball scene, the title character accidentally pulls the fire alarm which sets off the fire sprinklers.
  • Theme Naming: The characters names either rhyme with the species of animal they are (as in the original story), or form an animal-related idiom.
  • Toothy Bird: Abby with her ever-present buck teeth. Movie Within A Movie Chicken Little has teeth too.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: Movie Within A Movie Chicken Little.
  • Trailer Spoof: See above.
  • The Unintelligible: Fish, who wears a water-filled helmet and communicates through bubbling sounds.
  • Voice of the Legion: The alien leader's. It was just a trick.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: 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.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Kirby the alien's parents were so desperate to find their lost son that they brought the Galactic Armada to Earth.
  • What the Hell, Townspeople?: 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 (which turned out to be true). In the end, you can't help but think they'll get Aesop Amnesia 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.
  • World of Funny Animals: With a unique Aversion of No Cartoon Fish.
  • You Have to Believe Me: Chicken Little says this a lot.
  • You Were Trying Too Hard: 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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