Tear Jerker / Chicken Run

Never again will chickens ever make you feel so much...

  • After Bunty tells Ginger that the odds of their escaping were a million to one, Ginger replies sturdily, "Then there's still a chance." She manages to keep her composure until leaving the hut, where she breaks down crying. It's a genuinely emotional moment.
  • Ginger seems to be some kind of magnet for tearjerker moments:
    • The aforementioned "bursts into tears" scene.
    • Watching a flock of migrating birds from the roof of her hut.
    • "We've got to get out of here."
    • "I care about what happens to them!"
    • Towards the end, we have this precious little scene; when Rocky leaves the farm, Ginger - the only chicken left who still truly believes escape is possible - finally loses it. Her lifelong dream and her chance at love having been crushed in one fell swoop, she goes into a Heroic B.S.O.D. and bitterly tells her friends that "Our only way out of here is wrapped in pastry." The slapstick mudfight immediately following this does not make it better. The cutie has been broken.
  • Rocky's reaction when Ginger is seemingly killed by Mrs. Tweedy can be pretty heart tugging. The next shot reveals that he started crying.
  • Edwina's death has an even deeper impact than possibly imagined with the simple exchange of dialogue between two characters.
    Ginger: (Whispering) Bunty! Why didn't you give her some of yours?!
    Bunty: (Whispering) I would have! But she didn't tell me! She didn't tell anyone!
    • This simple exchange of dialogue reveals every subtle detail we need to know about this scene:
      • 1) That morning, Edwina KNEW she was going to die.
      • 2) It's clearly stated that if she had told the others, any of them would've most likely been more than happy to give her an egg, allowing her to survive.
      • 3) She willingly refused to inform anyone.
    • With the above factors in mind, one conclusion is drawn: Edwina was so miserable in the chicken pen that she purposely allowed herself to be chosen as a means of freedom through (what essentially amounts to) suicide. Go watch that scene again and wonder if the expression on Edwina's face is fear... or anticipation? *thunk*
      • The way she is not even resisting, but just meekly hangs there upside down reinforced this.
    • Or consider an alternate interpretation: she became essentially a martyr. Seeing an normally productive hen such as Bunty lay less eggs than usual could've been taken as a sign that she wouldn't have been worth keeping within some weeks. And that could be said of any other chicken. Edwina simply preferred to accept her fate rather than risk having someone else be unjustly killed because of her.
    • And then it's revealed she doesn't even leave the farm at all. Her execution is just a hen house away to the chopping block. And even if the actual kill is off-screen, the OST, the timing, and chickens' reactions to it makes it very uncomfortable to watch. The chickens all then sadly walk away to the rest of their day! It is clear that by this point, this has happened so many times that they feel they can't do anything about it!
  • And then comes the scene a little bit after that, where it's revealed that practically all of them, except for Ginger, have pretty much accepted their fate. OUCH.
    Ginger: Think, everyone, think! What haven't we tried yet?
    Bunty: We haven't tried not trying to escape.
    Ginger: ...What about Edwina? How many more empty nests will it take?!
    Bunty: Well, perhaps it wouldn't be empty if she'd spent more time laying, and less time escaping!
    Ginger: So laying eggs all your life, then getting plucked, stuffed, and roasted is good enough for you, is it?
    Babs: It's a living.
  • Rocky, after arguing with Ginger about her being "difficult", sees all the other chickens absolutely depressed. They're all just laying or walking around, completley heartbroken by the fact they're all going to be killed. Some of them are wiping their eyes from tears and Bunty is just scooping up seed and letting it fall through her hand.
    • The kicker? Babs is knitting a noose. Just the hearthbroken expression on her face as she looks at it is enough to bawl your eyes out.
  • At the end of the montage of the chickens building the crate, Babs jokingly calls Ginger "doll face" which Rocky used to do. Ginger clearly gets upset hearing this and slowly looks over at his poster (which for some reason she didn't remove). It then cuts to Rocky far away somewhere, riding a tricycle as he sings "The Wanderer". He acts happy at first, then his expression changes as he sings "And when I find myself falling for some girl...". He's clearly thinking about Ginger too.