Trivia / Chicken Little

  • Actor Allusion:
  • Box Office Bomb: Budget, $150 million. Box office, $135,386,665 (domestic), $179,046,172 (worldwide).
  • Creator Killer: Though it was still commercially successful, it did need international box office, plus its critical derision did helmer Mark Dindal's career no favors after he was shafted on Cats Don't Dance a decade prior, and he hasn't been able to hold on to an animation gig since. The dealings at Disney and Michael Eisner attempting to beat former protege Jeffrey Katzenberg at his own game through this film brought down his career as well, and he ended up taking animation head David Stainton with him when Stainton was replaced by Ed Catmull.
  • End of an Age: In a sense; the film was one of the last to come out of Disney's Dork Age and followed a long string of films that were either financial flops or critical failures, which saw Disney's shares and appeal drop dramatically following the close of the Renaissance Era. It was Chicken Little among other such films that prompted Roy E. Disney to oust Michael Eisner from the studio, ushering in Bob Iger and lifting Disney out of its long slump.
  • Executive Meddling: The movie originally stuck to the fable by using a female Chicken Little and you can even see the original opening with the female Chicken Little on the DVD special features. Michael Eisner had her changed to a boy to appeal better to young boys.
  • Follow the Leader: It's hard not to notice that the film is aping the Shrek formula to a T, albeit with slightly less anti-Disney humor (in this case, it's more self-deprecating).
  • Image Source: Fish Out of Water gives us Mobile Fishbowl.
  • Marth Debuted in "Smash Bros.": Kingdom Hearts II came out before the actual movie in Japan, so this was Chicken Little's official introduction to Japanese audiences.
  • Name's the Same: This isn't the only work with an alien named Kirby.
  • Old Shame: After getting slammed for trying to capitalize on the snarky, edgy DreamWorks style, Disney pretty much forgot that this movie ever happened, helped in part by John Lasseter becoming the new studio head.
  • The Other Marty: Holly Hunter was originally cast as Chicken Little and recorded all her dialogue before the film was rewritten. Zach Braff replaced her.
  • Relationship Voice Actor: In the Japanese dub, Foxy Loxy and Tina the Alien Mom previously worked together as Sailor Venus and Sailor Moon respectively.
  • Stillborn Franchise: Chicken Little's critical thrashing and the changing of the guard at Disney ended this franchise very quickly.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Chicken Little was going to stay closer to the original story, by having Chicken Little bea female, and the original villain of the movie was called "Wolf-in-Sheep's-Clothing." This character wound up being cut out of that animated feature entirely when WDFA dropped this picture's original sleep away-camp-based plot and opted to go with an aliens-from-outer-space-invading storyline instead.
    • There was going to be a Chicken Little 2. In the story, Chicken Little finds himself in the midst of a love triangle. His childhood sweetheart Abby Mallard would go against a very attractive new student, Raffaela, who was a French sheep. Abby’s at a tremendous disadvantage here, being an “ugly-duckling”, so she goes to great lengths to give herself a makeover. The film getting critically crushed and John Lasseter getting back into Disney Animation cracked this egg before it could cook.
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