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[[caption-width-right:295:The cast of ''Chicken Run'', from left to right: Ginger and Rocky, foreground; Mac, Fowler, and Babs, midground; Mr. and Mrs. Tweedy, background; Nick and Fetcher at bottom corners.]]

''Chicken Run'' is a 2000 stop-action animated film, the first in three collaborations between {{Dreamworks}} and AardmanAnimations. Best described as ''Film/TheGreatEscape'' -- [[RecycledINSPACE with]] [[CluckingFunny chickens]].

A ginger chicken named "[[ShapedLikeItself Ginger]]" is the ringleader in the attempts of the chickens to escape from Mr and Mrs Tweedy's Chicken Farm, a prison where they must lay eggs at least once a week [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness or face being beheaded and end up on the dinner plate]]. Ginger is at her wit's end having found she is now unable to convince the others into any more escape attempts ([[ForegoneConclusion which end with them in failure and her being locked in solitary confinement in a coal bunker]]). Then a rooster named Rocky, who can apparently fly, falls from the sky and [[BlatantLies agrees to teach the chickens how to fly like him]], in return for Ginger keeping mum on his presence.

However [[BigBad Mrs. Tweedy]], tiring of the low profits selling eggs brings her, decides to convert her business into chicken pot pies. Needless to say, things get drastic in a hurry and Ginger must get the whole coop into the air before they all become mincemeat.

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!!Tropes featured:

* AccessoryWearingCartoonAnimal: None of the chickens wears real clothes, but they all wear accessories such as scarves, necklaces, and bandannas.
* AffectionateParody:
** Of ''Film/TheGreatEscape''. There are also a good number of references to ''Film/{{Stalag 17}}'' and ''Series/HogansHeroes''.
** The Video Game adaptation borrows its mechanics from ''Franchise/MetalGear''.
* TheAllegedCar: [[spoiler:Subverted with the "crate", an airplane made out of whatever the chickens could find. Doesn't look like much, but it works perfectly.]]
* AlliterativeName: Rocky Rhodes.
--> [[LampshadeHanging Catchy, ain't it?]]
* AllOfThem:
--> '''Mrs. Tweedy:''' Get the chickens.
--> '''Mr. Tweedy:''' Which ones?
--> '''Mrs. Tweedy:''' ''All'' of them!
* AlmostKiss: Rocky and Ginger almost kiss at one point before being interrupted by Mrs. Tweedy. Wait, how do you animate chickens kissing, anyway? (A quick [[StealthPun peck]] on the cheek, perhaps?)
* AlreadyUndoneForYou: When falling towards a load of spinning blades in the pie machine, Rocky grabs a bar at the side which falls down and stops his fall. There is no sign of how Ginger survived moments before, however...
* AmericaWinsTheWar
--> '''Fowler:''' Pushy Americans. Always showing up late for every war. Overpaid, [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar over-sexed]] and [[YankeeDoodleDandy over here!]]
** This was an actual complaint that British soldiers had of American soldiers in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, due to the US Army paying better, and their willingness to use that extra money to get girls. The Americans usually countered that complaint by saying that the problem with the British troops was that they were underpaid, under-sexed, and under [[UsefulNotes/DwightDEisenhower Eisenhower]].
* AmusingInjuries:
** Mr Tweedy banging his head on the roof of the hut [[spoiler: and, near the end, BY the roof of the hut]].
** Rocky getting hit on the head by a feeding trough.
* AskAStupidQuestion: Provides the page quote:
-->'''Mr. Tweedy:''' Oooh, that's champion, that is... What is it?
-->'''Mrs. Tweedy:''' It's a pie machine, you idiot. Chickens go in; pies come out.
-->'''Mr. Tweedy:''' Oh, what kind of pies?
-->'''Mrs. Tweedy:''' Apple.
-->'''Mr. Tweedy:''' ''[excitedly]'' [[CompletelyMissingThePoint My favourite!]]
-->'''Mrs. Tweedy:''' ''Chicken'' pies, you great lummox!
* AxCrazy: Mrs. Tweedy goes totally berserk against the chickens in the climax, and earns double points for actually wielding an ax.
* BabiesEverAfter: [[spoiler:In the epilogue, Mac is shown giving a group of peeps a ride in the catapult she had designed at the beginning of the movie. Presumably they're all Ginger and Rocky's.]]
* BadBoss: Mrs. Tweedy constantly mistreats her [[JustForPun henpecked]] husband while bossing him around.
* BadVibrations: All of the chicken coops are rattled ominously when the pie machine turns on. The use of this trope also gets Lampshaded.
* BambooTechnology: The chickens manage to make some elaborate mechanical contraptions out of spare parts and wood. Eventually they build [[spoiler:a working airplane out of their chicken coops, which is entirely pedal-powered.]]
* BarefootCartoonAnimal: The rats Nick and Fetcher don't wear shoes but are otherwise fully clothed.
* TheBechdelTest: Considering that there are only five male characters (Rocky, Fowler, Mr. Tweedy, Nick and Fetcher) and the film is set on a hen farm, the movie passes both the original ''and'' amended version with [[JustForPun flying colors]].
* BecomingTheBoast: Rocky and Fowler are an interesting contrast. Both of them make big boasts that they they can't live up to -- Rocky's claim that he can fly, and Fowler's vague allusions to being in the Royal Air Force, which the others mistake for him having been a pilot. Rocky runs away rather than face the shame of exposure, only to return when his guilty conscience gets the better of him. After revealing that his service in the RAF was as a ''mascot'', Fowler agrees to take the wheel of the plane because [[ClosestThingWeGot he still has more familiarity with airplanes than anyone else]].
* BecomingPartOfTheImage: During the climactic scene Mrs. Tweedy gets rammed into a billboard advertising her chicken pies, and has the smiling version of her face from the billboard stuck over her real one. When she rips the paper off, her actual expression is completely AxCrazy.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Ginger and Rocky have traces of this.
* BerserkButton: Ginger gets fed up pretty quickly of being called "doll face" by Rocky.
* BigBad: Mrs. Tweedy. While Mr. Tweedy seems to have inherited the farm from his parents before he married her, Mrs. Tweedy is definitely the one in charge, continually [[HenpeckedHusband bosses him around]] and sets up the plan to kill all the chickens.
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:Rocky's return in the climax; while Mrs. Tweedy has Ginger pinned to the ground and is threatening to kill her, Rocky comes ''flying over the fence on a tricycle,'' screaming Ginger's name as he does so.]]
* BigEater: Most of the hens are pretty gluttonous, especially Babs. The exceptions are Ginger and Mac, who are ''considerably'' skinnier than all the other hens. They're about the same size as Rocky and Fowler.
--> '''Babs:''' Chicken feed. My favorite!
* BigNo: Done by Rocky when [[spoiler:Mrs. Tweedy seemingly kills Ginger]]. Includes a FutileHandReach.
* BigShutUp: When Ginger has a EurekaMoment while the other chickens are fighting in the mud, she makes them stop and pay attention by yelling, "Everyone! SHUT! UP!".
* BoxedCrook: Rocky is an interesting variation in that the ultimatum for getting out -- without being ratted out and sent back to the circus -- is helping everyone else get out as well.
* BrawnHilda: Bunty is big, strong, and unladylike.
* BreakTheCutie: Ginger goes through all ''kinds'' of hell, no doubt about it.
* BreakUpMakeUpScenario: Rocky abandons Ginger and the other chickens right before the climax despite their because [[spoiler:he can't actually fly]], but comes back to help in the nick of time. While she slaps him for leaving them, she forgives him because he came back and they get together at the end.
* BriefAccentImitation: Ginger imitates Rocky's American accent while saying she wouldn't expect a "Lone Free Ranger" to know anything about caring for her friends; When Rocky gets the idea to launch the chickens with an elastic band, he imitates the way that Scottish-accented Mac pronounces "Thrrrust".
* BrickJoke: During the staff meeting, Fowler gets covered by a sock to hide him and prevent Mr Tweedy from seeing him. When Ginger leaves Hut 17 at the end of the scene, Fowler (still covered by the sock) falls over and hurts himself. The muffled grunt of pain as he hits the floor makes it all the funnier.
* BritishAccents: Everyone has a UK accent except for the American Rocky, who makes a point of not understanding a word the Scottish-accented Mac says.
* ButtMonkey: Nothing ever goes right for Mr. Tweedy, who gets injured and humiliated throughout the movie.
* CaptainObvious: This little exchange near the end. It's meant to be a big plot twist, but it's just so obvious that you can't help but laugh.
-->'''Ginger''': But you're supposed to be up there! You're the pilot!\\
'''Fowler''': Don't be ridiculous. I can't fly this contraption.\\
'''Ginger''': "Back in your day"? The Royal Air Force?\\
'''Fowler''': 644 Squadron, Poultry Division - we were the mascots.\\
'''Ginger''': You mean you never actually ''flew'' the plane?\\
'''Fowler''': Good heavens, no! I'm a chicken! The Royal Air Force doesn't let chickens behind the controls of complex aircraft!
* CaptivityHarmonica: Parodied when Rocky comes back to find the chickens milling about the overturned food trough, having just heard from Ginger that they're all going to die, and there's one hen playing a mournful harmonica.
* CassandraTruth: [[TheCloudCuckoolanderWasRight Mr. Tweedy's belief that the chickens are "organized."]]
** IWarnedYou: Said by Mr. Tweedy to Mrs. Tweedy the SoreLoser in possibly the meekest example of this trope after the chickens revolt and fly the coop.
--->'''Mr. Tweedy''': I ''told'' you, they was organized.\\
'''Mrs. Tweedy''': ''(gnashing her teeth at him)'' GRRRRR!
* TheCasanova: Rocky, coupled with [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Getting Crap Past The Radar]] below. He says he is brought to England because of [[StealthPun all the beautiful English chicks]]. A few moments later, he is mid-sentence in that scene when he meets the rest of the chickens properly, he turns to one of them, winks at her and goes smoothly, "Hi, how are you?", causing her to faint.
* ChangedMyMindKid: [[spoiler:Rocky abandons Ginger and the others before the climax because he knows he's a sham, but he comes back just in time to save Ginger from Mrs. Tweety and join the escape.]]
* ChekhovsGun: Why on earth did they make such a big deal of showing the Christmas lights getting caught on [[spoiler:the plane's wheel]]? Oh, now they're using it to climb! But I'm sure they don't serve any other... [[spoiler:WAIT A MINUTE! IS THAT MRS. TWEEDY?!?]]
** Another example is the turnip catapult from the escape meeting scene, which shows up again in the climax when it's used to launch eggs at the attacking Mrs. Tweedy. [[spoiler:But it doesn't stop her.]]
** The hole dug under the fence at the beginning with the spoon. First used in that scene, [[spoiler:then it's later revealed Rocky used the same hole to escape from the farm]].
%%** Rocky's tricycle.
%%** Gnomes.
** Both Babs' passion for knitting and Bunty's egg laying capabilities come in pretty useful [[spoiler: when building the 'crate'.]]
* ChekhovsGunman: Fowler. He spends most of the film rambling about the RAF, then in the third act his stories inspire Ginger to [[spoiler:build the crate and he ultimately becomes its pilot]].
* ChickMagnet: Rocky shows up, and practically all of the hens except Ginger are immediately swooning over him. Since they're all chickens this makes Rocky a ''literal'' chick magnet too.
* {{Claymation}}: The film is animated in stop-motion using plasticine character models.
* ClosestThingWeGot: Fowler wasn't a pilot, but he'd been around them and might have picked up a thing or two.
* ClosetShuffle: Whenever Rocky's presence needs to be hidden from the Tweedys he gets stuffed by the chickens into a cramped space under the floor.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Babs and Fetcher are both very air-headed and spacy, jumping to strange conclusions and not fully grasping what's going on.
* TheCloudcuckoolanderWasRight: Mr. Tweedy is correct in his strange-sounding theory about the hens being smarter than they look, which Mrs. Tweedy finds out the hard way.
* [[CoincidentalBroadcast Coincidental Article]]: Just when Mrs. Tweety exclaims that she's sick and tired of making minuscule profits, a magazine add catches her eye that says, "Sick and tired of making minuscule profits? Turn your chicken farm into a gold mine!" It's for the pie machine.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Babs thought [[spoiler:Rocky had just gone on holiday]]. This got on Bunty's nerves ("Maybe he just wanted to get away from YOUR INFERNAL KNITTING!!"), and this escalated into a huge brawl until Ginger stops it.
* ConscienceMakesYouGoBack: [[spoiler:Rocky leaves the other chickens to fend for themselves just before the climax, but turns back after seeing a billboard for Mrs. Tweedy's Homemade Chicken Pies and realizing that he won't be able to live with himself if he abandons them.]]
* ConspicuousCG: Averted with the rain and the gravy explosion; it melds with the plasticine models perfectly. This is why WesternAnimation/FlushedAway was all-CGI; it's near-impossible to do with clay.
* ConveyorBeltODoom: Three, all in the pie machine. [[spoiler:The first one is sideways with Ginger upside-down. The second is when Ginger and Rocky have their feet stuck in the balls of dough in danger of being crushed. The third is when they are in the pie tin and in danger of being squirted by gravy.]]
* CourtMartialed: Fowler threatens Rocky with a court martial at one point, but it's an empty one as he doesn't really have the authority to go through with it.
* CrapsackWorld: The farm is depicted as one for the chickens. They have no freedom and spend their whole lives laying eggs, and when they can't lay anymore the farmers kill them. It gets worse when Mrs. Tweedy decides she can make more money by turning all of them into pies.
* DanceOfRomance: The dance scene is when Ginger starts to fall for Rocky.
* DeadpanSnarker: Mrs. Tweedy belittles her husband with sacrasm.
--> '''Mrs. Tweedy:''' It's a pie machine. Chickens go in, pie comes out.
--> '''Mr. Tweedy:''' Oooooh. What kind?
--> '''Mrs. Tweedy:''' Apple.
* DeathCourse: The pie machine is a gauntlet full of deadly booby traps for any chicken trying to escape.
* DeathGlare: Ginger does this several times.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Lampshaded here:
--> '''Rocky:''' Flying takes three things; hard work, perseverance and...hard work.
--> '''Fowler:''' You said "hard work" ''twice!''
--> '''Rocky:''' [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments That's because it takes twice as much work as perseverance!]]
* DescriptionCut: This wonderful exchange;
-->'''Mrs Tweedy''': (To her husband after he voices his suspicions of the chickens) They're chickens, you dolt! Apart from you, they're the most stupid creatures on this planet. They don't plot, they don't scheme and they are ''not! organized!''
-->''[Cut to Ginger banging a gavel at (a very rowdy) escape meeting]''
--> '''Ginger:''' Order! ''ORDER!''
* {{Determinator}}: Ginger never gives up no matter how many times her escape attempts fail.
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:Ginger]] gets one in the final escape attempt. [[spoiler:Lasts considerably shorter than most examples, though.]]
* TheDitz: Babs, the farm's resident [[StealthPun "knit-wit"]], who is cheerful and friendly but not very bright.
-->"I don't want to be a pie! [[ComicallyMissingThePoint ...I don't like gravy!"]]
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The whole thing is a gleefully unashamed rewriting of prisoner of war stories... with chickens on a farm. WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids
* DopeSlap: Mrs. Tweedy smacks her husbandon the head with a clipboard for saying something stupid.
* DoubleEntendre: When Mr. Tweedy is outside being [[ZergRush attacked by the rebelling chickens.]]
-->'''Mr. Tweedy:''' ''[covered in chickens]'' Mrs. Tweedy! The chickens are revolting!
-->'''Mrs. Tweedy:''' ''[inside the house, not paying attention]'' [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Finally, something we agree on.]]
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: Averted like hell. Mrs. Tweedy is clearly a monster and her husband is just one of many whom she makes suffer.
* TheDrifter: Rocky likes to imagine himself as a wandering hero who doesn't like staying in one place too long, and plays this part in front of the chickens. [[spoiler:He eventually realizes that this is merely his excuse to leave whenever the going gets tough, and ends up settling down with Ginger instead.]]
* DubNameChange: In the Norwegian dub, the "G" in "Ginger" is removed, becoming "Inger" which is a Norwegian girl's name. "Edwina" was changed to "Katherine".
** In the Swedish dub, their names were changed to Jenny and Elvira, respectively.
* {{Eagleland}}: Well, for Fowler's reaction to Rocky, go to AmericaWinsTheWar. The funny thing is, Rocky is indeed a ''mixed flavour'' leaning towards ''flavour 2''. Quite frankly, Rocky actually [[FridgeBrilliance is also indeed "overpaid, oversexed and over here"]].
** Gets even better in certain dubs where Fowler down right states "Besides, he's an American" [...] "Beware of guys like that, miss Ginger. Americans are unreliable."
* EarnYourHappyEnding: The chickens go through a lot of grief and mortal peril, but everything turns out well for them in the end when they [[spoiler:escape in their airplane and get to enjoy freedom on an island sanctuary.]]
* EmergingFromTheShadows: Ginger's introduction has her hiding in the shadows, and then stepping into the light.
* EmpathicEnvironment: [[spoiler:When Rocky is revealed as a fake after running away and his poster is connected -- Ginger puts the two bits together -- a thunderstorm starts. It is still raining as Ginger is in her [[HeroicBSOD Heroic BSOD]].]]
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: We're introduced to Babs in a way that demonstrates her ditzy, carefree nature:
-->'''Babs:''' Mornin', Ginger. Back from holiday?
-->'''Ginger:''' I wasn't on holiday, Babs, I was in solitary confinement.
-->'''Babs:''' Oh. [[ComicallyMissingThePoint It's nice to get a bit of time to yourself,]] [[TheDitz isn't it?]]
* EurekaMoment: Ginger staring at [[spoiler: Fowler's "medal" (actually one of the commercial flight pins pilots give children), which has ''wings'' on it, gives her the idea that they ''can'' fly away, just not under their own power.]]
* EverythingMakesAMushroom: A gravy explosion looks an awful lot like a mushroom cloud.
* EvilOverlooker: The main posters and DVD cover have Mrs. Tweedy's face projected onto a cloud in the background.
* ExpospeakGag: After Rocky wakes up with an injured wing, there is this bit of dialogue:
--> '''Rocky''': Ouch! What happened to my wing?
-->'''Ginger''': You took a rather nasty fall.
-->'''Mac''': And sprained the anterior tendon connecting your radius to your humerus. I gave her a wee bit of a tweak, Jimmy, and wrapped her up.
-->'''Rocky''': Was that English?
-->'''Ginger''': She said you sprained your wing. She fixed it.
* FacePalm: Ginger after the LiteralMinded reaction to her "Let's not lose our heads" line.
* FailureMontage: The film begins with a montage of Ginger's plans to break out of the farm, each one ending with her being stuck in solitary confinement as punishment.
* FakeUltimateHero: Rocky, who let his "flying rooster" reputation go to his head. Once he had to give an actual demonstration, he [[JustForPun chickened out]].
** To a lesser degree, Fowler. While he never outright said he was a wartime hero, his ramblings gave off that impression. When he finally admits he was just the mascot, he insists that it should have been obvious, since no one would employ chickens as pilots.
* FalseReassurance: Most of Rocky's promises (including the one to teach the hens how to fly) are true except for a few little details which he doesn't bother to mention.
* {{Fanfare}}: With kazoos!
* FatAndSkinny: Mr. Tweedy is fat and his wife Mrs. Tweedy is LeanAndMean; Nick is shorter and fat while his partner Fetcher is tall and skinny.
* FearsomeFoot: Mrs. Tweedy is often introduced in her black boots marching through the chicken farm during inspections, purposely parallelling the visual sight of an approaching concentration camp officer.
* FeatherFingers: In order to show the chickens using human tools, the film treats their wing feathers as if they were fingers. How else would you depict a ''chicken'' using ''scissors''?
* FeetFirstIntroduction: Ginger and Mrs. Tweedy.
* FieryRedhead: Ginger has red feathers, making her the hen equivalent. Perhaps she's a downplayed example since she isn't HotBlooded or irritable to the extent of having a HairTriggerTemper, but she is the most brave and defiant hen and often gets angry at Rocky for not taking things seriously.
* TheFifties: According to the filmmakers, the action takes place in 1959. See entry PeriodPiece for more details.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** Fowler reminisces several times about about "the crate" and his RAF days, which becomes important when [[spoiler:Ginger asks him if he can help them build an airplane and fly it]].
** The magazine with the headline "Turn Your Chicken Farm Into A Goldmine" foreshadows the whole thing with the pie machine that will come into play later.
** Right before Rocky flies in, as Ginger is crying against the fence, we hear and see what appears to be thunder and lightning. [[spoiler: It's the cannon that he was launched from in a circus act, meaning he can't actually fly under his own power. Then, when she puts the missing piecing on the poster, it's companied by DramaticThunder.]]
** And when Rocky is recovering in the hut, he's heard mumbling something about not wanting to get stuffed in there again. It sounds like prison. [[spoiler: It's the cannon]].
** Rocky's poster is torn at the bottom corner. [[spoiler:The missing piece depicted the cannon]].
* [[FiveManBand Five-Chicken Band]]:
** TheLeader: Ginger -- The good-hearted hero who unites the team with a grand vision.
** TheLancer: Rocky -- The cocky, arrogant American showman {{Foil}} to Ginger's demure British TeamMom.
** TheBigGuy: Bunty -- The cynical, brawny, boisterous chicken with the no-nonsense attitude.
** TheSmartGuy: Mac -- The fast-talking GadgeteerGenius who provides the technical know-how.
** TheChick: Babs -- The traditionally feminine chicken with the most good-natured personality.
* FriendInTheBlackMarket: The rats, Nick and Fetcher, are acquaintances of Ginger who sell stolen items to help in her escape attempts. This overlaps with HonestJohnsDealership since their merchandise is stolen and heavily used, but hey--at least it works!
* FreezeFrameBonus: When Mrs Tweedy slams her fist down to shut Mr Tweedy up, their wedding photo is glimpsed in the background.
* FunnyAnimal: On the anthropomorphic scale the chickens are funny animals. They have the shape and proportions of real chickens (barring a few human-like traits such as FeatherFingers), but their intelligence, speech, and behavior are almost just like humans. Nick and Fletcher are also funny animals because of their realistic size despite having more human-like proportions than the chickens; The guard dogs are examples of regular animals because they walk, bark, and behave like actual dogs do.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent:
** During roll call near the beginning of the movie, Bunty pushes aside a dark brown chicken who was sleeping on the spot to make room for Ginger. In the next shot we see the brown chicken getting up and looking dazed. When Mrs. Tweedy starts walking down, Fowler gets on the other side of Bunty; knocking over the dark brown chicken again!
** When Mr Tweedy is trying to repair the pie machine [[spoiler:after Rocky saves Ginger from it, he gets it working, but then it stops again.]] As he presses a button on it, it sends a jet of gravy right at Mrs Tweedy behind him and it hits her in the face. In retaliation she kicks him in the backside. And before that, he plugs in two cables and it covers Mrs Tweedy's face in smoke.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Pops up quite often. Notable examples:
** When the circus ringmaster comes to the farm looking for Rocky, Ginger attempts to out the rooster's presence by yelling out loud "BAWWWWK"s. Considering that they're looking for a rooster in a henhouse, this would be akin to a human woman outing a hiding man by making orgasmic noises.
%%** Fetcher's hat.
** "So... which bunk is mine?" And the enthusiastic response from nearly all the hens in the place.
** During the TrainingMontage, there's a precious moment where Ginger is leaning over and stretching and Rocky ''is checking out her bum. And then she catches him. And he coughs and continues instructing the class. Wow.''
** Mr. Tweedy pretty clearly jumps after Mrs. Tweedy apparently grabs his rear off-screen.
** Ginger stating to Rocky that he's "the answer to their prayers" about their problem. The hens then giggle, to which Rocky responds enthusiastically that he is. He is clearly confused when Ginger says afterwards that he will teach them how to fly, which gives away that since there were no (young) roosters around, he assumed that they wanted to mate with him. All of them.
** Fowler's "Pushy Americans, always late for every war. Overpaid, over-sexed, and over here!" See AmericaWinsTheWar for further info.
* GiveMeLibertyOrGiveMeDeath: Spoofed.
--> '''Ginger:''': We'll either die free chickens, or die trying!
--> '''Babs:''' Are those the only choices?
* GoryDiscretionShot: Just before Mrs. Tweedy cuts off Edwina's head, the camera cuts to the other chickens. The sound of the ax is all we need to hear to know that she's dead.
* GrayRainOfDepression: When the chickens find out that [[spoiler:Rocky was shot out of a cannon and couldn't really fly.]]
* GreatEscape: Complete with a SuspiciouslySimilarSong version of the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUDCbOVmSdU theme]]!
* GreekChorus: Nick and Fetcher comment on the futility of the chicken's escape attempts while observing with detached amusement.
* GrumpyOldMan: Fowler is an irritable old rooster who gets cranky whenever he or the rules are being disrespected.
* GutPunch: When Edwina gets beheaded, albeit offscreen, and later ''her bones'' are seen on the kitchen table. As RogerEbert stated in his review, Mrs. Tweedy is not fooling around. This is not a film that pulls punches, and there's a very real threat to the chickens.
* HamsterWheelPower: The "crate" is a vehicle powered entirely by the chickens themselves, who in a variation on this trope use bicycle pedals.
* HardWorkMontage: Several montages throughout the film show the chickens building contraptions or digging tunnels for their escape attempts. The biggest one involves them constructing [[spoiler:the "crate", or airplane]], where every single chicken is working their rump off while sawing and hammering.
* HelpImStuck: Bunty gets stuck under the fence near the beginning of the movie when they're trying to escape.
* HenpeckedHusband ([[StealthPun hee hee!]]): Mr. Tweedy can't stand up to his domineering wife and does whatever she tells him to do even though she treats him like her slave. He gets some measure of revenge in the end: most of it was edited out, but it's clear that Mr. Tweedy pushed the wooden wall onto her as a moment of TheDogBitesBack.
* HeroicBSOD: Ginger loses hope and is about to give up after [[spoiler:Rocky's deceit is revealed along with his departure]].
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Ginger ''almost'' pulled this by apparently letting Mrs. Tweedy behead her along with cutting the line that was attached to the crate with the escaping chickens. Turns out she just ducked away, but still, a pretty dark implication.]]
* HonestJohnsDealership: Nick and Fetcher sell smuggled products to the chickens, which are stolen and heavily used, and refuse to let them have the good stuff unless they pay in eggs.
* HumanlikeHandAnatomy: For this movie, they would have needed to come up with some pretty ingenious ways for all the chickens to use their various tools if they all had actual wings instead of arms.
* HurricaneOfPuns: Nick and Fetcher make pun after pun while laughing at the chickens' flight experiments:
-->'''Nick:''' "''Poultry'' in motion!"
** [[FridgeBrilliance They flew the coop!]]
** "In all my life I have never heard such a fantastic... load of '''TRIPE!!!'''"
* IJustWantToBeFree: Ginger's personal reason for escaping is her desire to feel grass beneath her feet and go wherever she wants without a farmer to keep her down. The other chickens want this too, although they've become increasingly resigned to their lives, and Rocky doesn't want to go back to the circus either.
* ImpactSilhouette: When Ginger and Rocky try to escape from the oven of the pie machine, Rocky winds up falling into all of the pies that are being cooked, with a bunch of Rocky-shaped holes in all of the pies that he had fallen into.
* ImprovisedZipline: Rocky ziplines from the chicken coop into the pie machine building using a telephone wire and a coat hanger.
* IndyEscape: Inside the pie machine, Rocky and Ginger avoid gigantic rolling gears while dodging bolts popping out of the walls. These perils resemble the kind of giant boulder and arrows-from-the-wall booby traps seen in your typical RaidersOfTheLostParody.
* IndyHatRoll: In the same part Ginger slips under a slowly closing door, and snatches back her hat from the other side just before it shuts.
* IndyPloy: When Mr. Tweedy discovers what the chickens are doing, Ginger struggles to figure out what to do next, before just yelling, "ATTACK!!!"
-->'''Bunty:''' ''Nice'' plan!
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: Subverted with Mr. Tweedy, who's smart enough not to underestimate the chickens, in particular Ginger, who he decides to use as the first victim of the pie machine.
* IronicEcho: A couple in the scene where Rocky is discovered to be on the run.
** Rocky first uses "It's a cruel world" to Ginger, who later in the scene uses it to him.
** Rocky stops Ginger from squawking by grabbing her beak. Ginger does the same thing to him later in the scene when she gets fed up of him calling her "doll face".
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold:
** Rocky. Ginger couldn't stand him at the beginning, and flees the farm out of shame, but his conscience makes him return and he saves Ginger's life twice.
** Bunty as well. She doubts the plans to escape and seems to pour scorn on them, but she does care for the others.
* LadyLooksLikeADude: It's hard to tell that Mac is female, because she's a tomboy and speaks ''really'' fast in technical jargon.
** Then again, it's established there's only ''one'' rooster (Fowler) in the coop.
%%* LastMinuteHookup:
* LastNameBasis: Mr. and Mrs. Tweedy address each other as such, and it may take viewers a while to realize they're actually a married couple. In rural Yorkshire, it was not uncommon for a married couple to address their spouses that way.
* TheLeader: Ginger is a combination of Types II and III.
* {{Leitmotif}}
* LetsMeetTheMeat: The label for Mrs. Tweedy's Chicken Pies is a chicken's head popping out of a pie, smiling.
* LiarRevealed: Played with. As mentioned above, Rocky lets the "flying rooster" reputation go to his head and decides to play along, until, most likely due to fear of being kicked out (which is how the trope usually works), decides to flee and leave behind the piece of the poster that reveals his secret.
* LiteralMetaphor: A good few.
** "Really? Because it seems like we're going round in circles." (Cut to the other chickens, who are doing exactly that.)
** Nick and Fetcher are tired of being paid in chicken feed because it's, well... [[StealthPun chicken feed]].
** [[spoiler:When the pie machine is sabotaged, it's because of a spanner in the works. Literally.]]
** A funny one later, in the form of the line, "Let's not lose our heads." Taken literally by the other chickens. Bad choice of words.
* LoudGulp: The chickens gulp in unison (swallowing the heaps of chicken feed they all had in their mouths) after Ginger tells them that the food they've been eating was to fatten them up for slaughter.
* MaliciousMisnaming: It's not Dollface, it's Ginger.
* ManlyTears: You can see Rocky was shedding some before he discovered that [[spoiler:[[DisneyDeath Ginger hadn't been decapitated]].]]
* MassOhCrap: The other chickens have one when Ginger is taken to the pie machine.
-->'''Bunty:''' [[TemptingFate We mustn't panic. We mustn't panic!]]\\
''({{Beat}}, then the chickens are scream their heads off)''
* MeaningfulName: [[StickyFingers Nick]] (as in English euphemism for steal) and [[StickyFingers Fetcher]]. Also, Ginger is ginger (i.e. reddish).
* MillionToOneChance: The chances of the chickens escaping, according to Bunty. Guess what happens in the end.
* MomentKiller: Mr. Tweedy delivers a heaping serving of feed, and the chickens go nuts, cheering and stuffing their mouths as fast as they can. Ginger, unable to get their attention, upends the trough and tells them the Tweedys are fattening them up and plan to kill them. This goes about over about as well as you'd expect, and Rocky even calls her out over it.
* MoodWhiplash: There's a lot of levity in the opening credits, and horsing around with Fowler and Bunty during the lineup, but then you have Edwina, and her execution is ''not'' PlayedForLaughs. The music becomes mournful and dark, followed by an execution, and to drive the point home, her freshly eaten bones are on the Tweedy dinner table. At that point, Ginger's desperate attempts to escape aren't so funny anymore.
** Nick and Fetcher get one. When Bunty slams into the fence during the thrust session, they are laughing at Nick's jibe, but their laughing turns to screaming as they realise Bunty is about to land on them.
* MyLifeFlashedBeforeMyEyes: Happens to Babs, who then adds with a deadpan, "It was really boring."
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: Mrs. Tweedy may as well be called Hitler with the chickens as Jews, including a ''gas oven''.
* NeverSayDie: Played straight with the humans ("You are going to be a pie!") but averted with most of the chickens.
** Invoked by Rocky, who tells Ginger that BrutalHonesty ''isn't'' going to work ("You know, if you want people to do something, you ''don't mention death''.") Indeed, the chickens' morale is at its nadir after one of Ginger's speeches.
* NeverTrustATrailer: The advertising for the movie focused on the action sequences and screwball slapstick elements while glossing over the parallels to UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo, the references to prison escape films, the love story and the constant threat of death.
* NiceHat: Ginger's green beret is her distinctive accessory. She's the only chicken that wears one.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: [[spoiler:When Mrs. Tweedy has supposedly beheaded Ginger with her axe while on the string of lights, it is revealed that not only did Mrs. Tweedy miss Ginger, but she cut the wires between the two of them and falls as a result.]]
* NonSequiturThud: Replace "thud" with "gets hit on the head with a feeding trough."
-->'''Rocky''': Thank you ladies and gentlemen, you've been a wonderful audience.
* NoYouGoFirst
* [[OffWithHisHead Off with Her Head!]]: Poor, poor Edwina.
** May overlap with ActorAllusion, given Miranda Richardson's [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0164993/ earlier roles]]
* OhCrap: A lot of them.
** Ginger at the start when the dog closing in on her bites off the gnome's head.
** Edwina being taken away. Ginger gets this as she realises what is about to happen.
** Nick and Fetcher in the MoodWhiplash moment above.
** [[spoiler:Babs when she reveals she hasn't laid any eggs at the second roll call.]]
** Rocky and Ginger inside the pie machine with their feet stuck in the dough.
** Rocky when the circus truck arrives, and then later when the other truck arrives and he thinks it's the circus again.
** [[spoiler: Ginger, when she unfolds the bottom half of Rocky's poster.]]
** Ginger when Mr Tweedy fixes the pie machine.
** [[spoiler: Mr Tweedy when the chickens attack him near the end.]]
** [[spoiler: Mr. Tweedy when he sees his wife with her head in the pie machine, making the machine overload. Realizing the machine's gonna blow, [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere Mr. Tweedy quickly closes the door]], just as the pie machine explodes, sending gravy everywhere.]]
** [[spoiler: Mrs Tweedy gets two in the climax. The first is when Ginger reveals that [[NiceJobFixingItVillain she cut the string of lights with the ax]]. The second is when Mr Tweedy pushes the barn door down on her.]]
* OnlySaneMan: Ginger is the only chicken who is both clear-headed about the danger of staying on the farm and doesn't have.
* OopNorth: The Yorkshire setting gets some of the associated tropes.
* OrphanedPunchline: Rocky's, "So the pig says to the horse, 'Hey man, why the long face?'" No setup is even needed.
* PackedHero: During the pie machine sequence, Rocky and Ginger briefly get trapped inside a pie.
* PeriodPiece: Although it's never outright stated in the film itself, WordOfGod is that the movie is set in 1959. It was even filmed with '50s cameras for added effect.
** Which makes it rather odd that Rocky was singing along to Dion Dimucci's "The Wanderer," a song that wasn't released until two years later.
* PhonyVeteran: At least semi-phony. Fowler did serve in the military, but only as a mascot.
* PoorCommunicationKills: Had Rocky not been so reluctant to just tell the hens right away that [[spoiler: he couldn't fly]], they'd have had much more time to work on plan B.
* POWCamp: The farm is meant to invoke a prisoner of war camp, with wire fences and constant patrols as well as regular inspections.
* PreAsskickingOneLiner: Ginger's "Bye-bye." to Mrs. Tweedy.
* ProperlyParanoid: Mr. Tweedy is right about the hens being smart, and this fact comes to bite Mrs. Tweety in the bum.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: "Oh, would you just shut up about your stupid! Bloomin'! Medals!"
* PunnyName: Rocky the Rhode Island Red, or Rocky Rhodes for short. It's a pun on "Rocky Roads".
** Fowler, the RAF vet, shares his name with a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flap_(aircraft)#Types_of_flaps type of flap.]]
* PunishmentBox: Ginger is put in the coal bunker everytime she's caught trying to escape.
* PungeonMaster: Nick and Fletcher share this title, especially during their flight-spectating punning spree.
* TheRat: Bonus points for the farm's resident [[TheScrounger scroungers]] being ''actual'' rats.
* RealityEnsues: After all, chickens cannot fly by themselves.
** The Royal Air Force doesn't let chickens behind the controls of complex aircraft.
** Cutting Christmas lights wire with children's safety scissors takes a ''long'' time.
* RecycledSoundtrack: ''Building the Crate'' and ''The Chickens Are Revolting'' end up in ''[[Film/MissCongeniality Miss Congeniality 2]]'' as the background music for a show called Treasure Island.
* [[RedHeadedHero Red-Headed Heroine]]: Ginger. Not that it really stands out, what with the main cast being chickens instead of humans, but it's apparently notable enough to have her named after it and for the Tweedys to identify her as "that ginger one".
* RedHerring: When Ginger orders the crate prepared for flight after Mr. Tweedy is subdued, Mac tells her that it's not yet ready for use. We're expecting this to be {{Foreshadowing}} for some kind of catastrophe during the escape ([[WhatCouldHaveBeen and originally it was going to be]]), but in the final film nothing ever comes of it and the crate flies without a hitch.
* RedShirt: Edwina.
* TheReveal: [[spoiler: Rocky never knew how to fly. When Ginger saw him he had been shot out of a cannon.]]
* RingAroundTheCollar: The chicken character models were made of a combination of plasticine for their heads and silicone rubber for their bodies. To hide the join, all the chickens wear scarves, necklaces, or any other kind of neckgear.
* RousingSpeech: Bunty wasn't convinced however.
--> '''Bunty:''' In all my life, I've never heard such a fantastic...LOAD OF TRIPE!
* RuleOfThree: Mrs Tweedy finds out about the pie machine and tries to shush Mr Tweedy twice. When that fails, cue a fist coming down hard.
* RunningGag: Rocky calling Ginger "doll face" or "angel face", and her angrily shouting "Ginger!" at him. After the pie machine scene, this stops and he starts calling her by name.
** Baabs assuming everyone who leaves is off on holiday.
* SacrificialLamb: Edwina is a minor character who gets killed off to show the film is serious and that the chickens really need to escape.
* SayMyName: Rocky and Ginger when Rocky makes his triumphant return. In slow-motion, even.
* ScavengedPunk: As provided by literal scavengers, Nick and Fletcher, the chickens build everything out of human stuff. Also, check out the Nick and Fletcher's homemade costumes (there's a fullsized human zipper).
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: At the end of the climax, Mr. Tweedy runs into the barn to find his wife stuck in the pie-making machine's safety valve and the pressure gauges deep in the red. He calmly closes the door. This counts for Rocky too, which forces the hens to abort to plan B.
* SealedWithAKiss: [[spoiler:Rocky and Ginger kiss right at the end of the movie, and immediately afterwards they are shown in the epilogue enjoying life as a couple.]]
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Mac, at times, especially when she's [[InformedFlaw supposed to be]] hard to understand.
* ShadowDiscretionShot: When Mrs. Tweedy beheads Edwina near the beginning, we just see their shadows as the prepares her swing followed by the camera cutting away and the sound of the ax.
* ShoutOut:
** The entire film is an AffectionateParody of ''Film/TheGreatEscape'', with references to other World War II POW media:
*** Hut 17 is a reference to ''Film/{{Stalag 17}}''.
*** And there are some references to ''Series/HogansHeroes'', with the rolling-up maps, the movable bunks, the slapstick escape ideas (which are more in line with Hogan's usual routines than with ''Film/TheGreatEscape'')
** Mac provides a couple to ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
---> '''Fowler:''' "We need more power!"
---> '''Mac:''' "I cannae work miracles, Cap'n! I'm givin' 'er all she's got!"
*** And when Mrs. Tweedy grabs the end of the cord that had snagged on the plane, Mac identifies her as a "cling-on".
** Oh, and the ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' references, as they're escaping the chicken-pie-making machine.
** Nick refers to Ginger as [[AttilaTheHun Attila the Hen]] at one point, and Fetcher proclaims [[Music/TheWeatherGirls "It's raining hen!"]] when the "flying" hens start plummeting to the ground.
** At the start of the dancing scene, when Ginger enters hut 17, the theme from ''The Archers'' can be heard on the radio.
** Nick and Fetcher are apparently fans of ''Film/SaturdayNightFever'', judging by their dancing. Some 20 years in advance, no less.
* ShownTheirWork: The way Mac lands square on her head and falls forward after attempting to fly? That would earn a perfect score in caber tossing.
* SidetrackedByTheAnalogy:
-->'''Ginger''': Ladies, please. Let's not lose our heads.
-->'''Bunty''': Lose our heads?! [screams]
* SignificantGreenEyedRedHead: Ginger has red plumage and green eyes, which makes her stand out visually from the other hens.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Ginger is not impressed by Rocky's roguish charm since she sees him as being irresponsible with their lives, and only falls for him after he does something genuinely selfless and heroic.
* SittingOnTheRoof: Ginger has a habit of doing this. In one scene she goes up to the roof and discovers Rocky already sitting there. [[SincerityMode "I'm sorry, is this your roof?"]]
* SlapSlapKiss: "That's for leaving! ... And this is for coming back." The actual kiss would have to wait until they'd dealt with Mrs. Tweedy first.
* SmartPeopleWearGlasses: Mac is the only chicken with eyeglasses and also the biggest engineering genius among them.
* SoLongSuckers: Ginger [[spoiler:saying "Bye-bye" to Mrs. Tweedy before letting her fall from the sky.]]
* SoreLoser: Mrs. Tweedy. Clearly, she does ''not'' like it when her CloudCuckoolander of a husband [[TheCloudCuckoolanderWasRight was right]] about the chickens being organized.
* StealthPun:
** Stealthier in the US than in the UK, but as mentioned, the coal bin that Ginger is repeatedly thrown into is called a bunker.
** Likewise, Nick, whose name is also slang for "steal" in UsefulNotes/BritishEnglish (and elsewhere).
** Rocky is a rooster who's very full of himself. He's "cocky."
** Mr. Tweedy lives under the heel of his domineering wife, and he spends the movie futilely matching wits with a group of female chickens who end up attacking him ''en masse'' in the climax. Thus, he's both a literal and figurative...HenpeckedHusband.
* StockBritishPhrases: Since it's a British film, there are a lot of these
* SuddenlyShouting: Bunty, twice.
--> '''Bunty:''' "In all my life, I've never heard such a fantastic LOAD OF TRIPE!"
--> '''Bunty:''' [[spoiler: "Perhaps he just went to get away from your INFERNAL KNTTING!"]]
* SycophanticServant: Mr Tweedy.
* TakeThat: Edwina, the chicken that gets beheaded, was named after former politician Edwina Currie who is (in)famous for starting a nationwide health scare over eggs in 1988 (confirmed by WordOfGod).
* TechnoBabble: Mac speaks about the problems of escaping in technical jargon that is hard to understand. It's PlayedForLaughs.
* ThinlyVeiledDubCountryChange: The Portuguese dub was always stated to take place in Portugal, with Fowler's references to the RAF being changed to FAP[[note]][[IThoughtItMeant It means "Portuguese Air Force", ]][[FreudWasRight you perverts]][[/note]] and Rocky, despite still being American, says he came there [[BlatantLies for the lovely latin chicks]]. And yet, all the characters have their original names and the text in the movie is clearly all in English, with some of it [[ReadingForeignSignsOutLoud being read out loud]]. Then again, [[JustifiedTrope there's not much they could do about that last one]].
* ThisIsNoTimeToPanic:
--> '''Bunty:''' We mustn't panic! We mustn't panic!
--> ''[beat]''
--> '''All Chickens:''' AHHHHHHHHHHHH!
** The DVD has a special bonus feature called the "Panic Button". Click it and it plays a scene when all the chickens are going bonkers.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Nick and Fetcher are only ever seen together, and one has no plot significance without the other.
* TookALevelInKindness: Rocky starts as an irresponsible bluffer who thinks that the chickens' plight is not his problem as long as he can escape himself, but by the end he becomes genuinely invested in helping them escape.
* ToothyBird: The animators depict the chickens with human-like teeth, which they do not have in real life.
* TotemPoleTrench: One of the early escape attempts has the chickens on a wireframe dummy of Mrs. Tweedy, hidden under a dress. Which snags on the fence and falls off, alerting the dogs.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The theatrical trailers completely spoil TheReveal of the pie machine, while a TV commercial and the Burger King toys were all based around the plane. Then there's one DVD trailer which is comprised almost entirely of clips from the last 15 or so minutes of the film and the final scene in particular.
* TrailerSpoof: The two trailers that were released prior to this movie were rendered in a way that parodied the first ''Film/MissionImpossible'' movie, complete with stop-motion explosions, "spy camera character bio" graphics, and initials of ''Chicken Run'' 's actual title rendered to resemble ''Mission: Impossible's'' IconicLogo. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBPXVknON-4 Observe.]]
* VillainousBreakdown: Mrs. Tweedy, when she sees the chickens escaping.
* VisualPun: Many as expected from such a film:
** [[spoiler: Coupled with [[LiteralMetaphor Literal Metaphor]], when the pie machine goes wrong, a spanner is literally in the works.]]
** In the end, they really DO [[StealthPun fly the coop]]...
** When Fowler shouts "Chocks away!" it shows the chickens removing "Tasty-Choc" chocolate bars from the wheels that are very similar to the widely known Toblerone bar.
* WhenIWasYourAge: This is part of Fowler's shtick.
* WrenchWench: Mac.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Whenever hens are unable to lay eggs anymore, they get slaughtered and eaten for dinner, as seen at the beginning with Edwina.
* ZergRush: When Mr. Tweedy catches the chickens with his tools they use to build the crate to escape, they stand there in fear as usual. And then Ginger yells "ATTACK!" and the chickens all descend on Mr. Tweedy.
-->'''Mr. Tweedy:''' Mrs. Tweedy! The chickens are revolting!\\
'''Mrs. Tweedy:''' ''(not paying attention)'' [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Finally, something we agree on.]]
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