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Free Birds is the first animated film from Reel FX Animation Studios, starring the voices of Woody Harrelson, Owen Wilson, and Amy Poehler.Reggie is a turkey on a turkey farm, and seems to be the only one who realizes the fate that's in store for him and all the others there. Fate intervenes one day as the President of the United States comes to his farm to pardon the Thanksgiving turkey, him! Now he gets to enjoy the good life, all the food he can eat, his own robe and slippers, and being able to live without fear...until Jake shows up.Jake is on a mission: Go back in time to the first Thanksgiving, and make it so turkeys are not served for dinner. And he's bringing Reggie along with him. First they have to break into a top secret research facility and steal the time machine being developed there, and then they have to make sure that turkeys are not served at the first Thanksgiving.It was released on November 1, 2013, just in time for Thanksgiving. Though a box office success, it was loathed by critics.
Artistic License – History: Disclaimer at the beginning: "The following film is a work of fiction. It is loosely based on historical and is in no way meant to be historically accurate. Except for the talking turkeys. They were totally real." With that out of the way...
People mainly ate deer for the first Thanksgiving, not turkey.
The pardoned turkeys (traditionally, two are pardoned each year, not just one) go to a petting farm at Disneyland not Camp David.
In the scene where Reggie switches the president's daughter's remote for the president's, one of the pens on the table is from Chrono Lab 2, foreshadowing the secret time travel base.
While Reggie watches TV for the first time, there's an momentary view of two hockey players, who are clearly wearing Vancouver Canucks jerseys (though you only see the "Vancouver" part, not the logo or team name).
Kill It with Fire: For some reason, fire is the preferred weapon of the guards at the facility Reggie and Jake invade. Perhaps it's to cook them?
My God, What Have I Done?: Jake looks incredibly guilty when he sees what his actions (of accidentally leading the pilgrims to their nest and destroying it, killing Chief Broadbeak in the process) have caused.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The trophy Jake takes from the Plymouth colony in order to prove his heroism to the wild turkeys ends up leading the colonists straight to their nest.
Only Sane Man: Reggie seems to be the only turkey on the farm who realizes what their fate will be.
Plot Hole: When Reggie goes back (forward?) to his own time, he meets two other versions of himself that are from the future, but none of them know that they are the Great Turkey and it takes STEVE to figure it out, how did the other versions not know if they were him from the future? Then at the end of the movie Reggie stays with the flock in the past, so how did those future Reggie's travel back in time to meet their former self, and if they were (are whatever!) the Reggie we see now, how did they not know they were the great turkey?
What the Hell, Hero?: Reggie and the other turkeys call out Jake when he unintentionally reveals their location to the Pilgrims (thanks to a gunpowder trail he accidentally left when they blew up the weapons shack).