That's Reggie in purple, and Jake in red. They totally get it.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.
This film contains:
- Action Girl: Jenny
- Artistic License - History: 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 not Camp David.
- The Big Guy: Jake.
- Blind Obedience: Jake attempts to invoke it, but it doesn't work
Jake: The enemy is approaching! You must follow me blindly!
- Chekhov's Gun: The TV remote control that Reggie accidentally brings with him is later used to ward off the dogs when he and Jake blow up the weapons shack. Likewise, Reggie's love for pizza comes into great play when it replaces turkeys on the holiday menu.
- The Chief's Daughter: Jenny. She becomes the Chief after Broadbeak's Heroic Sacrifice.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Jake, at least so it seems at first.
- The Chosen One: Reggie.
- Dumb Muscle: Jake is much bigger and stronger than Reggie, and seemingly the one with the plan, but considering that Jake talks to his own reflection...
- Faceless Mooks: The guys guarding the time machine, who laugh maniacally as they brandish their flamethrowers.
- Fourth Wall Psych: In this exchange:
Jake: We're going back in time to the first Thanksgiving to get turkeys off the menu!
Reggie: Who are you talking to?
Jake: (Points to the audience) This guy right here, (cut to showing him looking at his reflection) he totally gets it! See how he's nodding?
- Freeze-Frame Bonus:
- 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).
- Friend to All Children: Jake
- Fun with Acronyms: The time machine is the Space Time Exploration Vehicle Envoy (S.T.E.V.E.)
- The Genie Knows Jack Nicholson: "Those are some Angry Birds."
- Heroic Sacrifice: Chief Broadbeak.
- Hey, It's That Guy!/Hey, It's That Voice!:
- It's All My Fault: Reggie says this after the turkeys' home is destroyed, with many captured and the chief dying (as mentioned above).
- Kissing Discretion Shot: Reggie and Jenny kiss off-screen to avoid Alternate Animal Affection.
- 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?
- 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.
- Product Placement: Chuck E. Cheese pizza ends up saving the day.
- Rushmore Refacement: The epilogue showed a photograph of Mount Rushmore with a turkey joining the Presidents.
- Purple-Headed Hero: Reggie- he's the only non-redhead in the 'present times' scenes. There's more variety in the past though.
- The Stinger:
Jake: Have you heard about the TURDUCKEN?
- Self-Deprecation: The tagline proclaims the film to be "the greatest turkey movie of all time". A "turkey" is a nickname for a terrible film.
- Shout-Out: From the trailer, while the turkeys shoot flaming pumpkins at the Indians:
- Stable Time Loop: Jake said he was inspired by "The Great Turkey" when he was younger. It turns out that Reggie in the time machine was "The Great Turkey" who purposefully invoked this trope.
- Succession Crisis: Averted. Hunter is more than willing to let Jenny take charge after they determine that their late father's wish was for Jenny to lead the tribe.
- Time Travel: To get back to the first Thanksgiving.
- Timey-Wimey Ball: A whole flock of future Reggies shows up to tell Reggie what he needs to do.
- Troubled Backstory Flashback: Jake- he grew up in a factory farm, attempted to escape with unhatched eggs in order to start a new flock, but couldn't get the eggs through the fence.
- What's a Henway?: Occurs when the guards see Jake and Reggie's break-in.
Guard: Control, we have a contaminant.
Control: Copy that, what type, Agent?
Guard: Turkey, sir. How do we address it?
Control: Uh, with cranberry sauce.
Guard: -but seriously.
- 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).