YMMV: Chicken Little

  • Awesome Music: Barenaked Ladies' "One Little Slip," which plays over the opening scene of Chicken Little running to class, is considered by many a viewer to be one of the only good things about this movie.
  • Critic-Proof: The film received generally negative reviews from critics, and many Disney fans, in retrospect, consider it (along with the previous Home on the Range) to be among the weakest films in the Disney Animated Canon. Despite this, the film made $135 million at the domestic box office (their biggest domestic hit since Lilo & Stitch) and $314 million worldwide (their biggest worldwide hit since Dinosaur).
  • Designated Villain: Foxy Loxy. Okay she's a schoolyard bully and a jerk, but she's the one who gets the baseball team to the finals and she actually did try to act heroic when the aliens invaded. Apparently she deserved to suffer Mind Rape and nobody seems to care.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop:
    • Foxy Loxy gets turned nice, docile, and perfectly feminine against her will, but everyone's happy with that, especially the guy that adopts her to be his girlfriend when she's too brain-fried to protest.
    • Any parent would do anything to protect their child, such as blow up an innocent planet that has nothing to do with their child's disappearance. There's some good strong family values!
    • Governments have nothing better to do than to invade another planet in search of a single child.
    • The moral of the original? "Don't get caught up in hysteria because one guy said something crazy." The moral of this film? "THAT GUY WAS RIGHT RUN FOR IT!"
  • Funny Moments: The entire scene in the gym, especially the climax where Chicken Little pulls the fire alarm.
  • Girl-Show Ghetto: The original story treatment of Chicken Little had a female protagonist, but Michael Eisner suggested a movie about a male Chicken Little would appeal to more people. The final film became a black sheep of the Disney Animated Canon, though it seems hard to tell whether or not the original plan would have fared better.
    • The fact that as of May 2014, the two highest-grossing CGI movies in the Disney Animated Canon (Tangled and Frozen) have female protagonists might make Eisner's doubt Hilarious in Hindsight.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In the Japanese dub of the film. Tina the Alien Mom is voiced by Kotono Mitsuishi. It seems someone from the Disney's Japanese branch decided to have some fun on Mitsuishi's expense, if you take into account that one of her most famous roles is someone who is trying to stop an alien invasion.
    • During the first several minutes, a movie theater is briefly shown playing Raiders of the Lost Ark. That movie's production company, Lucasfilms, would be acquired by Disney some 7 years after the film's release.
  • Memetic Mutation: Think "Numa Numa" and recall the early teaser commercials with Chicken Little dancing to notorious earworm "Dragostea din tei". Then have it come back to haunt you when you hear "Down" by Jay Sean, a Suspiciously Similar Song version of the Numa Numa song whose lyrics specifically allude to the story of Chicken Little.
  • Never Live It Down: Fans of Disney's hand drawn animation often cite this movie as an example as to why Disney should abandon CGI animation, and go back to traditional animation. This may be subverted after they started crafting hits again like Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen, and Big Hero 6.
  • Padding: The whole business with baseball could have been dropped without having to substantially rewrite the rest of the film.
    Roger Ebert: He joins the town baseball team, but even though he plays in the big game, this sequence feels, frankly, as if the plot is killing time. That's because it is... As a general rule, if a movie is not about baseball or space aliens, and you have to use them anyway, you should have started with a better premise.
  • Parvum Opus: This film is generally considered to be the worst entry in the Disney Animated Canon, with people criticizing the poor writing, mean-spirited tone, and excessive amount of pop culture references, essentially a failed attempt (but still financially successful) to defeat DreamWorks Animation by doing exactly what they did, (which was ironically a technique that a lot of Disney rivals in the late 90's had tried on THEM), and they quickly dropped the film as a serious franchise (and any ideas of copying DreamWorks) when Pixar was bought.
  • The Scrappy: Buck, due to being a rather horrible parent for the majority of the film and only supporting his son when it seems to suit him.
    • The townspeople also qualify, due to their obnoxiousness and selfishness and constantly mocking Chicken Little for what was just an innocent mistake any other child could make.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Sure, the entire film was embarrassing for Disney, but the shunting of aliens, pop-culture Shout Outs and other ludicrous plot elements into a fable that didn't benefit from them is just so out there that it can become this trope for several viewers. Nonetheless, it makes for a good film to riff with friends.
  • So Okay, It's Average: Considering most of the Shrek-inspired formula films that were being released at the time, this film only barely stands out.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: The voice actors of Chicken, Abby and Runt don't even attempt to sound like kids, though the film never is clear on whether they're supposed to be young children or teenagers. And what was the point of casting Patrick Stewart for barely over a minute of dialogue?
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Foxy Loxy is supposed to be an arrogant bully. But in the end she's mind raped into a Valley Girl identity.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Buck is supposed to be a desperate father coping with his son's mistakes. He instead comes across as a neglectful asshole who shuns his son and only supports him when it seems to benefit him.
  • The Woobie: Chicken Little, especially in the beginning.