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 few truly good things about this movie.
  • Critical Dissonance: 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, if not their worst film of 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).
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Many viewers feel that the movie is just too damn mean for it's own good, especially with the oppressive system of bullying from the townspeople towards Little, Buck's abusive neglect, and the ending featuring the controversial Mind Rape and its' consequences.
  • 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 Aneurysm" Moment: The scene where the lemmings jump off a park bench is this for anyone who knows that it was Disney who started the myth of lemmings committing mass suicide.
  • Funny Moments: The entire scene in the gym, especially the climax where Chicken Little pulls the fire alarm.
  • 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.
    • Early on in the movie, Abby mentions that she hopes Chicken Little's movie goes "Straight to video". They were actually going to make a Direct-to-Video Chicken Little sequel, but it was canned once John Lasseter took over.
  • 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 since Wreck-It Ralph in 2012.
    • The Mind Rape of Foxy is one of the most derided moments of the canon, and is up there with Song of the South.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Runt of the Litter, not just due to being a boring Fat Comic Relief, but for also convincing the aliens to keep Foxy Loxy's Mind Rape intact.
  • 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.
  • Strangled by the Red String: Chicken Little and Abby.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The Movie Within A Movie would've been more enjoyable than the actual movie. It's deliberately over the top and has Adam West.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Foxy Loxy is supposed to be an arrogant bully. But in the end she's mind raped into a Southern Belle identity.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Buck is supposed to be a desperate father coping with his son's mistakes and struggling to raise him after the boy's mother has passed away. 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.
  • 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. This can be justified since Word of God states that Chicken Little (at least) is a "teenager" around 12-13 years old. And what was the point of casting Patrick Stewart for barely over a minute of dialogue? (The point was Patrick Stewart is ''awesome''.)

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