YMMV / Chicken Little

  • Audience-Alienating Premise: Disney doing a DreamWorks style film? Probably the reason why this film is Disney's lowest point.
  • Awesome Music: Barenaked Ladies' "One Little Slip," playing over the opening scene of Chicken Little running to class. It's widely regarded as one of the only really good things about the 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: You can tell this film was trying (and failed) to emulate DreamWorks' then-huge brand of snarky, in-your-face "edgy" humor by just how cynical it is, from how the main character is bullied by his entire town, his father being openly ashamed of him and passively having one character be mind raped.
  • 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.
  • Dork Age: The end result of the studio's worst one since The Black Cauldron and is universally considered the lowest point for the Disney Animated Canon. The good news is the studio finally took notice and did something about it.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop:
    • Being a schoolyard bully is grounds for getting mind raped.
    • 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: There are few, but the entire scene in the gym, especially the climax where Chicken Little pulls the fire alarm, stands out.
  • 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, Lucasfilm, 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 hand-drawn animation have pointed to this film as proof that Disney would never be as good as it once was after shutting down the 2D unit to focus solely on CGI, although it hasn't been as big of a deal since Disney all but disowned this movie and has since made better-received CGI ones.
    • The Mind Rape of Foxy.
  • 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: About 2/3rds of the characters, really.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Sure, the entire film was an embarassment to Disney, and is not a fan favorite as such, 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, and is possibly the sole reason why it was a big financial success. 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. One IMDb reviewer called it "Average in every way".
  • 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.
  • Uncanny Valley: Some of the character designs and movements, despite being heavily stylized, have become this over the years.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Foxy Loxy is supposed to be an arrogant bully. Apparently, this was worthy of getting mind raped into being a sweet Southern Belle.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Buck is presented as a desperate father coping with the loss of his wife and trying to do what's best for his son despite his unpopularity. What he comes off as is a neglectful bum who will only come to his son's aid 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 (other than Patrick Stewart is ''awesome'', of course)?

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