YMMV / Chicken Little

The original fairy tale
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: In some "happy" versions of the story, Foxy Loxy eats everyone except Chicken Little, who manages to be an Idiot Houdini and escape without harm despite getting the others killed.

The 1943 Disney Short
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Don't believe everything you hear, don't blindly follow others, and don't let yourself be led by rumors, at the very least. None of them especially offensive to family morals, but the bleak way in which they're hammered home can be a little hard for small children — and/or their parents! — to stomach.
  • Older Than They Think: Though the narrator in the original version of the short is shocked by Foxy Loxy winning, most versions of the fairy tale actually end up with everyone (except, in some cases, Chicken Little) being eaten; only the most "Disneyfied" versions have them all get away safe. This may be why Jiminy Cricket's narration of the ending is far more cynical.

The Disney movie
  • 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: Panned by critics and thought of by many Disney fans to be their weakest film of the Disney Animated Canon, this 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, considering the company the film was released by) 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. It doesn't help that the film was conceived out of Michael Eisner's hatred of DreamWorks founder/Disney Renaissance alumnus Jeffrey Katzenberg, and this was his attempt to beat at his own game..
  • 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.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Morkubine Porcupine is often this for viewers. Not only is he one of the few individuals outside of the main characters who's not a raging Jerk Ass, but his monosyllabic punchlines are also consistently hilarious.
  • 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.
    • The Movie Within the Movie at the end portrays a space-faring Chicken Little and his crew battling aliens with the song "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" playing in the background. Nine years later, the song would be used again in another Disney film that also dealt with an outer space crew fighting evil aliens.
  • 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, including Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph, Big Hero 6, and Zootopia, the last of which also used a cast of Petting Zoo People but was much more successful with audiences and critics than this movie.
    • Disney's attempt to emulate Dreamworks with its "edgier" humor and more mean-spirited tone, and also the last time they'd ever try it. Ironically, it came on the heels of the time where this approach at Dreamworks had begun to fall out of favor with audiences, with their shift to more family-friendly productions in the years that followed.
    • The Mind Rape of Foxy.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Adam West as the actor playing Chicken Little in the Movie Within the Movie at the end of the film. So glorious is his Large Ham that many wished that he was the actual main character, and Disney eventually gave him his own video game: Chicken Little: Ace in Action.
  • 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.
  • Ron the Death Eater: Sure, Buck was a neglectful jerk in the film, but many reviewers make him out to look like an outright abusive sociopath. The Disney Wiki's article on him was once written to make him out into the main villain and even lists "neglecting his son" under his likes before being edited to be more neutral.
  • 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.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: Given all the abuse they deal to Chicken Little, odds are you will not feel sorry for the townspeople when the aliens come to terrorize and seemingly vaporize them.
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks: The film was very obviously trying to capitalize on the snarky, more cynical approach that had worked so well for Dreamworks in their previous works, as seen in Michael Eisner's rivalry with Jeffrey Katzenberg. The studio very quickly found out that this is not what their audiences wanted from Disney, and have since made a point to avoid this approach in their later movies.
  • 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.
    • After watching Chicken Little get bullied by the townfolk for most of the movie, there's a good chance you won't feel sorry for them getting vaporized by the aliens.
  • 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)?