YMMV / Chicken Run

  • Acceptable Targets: Americans. Naturally the one American rooster is lightheartedly made fun of in an English setting.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • Is Rocky a Jerkass who lead the girls on false promises and turned their backs on them only to have a sudden attack of conscience that prompts him to return, or is he a sympathetic man (or rooster) who was put into this situation by a goal driven chicken who would stop at nothing to get what she wants, and gets treated like a Jerkass even though he technically, never lied in the first place.
    • Edwina. Did she not tell anyone because she didn't want them to worry about her, or did she do it deliberately because she wanted to die?
    • Did Mr. Tweedy drop the door on Mrs. Tweedy on accident? Or was he finally tired of the abuse she constantly put him through and did it deliberately?
  • Animation Age Ghetto: Chicken Run is a semi-mature film, but was billed as a children's film. According to The Other Wiki, the producers attempted to avert this by dropping a character from the early scripts named Nobby (who was supposed to be Ginger's little brother, and thus the Kid-Appeal Character) in order to avoid being excessively cute.
  • Award Snub: Despite critical acclaim, a determined campaign from Aardman and preference by a number of Academy voters, the movie failed to gain a Best Picture nomination. This would result in the creation of the Best Animated Feature category the next year.
  • Awesome Music:
    • Following their triumph with the Antz score, John Powell and Harry Gregson-Williams made this score, possibly the best score to ever feature a kazoo. Main Titles and Building the Crate stand out.
    • Flip, Flop and Fly, heard during the dance scene, also counts.
  • Broken Base: Mel Gibson's presence in light of his questionable religious (see: anti-Semitic) beliefs has some people disowning this film as a result, while others are more forgiving because the movie is just so damn good.
  • Designated Villain: Mr. Tweedy, to an extent. Mrs. Tweedy, on the other hand, is much, much nastier (for example, the evil grin on her face just before Edwina gets the chop shows that, yes, Mrs. Tweedy enjoys killing them).
  • Ending Fatigue: There are three separate climaxes. It becomes a bit tiresome by the middle of the second.
  • Gut Punch: Edwina's death (complete with her bones on a dinner table right after), drives home the point that Mrs. Tweedy (and the film) aren't fooling around.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Timothy Spall became more famous a few years later playing another rat.
    • Co-director Nick Park's first professional animation job was on Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer" video, animating (wait for it) two dancing chickens.
  • Ho Yay: Nick and Fetcher seems to be a little closer than just being Those Two Guys and Heterosexual Life-Partners.
    Fetcher: (practically swooning) Wanna dance?
    Nick: ... alright.
  • Iron Woobie: Let's just say Ginger has to put up with a lot over the course of the film.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Mr Tweedy. With all the abuses he takes from his predominant and nasty wife it's hard to not feel a bit sorry for him.
  • Memetic Mutation: "In the quite likely case of an emergency, stick your head between your knees and kiss your bum good-bye!" So much so that one TV spot jokingly bleeped out the word "bum."
  • Misaimed Marketing: Despite the film being about chickens trying to avoid being turned into food, Burger King restaurants in the US and Canada promoted the film by adding airplaned-shaped chicken tenders to the Big Kids Meal menu.
  • Narm: Ginger's Disney Death can lose its shock pretty quickly, especially when you notice that the top of her head is still slightly visible, making it glaringly obvious what really happened.
  • Superlative Dubbing: The Norwegian dub used a hilarious cast of women giving nearly all the chickens different dialects and accents. Perhaps it's the 'style' of the original dub to have the chickens speak in a calm and low manner, but the Norwegian cast seemed to give a lot more emotion to every line and they clearly had a blast dubbing it.
  • Unfortunate Character Design: The chickens' bodies consist of two bulbous hips and cylindrical torsos. If you only look at their bodies from the shoulders down, they look like, well, let's just say, a cock. Even the female ones.