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.
  • 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.
  • 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 in contrast is much, much nastier (for example, the evil grin on her face just before Edwina gets the chop, showing 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.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Babs.
  • 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!"
  • 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: "You are going to be a pie!"
    • Additionally, 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.
    • Or you might mistake it for bits of gore sticking out.
  • No Problem with Licensed Games: The game based on the movie is a pretty good stealth game (Metal Gear Solid with chickens!) with exciting levels and funny mini-games.
  • Special Effect Failure: See the second entry under Narm above.