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:
    • "You are going to be a pie!"
    • 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.
  • Moral Event Horizon: She had been imprisoning them in her farm since day one and killing them when they can't lay any more eggs, but Mrs. Tweedy crosses it when she decides to cook each of them into chicken pies and crosses it again when she almost kills Ginger.
  • 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.
  • Superlative Dubbing: The Norwegian dub uses an amazing and hilarious cast of women giving all the chickens different dialects, with Rocky and Fowler having strong and fitting voices as well. 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.