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Really, it all starts with the premise of chickens, animals hardly known for their intelligence, staging an elaborate prison breakout and just gets better from there.

  • The film's establishing moment which starts off like your typical prison escape movie, with barbed wire surrounding a shoddy group of cabins and an ominous-looking night watchman leading two vicious guard dogs around. Then the would-be escapee emerges from the shadows, revealing herself to be... a chicken.
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  • Mrs. Tweedy's introduction. We see Mr. Tweedy, Ginger and the guard dogs all retracting in fear from the figure who just opened the front door to the farm house. Cut to a pan up of... an unamused housewife in a plush pink dressing gown, slippers and shower cap (although the fact that they're all afraid of her in spite of this quickly establishes just how much of a threat she is).
  • Ginger shares her idealistic dream of an island away from humanity where all the chickens would live in peace and be free of the wrath of farmers. Everyone listening stares in awe, and Bunty shares an insightful reply:
    Bunty: In all my life, I've never heard such a fantastic... load of TRIPE!
    • For emphasis, they even animated her uvula when she yells "tripe"!
  • "All me life flashed before me eyes! ... It was really boring."
  • Fowler falling over while covered by the sock.
  • The look on Ginger's face after Rocky says he's cute (a reason why she shouldn't turn him in). Right before she squawks.
    • She makes the same face when one of Rocky's flying lessons fails miserably. The crashing sounds just before that happens also count.
  • "I'm sick and tired of making minuscule profits!" (Notices a magazine with the headline "Sick and tired of making minuscule profits?")
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  • Fowler getting everyone's attention during the meeting... then proceeding to prattle on about how, "In my RAF days, our meetings were never wasted on idle chit chat." Ginger then gestures with her eyes towards a group of unamused chickens, at which point he gets the hint and marches out sheepishly.
  • "We mustn't panic... WE MUSTN'T PANIC!!!" ... (every hen starts screaming accordingly)
    • ...and the follow up after the pie machine scene.
    Ginger: Ladies, please. Let's not lose our heads.
    Ginger: [Facepalm]
    • Yep. Extremely bad choice of words.
  • Nick and Fetcher when the chickens are trying to get airborne:
    Nick: Poultry in motion!
    Fetcher: The tension's killing me!
    Nick: It's gonna kill her!
  • And later...
    Nick: In the quite likely event of an emergency, put your head between your knees and —
    Fetcher: Kiss your bum "goodbye!"
  • When negotiating with Rocky:
    Nick: So we slipped into the farmer's room, all quiet-like...
    Fetcher: Like a fish.
    Nick: Yeah, and then we- Like a fish? You stupid Norbert.
    • The Dutch dub ups the joke by translating the first line into "Het is een slachtpartij!" (It is a massacre).
  • Fowler walking in on the dance party and starting to protest, only to be dragged in by Bunty. A minute later, we see him in a tango with a rose shoved in his mouth, and what makes it funnier is that he seems to be enjoying himself for once.
    Bunty: Oh, shut up and dance!
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  • Fowler's response to the shocked question, "You mean you never actually flew the plane?": "Good heavens, no! I'm a chicken! The Royal Air Force doesn't let chickens behind the controls of complex aircraft!"
  • "I don't want to be a pie!...I don't like gravy."
  • When the Pie Machine is introduced.
    Mr. Tweedy: Oooh, that's champion, that is... What is it?
    Mrs. Tweedy: It's a pie machine, you idiot. Chickens go in; pies come out.
    Mr. Tweedy: Oh, what kind of pies?
    Mrs. Tweedy: Apple.
    Mr. Tweedy: My favourite!
    Mrs. Tweedy: Chicken pies, you great lummox! Imagine it! In less than a fortnight, every grocer's in the county will be stocked with box upon box of "Mrs. Tweedy's Homemade Chicken Pies".
    Mr. Tweedy: Just "Mrs."?
    Mrs. Tweedy: Woman's touch. Makes the public feel more comfortable.
    Mr. Tweedy: Oh, right. How's it work? (reaches to pull the lever, but Mrs. Tweedy slaps him on the hand)
    Mrs. Tweedy: Get me a chicken and I'll show you.
    Mr. Tweedy: I know just the one... [leaves]
    • Later when Mr. Tweedy is testing the machine using Ginger as the test subject.
    Mr. Tweedy: Chickens go in...pies come out... (Mrs. Tweedy rolls her eyes and walks away) Heh! Chicken pies, not... not apple pies.
  • Half of what happens while building "The Crate": When Mr. Tweedy sees the rats in the garden gnomes making off with his tools "Oh, gnomes now?" The bunk collapse, Fowler with the "cheaters", Mrs. Tweedy getting a face full of soot (and later, gravy, causing her to literally give Mr. Tweedy a kick in the ass)...note 
    • Fowler's face as he releases the nuts and bolts and his shaky salute add to the hilarity.
    • There's also a split-second moment of a chicken getting hit in the head by one of the tools Nick and Fetcher first retrieve.
  • Fowler: "Poppycock! Pushy Americans, always showing up late for every war..."
    • Another Fowler quote. "I don't like the look of this (Rocky) one. His eyes are too close together. And he's a YANK!"
      • "Overpaid, oversexed, and over here!"
  • Ginger starts blackmailing Rocky into teaching them how to fly while his circus owners are looking for him. She squawks twice, trying to alert them, and then the third time, Rocky grabs her beak and snaps: "Was your father by any chance a vulture?!"
    • And there's also Ginger's cheerfully innocent "Fancy that, they're coming this way!" after she starts to draw the circus people over.
    • Ginger ironically throws one of Rocky's lines back at him ("It's a cruel world") which leads to this exchange:
    Rocky: I just decided: I don't like you.
    Ginger: I just decided: I don't care. So show us how to fly!
    Rocky: With this wing?!
    Ginger: Teach us, then!
    Rocky: NO!
  • Rocky asks "So... which bunk is mine?" with all the chickens (save Ginger) enthusiastically responding, only to cut to Rocky having to share a bunk with a pissed Fowler. Even funnier as you just imagine what led to it, as Ginger most likely yanked Rocky away with a "I don't think so" comment and shoved him into Fowler's hut.
  • There is also this gem from when the two above have to share the bed.
    Fowler: ABSOLUTELY OUTRAGEOUS! Asking a senior officer to share his quarters, and with a non-commissioned yank, no less! Huh, why back in my day, I'd never...
    Rocky: Hey! You weren't exactly my first choice either. And scoot over. Your wing's on my side of the bunk.
    Fowler: YOUR side of the bunk?! THE WHOLE BUNK IS MY SIDE OF THE BUNK!
    Rocky: Just...! (sniff) Ugh, what's that smell? Is that your breath?
    Fowler: (grumpily) It's absolutely outrageous.
  • Rocky's response to Fowler criticizing his pep talk.
    Rocky: You see, flying takes three things: hard word, perseverance, and... (beat) hard work.
    Fowler: (from the porch of his hut) You said "hard work" twice!
    Rocky: That's because it takes twice as much work as perseverance!
    (Licks his finger and does a "me one, you nothing" gesture, which gets all the girls squeeing)
    Fowler: CODSWALLOP! (storms into his coop and slams the door behind him)
  • During the Training Montage, Rocky quite shamelessly checks out Ginger's backside. The better part? She catches him in the act. Cue a Death Glare and he walks off, completely unapologetic.
    • Later, the hens get Rocky's instructions to the two girls giving him a rubdown confused with their training ("Down... make little circles... faster..."), resulting in them all spinning in place until they fall over, dizzy.
    Rocky: I think they're ready to fly.
    Ginger (angry): Good! 'Cuz they certainly can't walk anymore!
    • At the end of montage, Ginger is the last one to try to fly, and she is on top of a giant pile of chickens!
  • Rocky's inability to understand anything Mac, the Scottish chicken, says. Especially the "thrust" speech.
  • While they're escaping the oven and running towards the quickly closing door, Rocky manages to fall into every single pie before getting out.
  • During the adorable barn dance, the rats are up in the rafters putting the Christmas lights together. Fetcher innocently asks if Nick wants to dance and Nick stares at him, seeming like he's gonna blow him off, and then agrees. Cue awesome 70's disco dancing from the pair.
  • When Ginger falls into the pie machine:
    Rocky: I'll be down there before you can say... mixed vegetables?!
  • At the end, after the chickens have escaped and the pie machine has blown up, creating a huge mess, the only thing Mr. Tweedy has to say to his wife is "I told you they was organized!"
  • During the climax, as the chickens are flying to safety, Babs is still knitting.
  • Mr/ Tweedy's reaction when he discovers that the chickens have been stealing his tools.
    Mr. Tweedy: Me tools! Why, you thieving little buggers!
  • During Nick & Fetcher's intro scene as they leave.
    Nick: After you, Fetcher.
    Fetcher: After I what?
    Nick: [shoves him] MOVE!
  • Babs has a lot of good lines, thanks to her ditziness.
    • The Running Gag of her assuming anyone not present being off on holiday. Especially during Ginger's Rousing Speech about freedom.
    Random Chicken: Where's the farm?
    Ginger: There is no farm!
    Babs: Where does the farmer live?
    Ginger: There is no farmer, Babs!
    Babs: (without missing a beat) Is he on holiday?
    • Ginger asks the others if they'd be happy "laying eggs all [their] lives and then getting plucked, stuffed and roasted." After a beat, Babs happily retorts "It's a livin'."
    • She and two other chickens arrive at Hut 17 for the meeting wearing ski masks... except while the others are black, Babs' is bright pink with a poof ball, which she clearly knitted herself.
    • Later, when Ginger shows off Rocky's poster to the others.
    Ginger: This is our way out!
    Babs: (grinning, in total Sincerity Mode) We'll make posters?
    Ginger: (exasperated) What's on the poster, Babs??
  • During the chickens' flight training:
    Nick: Flippin' hell. Look at this, Fetcher.
    Fetcher: They're gonna kill themselves! ...Wanna watch?
    Nick: Yeah, alright.
  • "I knew he was fake all along. In fact, I'm not even certain he was American."note 
  • The entire bit of the fake Mrs. Tweedy of the opening, from just how pathetic it looks to the score changing from a march to a gentle waltz to the guard dogs' dumbfounded expressions.
  • When Ginger promises Bunty's eggs to Nick and Fetcher in exchange for them stealing Mr Tweedy's tools to build the plane, this conversation arises:
    Nick: Just like the ones that rooster was going to lay. Only roosters don't lay eggs, do they?
    Fetcher: Don't they?
    Nick: No. It's a lady thing, apparently. Ask your mum.
  • This:
    Mr. Tweedy: Me tools! Why, you thieving little buggers!
    Mac: (whispering) What's the plan?
    Ginger: ATTACK!
    Bunty: (Let's Get Dangerous! face) Good plan!
    • Cue the entire hut of chickens swamping Mr. Tweedy.
    • Also Mr. Tweedy's vain efforts to get his wife's attention and aid:
    Mr. Tweedy: [covered in chickens assaulting him] MRS. TWEEDY! THE CHICKENS ARE REVOLTING!
    Mrs. Tweedy: [not looking up from her work] Finally, something we agree on!
  • During the plane scene:
    Fowler: Increase velocity!
    Babs: What does that mean?
  • This Shout-Out when Mrs. Tweedy grabs onto the plane:
    Fowler: Great Scott! What was that?!
  • After a failed day of flying lessons:
    Rocky: Ducky, I think you flew four feet today!
    Nick: Right, four feet. From the roof to the ground!
  • Mr. Tweedy spying on the chickens through the window with his binoculars. When Mrs. Tweedy gets his attention, he turns around, still holding the binoculars, getting a nice close up of his wife's icy glare.
    • When she pounds her fist on the table to get his attention, we get a Freeze-Frame Bonus of their wedding photo, which features Mrs. Tweedy wearing a look of pure disgust next to a nervous Mr. Tweedy and a wedding cake with a chicken-shaped topper.
  • After Rocky's deception is revealed and the hens start turning on each other, Fowler tries to restore discipline only to be essentially told to shut it by Bunty. Outraged, Fowler promptly whacks her round the head with his swagger stick, only to immediately regret it and offer an apology...only for Bunty to punch him full in the face and then bodyslamming him into the mud. The look of utter horror on Fowler's face as Bunty's shadow descends on him is a picture.
  • At the end when the chickens have finally escaped in their 'crate' and Ginger's let Mrs. Tweedy drop to her fate, Rocky and Ginger kiss which prompts an "Aww!" from the other chickens... which then quickly becomes hilarious when the crate starts to drop because they stopped pedalling and they all frantically resume doing so.

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