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Tear Jerker / Chicken Run

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Never again will chickens make you feel so much...

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We've got to get out of here.

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  • Ginger is the only reason the rest of the chickens even consider escape as a possibility, let alone keep trying. As a result, she has to shoulder the burden of not only keeping everyone's spirits up (including her own) and creating new escape plans, but then taking the fall for them every time they fail, and it's shown to take it's tole on her. The chickens all panicking when she's taken to the pie machine and, later, the mud fight which ensures after Rocky deserts them shows just how quickly everything devolves into anarchy without Ginger's guidance.
    "I care about what happens to them!"
    • After Bunty tells Ginger that the odds of their escaping were a million to one, Ginger replies sturdily, "Then there's still a chance." She steps out of the hut with her composure in tact... and breaks down crying as the weight of the whole situation crashes down on her.
    • Shortly after hearing Edwina getting the "Chop," she watches a flock of migrating birds from the roof of her hut. With tears in her eyes, she whispers to herself "We've got to get out of here."
    • Ginger's Heroic BSoD when Rocky deserts them. Not only does their last chance of escape and her one chance at love literally walk out on them, but they realize that all their hard work trying to learn to fly amounted to nothing. Ginger isn't just resentful, she's out of options.
    "Let's face it. Our only way out of here... is wrapped in pastry."
    • Rocky when everyone thinks that the flying demonstration he'll give them tomorrow will help them fully understand the process. You can tell he's absolutely miserable about how disappointed they're going to be when they learn that their problems are not going to be solved at all.
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    • The afore-mentioned slapstick mudfight doesn't even phase her. She just accepts that they're screwed and there's nothing they can do about it.
  • Rocky's reaction when Ginger is seemingly killed by Mrs. Tweedy. The next shot reveals that he started crying.
  • Edwina's death has an even deeper impact than possibly imagined with the simple exchange of dialogue between two characters.
    Ginger: (Whispering) Bunty! Why didn't you give her some of yours?!
    Bunty: (Whispering) I would have! But she didn't tell me! She didn't tell anyone!
    • This simple exchange of dialogue reveals every subtle detail we need to know about this scene:
      • 1) That morning, Edwina KNEW she was going to die.
      • 2) It's clearly stated that if she had told the others, any of them would've most likely been more than happy to give her an egg, allowing her to survive.
      • 3) She willingly refused to inform anyone.
    • With the above factors in mind, one conclusion is drawn: Edwina was so miserable in the chicken pen that she purposely allowed herself to be chosen as a means of freedom through (what essentially amounts to) suicide. Go watch that scene again and wonder if the expression on Edwina's face is fear... or anticipation? *thunk*
      • The way she is not even resisting, but just meekly hangs there upside down reinforced this.
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    • Or consider an alternate interpretation: she became essentially a martyr. Seeing an normally productive hen such as Bunty lay less eggs than usual could've been taken as a sign that she wouldn't have been worth keeping within some weeks. And that could be said of any other chicken. Edwina simply preferred to accept her fate rather than risk having someone else be unjustly killed because of her.
    • And then it's revealed she doesn't even leave the farm at all. Her execution is just a hen house away to the chopping block. And even if the actual kill is off-screen, the OST, the timing, and chickens' reactions to it makes it very uncomfortable to watch. The chickens all then sadly walk away to the rest of their day! It is clear that by this point, this has happened so many times that they feel they can't do anything about it!
  • The meeting in Hut 17. It's played for Black Comedy and is indeed very funny, but it also shows that Ginger is the only one who hasn't given up on escaping altogether.
    Ginger: Think, everyone, think! What haven't we tried yet?
    Bunty: We haven't tried not trying to escape.
    Ginger: (in disbelief) ...What about Edwina? How many more empty nests will it take?!
    Bunty: Well, perhaps it wouldn't be empty if she'd spent more time laying, and less time escaping!
    Babs: It's a living.
  • After Rocky calls Ginger "difficult" for her brutal honesty, he turns the corner and sees just how miserable all the chickens are. Most of them are staring at the ground, some are slumped against the huts, others are just wandering around in a daze or crying at the thought of their eventual fate. Bunty scoops up seed and lets it fall through her fingers. Meanwhile, Babs is knitting a noose. Again, it's played for Black Comedy, but the only reason it's funny is because all of their reactions are perfectly appropriate.
  • At the end of the montage of the chickens building the crate, Babs jokingly calls Ginger "doll face" which Rocky used to do. Ginger clearly gets upset hearing this and looks over at his poster (which for some reason she didn't remove). It then cuts to Rocky far away somewhere, riding a tricycle as he sings "The Wanderer". He acts happy at first, then his expression changes as he sings "And when I find myself falling for some girl...". He's clearly thinking about Ginger too.
  • While you won't be Rooting for the Empire, it's still sad to see Mr. Tweedy get abused and ordered about constantly by Mrs. Tweedy. After getting a hard kick up the rear the last time he failed to fix the machine, we see him trying to activate it again, painfully feeling his rear while quietly begging for it to work. You may not necessarily want him to succeed, but you do think he's being treated unfairly and deserves a better wife than the monster he married.

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