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  • Actor-Shared Background: Benjamin Whitrow (Fowler) served in the 1st King's Dragoon Guards from 1956 to 1958 before he became an actor.
  • Author Existence Failure: Benjamin Whitrow died on September 28, 2017 before the sequel was announced. It's unknown whether he will be replaced, as well as Tony Haygarth who died on March 10, 2017.
  • Awesome, Dear Boy: When Peter Lord and Nick Park first pitched "The Great Escape with chickens" to Steven Spielberg and Jeff Katzenberg, Spielberg immediately agreed to the project because Great Escape was his favorite movie and he owned a small chicken farm!
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  • Channel Hop: When the sequel was announced, it was made clear that StudioCanal, Aardman's current partner, would be financing it instead of DreamWorks.
  • Deleted Scene: One scene that was cut was how Rocky stole a tricycle from a child. In the theatrical release, this causes some "huh?" as to how Rocky was riding a tricycle in the first place. This was a Shout-Out to The Great Escape, where Virgil Hilts steals a motorcycle from a Nazi soldier.
  • Executive Meddling:
    • DreamWorks Animation and composer Hans Zimmer (who heads the DreamWorks music department) forced director Nick Park to drop an already-recorded musical score by Wallace & Gromit composer Julian Nott because Zimmer decided to have John Powell and Harry Gregson-Williams write the music together. This was one of many reasons why Aardman would leave DreamWorks in 2006 to go to Sony.note 
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    • A more justified example: in England, what Americans call "flashlights" are instead known as "torches". Aware of the fact that this would confuse their predominantly American audience, DreamWorks insisted that the quick gag of Mr. Tweedy playing around with the flashlight be added to assure viewers that he was not, in fact, going to get a large, flaming stick.
  • The Merch: Playmates Toys had a Chicken Run toyline when the movie came out; the Pie Machine was a re-deco of an earlier Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toy.
  • The Other Darrin: If Fowler has a speaking role in the sequel, Benjamin Whitrow will be replaced.
  • Sequel Gap: In 2018, a sequel was announced. Given how slow stop-motion animation takes, it should come out some time in the 2020's, more than 2 decades after the original.
  • Uncredited Role: Not many people know this, but Cosgrove Hall gave Aardman a helping hand with this movie by making a big Mr. Tweedy model for scenes where he kicked or grabbed Ginger.
  • What Could Have Been: This film has a lot of them:
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    • In an early version of the film, Ginger was going to have a little brother named Nobby. He was removed in an attempt to make the film "less cute."
    • Bunty was originally a pigeon.
    • Babs is a combination of two characters, one of which was named Edwina. The filmmakers later reused the name Edwina for the chicken whose head gets lopped off, as an inside joke.
    • Fowler was originally a drunkard who believed himself to be useless until Ginger convinces him otherwise.
    • At one point, the movie had a Deus ex Machina ending in which the chickens suddenly gained the ability to fly after the crate breaks apart in mid-air. The filmmakers decided it was too far-fetched. A remnant of this appeared in a tie-in book where Fowler is giving a log of the flight in the crate where he notes that the crate is starting to break up and the only thing he and the others can do is flap their wings.
    • For a while, the filmmakers considered the idea of having Mrs. Tweedy be the one attacked and tied up by the chickens in the climax.
    • There was animation done of The Big Damn Kiss of Ginger and Rocky where the beak contact was clearly visible. It looked, as the directors said in the commentary, "like two suction cups stuck together." Maybe Don Rosa should have given them some lessons.
    • Another idea for the ending involved a Sequel Hook in which the audience was shown that a second chicken farm is being constructed near the island. It was dropped because Aardman wasn't sure if a sequel would ever be made.
    • Instead of the door falling on Mrs. Tweedy on its own, after Mr. Tweedy said "I told you they was organised" Mrs. Tweedy was originally going to go on a rant and insult him, causing Mr. Tweedy to get angry and push the door on her. They cut this because it made Mr. Tweedy look too mean. However in the final cut, if you look closely you can still see that he pushed the door onto an enraged Mrs Tweedy.
    • Rocky had a wattle on his neck that was removed during production for whatever reason.
    • During the montage of the chickens trying to fly, there were to be a group of pigeons watching them from a power line and mocking them at the same time. These characters were cut from the final film, but their lines were given to the rats Nick and Fetcher, who stick around and watch in the former's stead.
    • At one point, Rocky and Ginger were going to surf out of the pie machine on a giant tidal wave of gravy as a result of their sabotage instead of just running out. Although this idea was dropped, the idea of a giant gravy explosion was saved for the climax, when the pie machine was destroyed.
    • There was to be a scene inside the pie machine where Rocky saw a skeleton of a dead chicken and quipped, “They bought a used machine! How cheap is that?”
    • Initially, when it was revealed that Rocky never could fly because he was fired out of a cannon, there was to be a flashback that showed Rocky being stuffed into a cannon at the circus. However, the producers decided to cut this out of the movie so that they could shorten it and came up with the idea of Rocky's poster being torn in half and then pieced back together later on.
  • Write What You Know: Nick Park had pet chickens in his youth, several of whom frequently tried to escape their pen. Two of them were even named Ginger and Rocky.

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