Michael Eisner engineered this film's failure.It's no secret that he was losing faith in traditional animation and wanted to move onto computer animation, so he made damn sure that the critics wouldn't enjoy this movie and that it would flop at the box office. He deliberately had the advertising play up the worst parts of the film and generally not be true to the film. This lackluster advertising planted a Confirmation Bias in many critics and non-critic viewers which caused a negative reaction from many fans and a negative critical reception. Chicken Little getting a negative critical reception and a negative reaction from many fans was karma.
WMG / Home on the Range