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Bravest chickens in the land!

The Chicken Squad is a Disney Junior All-CGI Cartoon Preschool Show based on the book series of the same name by Doreen Cronin.

Developed by Tom Rogers (Elena of Avalor), the series follows a trio of young chicken siblings—Coop (Ramone Hamilton), Sweetie (Gabriella Graves), and Little Boo (Maxwell Simkins)—and their retired search and rescue dog mentor, Captain Tully (Yvette Nicole Brown). Together, they team up on problem-solving adventures in their backyard to help their animal friends, while modeling what it means to be good community helpers and finding the joy in assisting others. The series premiered on May 14, 2021.

See the trailer here.

This show contains examples of:

  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: Little Boo suffers from this in "The Natural". After pulling off a spectacular save, his already inflated ego expands, to the point where he thinks he's so good that he no longer needs to train. His ego is soon deflated after he's spurred into running the training course, and fails due to lack of practice.
  • All-CGI Cartoon: Like with many Disney Junior shows, it's animated in CGI courtesy of Wild Canary.
  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: The Chicken Squad; Sweetie is the big, Coop is the thin, and Little Boo is the short.
  • Eat the Camera: Done in "Little Boo's Caper" when Little Boo and his friends (plus two raccoons) go on a ride on Little Boo's cape. One of the raccoons notices that they're crashing into a tree and then screams which leads the camera to zoom straight into his mouth. Oh, and the camera zooms out of his mouth after the crash.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Coop is this.
  • Gender-Equal Ensemble: Counting Tully, the Chicken Squad has two males and two females.
  • The Heart: Cooper is this.
  • Inspector Javert: In "Gone to the Dogs", Lieutenant Scruffy is quick to believe that Captain Tully is the one behind the sudden rash of dog toy disappearances in the neighborhood.
  • Narcissist: Little Boo; He carries around a chicken-sized compact mirror so he can regularly admire himself, and his exercise outfit has a picture of his face on it.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: The Squad have a dozen younger siblings.
  • The Nicknamer: Dr. Dirt hardly ever uses the characters' real names. She calls Sweetie "Strong Chicklet" and Captain Tully "Captain Woof-Woof".
  • Offscreen Teleportation: A Running Gag with Dr. Dirt; when the team turn away from her, even for a moment, they look back and see that she's crossed a major distance in the meantime (even more impressive when you consider that she's a snail).
  • Out of Order: "The Squirrel Next Door" was most likely produced before "Roommate Rumble" as the Squad meets Frazz in the former, while they already know him in the latter.
  • Similar Squad: "Coop Dreams" introduces a trio of trainee firefighter chicklets who contrast the Chicken Squad. Their names are Scoop, Salty, and Big Roo.
  • The Smart Guy:
    • Sweetie and Cooper share this, as the former is described as "super smart", while the latter is an inventor.
    • Dr. Dirt serves as the neighborhood's local scientist/forensic investigator.
  • Super-Speed: Little Boo is easily the fastest of the team.
  • Super-Strength: Sweetie is very strong for her size.
  • Team Title: The show's title, "The Chicken Squad" is the name of the eponymous squad.
  • Theme Tune Rap / Theme Tune Roll Call: The show combines both by having the roll call part of the eponymous squad being a rap.
    Sweetie's got the muscles, and she's super smart
    Cooper's an inventor, and he's full of heart
    Little Boo is speedy, and he's got a groovy doo
    Captain Tully shows them how to be a mighty crew!
  • Title Theme Tune: "Bawk-ba-bawk, it may sound odd / But that's the call of The Chicken Squad!"
  • Two Shorts: Each episode is two 11-minute segments.