Chickens Plan Their Great Escape
|"Chicken Run" (2000).|
Animation experienced a huge revival during the 1990s for several reasons. The main reason was that Disney re-ignited enthusiasm for the art form with the wild success of the 1989 animated feature film "The Little Mermaid" and a succession of ever-more-popular animated feature films. These included "Beauty and the Beast," "The Lion King," and "Aladdin." As a result of this staggeringly successful output, the decade became known as the Disney Renaissance.
However, opportunities in the animation field also were arising due to advances in computer animation software that made it easier for others to craft quality work. Potential heavyweights in the field, such as the folks behind DreamWorks, led by former Disney honcho Jeffrey Katzenberg, were watching closely. They saw an opening develop in the animation feature film field due to the public's renewed receptiveness to quality animation and the new software tools to capitalize on that popularity, and they were determined to secure their own slice of the animation money pie.
They started out using simple clay animation, then progressed steadily to more advanced techniques. Today, Aardman continues producing quality material, some of it, to be sure, cutting-edge computer-generated animation, but also some created using earlier, simpler methods. Stop-motion animation, for instance, has been popular at least since the popular holiday television specials of the 1960s, but it remains an Aardman specialty.
|Anybody see a reference to "The Great Escape"?|
|Rube Goldberg fans rejoice!|
|Line dancing is a chicken favorite.|
|Chickens going crazy.|
|A chicken's worst nightmare!|
|"Chicken Run" is full of references, some obscure, to classic prison movies.|
|Making a break for it.|
You don't have to be a fan of the stars or of British cinema to appreciate "Chicken Run." It is recommended for all animation fans.