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Netflix Announces Chicken Run Sequel

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Twenty years ago today, a movie called Chicken Run was released to US theaters via Dreamworks. It was created by UK-based Aardman Animation, then a rising star in the stop-motion scene due to their Wallace And Gromit shorts. Industry analysts wondered if they had what it took to compete on the big screen. The answer was….cluck yes, they did!

Chicken Run was amazing, packing in action, adventure and hilarity with a tale inspired by The Great Escape — only with clay chickens. A hotshot American rooster named Rocky crash-lands into the henhouse of Mrs. Tweedy, a sinister farmer disenchanted with her current earnings and scheming to change her output from eggs to meat.

Rocky cons a hen named Ginger into believing he can fly, and suddenly that “talent” is needed when Tweedy assembles her chicken pie machine. Eventually Ginger and the others discover Rocky can’t really fly. But what else can they do to escape? No spoilers here…watch the movie for yourself.

Chicken Run was released in the summer of 2000 and became a hit, but Aardman wasn’t willing to produce a sequel until they felt they had a decent enough idea. Looks like they’ve thought of one. Peter Lord, director of the first film, told a crowd at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival that they’re finally working on a follow-up. Netflix has distribution rights.

“We’ve got the perfect story, and the relationship with Netflix is kind of perfect as well because they celebrate the filmmaker and are so filmmaker friendly,” Lord told the audience. “I feel now we can make the Chicken Run sequel we want to, the one we really care about.” It’s unknown if any of the original voice cast will return, but Julia Sawalha voiced Ginger in the original, and Rocky was played by…..er….um….I think we’re gonna have to recast Rocky.

Aardman began work on the Chicken Run sequel in 2018, but since stop-motion is such a slow process, there is still no release window for the movie.