The story concerns a repressed flock of chickens, led by plucky Ginger, who serially fail to escape from their prison camp farm. When cock-sure rooster Rocky arrives, he eggs the hens on to fly the coop, but proves to be yellow. Mrs Tweedy and her doltish husband take delivery of a humungous pie machine… chicken pie that is, and the pressure is on! –Aardman Animations
Peter Lord CBE (born 1953 in Bristol, United Kingdom) is a British film producer, director and co-founder of the Academy award-winning Aardman Animations studio, an animation firm best known for its clay animated films and shorts, particularly those featuring plasticine duo Wallace & Gromit.
In cooperation with David Sproxton, a friend of his youth, he realised his dream of “making and taking an animated movie”. He graduated in English from the University of York in 1976. He and Sproxton founded Aardman as a low-budget backyard studio, producing shorts and trailers for publicity. Later on, in the early eighties Nick Park joined the group. Lord, Park and Sproxton developed and finalised their style of detailed and lovingly designed clay animation characters from stop motion techniques (though directed by Stephen Johnson their claymation is shown in the music video Sledgehammer (1986) by Peter Gabriel). In 1991 Lord animated Adam, a 6 minute clay animation that was nominated… read more
Nicholas Wulstan “Nick” Park, CBE (born 6 December 1958) is an English filmmaker of stop motion animation best known as the creator of Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep. He was nominated for the 2010 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film but lost out to Logorama. He has been nominated for an Oscar a total of six times, and won four.
Park was born in Preston in Lancashire, England, the son of Celia, a seamstress, and Roger Park, a photographer. He attended Cuthbert Mayne High School (now Our Lady’s Catholic High School). He grew up with a keen interest in drawing cartoons, and as a 13-year old made films with the help of his mother – who was a dressmaker – and her home movie camera and cotton bobbins. He also took after his father, an amateur inventor, and would send items – such as a bottle that squeezed out different coloured wools – to Blue Peter.. He studied Communication Arts at Sheffield Polytechnic (now Sheffield Hallam University) and then went to the National… read more
The Great Escape on a farm, torture and egg sacrifice in a G-rated film, a realistic depiction of farmyards compared to your average cartoon, a trip through a pie machine, and a flying chicken coop. It's such a shame how people these days, including the Flixster community, fail to see how clever this film truly is.
Visually inventive and full of wit, Aardman's 1st full length film is a superb and heartwarming success.
I never realized how similar this film is to A Bug's Life when I was young. Nonetheless, Aardman still manages to make it funny and creative enough that it stands out on it's own. Great character, clever, mature writing and, above all, it does something that I thought was impossible to do; it actually manages to make the cliched "Liar found out" scene REALLY hard to watch. A great first film for Aardman Animation.