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.
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.