Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Blu-ray Review - Free Birds

Free Birds
Director: Jimmy Hayward
Voice Cast: Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Amy Poehler
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
Release Date: February 4, 2013
Retail: $39.99
Running Time: 91 minutes
Rating: PG


Landing on Blu-ray and DVD last week was the computer-animated Free Birds from Twentieth Century Fox featuring the talented voice cast of Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson and Amy Poehler. Bonus Features include Birds Flipping History, Animating Free Birds: The Main Course, Winging It: Animators in Action, Talking Turkey with Composer Dominic Lewis and "Shake a Tail Feather" Music Video.

In Free Birds, Reggie the Turkey (voiced by Owen Wilson) is aware that the turkeys on the farm are the main course for Thanksgiving dinners every year, but he seems to be the only one on the farm with the intelligence to understand what is going on. He is life is completely changed with the President of the United States arrives on the farm to save one turkey's life. The President's young daughter picks out the skinniest turkey - Reggie.

Reggie is now the White House turkey, spending his days and nights watching cable and ordering pizzas that is until he is kidnapped by Jake (voiced by Woody Harrelson), who claims he is the only member of the President's Turkey's Liberation Front. Jake claims that the "Great Turkey" told him to find Reggie and take him back in time to stop the first Thanksgiving.

Yep, the White House has its own time machine, which Jake and Reggie time travel to the past to convince a tribe of turkeys to fight back against the humans.

It seems there is a new computer-animated movie out every other month, so it wasn't too shocking that a Thanksgiving themed movie was released. Typically, computer-animated gets great critical acclaim from major critics and does well at the box-office, but that wasn't the case with Free Birds, as it barely made a profit and received negative reviews.

When I first saw the film advertised, I kept thinking it was a rip-off of Chicken Run, that being said, I was not too keen on seeing the movie. Then of course I changed my mind when I had the opportunity to review Blu-ray Combo Pack this month. Surprisingly, I found the movie to be better than what the critics said it was. Though it is no Pixar film, Free Birds is creatively put together in a silly fun way, mostly thanks to the voice cast. Free Birds may not be perfect, but it is still an enjoyable family animated film.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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