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Chicken Little (Blu-ray 3D, DVD)
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Chicken Little (Blu-ray 3D, DVD)

Disney’s underrated take on the Henny Penny tale gets the 3D Blu-ray treatment it deserves in this fun release that whole family can enjoy.

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Disney releases yet another great, but under-appreciated movie with Chicken Little 3D. While some may snub their noses at this modern twist on the classic story, its actually one of the coolest, funniest films I’ve seen in quite some time, and have enjoyed it ever since it was first released back in 2005. If you’re looking for a fun, sci-fi comedy take of the classic Henny Penny story, this 3D Blu-ray release is sure to please.

Chicken Little (voiced by Zach Braff) has earned a reputation as the boy-who-cried-wolf after pulling the town’s alarm bell when he mistook a falling acorn for the sky falling some time ago. He has since worked hard to help restore his reputation, but to no avail. When what seems to be a real piece of the sky lands on his head, he discovers its actually a piece of a shielding from a cloaked alien spaceship that’s hovering over the town. Things become even more complicated when Chicken Little finds a baby alien that found its way off the spaceship. Realizing that no one will believe him, he calls upon his three best friends, Abby Mallard (Joan Cusack), Runt (Steve Zahn), and Fish (Dan Molina), and attempts to save the world by trying to get the alien baby back to the mothership before the baby’s parents destroy everything.

As with Bolt, I’ve always felt that this film deserves more respect than most give it. I enjoy the previous DVD and Blu-ray releases of it, so watching it on 3D Blu-ray is just icing on the cake to me. The picture is clean and sharp as always with Disney releases, as little things such as Chicken Little’s feathers, to the fur of the baby alien is seen in perfect detail. The added 3D effect serves to heighten the detail even more by giving the picture more depth, while also surprising you with incoming objects and action that leaps off the screen. Though when the night scenes arrive, the 3D loses its effect a bit and causes a blurry mess here and there. The 5.1 DTS-HD sound on the other hand shines throughout the movie, as every word and sound effect comes in clear, especially when the bass fires up during the alien attack.

While they’re sadly in standard-definition, there’s plenty of special features here than you can shake a tailfeather at. First there’s audio commentary with director Mark Dindal, producer Randy Fullmer and visual effects supervisor Steve Goldberg, as they talk deeply about the production of the film. “Hatching Chicken Little: The Making Of The Movie” has Dindal and Fullmer giving a guided tour of the film from pre-production through completion, while also having interview bits with some of the voice cast and key animators. There’s some deleted scenes from the previous DVD release, while some new ones included in this release are featured as well. Rounding out the extras are two interactive trivia-like games called “Easter Egg: Hunt of the Litter” and “Easter Egg: Foxy Lady” that kids are sure to enjoy

I enjoyed Chicken Little 3D, despite some of the night scenes throwing off the 3D effect in places. The movie has a great cast (including the late Don Knotts in one of his last roles as Mayor Turkey Lurkey), characters, and a clever modern twist on the classic story the whole family can enjoy. Many of the standard-definition features will be familiar to fans who picked up the previous release, although Disney has remastered the picture in 3D that mostly works, provided you have the proper set-up to take advantage. Those looking for a fun, animated treat for the family really can’t go wrong with this release as there’s plenty of hot chick(en) action for everyone.

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11/08/2011

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