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"Chicken Little 3D" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Clements

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Synopsis

Chicken Little (Zach Braff) is growing up in the small town of Oakey Oaks.  By "growing up" I mean that he is getting older but not any bigger the way his school mates are doing.  He lives with his father, Buck Cluck (Garry Marshall), a burly, insensitive ex-jock.  One day Chicken Little rings the school bell to sound the alarm after he was struck by a piece of falling sky.   Pandemonium ensues, but when the piece of sky can no longer be found, Chicken Little and Buck must apologize to the town.  Chicken Little goes on to be ostracized by much of the townsfolk. 

So he decides to join the school's baseball team to show his Dad that he can measure up.  Will Chicken Little be able to prove to his Dad that he can overcome the disgrace of the events that opened the film?  Was the sky really falling after all?

Specifications

  • Walt Disney Pictures
  • 2005, Color, Rated G, 1 hr 21 mins
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Codec: MVC
  • 1080p
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring the voices of Zach Braff, Garry Marshall, Don Knotts, Patrick Stewart, Amy Sedaris, Steve Zahn, Joan Cusack and Wallace Shawn
  • Directed by Mark Dindal
Rating
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  • Violence: Comic
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

This movie is the story of a sensitive little boy who is trying to connect with his father on a healthy, emotional basis.  Nothing seems to be working out for Chicken Little.  He caused mayhem in the town with the whole sky is falling thing.  His entire group of friends at school are misfits.  Meanwhile, his father can't seem to accept his little son regardless of what he tries doing. 

This movie worked on some levels.  There are some funny shtick moments.  Some of the music is entertaining.  The action scenes near the end of the movie are fun.  But the movie didn't work on a lot of other levels.  It was hard for me to genuinely care about many of the characters.  The more touching scenes between Little and Buck are contrived and overly sweet.  This movie would make a  good rental for kids or for some who are kids at heart.  Just don't go into it thinking that there will be many genuinely touching moments.   They are not to be found here.

Technical

Many aspects of the video presentation are acceptable.  The detail in the image is about average for a Blu-ray.  The colors are very bright and well saturated.  But since this movie was originally mastered in 3D for its theaterical release, I was surprised to see prevalent ghosting in a number of scenes.  Also, the sense of depth in the image is inconsistent.  The dynamic contrasts are surprisingly better in 3D than in the 2D version. 

The audio has legible voiceovers, but the dynamics in the music and special effects is subdued while the bass response is lacking in the lowest fundamentals.

Extras

This three-disc package comes with the 3D Blu-Ray, a 2D Blu-ray and a DVD.  There are tons of Special Features on the 2D Blu-ray - Filmmakers' Q&A, About Filmmakers' Q&A, Audio Commentary, Movie Showcase, Alien Invasion Game, Deleted Scenes, "Hatching Chicken Little" - Making of Featurette, "Shake a Tail Feather" - Music Video Performed by the Cheetah Girls, "One Little Slip" - Performed by Barenaked Ladies, "One Little Slip" - Karaoke and "One Little Slip" - Sing Along.