GREAT FILMS: Chicken Run (2000)

Chicken Run (UK, 2000)
Directed by Peter Lord and Nick Park
Starring Julia Sawalha, Mel Gibson, Miranda Richardson, Tony Haygarth
Whenever Christmas rolls around, you could bet whichever family house you’re spending it in on three films being on TV at some point:Die Hard, The Sound of Music and The Great Escape. The enduring appeal of the latter, especially in British culture, is such that it’s now hard to imagine the festive season without it, and it makes it all the more difficult for another Christmas-film-that-isn’t-specifically-Christmas-based to muscle in and claim some of that small-screen immortality. In the year 2000, however, Aardman Animations managed to pull this off. Still flush with the success of the first three Wallace and Gromit shorts, and the Oscar recognition that accompanied them, Peter Lord and Nick Park embarked on the company’s first feature-length offering. The result became the highest-grossing stop-motion film of all time, and remains extremely highly regarded i…

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