Chicken Run : 2 of 5
Though I didn't see this movie in the theater, I clearly remember when it was released, because my pal Barron was obsessed with it (or at least he pretended to be) for some reason. I've seen the Wallace & Gromit shorts by the same animators, and they are definitely technical masterpieces, and pretty funny, too. Anyway, Chicken Run finally popped to the top of my Netflix queue, and it was a pretty good DVD, but nothing special. The animation is totally incredible - I love looking at the detailed sets and imagining all the work that went into them! They also tacked the incredible problem of scale, since the story features both large humans and little chickens. Speaking of story, that's where Chicken Run falls short - I just couldn't feel for these characters or get very excited about their adventures. The movie is definitely an amazing technical achievement, but the plot is just so-so.