We mustn’t panic! Far from it, because — drumroll, please — Chicken Run is F-I-N-A-L-L-Y getting a sequel. And while it’s arriving a little late, we couldn’t be more pleased to hear our favorite chicken crew will be back for round two — and hopefully not as, ahem, pie.
The OG Chicken Run, aka the most successful stop-motion animated film ever, came out in 2000 and told an escape story. As a refresher, because it’s been nearly 20 years (and holy shit, I feel old): “The Tweedys are a grumpy middle-aged couple who run a chicken farm in Yorkshire, England,” a Chicken Run synopsis reads. “The coop is run in the style of a World War II prisoner of war camp, with the chickens accountable for the number of eggs they lay each day or else face being on the chopping block.
“One chicken, Ginger, has attempted numerous plans to flee the coop, aided by contraband smuggled into the coop by two rats, Nick and Fetcher, but she is always caught by Mr. Tweedy and his dogs.”
But EVERYTHING CHANGES when a certain “flying rooster,” Rocky (Mel Gibson), happens upon the farm and promises to teach Ginger (Julia Sawalha) and co. how to fly — in exchange for being able to hide out amongst the coop to escape the circus. Of course, Rocky can’t actually fly, so that brings about lots and lot of delicious drama, but the chickens (20-year-old spoiler alert!) eventually build a plane and fly their way to a remote island, far away from the terrible Tweedys.
Which brings about a BURNING — and I mean, burning like Bunty’s temper burning — question: What will Chicken Run 2 be about?!
Will the chickens once again find themselves, you know, on the run? Will they meet up with chickens who escaped from other farms? The verdict’s still out on what exactly to expect from the Chicken Run sequel, which The Hollywood Reporter broke, and we also don’t know if the OG characters and cast — Ginger, Rocky, Babs (Jane Horrocks), Bunty (Imelda Staunton), Fowler (Benjamin Whitrow) — will be back.
But so help me, if Chicken Run 2 doesn’t give some sort of nod to Babs and her famous “I don’t want to be a pie” line, I’ll fly off the handle.
(I also won’t be too pleased if the problematic Gibson returns, so fingers crossed that’s handled swiftly.)
Thankfully, it appears the film is in good and familiar hands: Aardman Animations is working on the film alongside StudioCanal, and Sam Fell (ParaNorman) will direct. NOT TO MENTION, OG Chicken Run writers Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell will return to write, with Aardman co-founders Peter Lord and David Sproxton executive producing.
If they need a consultant, a voice of the fandom, tho, I was born ready for this. LET ME SPREAD MY CONSULTING WINGS, PLZ AND THANK YOU.
Congrats, fellow Chicken Run fans, WE DID IT! WE WILLED IT!! Official countdown to the sequel begins NOW.