The first full-length feature from England-based Aardman Animations, the Academy Award-winning team behind the popular "Wallace and Gromit."
Guinness World Records says that animators used 2,380 kilograms (5,247 pounds) of plasticine during filming- the most plasticine ever used in a feature film. Plasticine was molded on top of latex skins, which had been placed over the chickens' silicone body shapes.
Director Nick Park's drawing of a chicken digging with a spoon under a wire fence spurred the idea for the film.
A special modeling clay, "the Aardman Mix," was used to create two models for each character. The clay was mixed in a specially adapted chewing gum machine.
Each feather was painted by hand. Computer images were used only for scene design and planning.
Production of Chicken Run took 18 months, with two days (on average) spent to capture four seconds of film.
Chicken Run took in $17,506,000 on its first weekend of release in the U.S. It reportedly netted over $160 million in theaters and on video, DVD and merchandising.
As an inside joke, Rocky Rhodes shouts "Freedom!" when he flies into the chicken coop for the first time. This refers to "Braveheart," starring Mel Gibson, who provided the voice of Rocky.
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