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Plucky Chicken is a 2012 American 3D computer-animated adventure comedy film produced by Gingo Animation for Universal Pictures. It was the eleventh feature film produced by Gingo, and is also the studio's first film to feature an non-human protagonist. The film was directed by Gary Hall in his directorial debut and written by Josh Klausner, and features the voices of Ryan Reynolds, Joan Cusack, Danny McBride, Neil Patrick Harris, Wilmer Valderrama, and Steve Buscemi. It tells the story of a chicken named Plucky (Reynolds), whose relationship with his hen mate Lucile (Cusack) is threatened upon the arrival of fried chicken restaurant CEO Victor Lucksbottom (Buscemi).
Plucky Chicken was released in the United States on July 27, 2012. It received mixed reviews from critics, although many particularly praised Reynolds' vocal performance. It also proved to be a box office success, earning more than $426.7 million on a budget of $82 million.
- Ryan Reynolds as Plucky, a chicken.
- Joan Cusack as Lucile, a smart-going and kind hen and Plucky's love interest.
- Jim Cummings as Farmer Bob.
- Danny McBride as Bessie, a cow mistaken for a female.
- Neil Patrick Harris as Spottie, a dog.
- Wilmer Valderrama as Piggy Pig.
- Steve Buscemi as Victor Lucksbottom, the CEO of Fry'd Chicken Pit bent on converting every chicken on Bob's farm into profitable fast food dishes.
- Corey Burton as Fred, a duck.
- John DiMaggio as Henry.
- Ava Acres as a chick.
- Gary Hall as a chef.
- Ava Acres
- Ashley Albert
- Dee Bradley Baker
- Gregg Berger
- Ian James Corlett
- Thomas Derviom
- Chris Edgerly
- Daniel Flaherty
- Marieve Herington
- Sondra James
- Tom Kenny
- Brian McFadden
- Nolan North
- Allison Roth
- Roger Craig Smith
- Fred Tatasciore
- Kari Wahlgren
In March 2008, Universal Pictures and Gingo Animation announced that they were working on an original animated film entitled Plucky Chicken. Gary Hall, an veteran Gingo animator who also came up with the idea for the film, was announced to make his feature directorial debut. Writer Josh Klausner was hired by Gingo to write the film's screenplay.
All music composed by John Debney.
Plucky Chicken was originally scheduled to be released on July 6, 2011; however, in September 2009, the date was pushed back to July 27, 2012. This happened because Universal changed the release date of Gabriel Garza from December 2010 to July 2011, thus pushing Plucky Chicken to 2012. The film was later released in the United Kingdom on December 7, 2012.
- The official teaser was released on July 6, 2011 and was shown before Gabriel Garza, Spy Kids: All the Time in the World, and Dolphin Tale.
- The first theatrical trailer was released on November 11, 2011 and was shown before Arthur Christmas, Happy Feet Two, The Muppets, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, and Operation: MT.
- The second theatrical trailer was released on March 2, 2012 and was shown before The Lorax, The Pirates! Band of Misfits, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, and Brave.
- TV spots began to air between June and July of 2012.
Video game Edit
- Main article: Plucky Chicken (video game)
Plucky Chicken was released on DVD and Blu-ray on December 4, 2012.
The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a rating of 59% based on 194 reviews; the average rating is 5.7/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Plucky Chicken's clever humor and Ryan Reynolds's charisma do live up to Gingo's earlier entries, but the premise is too familiar -- and slightly staler than some would expect." On Metacritic, the film has a score of 51 out of 100, based on 48 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A" on an A+ to F scale.
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