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Friday, November 11, 2005

Chicken Little...A Little Chick with BIG Ambitions

CHICKEN LITTLE...the latest "chicky" flick from Disney...animation. As a big-time Disney fan...I felt compelled to share my thoughts and views on this 'little' movie which I watched last Monday.
The story revolves around Chicken Little (Duh!~) which is a little white chick(obviously) living in Oakey Oaks with his only remaining relative, his Dad, Buck, who used to be a famous all-time baseball player in their local neighborhood. He goes to the only school in town and hangs out with a bunch of rowdy misfit friends; an Ugly Duckling, Runt(a paranoid and overly anxious pig) and also Fish(a fish which could miraculously survive with a bowl of water covering his face and only gurgles all the time in communicating). They were labelled as the unpopular group in their school....and even the school practises the double standard culture...yeah, the PE teacher actually divides the basketball groups to the popular and the unpopular...hahaha:D Then there's the Mutton Language class....by Mrs. Woolsworth who teaches them to translate the English language to the Mutton Language(sheep communication talk)...and typically everything sounds like "baa....baaa..." Getting interesting, huh?
Well, the story starts with our little chicken who rang the school bell at the top of the school building to alert the whole town about the sky falling. The whole town ran into a havoc and reporters rush all the way to the scene, equipped with their cameras and crew, eager to capture the so-called "HOT" news. However, when they arrived to hear the absurd story by Chicken Little, they came to conclude that it was just an acorn falling on his head which he mistakenly thought was a piece of the sky. Everyone was disgusted and accused him of lying and making a mountain out of a mole hill....causing much disgrace and dismay to his father who immediately apologizes and brings his son home.
To come to the worst, the reporters actually made so much fun of the matter that they decide to ridiculously make it into a film and the town was all over Chicken Little for some time. Our plucky chick did not let this get into his way and he finally stood up and quoted his favourite phrase; "TODAY is a brand NEW DAY". He was determined to put the past behind him for a brand new start and marched heads up to school; however, things do not turn out the way he wanted them to be and he ended up losing his pants on his way to school. He got into his locker and turned his Maths scratch paper into his pants for the day. Then he decided to go all out for the local baseball team, in pursuit of his dad's footsteps. However, big Rooster Dad will not hear of it and tells his son to stay low after all the commotion he caused with his sky falling incident.
Chicken Little was disappointed but still tried out for the team, although he was definitely super tiny for his size and the baseball helmet actually fell over his small head and even the baseball bat seems larger than him. The coach always made him stay on the bench while counting on his favourite player whom he looks forward to grabbing the MVP(Most Valuable Player) award of the year; the famous Foxy Loxy who scorns at Chicken Little and his friends most of the time.
Chicken did not let anyone stop him and he had his chance one day when he miraculously made a victorious hit and made it to the home run and won the game after losing for the first two hits. Everyone started seeing him as a hero, much to Foxy Loxy's dismay who insists that it was just a lucky hit. All of a sudden, our little chicken turned from a zero to a hero and big Dad was so proud of his son. It was a funny scene where Chicken Little sang "I am the Champion"...and dancing around on his bed.
All seems well and Dad seems all happy and life does seem to be perfect for our little hero; until again he saw the sky falling into his bedroom this time and he turns all panicky again. He knows he is not wrong this time as the piece of so-called "sky" is in his bedroom this time and it is right before his very eyes. BUT, the big question is his reputation has just changed for the better at the moment and Daddy may disbelieve him again. Agitated, he decided to call up his pals, Ugly Duckling, Runt and Fish who happen to be singing Spice Girls "Wannabe" karaoke version at Ugly's home. They went over immediately and was amazed at what they saw. Ugly Duckling proposed for Chicken to tell his dad who refused immediately and then Fish was morphed into the UFO thingy which caused all of them to chicken run after their friend. They were led to a spaceship or an UFO and stumbled upon a conspiracy to destroy the earth. They panicked and ran away when they were discovered by the aliens and a little alien decided to follow them, unbeknownst to them.
The aliens pursued them and Chicken Little ran to the school building and rang the bell again, again causing a huge commotion. The aliens were disturbed by the noise of the bell and retreated, thus the crowd came to nothing again and accused Chicken Little of causing havoc for nothing. Then Chicken Little found the baby alien and soon after, the aliens were back, for an intervention/invasion into Earth to search for their baby alien and Chicken was all set for a mission, to protect baby alien and to deliver him safely back to his parents' arms. Chicken finally made his Dad understand that he needs faith, trust and communication from him and he will proceed to his absurd mission even without his Dad's support this time. Dad relented finally and together, father and son made through the alien's laser attacks and delivered their baby alien back to the parents whereby the invasion stopped immediately.
They thanked Chicken Little and explained that the map which they mistakenly thought was a conspiracy plan for the Earth destruction was actually a map for the acorns they were so interestingly looking for for decades and travelling through the other planets was futile in their search. They will stop by Earth each year for the acorns and thus, finally the town understood Chicken's story. Their heroic mission was filmed by Hollywood this time, portraying Chicken Little as a big Chicken, muscular with a damsel in distress by his side, his ever faithful companion, Ugly Duckling....a Happy Ending....as usual, for Disney movies.
Being an all-time Disney fan since I was born(hehehe.....metaphorically speaking), I have little doubt that I will be disappointed with most of the Disney movies I watch....that's from my standpoint alone, you guys may have different views. I enjoyed the movie....anyhow, I watched it without expectations and I ended up having a good time, and it still puts a smile on my face when I think of the little chicken which was so determined in everything he does.
To make it simple, the show has a very simple storyline which makes it all entertaining and the message behind the story is also not too complicated to comprehend. I particularly admire and was struck by Chicken Little's character as he proved that nothing is impossible....which coincidentally is my motto;) At the same time, he is small in size...but it did not stop him from pursuing dreams which are big for his head and he never gives up. His determination and positive outlook in life truly struck me and I am definitely proud of this little chicken. In his case, size really doesn't matter...the will and determination is what that matters the most when it comes down to doing something.
Runt is also another cute character whereby he is often panicky over small things but he gets motivated by songs....hehehe.....i remembered the scene where he turns all heroic when he was told that he will survive.....and he started singing "I will survive...":)
Ugly Duckling speaks a lot...making her points until people have to literally shut her up and FISH, well, all he does is just gurgle and not much significance in the movie, he's just echoing whatever the others say anyway:P
Overall, a pretty entertaining cast in addition to the creative and imaginative settings they have for the movie...imagine a chameleon for a traffic light....:D
So, all in all,be positive, live life cool and always remember....."TODAY is a brand NEW DAY"...*wink*