Free Birds Trailer Is Awfully Fowl

Posted: September 29, 2013 in Movies


In an insincere  effort (with giblets, stuffing,  mash potatoes and gravy, and cranberry sauce on the side) to prevent the ever escalating Turkey genocide every Thanksgiving Reel FX and Relativity Media  have produced Free Birds about two Turkeys who travel back in time to the first Thanksgiving in an effort to get the delicious Butterball fowls removed entirely from the holiday table.   Nothing says “gather around the table with friends and loved ones” like “animated birds facing their own mortality,” according to one of the movie’s press releases.  

The poultry patriots are Reggie (Owen Wilson),  an officially pardoned by the Presidential Thanksgiving Fowl living out his life at Camp David eating pizza and watching tv, and Jake (Woody Harrelson), a Turkey Freedom Front fighter battling for fowl liberation from the dinner table.  The pizza reference isn’t entirely coincidental.  Free Birds is the first movie ever promoted by the Chuck E. Cheese franchise.  It is also the the first animated film from Dallas-based visual effects house Reel FX.  

Amy Poehler also stars as Owen Wilson’s lady-turkey friend along with Keith David, George Takei, Colm Meaney, Dan Fogler, Lesley Nicol.  Jimmy Hayward (Horton Hears a Who) directs.   

Free Bird by Leonard Skynard is never heard on the trailer soundtrack but there is a lot of Carly Rae Jepson bopping in the background to keep the kids entertained in between the obligatory turkey jokes, cartoon explosions and fowl repartee.  The tagline on the poster “Hold Onto Your Nuggets” lets kids be smug about getting an adults joke.

Free Birds opens November 1st. 


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