Turkeys Have Feelings Too!


Just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday comes the PG-rated film, “Free Birds” starring Owen Wilson, George Takei, Amy Poehler and Woody Harrelson. It’s the story about two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks who put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history – and get turkey off the holiday menu for good. As KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Molly J. says, “You should think twice before you eat that Thanksgiving turkey this year!” See her full review below.

Free Birds
Reviewed by Molly Jackson, age 11, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Video review available here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcU-Iizhb_M

You should think twice before you eat that Thanksgiving turkey this year!  Especially after you watch the movie, “Free Birds”!  This is a wonderful animated comedy, packed with lots of action and adventure.  Two turkeys team up to travel back in time to try to take turkey off the Thanksgiving menu for good.  If this doesn’t sound funny enough, these two turkeys have nothing in common with each other, argue constantly, and run into some hilarious situations when they travel back to pilgrim days.

In order to change the course of history, the turkeys, Reggie (Owen Wilson) and Jake (Woody Harrelson), must first learn to get along and put aside their differences.  Reggie is a smart, although a rather lazy and weak turkey, while Jake is a strong and brave turkey, but very dumb.  This duo makes for some great comedy!  Then a female turkey that Reggie has a crush on makes it even funnier!  This role of Jenny is voiced by the very funny Amy Poehler, which could not have been cast any better.

The director, Jimmy Hayward, also directed “Horton Hears a Who!”  He is also known for his work on “Finding Nemo,” “Toy Story,” “Monsters Inc.,” and many more great animated hits.  The soundtrack for “Free Birds” is also great.

My favorite scene in this movie is when Jake rescues a bunch of baby turkeys, chicks, from a blazing fire.  These adorable, tiny puffballs are clinging to his feathers, and looking up at this massive hero with huge eyes.  It is just too cute!

“Free Birds” is a family movie that is great for all ages.  I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars.  So don’t miss out!  Go see this movie when it opens at theaters near you on Nov. 3rd.

Credit: KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions; Photo: Molly J.

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