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Free Birds

Animation . Comedy . Family . Adventure

In this irreverent, hilarious, adventurous buddy comedy for audiences of all ages, directed by Jimmy Hayward (Horton Hears a Who!), two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks must 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.

Actors: Owen Wilson , Woody Harrelson , Amy Poehler , George Takei , Colm Meaney , Keith David , Dan Fogler , Lesley Nicol , Jimmy Hayward , Kaitlyn Maher
Directors: Jimmy Hayward
Country: USA
Release: 2013-11-01
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  • Kate Erbland

    A more than worthy (and weird) holiday diversion for the whole family. Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Free Birds is pleasant enough holiday fare. And kudos to the animators for transforming a rather unattractive — or at least unappreciated — species into a cast of endearing characters.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Bill Zwecker

    While the overall concept of the script is pretty creative and original, at several points along the way the storyline gets a bit muddled.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Tom Russo

    At an hour and a half, the action in Free Birds gets stretched thin. It’s Thanksgiving fare, sure, but it only partly satisfies our hankering.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Stephanie Merry

    Free Birds has the colorful palette, zippy action and silly story to keep kids giggling, but it also delivers a few worthwhile winks to parents.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Peter Bradshaw

    Enjoyable, with some funny lines.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Michael Rechtshaffen

    Although it seldom approaches the inspiration of its plucky premise... Free Birds nevertheless manages to avoid being branded a holiday turkey.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Sheri Linden

    With its flat punch lines, formulaic action and undercooked mélange of messages — touching on everything from factory farming to genocide — the film waddles awkwardly.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Stephan Lee

    In the end, the jokes simply aren’t funny enough to lift these flight-challenged fowl off the ground.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    A cute but disposable item were it not for the story’s weird racial undertow.

    Variety Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Like so many modern animated features, Free Birds packs too much in; the picture feels cramped and cluttered, and, despite its occasionally manic action, it moves as slowly as a fattened bird waddling toward its doom.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Kevin McFarland

    The best moments are jokes that feel grafted onto a film that was probably close to completion before anyone involved realized they were portraying a fight between turkeys and English settlers as the largest conflict in the European colonization of North America.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    Children, of course, won’t notice the political subtext. But do be prepared for them to exit the theater demanding that you make only Tofurkey in the future.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    The folks behind Free Birds are trying to entertain us. But they rarely succeed.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Christy Lemire

    Everything about Free Birds feels perfunctory, from its generic title and holiday setting to its starry voice cast and undistinguished use of 3-D. Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    Well-intended but maladroit, with a clever premise and cute animation that are undermined by the trite sci-fi parody plot and manic, unfunny banter.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Sara Stewart

    A forgettable — and occasionally borderline offensive — animated tale of turkeys trying to take back Thanksgiving.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Frozen, undercooked and sorely lacking much in the way of “all the trimmings,” this turkey isn’t ready to serve.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Miriam Bale

    Free Birds is likely to leave audiences fuzzy-headed and vaguely nauseated instead of nourished and satisfied.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Louis Black

    Free Birds falls flat, despite its good intentions, ideological cuteness, humorous polish, and skillful computer animation. The fine voice talents of the almost-ideal cast are wasted.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    Free Birds feels like Hollywood brining small children for the blockbusters they’ll pay to see when they’re older. It’s littered with quips, but the film puts a premium on loud, effects-driven action that mistakes nonstop intensity for cartoony entertainment.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Peter Hartlaub

    In execution, the film is all sidekicks and sight gags, with little story cohesion or purpose.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Chris Cabin

    The film is absent of humor and thrills, and accented with designs and color schemes that are equally notable for their lack of risk.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Curtis Woloschuk

    Any comparisons with Chicken Run are rendered poultry by half-baked gags. Even tykes will tell it to get stuffed.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    To call this a turkey would be an insult to poultry.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Drew Taylor

    The characters are so two-dimensional that a meaningful connection with the material isn't elusive; it's downright impossible.

    The Playlist Full Review
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  • holiday

  • thanksgiving

  • freedom

  • duringcreditsstinger

  • 3d animation

  • u.s. president

  • cgi animation

  • turkey the bird

  • hunting dog

  • sabotage

  • chipmunk

  • rival

  • spoiled daughter

  • historical figure

  • buddy comedy

  • title at the end

  • atheist

  • colonial america

  • english colony

  • gunpowder

  • camp david

  • computer animation

  • time travel