Chicken Little

Synopsis: After Chicken Little causes widespread panic--when he mistakes a falling acorn for a piece of the sky--the young chicken is determined to restore his reputation. But just as things are starting to go his way, a real piece of the sky lands on his head. Chicken Little and his band of misfit friends, Abby Mallard (aka Ugly Duckling), Runt of the Litter and Fish Out of Water, attempt to save the world without sending the town into a whole new panic.
Director(s): Mark Dindal
Production: Buena Vista Pictures
  4 wins & 15 nominations.
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81 min

Now, where to begin?

How 'bout, "Once upon a time"?

How many times have you heard that to begin a story?

Let's do somethin' else. I got it, I got it, here we go. Here's how to open a movie!

No, I don't think so. It sounds familiar. Doesn't it, to you?

Oh, no, no, not the book.

How many have seen "opening the book" before?

- Close the book. We're not doing that.

Here's what we're gonna do.

Here's what we're gonna do.

Why don't I just go back to the day things took a turn for the worse?

Run for your lives! Everyone run for cover!

SOS! Mayday! Mayday!

Code red! Duck and cover!

You're all in danger!


Run for cover!

Run for your lives!

Emergency! Emergency!


Whoa! Aaah!

Look out! Take cover!

Run for cover!

Chicken Little! What is it? What's going on?

The sky is falling! The sky is falling!

The sky is falling? Are you crazy?

No, no, no! It's true! Come with me!

No. Son? What?

It happened under the old oak tree!

I'm not making this up. It's here.

There's a piece of the sky somewhere...

...somewhere on the ground.

It was shaped like that!

It looks like a stop sign? Yes!

Only it doesn't say "stop" and it's blue and it has a cloud on it.

And it hit me on the head!

It looked like a stop sign. Wait! What's that?

Son, is this what hit you? What?

Oh, no, Dad. It was definitely a piece of the sky!

Piece of the sky. It's OK, everyone!

Dad, no. There's been, like, a little mistake.

It was just an acorn that-that hit my son. A little acorn.

No! Dad, no. Quiet, son.

This is embarrassing enough already.

Chicken Little! What were you thinkin'?

Why put your town's safety in jeopardy?

How could you mistake a stop sign for an acorn?

But it... a big acorn level fluh. What did he say?

A big acorn level fluh... It was a big acorn?

An ape throwing coleslaw? A big acorn level fluh...


Ladies and gentlemen, it's just gibberish, gibberish of an insane person. Come on, Buck!

Your kid went and scared us all half to death!

Well, what can I tell you, folks, my son, you know... Kids do crazy stuff. You have kids. It's...

No, Dad. It wasn't an acorn.

It was... it was a piece of the sky. Really, it was.

You gotta believe me.

A movie. A movie.

They're makin' a movie.

When? When will everybody forget your big mistake?

When? When will everybody forget your big mistake?

First it was all over the papers, then they wrote a book about it, then the book on tape, then the board game, the spoons with your face on it...

...and the Web site, the commemorative plates.

...and the Web site, the commemorative plates.

You saw them, right? Yeah. I saw them.

Can't eat off 'em.

They're not microwave-safe. You saw the billboards?

I saw them.

Ha! There's a bumper sticker. I knew it was only a matter of time.

Billboards I could live with. Posters I could even live with.

But a bumper sticker. It's... it's like glued on forever.

It doesn't matter. You know why? Because I've got a plan.

Yeah, about that. Well, remember how I told you it would be better for you to lay low, don't call attention to yourself?

Yes, but I... See, it's like a game.

Yeah, a game of hide-and-seek, except the goal is never to be found, ever!


Now, we've got a plan, right?

I'll see ya later! Remember, lay low.

Yeah. OK.


Look, Mama! There's the crazy chicken!

Yes, it is! Crazy chicken. You're so smart. We don't make eye contact. Bye!

That's it. Today is a new day.

How's it going?


Very well. Foxy Loxy. Present, pretty, punctual.

Goosey Loosey.

Master Runt of the Litter.

Present and accounted for, Mr. Woolensworth.

Oop! Dropped my pencil!

Whoa! Ahh!

Loser! Henny Penny.

Here. Ducky Lucky.

Here. Fuzzy Wuzzy.

Here. Morkubine Porcupine.

Yo. Fish Out of Water.

Quite. Abby Mallard.

Ugly duckling.

Class! I will not tolerate rude behavior at the expense of a fellow... No worries, Mr. Woolensworth.


You mustn't sneak up on me, Ugly... uh, Abby.

Where was I? Ugly duckling.

Oh, yes.

Chicken Little.


Tardy again. Tardy again. Hmm.

Class, turn to page 62 and translate each word in Mutton.

He. Baa.

She. Baa.

They. Baa.

We. Baa.

OK, everyone. Listen up!

OK, everyone. Listen up!

I don't wanna hear any quacks, tweets, oinks, whinnies or cocklee-doodle-doos when I say... dodgeball.

Oh, man.

Pump it up! Pump it, pump it, pump it!

Split into two teams. Popular versus unpopular.

Coach? Yeah, unpopular?

Shouldn't we review safety guidelines?

Sure! Hit the pig, kids!


Look out!

Calm down, Runt. Just...

Just do what Fish is doing.


Tough morning? A run-in with my old nemesis.

Gum in the crosswalk? He won this round.

Your old foe! Mm-hmm.

Incoming on your right. Thank you!


Yeah, I heard about the movie. Tough break.

Yeah. Maybe it'll just go straight to video.

That's the least of my problems.

This morning... this morning my dad told me I should basically disappear.

But that's not gonna get me down.

I've got a plan. You want to hear about it?

Uh-oh. No, no, no! This one's good.

Look, one moment destroyed my life, right? One moment.

Warthog at 3:
00! I see him!

Yes! So I figure all I need is a chance...

All I need is a chance to do something great to make everyone forget the "sky falling" thing once and for all.

And then my dad'll finally have a reason to be proud of me.

Time out!


Hi, Tiffany! Hey, man, what's goin' on?

So, what do you think?

OK, listen.

You said the sky was falling.

Your dad didn't support you. I...

And you have been hurting inside ever since, right?

It's hurt. It stung. OK? It's hurt, but... Yes.

That's the nutshell. OK. Yes, but...

No. Buh-buh... But, it's...

What's got to happen now is the nut needs to be cracked open.

And not one little chip at a time, but... bam!

Smash! Bits of emotion flying everywhere! Anger! Frustration!

Denial! Fear! Deep depression, in fact!

You see what I'm saying?


All right, forget the nut part. Here's the main thing.

You have got to stop messing around, and deal with the problem.

OK, yes, but... Here's the real solution.

You and your dad talk-talk-talking... closure!

Closure? Closure, talking about something until it's resolved.

Wait! Hold on! See? Look.

There's a whole section about it in this month's Modern Mallard.

Incredibly appropriate! I told you, I have a plan.

Yeah, but according to Cosmo Duck, you should "stop the squawk and try the talk."

Beautiful Duckling says, "Avoiding closure with your parents can cause early molting."

See? Closure.

Repeat after me. You, your dad, talk-talk...

Abby, listen! Talking's a waste of time.

I got to do something great so my dad doesn't think I'm such a loser.

Come on. You are not a loser.

You're inventive and resourceful and funny and cute and...


Yeah... uh, Runt!

Should Chicken Little have a good talk with his dad and clear the air or keep searching for Band-Aid solutions and never deal with the problem?

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Mark Dindal

Mark L. Dindal (born 1960) is an American effects animator, film director, and screenwriter who directed Cats Don't Dance (1997), The Emperor's New Groove (2000), and Chicken Little (2005). He worked in many Disney projects as an effects animator, and also led the special effects for several classic films, such as The Little Mermaid (1989) and The Rescuers Down Under (1990). more…

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