It doesn’t feel like 23 years ago, we saw Ginger, Babs and the rest of the birds all the birds breaking out of a chicken farm, for the now iconic animation movie Chicken Run. But come this Christmas, we’ll be watching the gang break into one. Or at least that’s what it looks like from Netflix’s new trailer for Chicken Run 2. Dropped today (September 5), the official teaser for the stop-motion sequel sets eggs-pectations high.
The trailer’s summary says: “It’s Go Time! For Ginger and the flock, all is at stake when the dangers of the human world come home to roost; they’ll stop at nothing even if it means putting their own hard-won freedom at risk to save chicken-kind. This time, they’re breaking in!”
In the trailer, we see the return of a number of our favourite characters like Ginger (with Thandiwe Newton replacing Julia Sawalha from the previous film), Rocky (Zachary Levi replacing Mel Gibson) and, our personal favourites, Nick and Fetcher the Rats (now voiced by Romesh Ranganathan and Daniel Mays). Just as crafty as we remember them, the teaser shows the gang’s attempts to break into a high-tech chicken farm before they are confronted by an old enemy…
Full of quick jokes, slow chicken minds and movie references galore, this trailer has all the charm of the original film. So far looks ready to become a proper Christmas cracker. Some of the previous cast members will be returning too, like the iconic voice of Babs, Jane Horrocks (who gets some good lines in the trailer), as well as Imelda Staunton as Bunty and Lynn Ferguson as Mac.
The synopsis for Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget reads: “From the multi-Academy and BAFTA award-winning Aardman (Creature Comforts, Wallace & Gromit, and Shaun the Sheep), and Academy Award® and BAFTA-nominated director Sam Fell (ParaNorman and Flushed Away, respectively), comes Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget, the eagerly anticipated sequel to the beloved and highest-grossing stop-motion animated film of all time, Chicken Run.
“Having pulled off a death-defying escape from Tweedy’s farm, Ginger has finally found her dream – a peaceful island sanctuary for the whole flock, far from the dangers of the human world. When she and Rocky hatch a little girl called Molly, Ginger’s happy ending seems complete. But back on the mainland the whole of chicken-kind faces a new and terrible threat. For Ginger and her team, even if it means putting their own hard-won freedom at risk – this time, they’re breaking in!”
Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget, from the multi-award-winning Aardman Animations, will be released on December 15 via Netflix.