run time: 91 mins
considered: Animation, Comedy
starring: Owen Wilson, Woody Harrison, Amy Poehler, George Takei, Keith David
movie summary: 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. (www.imdb.com)
my thoughts: Free Birds stars Owen Wilson as Reggie, the official Presidential pardoned Thanksgiving turkey, who is living the celebrity life at Camp David. One night he meets Jake (Woody Harrison), a very determined turkey, who kidnaps Reggie for a secret mission to change Thanksgiving history.
Through out the majority of the movie Reggie and Jake fight about how insane the plan is and the fact time travel is impossible. The pair stumbles across a secret bunker under Camp David where the US Government is testing a real-time traveling device named S.T.E.V.E. Jake drags Reggie into the device and they warp back the first Thanksgiving in 1621.
They meet up with the original flock of turkeys who have been running away from humans for a long time. Jake tries to assume command of the flock, despite the fact they have two leaders already. Reggie falls in love with the elder leader’s daughter and tries to convince everyone in the flock that he’s from the future.
The humans prepare for Thanksgiving while Jake and Reggie plan to save everyone and attack the humans. The attack doesn’t go according to plan, so the humans are able to track them back to their hide out and burn them out. Finally the flock decides to take matters into their own hands and bring the attack to the humans. Reggie feels he’s had enough and returns to the present where he meets several versions of himself. After much debate with himself, he returns to save the day and alter the original Thanksgiving tradition.
Free Birds has a fresh unique plot, but is not packed with the usual laughs you would expect in an animated movie. I am surprised to see the numbers it pulled in over the weekend, considering when I saw it tonight, there was only two of us in the whole theatre. The only benefit of seeing it on the big screen was the 3D animation, but really this should have been a DVD release instead of a potential bust at the box office.
my star rating: 3 out 10