CHICKEN RUN: DAWN OF THE NUGGET
Starring: Zachary Levi, Thandiwe Newton, Bella Ramsey, Lynn Ferguson, Josie Sedgwick-Davies, Jane Horrocks, Imelda Staunton, Romesh Ranganathan, Daniel Mays, Miranda Richardson, David Bradley, Nick Mohammed, and Peter Serafinowicz
Director: Sam Fell
Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget is a strong sequel to the 2000 original, bringing everything I’ve come to expect from Aardman Animations: a distinct animation style, quirky comedy, slapstick humour, and endearing characters. There is something that's so wonderfully charming and creative about its unique handmade quality that makes the action set-pieces and visual gags even more entertaining. It even retains some of the darker humour from the original, using it to highlight thought-provoking themes about the realities of factory farming. Overall, this is a fun and crowd-pleasing film, perfect for family viewing.
The first Chicken Run was never my favourite movie, but I always admired its quirkiness and innovation. Dawn of the Nugget offers essentially the same as what the first had to offer, and that's kind of the problem. There is some new interesting world-building, but beyond that, the central plot and ideas are more or less the same, just with less laughs and more plot lines that lead to nothing. The Aardman signature stop-motion animation style is as charming as ever, but in terms of a sequel to a classic, it falls too short for comfort.