Free Birds

*1/2

Reviewed by: Angus Wolfe Murray

"The script is dangerously low on laughs and appears charmless"

Rural myth: turkeys are stupid. Wild turkeys, on the other hand, are free. And stupid.

This oddly misplaced animated movie makes fun of the stupid bit, but quickly becomes embroiled in a complicated story of a pardoned turkey that becomes the pet of the US president's daughter and then goes back in time to 1621 in order to stop the original settlers from choosing his forebears as their roast of choice at Thanksgiving.

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Children younger than seven and older than 70 won't have a clue what is going on. A time machine, called Steve, that looks like a translucent egg? Native American turkeys in war paint? The governor of the colonial garrison with the features of a starved rat?

The CGI-assisted animation is below average. These aren't turkeys. They are aliens in disguise. The script is dangerously low on laughs and appears charmless, despite Owen Wilson's vocal support.

The title implies that battery fowl will soon be fox meat in the feral forests and from now on - or rather then on - Americans will be celebrating Thanksgiving with rabbit stew.

If only...

Reviewed on: 01 Aug 2014
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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
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