In the year 2000, stop motion animation was the peak of movie making technology. It was a painstaking process that took hundreds of hours of work.
Before CGI, animated figures were made from modelling clay which would be reshaped and photographed millions of times. Every minute detail had to be perfectly choreographed to achieve the desired effects.
And at the height of it’s popularity, one of the most divisive stop motion films ever produced was Chicken Run.
As a child, you either loved it or hated it.
It almost certainly determined your proclivity to watch horror movies later in life.
Chicken Run was a horror movie for kids. Spoiler alert: chickens died! You didn’t actually see any blood or guts but you still knew when a chicken literally lost its head.
If you don’t believe me check out this scene which somehow blends the adorableness of Flushed Away with the horror of Saw.
If you still think that Chicken Run was a fun family flick, then good news, there’s a sequel in the works and it has already started pre-production.
Aardman Animations who made the original Chicken Run have confirmed that they are working on the sequel, a full 20 years later.
No official release date has even been hinted at yet, but seeing as stop motion animation can sometimes take years even with today’s technology, don’t expect it to be out in time for Christmas.
If you want to relive the magic (or horror) of the original it’s available in Australia on Netflix.