FREE BIRDS is an American 3D computer-animated comedy movie film all about changing the American Thanksgiving Holiday with “TURKEYS that Time Travel”, directed by Jimmy Hayward and produced by Reel FX Creative Studios.
Pardoned by the President of the United States, Reggie (Owen Wilson) is a pardoned turkey, and lives a comfortable life at Camp David, enjoying pizza and watching television Jake (Woody Harrelson) is the president and the only member of the Turkeys Liberation Front. They team up and the adventure begins by hijacking a government time machine, and they travel back in time to just before the first Thanksgiving, to get all turkeys off the Thanksgiving menu forever.
In a macho contest, the leader of the pack Chief Broadbeak (Keith David) and Jake try to out do each other with hilarious outrageous laugh-out-loud moments.
Many animated films of recent years have been deliberately dumbed down, so as to be suitable only for children, and this cartoon movie is a welcome change, as it has those wonderful subtle gags to also keep the adults amused. Turkey Time Travellers, Jake (Woody Harrelson) and Reggie (Owen Wilson) together are surprisingly cute and funny in this Turkey buddy movie, with lots of slap stick humour but with some anti-farming propaganda. The movie has both vegetarian and animal rights messages, suitable for politically-correct parents.
There is an attempt to provide some romance at the end, Reggie decides to stay with Jenny (Amy Poeher) while Jake takes the time machine S.T.E.V.E. (George Takei) to look for new adventures. Jake suddenly returns moments immediately after leaving, and implies to both Reggie and Jenny that their antics have caused the future to be thrown out of whack, creating the need for a movie sequel.
Chicken Run was good, but turkeys just do it so much better and funnier.
FREE BIRDS is not a turkey of a film, and is a quality full-length animation, comedy with cohesion and purpose delivering simple and effective storytelling. Definitely worth watching with your kids. Some adults may choose to avoid because they might take this movie as being terribly racist. 91 minutes running time. OFLC rated PG.