Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget Parent Guide
With minor negative material and plenty of madcap adventure, this sequel is almost as good as the original.
Parent Movie Review
After escaping from Tweedy’s chicken farm in the previous film, Ginger (Thandiwe Newton) and her flock have found an island paradise where they can live without fear of being eaten. Adventure and peril are never far away and Ginger and Rocky’s (Zachary Levi) young daughter, Molly (Bella Ramsey) seems to have her mom’s adventurous spirit and longs to explore the world outside the island. When Molly’s adventuring goes too far, Ginger, Rocky, and the gang will have to leave their paradise to save her - and all of chicken-kind too.
Chicken Runis a childhood favorite of mine. Coincidentally, I showed it to my son a few weeks ago, before I knew I’d be reviewing the sequel. Having not seen it in years, I was pleasantly surprised to see how well it holds up, both the writing and animation, and is still as hilarious as I remembered. With my memory of the Aardman Animation classic fresh in my mind, I sat down to the sequel, anxious to see what quality might be expected now that Netflix is involved. Luckily for me, it seems that the 23-year gap was a good thing, as Dawn of the Nugget almost lives up to the heights of its predecessor.
I would not say this film is as good as the original. Sequels rarely are. The story isn’t as tight, the pacing is a bit off, and it’s not as funny as it could have been. Some characters, like Fowler (David Bradley), are reduced to their simplest character traits, resulting in some repetitive bits and jokes. Nonetheless, I still enjoyed the movie. The above issues are relatively minor, and most audiences won’t even notice my nitpicks. The heightened stakes, fun heist antics, and delightful characters more than make up for some minor story problems.
With messages about bravery, family, and teamwork and only minor levels of negative content, Dawn of the Nugget is a great choice for family audiences. Children are sure to enjoy the colorful adventure and parents will appreciate Aardman’s signature dry British wit. Just don’t be surprised when your children express an interest in vegetarianism after watching their favorite chickens almost get turned into dinner.Directed by Sam Fell. Starring Thandiwe Newton, Zachary Levi, Bella Ramsey. Running time: 97 minutes. Theatrical release December 15, 2023. Updated December 13, 2023
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Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget
Rating & Content Info
Why is Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget rated PG? Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget is rated PG by the MPAA for peril, action and some thematic elements.
Violence: Characters face mild peril throughout as well as slapstick style violence. A character is electrocuted and shot by lasers. Robots shoot darts. A character chases other characters with an axe. A character is knocked out by a hit to the head.
Sexual Content: None.
Profanity: There are some mild insults like “idiot”.
Alcohol / Drug Use: None.
Page last updated December 13, 2023
Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget Parents' Guide
How does Molly’s bravery benefit her or get her into trouble? What balance does she find between bravery and caution? Do you have personality traits you struggle to keep in balance?
Loved this movie? Try these books…
Chickens aren’t just fun stars of the silver screen; they also enliven the page of plenty of children’s books.
Janet Morgan Stoeke’s Minerva Louise books feature a feckless, fearless fowl who will have young readers laughing in delight.
Early elementary readers will get a giggle out of Hensel and Gretel, Ninja Chicks, the story of two chicks who track down their father when he’s been fox-napped.
Chickens show their moxie in Chicken Dance. Written by Tammi Sauer, this picture book tells the tale of two intrepid chickens who enter a talent show to win tickets to an Elvis Poultry concert.
Chickens rule in real life too! The Hen Who Sailed Around the World is a true story told by Guirec Soudee. When Guirec plans his intensive trip, he brings his chicken along. She surfs, skateboards, and even saves Guirec’s life by laying eggs when they are stranded.
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This film is a sequel to Chicken Run, the screwball tale of a group of chickens who hatch a daring plot to escape the stalag-style chicken farm in which they are held.
Also made by the geniuses at Aardman Animation is Flushed Away, the adventures of a pet rat who gets flushed down the toilet, only to discover a world of excitement underneath the city of London. Wacky characters, fast-moving action, and memorable songs and one-liners make this movie a win – especially if you like British humor.
For more Aardman movies, you can turn to the The Incredible Adventures of Wallace and Gromit. This collection contains a trilogy of short features, specifically A Grand Day Out, The Wrong Trousers (our all time favorite), and A Close Shave. For feature-length chaos with this duo, watch Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.