Very few animated films manage to make their mark in pop-culture, but 2000s Chicken Run remains a classic among kids who grew up in the 90s. The movie turns 20-years-old this year, and Aardman Animations has just announced that they’re working on a sequel.
According to the official Aardman site, the studio will be teaming up with Netflix to produce a sequel for Chicken Run, and production is aiming for a 2021 start. Here’s the official synopsis of the film:
Having pulled off a death-defying escape from Tweedy’s farm, Ginger has finally found her dream – a peaceful island sanctuary for the whole flock, far from the dangers of the human world. When she and Rocky hatch a little girl called Molly, Ginger’s happy ending seems complete. But back on the mainland the whole of chicken-kind faces a new and terrible threat. For Ginger and her team, even if it means putting their own hard-won freedom at risk – this time, they’re breaking in!
Admittedly, Chicken Run was an already solid movie in itself, so I’m wondering why the creators were so eager to produce this sequel after so long. Peter Lord, who had directed the first movie and is attached to this one as an EP, says, “Fans around the world have waited patiently for a sequel idea worthy of Chicken Run so we’re delighted to announce, on the 20th anniversary, that we’ve found the perfect story. Netflix feels like the ideal creative partner for this project too: they celebrate the film-maker, which means we can make the film we want to make – the one we really care about – and share it with a global audience.”
While there are cases where sequels “come too late,” I’m sure the animators over at Aardman have something that this generation of kids could still love. Besides, I’m sure kids today would still like the original Chicken Run.
No release date has been set for the Chicken Run sequel, but it’s possible the movie could come out sometime in 2023.