Excerpt: Thanksgiving is not a total loss post- Free Birds . While young ones may freak over the idea of shredding Reggie and Jake’s flesh in honor of thanks, at least we can have pizza. See, Reggie (Owen Wilson) and Jake (Woody Harrelson) are out to stop Thanksgiving. They’re turkeys; it’s logical they see things differently than us. They discover a government outpost with a time machine and zap themselves back to Plymouth Rock for a rather grim depiction of the first Pilgrims.
Excerpt: Reggie (voiced by Owen Wilson) was the lucky turkey to receive a presidential pardon, but it only adds to his feelings of not being part of his flock. When he meets Jake (voiced by Woody Harrelson) however, Reggie is given a chance to stand up for turkeys everywhere, even in the past. Jake knows about a time travel device at a secret government base and he plans to use the device to venture back to the first Thanksgiving.
Conclusion: Younger kids (like way younger kids) will probably get a kick out of Free Birds , but for anyone past the tot stage, this film will seem old, tired and derivative. It's bright and colorful and features an enjoyable cast of voice actors, but you've seen this all before. For those who did enjoy this film, the good news is that this Blu-ray features great looking video and sounding audio, and comes with some decent supplemental materials. Did you find this review helpful?
Conclusion: Free Birds is watchable and fairly harmless, but never as much fun as you'd like it to be. Its story and tone are all over the place and, whether serious or slapsticky, there's a shortage of creativity. Still, it warrants a single viewing for animation fans, who could easily find a few 'toons worse than this last year.
Excerpt: Free Birds is a softly eccentric yarn chronicling the adventures of two fast-talking turkeys, Reggie and Jake (Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson), who travel back to the first Thanksgiving in a George Takei-voiced time machine. Their mission: to prevent turkey-kind from being the protein of choice during the holiday season.
Excerpt: Because anything is possible within the world of animation, it’s always especially disappointing when storytellers fail to go the extra mile and really capture a creative spark. This is the sad story behind Jimmy Hayward’s Free Birds , a movie with an inventive premise and a great cast that is ultimately unable to live up to its promise.
Excerpt: In one of the best bits on his breakthrough album Werewolves & Lollipops , Patton Oswalt describes the punch-up process on computer-animated films as thinking up “funny jokes that people offscreen can yell over the unfunny, uninteresting action to make it a comedy.” That succinctly sums up the experience of watching Free Birds .