'Free Birds' could follow 'Despicable Me 2' and 'Monster's University' as big animated movies in 2013.
The trailer for Free Birds, Jimmy Hayward's animated adventure movie, rolled out online this week. It stars Reggie the Thanksgiving turkey (Owen Wilson) who fails to convince his dumb feathered friends that they're being fattened up for the approaching festival feast, alienating himself from the group.
However, things begin to look up when he is rescued by the President and begins a new life of eating pizza at his cool new pad. When militant turkey Jake (Woody Harrelson) shows up, Reggie's new life of peace is put on the backburner in favour of a death-defying mission to go back in time and scratch out the traditional festive dinner from history. It sounds mental. It kind of is a bit mental, but it's sure to be plenty of fun for kids and families this Christmas.
Owen Wilson Voices Reggie The Thanksgiving Turkey in 'Free Birds'
There's plenty of recognisable voices on the cast-list, including Owen Wilson, Amy Poehler, George Takei, Colm Meaney, Dwight Howard and Keith David. Director Hayward (Jonah Hex) was joined behind the camera by screenwriters Scott Mosier (Clerks: The Animated Series), David I. Stern (Open Season 2) and John J. Strauss (There's Something About Mary, The Santa Claus 2).
Obviously there's parallels with Chicken Run here, though it's probably not going to be as good as that. Nevertheless, with Despicable Me 2 and Monster's University proving that animation is anything but out of fashion, 'Free Birds' could prove to be an Xmas hit come November.
Woody Harrelson Plays Jake The Military Turkey In 'Free Birds'
It hits theaters in the US on November 1, 2013 and the UK on November 29, 2013.