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THE MOVIE: Chicken Little

THE STARS:
(voices of) Zach Braff • Garry Marshall • Joan Cusack • Steve Zahn • Mark Dindal

(L to R) Mark Dindal, Randy Fullmer and Zach Braff, Garry Marshall THE CONCEPT:
Updated re-imagining of the Chicken Little fable. A chick (Zach Braff) who is convinced that the sky is falling. With his closest friends, Runt of the Litter (Steve Zahn), Abby Mallard (Joan Cusack) and Fish Out of Water, he attempts to save the town of Oakey Oaks – from aliens!

U.S. RELEASE: November 4 2005, Nationwide
• Rated: G

THE COMMENTS:

RANDY FULLMER (Producer) on whether he feels the shadow of Pixar over him:
“We’ve spent five and a half years working on this movie, so any time you invest that much time on something you just put the pressure on yourself to make it great. The other issue – the political reality of Pixar and Disney – down in the trenches we know the guys at Pixar, and they know us, and we’re connected, we’re inspired by the animation they come up with, and I think they’re excited by this, and we’re really cheering for each other, because these are hard things to make. As a craft we root for each other.”

MARK DINDAL:
“Zach came in for an audition with about 50 other people, and after two minutes we said, ‘That’s our guy.’ He had amazing comic timing and he could talk a million miles an hour. He had the energy you would like in Chicken Little, of a character that thought the sky was failing, humiliated himself, but woke up every day with a positive attitude like, ‘I’m going to turn this thing around.’”

ZACH BRAFF:
“I do see myself in the gestures [Chicken Little does] because they videotape you when you’re doing the voice, so there are certain facial expressions and gestures in certain scenes that I can see are mine.”

GARRY MARSHALL (Buck Cluck):
“I wasn’t doing a character, I was just talking like this, that’s my voice, so it was easy to do Buck Cluck. Who has the most eyebrows? Martin Scorsese or me? So they did a lot of eyebrow work in Buck Cluck. I’m Italian and I talk with my hands a lot, so they got that captured too, I think.”

BRAFF:
“Pretty much Garry and I did all our stuff together, because once we did it once and it worked so well, any scene that we had together we asked that we do it together because it worked so much better for us.”

MARSHALL:
“[Years ago] I did another voice character that I got fired from, I don’t know the name of it but I was playing an Aztec Indian who became a rock, or something! And I was no good. I should have been fired. But the reason they fired me is they said you have an accent, like they were deaf, they didn’t know I talked like this? So I guess I wanted to make a comeback from my firing. I took this job and got through the whole picture and had a real good time.”

BRAFF:
“This is Disney’s 70th year of animation. Yesterday I was saying to a reporter, ‘As an American, I grew up on this.’ She corrected me, she was a foreigner, and she said, ‘No, the world has grown up on this.’ And that’s true. This has been an honor.”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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