Another in a new breed of mass-market comedy that substitutes self-reference for original wit and pop songs for emotional content.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
The first computer-animated film from Disney also has the distinction of being a terrible movie a hectic, uninspired pastiche of catch phrases and cliches.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
Line by line, scene by scene, visual gag by visual gag, this picture is disappointing: underpowered and dull, even for kids.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
The invasion material is acceptably funny.
Mike Clark - USA Today
The animators are - - you almost no longer have to say this - - fabulous and full of mischief, weaving enough ironic amusements into the story for the longer of tooth.
Stephen Hunter - Washington Post
Chicken Little is shiny and peppy, with some solid laughs and dandy vocal performances, but even a small child may sense how forced this movie is.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
By the time the sky really does start 'falling' -- courtesy of an alien invasion -- Chicken Little's frantic efforts to stay farm fresh have started to wear on the nerves.
Ben Kenigsberg - Village Voice
While it is colorful and jaunty and filled with benign barnyard creatures, the occasional jokes and pop references aimed for designated guardians in the audience are more insulting than entertaining.
Jack Mathews - New York Daily News
The movie (directed by Mark Dindal, The Emperor's New Groove) swings from sugar buzz to glucose crash a bit too quickly.
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
Chicken Little gets a lot of the small things right. It's the bigger picture that gives it trouble.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
More than a loving, clever riff on a fable, Chicken Little is a grade-school primer on the language of movies with a capital M.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
The movie did make me smile. It didn't make me laugh, and it didn't involve my emotions, or the higher regions of my intellect, for that matter.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
In trying to be all things to all popcorn-buyers, Chicken Little comes off as a manic scramble to please everyone.
Robert K. Elder - Chicago Tribune
Animation fans will find this worth the wait, though apparently there's no story-generating software that can tap into the dark recesses of a child's psyche as cannily as Uncle Walt once did.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
Compared to the CG gems from Pixar, Chicken Little is stylistically inconsistent, narratively messy, and, well, just not much fun.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
While the frenetic pacing might help conceal the movie's flaws, the bizarre twists in the plot are not easily glossed over.
Jeff Strickler - Minneapolis Star Tribune
It's almost as if Disney was so nervous about its big chance at computer animation that it crammed in the cheap jokes and disposable music and wayward side plots to make sure it appealed to everyone.
Tom Long - Detroit News
For a movie that's supposed to launch Disney's official CGI era, Chicken Little doesn't stand tall enough.
Bill Muller - Arizona Republic
Under-nourishing and highly derivative.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
There's scarcely enough story here for a half-hour TV cartoon.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
When Disney can't hit a tried-and-true fairy-tale adaptation out of the park, maybe it's time to give up the ghost and get Pixar back on the phone.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
This film's procession of dumb clucks and yuks manages to bring the roof down on occasion, if only through sheer manic exertion.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Chicken Little settles for what's expedient and safe and, over all, lives down to its title.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
It is bogged down by many of the problems that have plagued Disney's recent traditional animated features: anonymous voice work, poor plot structure, and the mistaken belief that the Disney brand will elevate anything to a 'must see' level.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
A consistently amusing, often inspired family romp.
Michael Rechtshaffen - Hollywood Reporter
It's one of the funniest, most charming and most exhilarating movies in years.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
Chicken Little, though it has its moments, mostly just feels anxious and overreaching. It tries to be all things to all people and fails to be anything to anyone.
Carina Chocano - Los Angeles Times
By a comfortable margin the worst feature to come out of the Disney Studios since they invented the American feature-length cartoon in 1937.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Heavy with the sweat of a studio straining to snatch the kids back by throwing digi-crayons, potty jokes, and disco tunes at the lens
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
A bland byproduct of too many cooks in the kitchen, with not enough ideas on how to bring their different sub-plots together into a cohesive entertaining film for kids.
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Tasteful vocal performances, by a talented cast including Zach Braff, Garry Marshall and Steve Zahn, can't relieve Disney's first inhouse all-computer generated animation movie from its music video trappings and inadequate storyline.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Easy, quick and utterly forgettable.
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
the cinematic equivalent of a battery-farmed egg: not exactly rotten, but surrounded by dozens of others just like it in appearance, shape and taste.
Anton Bitel - Eye for Film
A friendly, if decidedly featherweight, feature.
Harry Haun - Film Journal International
It lacks a good, old-fashioned story -- the fourth dimension every 3-D feature needs to be a classic.
Carolyn Arends - Christianity Today
Post-Pixar Disney's "Digital 3-D" concept doesn't seem to include any reservations about 2-D character development.
Jonathan Kiefer - Sacramento News & Review
A cute movie that -- with a G rating -- is suitable for even the smallest children.
Forrest Hartman - Reno Gazette-Journal
Beyond a cheeky, twisty bit of genre-tinkering, there's more here for the under-tens than over-, but it's still charming, amusing and energetic enough to win you over.
Olly Richards - Empire Magazine
...overall lack of substance ultimately lends the proceedings a vibe of irrelevance.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
...because of its winsome characters, it may appeal to the very young.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Truly there's no sense of calm to the film, which feels as if it's been assembled with the manic energy of a preschooler trying to fit square-shaped plastic toys into circle-shaped holes.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine
Not quite the animated masterpiece one would expect of Disney of old, but nonetheless a step in the right direction.
Joe Utichi - FilmFocus
Only a singularly subversive sidekick, a Streisand-obsessed porker (Zahn), makes this movie stand out from a host of other mediocre animated kids' flicks.
David Fear - Time Out
The animation is colourful and lively, if uninspired, but there are several good sight gags and the characters are both funny and engaging.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
This film confirmed Disney's suspicion that conventional animation is dead, but audiences will flock to any digitally animated film, even an inferior one like 'Chicken Little.'
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
too much dancing
Stefan Birgir Stefansson - sbs.is
Alas, no amount of pop-culture in-jokes and cutesy characters can conceal the fact there isn't enough story to sustain a film even of this limited duration.
Neil Smith - BBC
It's got heart and it's got style -- what's missing is laughs.
Paul Greenwood - Future Movies UK
The writing, however, lets the whole thing down.
Sandra Hall - Sydney Morning Herald
Although a perfectly presentable animated comedy, it lacks any sense of magic or true innovation.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
So this new Chicken Little is a hero, of sorts: a feisty little nerd in green hipster specs, who bounces off walls and babbles like Woody Allen.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
The cleverness just isn't there.
Ryan Devlin - Premiere Magazine
The wishy-washy self-empowerment tale hinges on the lack of communication between Chicken Little and his single father Buck Cluck, something best reserved for an episode of Oprah...
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Interesting to watch, I guess, but the folks at Pixar needn't watch their backs just yet...this ain't even close to the coolness they churn out on a regular basis.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Little and his posse of outcasts (Ugly Duckling, Runt, the fat pig, and Fish out of Water) endear, but the rest of the film is derivative and uninspired.
Tom Meek - Boston Phoenix
Disney's first all-CGI effort not made by Pixar, looks cheap, bland, plasticene and often fuzzy.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
Traditional cel animation may be dead, but it'll be remembered fondly. Pop ephemera like Chicken Little is more likely to be smiled at once, then instantly forgotten.
Tasha Robinson - AV Club
The animators and voice actors have a great deal of sly fun bringing this misfit foursome to life.
Louis B. Hobson - Jam! Movies
It's an antic journey with the doors locked and no stops permitted, sadly characteristic of the aggressively didactic, falsely whimsical nature of Disney's modern age.
Marrit Ingman - Austin Chronicle
It has a fresh visual style and keeps the bodily function jokes to a minimum (like Pixar), but they also stuffed the movie to the gills with pop song after pop song.
David Medsker - Bullz-Eye.com
Can someone please explain what's with the shades-wearing Corey Heart wannabe Morkubine Porcupine? His random presence is most likely an inside joke, and we are not amused.
Hanh Nguyen - Zap2it.com
Looks and feels like an extended episode of a TV cartoon.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
The real disappointment here is the flatness of the humor.
Andy Klein - Los Angeles CityBeat
The chicken and his dad seem to feel a bit like Foghorn Leghorn from the Warner Brothers cartoon
Michael Szymanski - Sci-Fi Weekly
Superbly fits the literary tastes of the country in which it's set and pretty much beats them at their own game. Not bad for an auteur from the colonies.
Jules Brenner - Filmcritic.com
What could have been a fun kids film in Chicken Little turns into an exercise in old school Disney paint-by-numbers storytelling.
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
It's too clever by half.
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
Apenas comprova o obvio: o problema com as animacoes da Disney nao residiam na tecnica, mas nas historias mediocres e mal contadas. E se era habil em 2D, o estudio e claramente deficiente em 3D.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
It's little, all right.
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
Despite stellar vocal performances, Chicken Little does not fly.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
A splashy, spunky tale, geared to amuse its pint-sized audience.
Susan Granger - Modamag.com
The richest humor stems from the characters, though, and fortunately for Disney they are the most adorable bunch the studio has imagined since Lilo and Stitch.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
An 80-minute sprint on a treadmill, a frantic romp with no destination.
Sean O'Connell - Charlotte Weekly
It's one of the most geekily enchanting things about Chicken Little, how it blends storybook sweetness... with kew-wel science-fiction notions...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Despite the aspirations of its scrappy hero, it does not stand out among the recent crop of computer-animated features. But it fits in just fine.
Todd Jorgenson - Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
They shot for The Incredibles or Shrek and didn't even manage Madagascar.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Unfortunately, this levity is paired with a truly painful father-son relationship.
Annlee Ellingson - Boxoffice Magazine
Chicken Little will automatically cluck gleefully for its youthful audience. But for others, this bland bird will take time to roast.
Frank Ochieng - Movie Eye
There's both a structural randomness and predictablility to 'Chicken Little,' which has no personality or original idea driving it.
John P. McCarthy - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
The 3-D screenings add little to the experience and feel more like an afterthought than a technological innovation.
Collin Souter - eFilmCritic.com
Apparently, it has significant entertainment value for the intended demographic.
Audrey Rock-Richardson - Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
The film is fine for kiddies who'll get a kick out of all the animal characters farting, burping and falling over each other.
Angela Baldassarre - Sympatico.ca
The undercooked Chicken Little is a strain of cinematic salmonella, riddled with forced fun and forgettable characters.
Mike Ward - Richmond.com
I don't care if it's 2-D, 3-D, CGI or hand drawn, it all goes back to the story.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
Well, it doesn't quite lay an egg. But it's nothing that will make even chicken scratches in the history of Disney, even though it's in 3-D.
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
If Finding Nemo established the gold standard of CG, then Chicken Little is little more than chicken feed.
Gary Brown - Houston Community Newspapers
Esperons que maintenant que Pixar n'est plus la pour l'invention en animation, Disney retrouvera vite l'inspiration du passe pour ses prochains efforts.
Nicolas Lacroix - EnPrimeur.ca
I can only recommend this for kids between the ages of 4 and 4 1/2 and the legally blind and deaf.
Pete Vonder Haar - Film Threat
For some intangible reason the heart, humor and adventure of this movie are all run of the mill.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
The movie is fun for all ages, and besides - who could resist this charming, insecure, heroic little clucker?
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Chicken Little provides big family fun.
Danny Minton - Beaumont Journal
Chicken Little doesn't contain an original bone in its animated body, but it combines its derivations well enough to entertain kids.
Carla Meyer - Sacramento Bee
If I was 6, I think I'd have had a good time, but I'm not and nothing I tried could make this go by any faster - I wanted to run screaming from the theater and warn everybody.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
It's not a bad movie, really. The elements are all there, they just feel somehow not terribly inspired.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
Nothing truly fell from the sky of inspiration here, nor did imagineering rise to potential.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
Disney is also releasing this movie in a new Dolby digital projected 3D format. If a theatre near you offers this, check it out in this format for sure.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Oddly enough, Walt Disney Pictures breaks through the glass ceiling of modern animation with a tale about the sky falling.
Larry Ratliff - San Antonio Express-News
Cuteness trumps horror, and Chicken Little suffices as kiddie entertainment in a moment when there's not a whole lot for youngsters to devour.
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
Chicken Little was mildly amusing at best. There was none of the explosive laughter that fuels the Pixar world. I missed it.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
Most of the time, this bird is that rare chicken: one that really flies.
Pam Grady - Reel.com
Basic, colorful, storybook graphics dominate the film's look, while first-rate voice work gives it a zestful personality.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Chicken Little is much too glib to make us feel what its characters are experiencing; the filmmakers would much rather explode their animated sets and vaporize their talking creatures.
Christopher Kelly - San Jose Mercury News
The originality and brightness of Chicken Little resides in its characters, whose names may be familiar from children's books, but whose personalities are unique.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
You can't accuse the character designers of sleeping on the job.
Dave White - Movies.com
The Disney studio was once the gold standard for feature animation. Now it gives us... the worst cartoon movie of the year.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Given Disney's marketing muscle, most kids will probably se Chicken Little whether they want to or not.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
There's such a density of visual puns and pop culture reference points, kids and parents are bound to find themselves smiling in spots. The cumulative effect of the film, however, is exhaustion.
Lisa Rose - Newark Star-Ledger
It's not painful, just completely unnecessary.
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Daily News
This wild and unexpected ride should delight younger children with its bright colors and constant chaos, while adults are likely to be charmed by the witty banter, subtle one-liners and a sweet father-son relationship.
Angel Cohn - TV Guide's Movie Guide
With its charming characters and nonstop jokes, this movie is worth crossing the road to see.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
It's an odd up-and-down storyline, and it's told with too many shortcuts: pop songs used in place of dialogue and emotion, pop references used in place of jokes.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
Chicken Little is a family film, and its humor is decidedly of the G-rated arena. How refreshingly different...
Brent Simon - Now Playing Magazine
Destined to become a babysitter's top tot-tempering tool.
Tyler Hanley - Palo Alto Weekly
What Chicken Little does have going for it first and foremost are some fun, inviting characters fresh enough to sustain the film's other shortcomings.
Brent Simon - FilmStew.com
It loses some of its emotional punch as the plot complications pile up.
Mary-Liz Shaw - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
This digitally animated feature is not quite as funny as we may have hoped. But it does have a peculiar, goofy sweetness to it, and the sheer inventiveness of the whole thing makes it pretty enjoyable.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Obviously, this is the source of the new bird flu.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
... as cluttered as the movie gets before the ending, it's funny throughout, with some 1970s and '80s music thrown in to keep adults happy.
Peter Hartlaub - San Francisco Chronicle
Dress it up like a Pixar film all you want, but Disney's latest digitally animated adventure is hardly something to get egg-cited about.
Dean Essner - E! Online
Chicken Little is a mixed bag of an animated feature. It has the occasional laughs but failed to bring that big smile to my face that I always hope for.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Sad to say, Little's magical spell goes poof halfway through.
Randy Myers - Contra Costa Times
A quick, fast paced pop culture fest like the best animated movies.
Fred Topel - About.com
The computerized animation hasn't got enough pop, the characters are vapid rather than nonsensical or silly, the musical numbers are awful, and the emotional situation of the plot is handled like a large piece of meat at the end of a hook.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
Chicken Little doesn't lay an egg, but it doesn't fly like a majestic eagle either.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
The visuals are irrepressibly witty and so is the script, which morphs from the classic fable into a spoof on War of the Worlds.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
Kids will be delighted by the cute-as-a-button protagonist and a comedy/sci-fi plot that offers some pint-sized thrills without ever getting too scary.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Though it has meticulous detail, it has a nicely casual feel, due in part to a mix-tape selection of pop songs and jokes that perfectly offset the tension and sentiment.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Not a classic, but it's an entertaining, cute film and a promising start for Disney's new division.
Jeff Otto - IGN Movies
... zippy and harried and bursting with whimsical images in place of story.
Sean Axmaker - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
A wonky, whacked-out, energetic comedy that fills its 77 minutes with more merriment than most films manage in 100
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
There's no real reason to watch past that calamitous departure point -- except to count how many stale '70s songs director Mark Dindal can string into an unbroken medley of banality.
Steve Schneider - Orlando Weekly
If Disney Digital 3-D is as impressive as they say, it may still be worth checking out. But frankly, I can't bear to sit through this again to find out.
Luke Y. Thompson - New Times
No matter how technically proficient a movie's visual effects, they mean nothing without wit, cunning and soul.
Gene Seymour - Newsday
Chicken Little doesn't have a single original idea in its head... I was shocked to watch this. I expected better.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
If this is rated G, I'd better bring an extra pair of underpants to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
Wake me up when they make The Itsy Bitsy Spider.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
Chicken Little is mildly entertaining, but the stink of desperation is all over this production.
Brian Orndorf - FilmJerk.com
The title's oddly appropriate, since in an era of animation giants, this movie is small potatoes. Or in keeping with the theme, chicken feed.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
What makes this chick click is the humor.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
won't have Pixar running scared, but it's reasonably entertaining once it finds its groove.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
A nervous bundle of drips and drabs taken from dozens of other movies and TV shows -- jokes and ideas all previously tested.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
There is no doubt the movie is a wannabe, but on those terms it works.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
Unlike the storytelling acumen that made Pixar's Finding Nemo about real emotional panic, Chicken Little is a clunky, arbitrarily plotted, over-caffeinated spritz.
Robert Abele - L.A. Weekly
Chicken Little has been Disneyfied with a vengeance.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
This movie's great! This movie's great! Hurry, tell everyone that it's great! Why are you looking at me like I'm crazy? It really is great!
John Venable - Supercala.com
Chicken Little should explode into a fury of anarchic hilarity. Instead, like the townfolk, the makers seem to be scurrying around helpless, unaware of which direction to go.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
This one will likely get the treatment of Disney mediocrity: only three direct-to-video sequels and no traveling ice show.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
not exactly a bold step forward. ...If the film is not destined to be remembered as one of Disney's enduring classics, it's enjoyable on its own terms...
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
Boy oh boy, does Disney need Pixar!
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
a nice story and enough energy to make Disney's latest film into a solid crowd-pleaser
Sean McBride - Sean the Movie Guy
a rip-snorting flight of adventure fantasy that has an unfettered imagination and a wicked sense of humor
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
Oftentimes we can only fully appreciate something when we are deprived of it. On that note, please come back Pixar. We miss you already.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
Disney eradicated their hand-drawn animation department for this?
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
The press materials crow that this is Disney's first fully computer-animated feature. Better they had heeded the first rule of medicine: First, do no harm.
Jean Lowerison - San Diego Metropolitan
Too Disney . . .
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
A snappy and inventive computer animated film whose clever storyline has something for everyone
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
CGI or traditional animation, it makes no difference. The problem with Disney's modern movies is the stories, not the methods they use to bring them to life.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
Amusing enough to keep the adults from being bored, while sure to please younger children.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs