If a movie about time traveling turkeys doesn't get you excited, I don't know what will. Free Birds with an interesting premise of two turkeys, Reggie (Owen Wilson) and Jake (Woody Harrelson) goes back in time to alter the very first Thanksgiving so that turkeys are no longer the main course each year. The plot of course is absurd, but that only adds to the laughter of the story disregarding time paradoxes and butterfly effects.
So just how does two turkeys get a time machine? The U.S. Government of course! Reggie is a turkey that is pardoned by the President of the United States which is an annual tradition. After being pardoned he lives a life that not only most turkeys would dream of, but us humans too. Who wouldn't want to just eat pizza and watch telenovelas all day?
Unfortunately, his life is interrupted by Jake who kidnaps him to go back in time due to a vision and calling he had when he was young from the Great Turkey. They stumble their way onto a government base that quite conveniently has a map of the facility to the time machine. Back in time, they encounter wild turkeys who are more organized and intelligent then their present day counterparts. The turkeys future and present work together to battle against the humans in the fort that would capture them to eat for their first meeting with the Indians.
What I like about the movies are characters that are likable even for a fowl that are not particularly attractive. The jokes are quite intelligent intermittent with slapstick humor that will have the kids laughing. Keep your ears sharp during the attack on the fort or you'll miss the Angry Birds reference. The main cast of Owen, Woody and Amy Poehler (Jenny) does a great job in bringing the birds to life. The animation is good though watching it in 3D is not necessary in my opinion. George Takei with his distinct voice does a great job as the voice of the time machine S.T.E.V.E. with a bit of an attitude.
Overall, I would recommend this to everyone. Both adults and children will enjoy the film, though children more so. Parents will love the President's daughter who falls asleep quite frequently and suddenly. Kids will love the silliness of Jake who seems to be a few cards shy of a full deck as well as Jenny's nervous eye.
Rating: 3.5 Stars out of 5.0 Stars
- Owen Wilson as Reggie (voice)
- Woody Harrelson as Jake (voice)
- Amy Poehler as Jenny (voice)
- George Takei as S.T.E.V.E. (voice)
- Colm Meaney as Myles Standish (voice)
- Keith David as Chief Broadbeak (voice)
- Dan Fogler as Governor Bradford (voice)
- Jimmy Hayward as Ranger / Leatherbeak / President / Hazmats / Additional Voice Talent (voice)
- Kaitlyn Maher as President's Daughter (voice)
- Carlos Alazraqui as Amos (voice)
- Jeff Biancalana as General Sagan / Hazmats / Additional Voice Talent (voice)
- Danny Carey as Danny (voice)
- Carlos Ponce as Narrator / Alejandro (voice)
- Robert Beltran as Chief Massasoit (voice)
- Lesley Nicol as Pilgrim Woman (voice)
- Jason Finazzo as Chrononaut One / Additional Voice Talent
- Scott Mosier as Pizza Dude / Additional Voice Talent (voice)
- Lauren Bowles as Jake's Mother (voice)
- Dwight Howard as Cold Turkey (voice)