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Christian De Vita
After years of fruitless warning of his farmyard brethren of the coming Thanksgiving doom, Reggie the Turkey finds himself spared as the annual Pardoned Turkey. However, Reggie's easy life is disrupted by Jake, a fanatic turkey who drags him along with the insane idea of going back in time to make sure turkeys are not part of the first Thanksgiving. Through foolhardiness and luck, the pair manage to take an experimental time machine to do just that. Now in 1621 at the Plymouth colony, Reggie and Jake find themselves in the middle of a turkey clan's struggle for survival. In doing so, their preconceptions of the world and themselves are challenged forever in a conflict from which the world will never be the same.Written by
Kenneth Chisholm (email@example.com)
This is the first film to use the updated Relativity Media logo, used in all current releases afterwards. See more »
The Plymouth settlers didn't have horses in 1621, the first horses arrived more than 10 years later. See more »
I was thinking, hypothetically, wait, do you know what that word means?
No, but I can imagine a scenario where I might.
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I saw this film recently with my eight-year-old son. He loved it, I didn't. I didn't exactly hate it (there have been films he's taken me to where I've had to shut my eyes and stick my fingers in my ears), but it was poorly conceived, lazily written, and disappointingly lacking in zest and humour.
In terms of plot this is basically Chicken Run (a kids' film I DID enjoy) crossed with American folklore, time-travel, and saccharine morality. The end product is a bit of a mess.
OK, it's a film pitched at the under-tens, and on that level it succeeds. It IS, however, possible to create an animated film that will hold the interest of adults while still wowing the kids; but for this you need to put in more effort. The plot doesn't have to be totally believable, but it should be coherent; and while slapstick can be funny, it isn't always funny just because it's slapstick. And it's not a crime to include a few jokes that the kids will miss but the adults will get (this film has exactly one).
Films like this are part of the price of parenthood. Since, as I say, my son loved it, I can't really hold a grudge against it, but I was hoping for more.
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