Chicken Little

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Watching "Chicken Little" is like watching the desperation ooze out of Disney like the pus out of slug being slowly crushed between the fingers of a cruel child.

Watching "Chicken Little" is like watching the desperation ooze out of Disney like the pus out of slug being slowly crushed between the fingers of a cruel child.

As everyone knows by now, the association between Pixar and Disney has fallen apart, leaving Disney in a state not unlike the invisible mother in most of its movies. Pixar is like Simba from the "Lion King," roaring off into greatness while Disney is Simba's mom, wondering why she never gets any screen time.

Chicken Little must prove to his dad that he's a winner, not a wimp, and that he tells the truth. Chicken Little has already embarrassed himself and the family by telling everyone the sky is falling, earning himself a reputation as the chicken who cried wolf. So when aliens begin to invade and indeed, the sky does appear to be falling, Chicken Little is reluctant to tell old dad. However, with the help of friends Runt of the Litter (Steve Zahn) and Abby Mallard (Joan Cusack), he naturally works up the courage and everything works out just perfectly.

And somebody tell me, just what the fuck is wrong with Disney? Being that "Herbie: Fully Loaded" is just out on DVD and I had to go over some of the features for a radio review, I noticed that it was yet another Disney movie where the main character's mother was curiously absent. Lo and behold, Chicken Little (Zach Braff) has a father, Buck Cluck (Garry Marshall), but no mother. She's gone! Okay, it's not like Disney hasn't been pulling this missing mother thing for awhile now and we've all had plenty of time to note it and discuss it, but it's just gotten so fucking weird and consistent that it now sticks out of every movie like, well frankly, like a big glowing penis.

There's little reason to see "Chicken Little."

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