Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment sent me a Free Birds Blu-ray Combo Pack for review on my movie blog. All my kids liked the film, but my youngest daughter has seen it three days in a row now. I guess she really loves it. Free Birds is available now on DVD and Blu-ray. BTW, the movie is rated PG for action/peril and rude humor. Continue reading to learn six things about Free Birds.
6 Things About Free Bird
- The story is loosely based on historical facts
Just kidding. Free Birds is a fictional story about two turkeys (Jake and Reggie) who steal a time machine from a top-secret government testing site. Then they travel back in time to the first Thanksgiving. They plan to remove turkey from the Thanksgiving menu by preventing turkey from being served at the first Thanksgiving.
- Pizza is the new turkey
Free Birds is a bit predictable so you know the main characters will succeed in removing turkey from the Thanksgiving menu. But guess what turkey was replaced with? It’s pizza! After history was altered, pizza is now served during Thanksgiving instead of turkey. Sorry for this spoiler, but it’s not really a big deal for a film like this.
- The name of the time machine is Steve
Even though the story is about turkeys, the film has a sci-fi element to it. As I mention previously, the main characters travel through time to prevent turkey from being added to the Thanksgiving menu. To go back in time, Jake and Reggie use a machine called S.T.E.V.E., which looks kinda of like a giant egg.
- Sulu is in Free Birds
The main characters were voiced by Owen Wilson (Reggie), Woody Harrelson (Jake), and Amy Poehler (Jenny). But the voice that caught my attention was George Takei (Sulu of the Star Trek series). He did the voice for S.T.E.V.E. Other voice talents include Colm Meaney (Myles Standish), Keith David (Chief Broadbeak), Dan Fogler (Governor Bradford), Jimmy Hayward (Ranger / Leatherbeak / President / Hazmats), Kaitlyn Maher (President’s Daughter), Carlos Alazraqui (Amos), Jeff Biancalana (General Sagan / Hazmats), Danny Carey (Danny), Carlos Ponce (Narrator / Alejandro), and Robert Beltran (Chief Massasoit). Free Birds was directed by Jimmy Hayward.
- Kids will enjoy the film more than adults
Free Birds is one of those movies that appeal more to children than parents. My wife liked the movie and I thought it was OK. But my kids were the ones who were laughing throughout the story.
- The combo pack includes extras
The Blu-ray Combo Pack includes the 95-minute movie in high definition Blu-ray, the DVD in standard definition, and Digital HD (Ultraviolet streaming). In addition, the combo pack include the special features below. With the exception of the trailer and Shake a Tail Feather music video, which is very short, most kids probably won’t enjoy the bonus features.
- Birds Flipping History
- Animating Free Birds: The Main Course
- Winging It: Animators in Action
- Talking Turkey with Composer Dominic Lewis
- Shake a Tail Feather
- Theatrical Trailer
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