In a Little spot of bother
PUBLISHED: 11:23 09 February 2006 | UPDATED: 08:58 24 May 2010
Walt Disney is aiming to add a whole new dimension to its legacy for memorable characters, great storytelling, and technical innovation with Chicken Little, its first fully computer-animated feature film.
Walt Disney is aiming to add a whole new dimension to its legacy for memorable characters, great storytelling, and technical innovation with Chicken Little, its first fully computer-animated feature film. Showing at the Odeon, Weston, from today (Fri), this delightful comedy-adventure is set one year after the "unfortunate acorn incident" when Chicken Little caused big-time havoc in his hometown of Oakey Oaks by proclaiming that the sky was falling after being conked on the head by what appeared to be an acorn. Down but not out, the plucky chicken joined the local baseball team in the hopes of reviving his reputation and winning the respect of his father, Buck Cluck. When he leads the team to a shock victory, he becomes the toast of the town. But no sooner has the champion chicken redeemed himself when he is hit on the head one more time. And this time the sky really is falling.Fearful of once again being labelled crazy, he is reluctant to tell anyone what has happened. Instead, he enlists the help of his closest pals, Runt of the Litter, Abby Mallard (aka Ugly Duckling), and Fish Out of Water, in an attempt to save the day without sending the town into a whole new panic.A stellar cast of talented actors and actresses lend voice to the animated stars of Chicken Little. Zach Braff, star of the hit NBC series Scrubs, brings lots of explosive energy to the little title character, actress Joan Cusack adds warmth and comedy to the vocal performance of Abby Mallard (aka Ugly Duckling), while Steve Zahn (Sahara, Happy, Texas) takes on the big role of Runt of the Litter, a skittish porker who is the smallest in his family. Dan Molina, the film's editor, creates the non-verbal sounds for Fish Out of Water, aided and abetted by a five-gallon bottle of water and a drinking straw!n Based on Arthur Golden's novel of the same name, Memoirs of a Geisha (12A), also showing at the Odeon, Weston, tells the story of a poor girl who rises to become renowned geisha Sayuri Nitta.The lead role is taken by Ziyi Zhang (House of Flying Daggers; Rush Hour 2) with the story beginning in the years leading up to World War Two.The nine-year-old Chiyo (Suzuki Ohgo) is torn from her impoverished family and put to work as a servant in a geisha house. Her beauty marks her out and she is trained in the ways of the geisha under her new name, Sayuri.A treacherous rival, Hatsumomo (Li Gong), jealous of her looks, tries to break her spirit but Sayuri rises above it. Her mentor Mameha, played by Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Tomorrow Never Dies), teaches her the artistic and social skills necessary for her to move in the exalted society of wealth and privilege.The main male role of The Chairman is taken by Ken Watanabe, whose previous credits include Batman Begins and The Last Samurai, while director Rob Marshall was responsible for the film version of Chicago.Towards the end of the film, with World War Two looming, the geisha's world looks set to change forever while Sayuri is haunted by her secret love for the one man beyond her reach.Win tickets...THE Weston & Somerset Mercury has teamed up with the Odeon, Weston, to offer five lucky readers the chance to win a pair of tickets to see any film of their choice, subject to availability.To enter, please answer the following question: What is the name of the town where Chicken Little lives?