What is the Chicken Run 2 release date? Chicken Run holds a special place in the heart of The Digital Fix team, and news that the film was getting a sequel sent shockwaves through the office. OK, it didn’t because we weren’t a team then, but if we had been, what a day it would have been.
Chicken Run is, simply, a feathery diamond. We are all huge fans of Aardman’s underrated classic – among the best animated movies of the ’00s. The first film sees a brave hen, Ginger, team up with a stuntman rooster, Rocky, to help her friends escape a fate worse than death: being made into a pie.
Basically, it’s a wonderful retelling of one of the best war movies, The Great Escape, for kids (we resisted the urge to call it egg-cellent). The sequel on Netflix is now less than a couple of months away, and people want to know what’s happening around the coop in one of the most exciting new movies of 2023. Here’s everything we know about the Chicken Run 2 release date.
What is the Chicken Run 2 release date?
The Chicken Run 2 release date is Friday December 15, 2023 on Netflix, following a brief UK cinema run as part of the BFI London Film Festival.
That’s right, poultry folks! The sequel to one of the best family movies ever made is coming out this year. Chicken Run 2 was first announced on April 26, 2018. It wasn’t until the twentieth anniversary of the film’s release in UK cinemas on June 30, 2020, however, that one of the best streaming services, Netflix, revealed it had acquired the rights to the film.
Filming began in early 2021, and since stop-motion takes an awfully long time to get right, we’ve been waiting years to see the final product. Luckily, the December 2023 release date looks pretty set…for now.
We will keep you updated on any potential delays for the film’s premiere. If you’re a British reader, you might be able to see the movie as part of the festival at various cinemas across the UK on October 14, 2023.
Who’s in the Chicken Run 2 cast?
A Thandiwe Newton and Zachary Levi will lead the Chicken Run 2 cast as Ginger and Rocky, replacing the original voice actors.
The decision to recast Julia Sawalha as Ginger was met with widespread criticism, and Sawalha responded to the news in a statement, writing, “I have officially been plucked, stuffed, and roasted.” Mel Gibson was also not asked to return as Rocky; he’ll be replaced by Zachary Levi.
Jane Horrocks, Imelda Staunton, and Lynn Ferguson will all reprise their respective roles as Babs, Bunty, and Mac. Ted Lasso star Nick Mohammed and Josie Sedgwick-Davies will join the cast as two new characters, Dr Fry and Frizzle.
The trailer for Chicken Run 2 also revealed that Miranda Richardson is also back as Mrs Tweedy. That’s right, the big bad from the first movie survived and is back with a new chicken product plan.
Here is the Chicken Run 2 cast list:
- Thandiwe Newton as Ginger
- Zachary Levi as Rocky
- Bella Ramsey as Molly
- Romesh Ranganathan as Nick
- David Bradley as Fowler
- Jane Horrocks as Babs
- Imelda Staunton as Bunty
- Lynn Ferguson as Mac
- Daniel Mays as Fetcher
- Nick Mohammed as Dr Fry
- Josie Sedgwick-Davies as Frizzle
- Miranda Richardson as Mrs Tweedy
After the Mrs Tweedy reveal, we are also expecting to see some more surprise casting additions from the first movie. So keep your eyes on this guide as we update you on all the exciting details!
What is the Chicken Run 2 plot?
Chicken Run 2 will follow the events of the last film and see Ginger and her new family, including her daughter, having to face a fresh Chicken snack-related threat led by a very familiar businesswoman.
The movie will start with Ginger in her dream scenario, with the whole flock safe in a new island home, including her partner, Rocky, and their new daughter, Molly. But according to the film’s official synopsis, a “new and terrible threat” is out to get them. Eek!
So, we know that Ginger is now a mom and is going to be called to the frontlines in what sounds like chicken armageddon. Chicken Run 2 is officially titled Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget, so we’re going to guess ‘The Nugget’ (whatever it is), plays a central role in the film. Could it be a person? Or could it be that people’s obsession with chicken nuggets puts the birds at risk again?
Well, according to the latest trailer for the film, Mrs Tweedy is back as a villain. And she is ready to move on from pies to a new “future” product. So yeah, it looks like Ginger will have to save her family from being turned into Nuggets instead of pies this time.
We also know that the upcoming plot of Chicken Run 2 will feature a bigger world than the small coop seen in the first film. During an interview with Empire, director Sam Fell commented on how the upcoming setting for the film is “Wakanda for chickens,” and we’ll get to see what a perfect poultry society looks like in animated form during the scenes on Ginger’s dream island. It’s all very exciting, isn’t it?
Is there a Chicken Run 2 trailer?
Yes! Netflix released the Chicken Run 2 trailer on September 5, 2023. And trust us, it is a must-watch.
As mentioned above, the teaser dropped the bombshell that Mrs Tweedy is back and is officially in her James Bond supervillain era. In the clip below, we see Ginger and the gang have to break into a high-tech lair — channeling their inner secret agents.
Where can I watch Chicken Run 2?
You can watch Chicken Run 2 exclusively on Netflix.
Or, if you are after more of the best movies for families, here are our lists of the best Disney movies and best Pixar movies of all time. We’ve also got guides to the Shrek 5 release date, the Kung Fu Panda 4 release date, and everything you need to know about Spider-Man 4.
Alternatively, find out about great animation with our Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Mutant Mayhem review and Across the Spider-Verse review. We’ve also brought you a Beetlejuice animation test that’s pure nightmare fuel. Sorry about that!