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Running Time:
1 hour, 30 minutes

Rating: PG Parental Guidance Suggested.

Rating Explanation:
for some action/peril and rude humor |

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
This is a forgettable, and occasionally borderline offensive, animated tale of turkeys trying to take back Thanksgiving.

Additional Info:
Featuring the voices of:
Owen Wilson as Reggie
Woody Harrelson as Jake
Amy Poehler as Jenny
George Takei as S.T.E.V.E.
Colm Meaney as Myles Standish
Keith David as Chief Broadbeak
Dan Fogler as Governor Bradford

Free Birds
In this computer animated comedy, Owen Wilson (doing little to sound different from his Pixar character Lightning McQueen) voices Reggie, a young turkey who, for reasons unexplained, is far smarter than the other turkeys, and is the only one with a blue head. When the President of the United States shows up for the annual ceremonial pardoning of a would-be Thanksgiving turkey, lucky Reggie is selected to go live a life of luxury at Camp David, watching television and ordering pizzas to his heart's content. It's every kid's dream and every parent's nightmare, but the whole thing is cut short when the no-nonsense time traveling turkey Jake (Woody Harrelson) arrives to whisk Reggie off to the far past - the first Thanksgiving - when they can change history and "get turkey off the menu." 
While raiding the past, Reggie finds love with the only female turkey in the movie, an empowered and eerily curvy bird named Jenny (Amy Poehler). Time travel mayhem ensues, resulting in time loop shenanigans that anyone who's ever seen a time travel movie will anticipate from the very first scene, and which children in the audience may well be confused by.
In the end, they succeed in replacing the traditional Thanksgiving turkey feast with terrible Chuck E. Cheese pizza, served lukewarm in a cardboard box - the worst possible outcome for anyone in the audience with taste buds. Free Birds actually presents this as a positive outcome, despite the fact that all its talk of Thanksgiving dinner had my mouth watering for turkey throughout. It's a plot premise that anyone who is in favor of great meals cannot be in favor of. Thus, most people will be compelled to hope Reggie and Jake fail. 
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