Chicken Little is a 2005 American 3D computer-animated science fiction comedy film, produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and loosely based on the original fable of the same name. The 46th Disney animated feature film, it was directed by Mark Dindal from a screenplay by Steve Bencich, Ron J. Friedman, and Ron Anderson, based on a story by Mark Kennedy and Dindal. The film is dedicated to Disney artist and writer Joe Grant, who died before the film's release.
Chicken Little was animated in-house at Walt Disney Feature Animation's main headquarters in Burbank, California and released by Walt Disney Pictures on November 4, 2005, in Disney Digital 3-D (the first film to be released in this format) along with the standard 2D version. It is Disney's first fully computer-animated feature film, as Pixar's films were distributed, but not produced by Disney, and Dinosaur (2000) was a combination of live-action and computer animation (which in turn was provided by division The Secret Lab).
Chicken Little was Disney's second adaptation of the fable after a propaganda cartoon made during World War II. The film is also the last Disney animated film made before then-Pixar executive John Lasseter was named chief creative officer of Disney Animation and the last Disney film produced under the name Walt Disney Feature Animation before the studio was renamed Walt Disney Animation Studios. Chicken Little received mixed reviews from critics, who praised the 3D animation, visuals, and voice acting but criticized the story, inconsistent tone, humor, and the characters. It grossed $314 million worldwide, making it Dindal's highest-grossing film to date, and the second-highest-grossing animated film of 2005 (behind Madagascar).
History with the Macy's Parade
Chicken Little made his debut in the 2004 Parade, which was in order to promote the release of the Walt Disney Animation Studios film of the same name, which was scheduled to be released the following June. However, just after the 2004 Parade, the release of the film was pushed forward to December 2005. Because of this, Chicken Little would make another appearance in the 2005 Parade, which was also preceded by an appearance at that year's edition of the Macy's Flower Show. The balloon was retired after the 2005 Parade after only making two appearances, presumably due to the box office failure of the film. After his retirement, the glasses of the balloon were used in a parade exhibit tour in 2006, to celebrate the Parade's 80th anniversary.
The balloon is known to still survive as of 2011, where he was stored at the Parade Studio that year, and the balloon was later shipped to the Float Warehouse in early spring 2014.
- At Balloonfest 2004 and the 2004 Parade, Chicken Little had bent glasses due to there not being a frame on the inside of them, which was fixed the next year.