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Review: Kooky ‘Free Birds’ fun, but flat

October 30, 2013 • Entertainment


This image released by Relativity Media shows Reggie, voiced by Owen Wilson, left, and Jake, voiced by Woody Harrelson, in a scene from the animated film “Free Birds.” (AP Photo/Relativity Media)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Every year about this time, millions of turkeys are fattened up so American households can chow them down. But in “Free Birds,” two brave turkeys make it their mission to travel back in time and get their breed off the Thanksgiving menu.

In this amusing but occasionally distasteful animated feature from visual effects studio Reel FX, turkeys Reggie (Owen Wilson) and Jake (Woody Harrelson) strive for heroism and bank some notably kooky buddy comedy along the way.

We’re introduced to Reggie, a rather astute turkey living on a farm with his lackadaisical flock. With Thanksgiving on the way, he attempts to warn the other birds, with whom he desperately wants to fit in, that they’ll soon be dinner if they don’t wise up. As a result, his flock deems him the “anti-corn.”

However, they soon discover Reggie is right, then toss him out of the Login to read more

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