Perhaps its Reel FX Animation Studios trying to combat all that buzz for Monsters University. The studio has decided to remind people that Pixar isn’t the only animation studio that’s around. Cue the first trailer from their film Free Birds.
The film backed by Relativity Media and Reel FX Animation Studios is about a bunch of turkeys that travel back in time to change their history. What history are they trying to change? Well, the turkeys are not exactly too keen on being on the dinner table at Thanksgiving, so they want to change that from becoming a thing. We’re serious here.
Getting past the ridiculous plot, Free Birds does offer up a sizable impressive cast of voices, with Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Amy Poehler, and George Takei all taking on voices in the Free Birds film.
Owen Wilson stars as the lead turkey, with a great cheeky opening line: “I’m not going to dress it up, turkeys are dumb, really dumb.” As a turkey marvels over his leg. Pretty funny stuff. From the producers of Shrek, and the director of Horton Hears a Who, the animation looks pretty promising. Now all we can hope for is that the jokes really work, because the plot seems pretty thin.
The official synopsis of Free Birds is as follows:
“Two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history – and get turkey off the holiday menu for good.”
Wilson has had a lot of work lately. The actor is currently filming Paul Thomas Andersen’s Inherent Vice, and just wrapped on Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, so he isn’t exactly hurting for quality work.
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