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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 Turkeys off the Thanksgiving menu for good.

Director:

Jimmy Hayward

Writers:

Scott Mosier (screenplay), Jimmy Hayward (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Owen Wilson ... Reggie (voice)
Woody Harrelson ... Jake (voice)
Amy Poehler ... Jenny (voice)
George Takei ... S.T.E.V.E. (voice)
Colm Meaney ... Myles Standish (voice)
Keith David ... Chief Broadbeak (voice)
Dan Fogler ... Governor Bradford (voice)
Jimmy Hayward ... Ranger / Leatherbeak / President / Hazmats / Additional Voice Talent (voice)
Kaitlyn Maher ... President's Daughter (voice)
Carlos Alazraqui ... Amos (voice)
Jeff Biancalana Jeff Biancalana ... General Sagan / Hazmats / Additional Voice Talent (voice)
Danny Carey ... Danny (voice)
Carlos Ponce ... Narrator / Alejandro (voice)
Robert Beltran ... Chief Massasoit (voice)
Lesley Nicol ... Pilgrim Woman (voice)
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Storyline

After years of fruitless warning of his farmyard brethren of the coming Thanksgiving doom, Reggie the Turkey finds himself spared as the annual Pardoned Turkey. However, Reggie's easy life is disrupted by Jake, a fanatic turkey who drags him along with the insane idea of going back in time to make sure turkeys are not part of the first Thanksgiving. Through foolhardiness and luck, the pair manage to take an experimental time machine to do just that. Now in 1621 at the Plymouth colony, Reggie and Jake find themselves in the middle of a turkey clan's struggle for survival. In doing so, their preconceptions of the world and themselves are challenged forever in a conflict from which the world will never be the same. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Taglines:

The greatest turkey movie of all time. See more »


Certificate:

6 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 December 2013 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Dos pavos en apuros See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,805,237, 3 November 2013, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$55,750,480

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$110,387,072
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At the end, Jake (Woody Harrelson) is carrying a chicken and a duck, and warns the turkeys about a "turducken". A "turducken" is a boneless chicken stuffed in a duck that is stuffed in a turkey. See more »

Goofs

The Plymouth settlers didn't have horses in 1621, the first horses arrived more than 10 years later. See more »

Quotes

Reggie: Well, I guess this is good-bye.
Jake: No, Reggie. Good-byes are just hellos, carried across the wind until our paths... intersect once again.
Reggie: That's beautiful.
[pauses]
Reggie: And confusing.
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Crazy Credits

The film opens with a tongue-in-cheek disclaimer stating: "The following film is a work of fiction. It is loosely based on historical events and is, in no way, meant to be historically accurate. Except for the part about the talking turkeys. That part is totally real." See more »

Connections

Referenced in AniMat's Reviews: Walking with Dinosaurs (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Back In Time
Written by Marshall Manning
Produced by Justin Reinstein
Performed by MattyB
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A little bit of gobbling fun.
20 December 2015 | by Shopaholic35See all my reviews

I was not expecting great things from this movie but I was pleasantly surprised. It was actually quite hilarious, lame but laugh out loud funny. The jokes were on point the whole way through and it was adult funny not just kid funny.

Honestly if you can't relax and just enjoy a movie then give this one a miss and if you regularly use words like cinematography in your reviews then get over yourself nobody wants to hear your review as you shouldn't have watched this movie to begin with. Stop trying to drag ratings down for a harmless animated children's film. Back to the movie...

Free Birds has all the same concepts as your typical feel-good movie but who's ever seen a movie about a Thanksgiving turkey. It's certainly a new one for me. And shout out to the baby turkeys, they were adorable. The whole way through I was rooting for the turkeys to succeed even though they're completely delicious. But I guess you'll just have to watch to see what happens.


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