Harlequin
The Fun-Filled Newsletter for Visitors to the Children's Book Centre Issue Number Ten

Poultry in motion
Chicken run set to take cinemas by storm this summer
A mouse in the house

"They go for a son and come back with a mouse. I need a drink!" - Snowbell the cat.
A little guy with a big heart (not to mention whiskers, a little pink nose and a dapper wardrobe), Stuart searches for a place to call home in a big - a really big - world.

When he is adopted by the Littles, a human family, he embarks on adventures with a variety of characters including his nemesis, the family cat, Snowbell. Through these he learns the true meaning of family, loyalty and friendship.
The film, combining live action with state-of-the-art special effects, is based on the classic book by EB White (who also wrote Charlotte’s Web). The cast includes Geena Davies , Hugh Laurie and Michael J. Fox as Stuart.

Time is running out at the chicken farm where the hens are facing a fowl fate. But, led by one determined chicken with a mission, the poultry have a plan - escape, or die frying . . .
Chicken Run is the first feature film by the Oscar-winning creators of Wallace and Gromit, and it has received rave reviews in America and Britain. Four years in the making, it is The Great Escape for our times. The voices are supplied by a splendid cast including Mel Gibson, Julia Sawalha, Miranda Richardson, Jane Horrocks and Timothy Spall.

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Trapped and fearing for their lives, Ginger, Bunty, Babs and Fowler are chickens who are determined to make a break for freedom from the POW-style chicken farm. But every escape attempt is foiled by the evil farmer Mrs Tweedy and her oafish husband, who want to turn their flock into pies. Ginger lands in the cooler time and time again until the arrival of Rocky, an all-American rooster, gives Ginger and her pals the chance to fly the coop. Together they prove that chickens are anything but chicken, as they engage in a daring and spectacular escape.
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