We’re finally getting a Chicken Run 2 after nearly TWO DECADES

Chicken Run

by Ruby Norris |
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Chicken Run is about to get the sequel we never knew we needed

One of the most exciting bits of news we ever hear about is when various sequels and re-boots of classic films and TV shows are announced.

But one nugget of early Noughties cinema we definitely weren’t expecting to pop back into our lives is animated classic Chicken Run.

Of course, it's pretty much a favourite of everyone who's ever lucky enough to watch it - and a sequel is the film we never knew we needed.

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The 15 most underappreciated animated films EVER - SLIDER with cover pic

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Swipe through to see the most underrated and overlooked animated films out there...

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1) The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Disney, 1996

We LOVE animated films and we've included this because not many people in the office have seen it! Admittedly, it is a little dark and ever so slightly gruesome, but the songs are by far and away some of the best that Disney song-master Alan Menken has ever written.It tells the tale of Quasimodo, a disfigured man who lives in the bell tower of the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. He was brought up by Judge Frollo, an evil man who killed Quasimodo's mother, unbeknownst to him. Enter a beautiful gypsy who has a hilarious and sassy pet goat, a soldier and some talking gargoyles – what more do you need?!

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2) Thumbelina, Don Bluth, 1994

Based on a Hans Christian Andersen fairytale, Thumbelina is a story of death-defying love, the importance of family – and a tiny, tiny girl. Grown from a flower, Thumbelina (voiced by Jodi Benson AKA Ariel from The Little Mermaid) is somewhat mollycoddled by her loving but slightly over-protective mum.When she goes on an adventure with the fairy Prince Cornelius, she falls deeply in love. But the two are separated by a family of Spanish toads, a beetle, a mole – and the deathly dangerous winter. Will they ever make it back together? You'll be singing Let Me Be Your Wings for WEEKS.

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3) The Princess and the Frog, Disney, 2009

You know the story of The Frog Prince, right? A prince gets turned into a frog and only true love's kiss can break the spell and make him human again. But who's going to fall in love with a frog? Well that's where things get interesting. In THIS version, he does get a kiss, but it has the opposite effect – turning TIANA into a frog too. Go on – you know you want to.

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4) The Prince of Egypt, DreamWorks, 1998

Tell you what, if you're looking to teach your kids about Moses and the Ten Plagues of Egypt, you could do a lot worse than to show them this. It's not EXACTLY spot on for historical accuracy, but you've not come here to watch documentaries, have you? Be warned – it is pretty dark and it will DEFINITELY tug at your heartstrings, but it's a must-see if you want your children to be interested in religion or history.

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5) Pocahontas, Disney, 1995

If you're wanting your kids to watch Frozen because you think Elsa is a fantastic female role model, get them in front of this classic. Pocahontas is the daughter of the chief who is expected to marry the handsome (and boring) lead warrior who is leading the charge against the American invaders. But when she chooses to make her own choices and follows her heart, it leads her right to one of them... I dare you to watch this without shedding a tear at the end.

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6) Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Disney, 2001

If you're reading this thinking, 'Pish posh, I've seen ALL of these films – what are you on about?!' – then this film could be the one that stumps you. Atlantis is one of only a few major Disney movies NOT to feature any singing or songs. Based on the legend of the lost city of Atlantis, Milo Thatch is a scientist who believes the place is real and that he can find it. If you're a fan of Avatar, you'll like this.

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7) Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, DreamWorks, 2002

Animators took a different route with Spirit. Whilst in The Aristocats, 101 Dalmatians and The Jungle Book the animals all spoke, in Spirit they don't. The film is narrated by main character, but the horses don't actually speak to each other. Whilst it's very interesting, it can be tough to sit through a film where there's only really one person speaking, but it's a story well worth watching as it teaches children the morals of using animals – Spirit is a wild stallion who is captured and taken from his herd, then used as a war horse. Of course, it has a very happy ending!

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8) Oliver and Company, Disney, 1988

Oh LORDY now this is an exemplary case of a remake. Oliver & Company is plain and simply the story of Oliver Twist – but with cats and dogs substituted in. And the occasional human. Featuring the vocal talents of Billy Joel, both speaking and singing, there are some bliddy catchy songs in there. But there are a few scary bits, so if you're watching with kids... Make sure they're ready to cover your eyes.

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9) The Swan Princess, New Line Cinema, 1994

This largely unknown film is based on the story of Swan Lake by Tcahikovsky. It's all about Princess Odette who has been betrothed to Prince Derek since birth, but when her father is killed and she disappears, everyone assumes she's dead too. She's not – she's just been turned into a swan. But guess what's the only thing that can wake her up? Yep, true love's kiss. This film wasn't a HUGE success, but it's one of those that you can learn to love...

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10) Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas, DreamWorks, 2003

Featuring Brad Pitt, Michelle Pfeiffer and Catherine Zeta-Jones, this visually stunning film should have been a sure-fire success. Sadly, it had a massive $125 million loss which nearly bankrupted the company.But don't let that put you off – it's an exciting and intriguing story of adventure and finding yourself and include some VERY weird and wonderful creatures. Oh, and there's a lovable dog. What more could you need?!

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11) Brother Bear, Disney, 2003

If you/your sprog's a fan of Big Hero 6, it's essentially a pre-cursor to Brother Bear. Except with no gadgets or universities. And this time it's got bears and spirits. The main character, Sitka, is devastated when a bear kills his brother so he kills one in revenge. But he's not prepared for what happens next… Brother Bear teaches the importance of family, and not necessarily those you are related to – but the ones you pick for yourself.

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12) The Road to El Dorado, DreamWorks, 2000

The Road to El Dorado is a story about two Spanish con artists who win a map to a secret island. Once there, they find the lost city of El Dorado – and the inhabitants (for reasons I just can't get my head around) mistake them for gods.When they realise the power that comes with being gods and see all the gold that the islanders have, they decide to use it to their advantage. But there's a scary chap who has some sort of magic powers and it all goes a bit downhill for everyone involved. Of course, there's a happy ending.

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13) The Iron Giant, Warner Bros., 1999

The Iron Giant is about a little boy who discovers a giant man made of iron (obvs) and befriends him. However, the United States Government are onto the giant, and fear he is a weapon sent from outer space. They're half right...Featuring Vin Diesel as the voice of the eponymous Giant, Jennifer Aniston as the mum and Harry Connick Jr. as an artist/car dealer, it's surprising that this epic didn't take off as much as it could have.

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14) Treasure Planet, Disney, 2002

This sci-fi reimagining of Robert Louis Stevenson's famous classic Treasure Island may be a strange concept to wrap your head around, especially with creatures like cyborg pirates and alien-cat-women. Well, there's only one of those – voiced by Emma Thompson, no less. Joseph Gordon-Levitt voices Jim Hawkins, a young lad who goes on an adventure to escape his upsetting memories of his dad leaving him without even saying goodbye. And, well, you know the rest.

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15) The Rescuers, Disney, 1977

The only way you're not going to absolutely love this film is if you're terrified of mice. And even then, sweet little Bernard and Miss Bianca might win you round.A terrified little orphan girl has been kidnapped by a nasty woman who keeps crocodiles as pets (I mean, come on), and who is looking to steal the world's biggest diamond. The little girl sends a message in a bottle in the hope of being rescued, which gets picked up by Miss Bianca and Bernard at the United Nations Mouse Division and they go on a quest to rescue her. It's heart-warming and thrilling in equal measures.

Apparently, Aardman Animations, are planning to bring back plucky poultry Rocky and Ginger for another epic adventure at Tweedy’s Farm back in 2000.

Accoring to The Hollywood Reporter, Aardman – the makers of Wallace and Gromit, Shaun The Sheep and Early Man – have teamed with Studio Canal and Pathe for the long-awaited sequel.

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The release date for Chicken Run 2 has not yet been confirmed, but bosses hope to replicate the huge success of the first film – which made $225 million worldwide.

We don't know about you, but we've always been dying to know what happened to Ginger and her adorable little babies after they moved to that idyllic forest-type-place.

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Disney TV shows from our childhood (slider)

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The Proud Family (2001 - 2005)

The Proud Family was one of the best cartoons that Disney Channel ever produced because it was hilarious and chaotic. It was a family that we all wanted to be a part of at some point in our lives. Also, the sassy grandma was the BOMB DOT COM!

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Even Stevens (2000 - 2003)

Even Stevens gave us Shia LaBeouf (we are very grateful for that) and it's one of the OG Disney shows of a millennial's childhood. It ran for three seasons, earned its own movie in 2003…

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Wizards of Waverly place (2007 - 2012)

This is actually Disney's longest running live action show. It launched the career of the most followed person on Instagram and Justin Bieber's former GF, Selena Gomez. The show was truly a classic.

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Lilo and Stitch (2003 - 2006)

The films were adorable and great, then the shows made us fall in love with Lilo and Stitch even more. Honestly, they were friendship goals! They also taught us that O'hana means family.

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Lizzie McGuire (2001 - 2004)

Let's face it, Hillary Duff was our childhood. The show is the most critically acclaimed show Disney has ever produced. It earned itself a movie even though the show was on air for two seasons. We bet you, you always wanted your own version of cartoon Lizzie, because we did.

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Recess (1997 - 2001)

It had everything you could possibly need in a show. It was literally the kids version of Friends and we spent our childhood's wishing we were cool enough to be an Ashley.

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Kim Possible (2002 - 2007)

We literally miss everything about this show, when Kim Possible and Ron Stoppable came together then anything and everything is possible. The show was filled with a mixture of the weirdest things, mole rats who could talk, Fiery Nachos who wanted to take over the world and how can we forget when Kim and Ron got together… that's still weird.

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The Suite Life of Zack and Cody (2005-2008) and Suite Life on Deck (2008-2011)

Honestly, truly. A CLASSIC. Everyone was in love with these twins and they will go down in history as one of the best TV duo ever.From causing havoc at the Tipton Hotel to causing even more drama on the deck, the show was so entertaining and it gave us ICONIC episodes like That's So Suite Life of Hannah Montana - cause let's be honest crossover episodes were the highlight of any show!

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Hannah Montana (2006 - 2011)

Like it doesn't need an intro…The show was arguably the most successful Disney original ever. The show had four incredible seasons, four albums which became the soundtracks of our childhood, two world tours, a film and it launched the career of Miley Cyrus. Without Hannah Montana, we wouldn't have the gift of Miley Cyrus swinging on a big metal ball and licking hammers.

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Phineas and Ferb (2007 - 2015)

They're the adorable and hilarious. With only 104 days in the summer, Phineas and Ferb made every day count. Their sister Candace, voiced by Ashley Tisdale, is always trying to tan and live her life but her brothers' antics and her boy drama is getting in the way (so, relatable).

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That’s so Raven (2003 - 2007)

Everyone's favourite sassy psychic and her crazy family and friends never failed to put a smile on our face. The theme song was a classic and you can't hide from the fact that you know every word.

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