Reggie (Owen Wilson) is a turkey who never fit in with the other turkeys on the farm. He is selected by the President to be the national ‘Pardoned Turkey.’ After his pardon, he is thrust into the lap of luxury at Camp David where his days and nights are filled with pizza and cable television and fluffy slippers.
But his days of leisure are soon interrupted when he is kidnapped by Jake (Woody Harrelson). It seems Jake has one mission and that is to change history for all turkey-kind. Jake forces Reggie to break into a government facility and steal a time machine named S.T.E.V.E (George Takei), taking them back to the year 1621 before the first Thanksgiving feast and changing the menu.
One of the most hilarious scenes is when Reggie yells for the government agents to save him from his kidnapper. Although he is speaking English, the agents only hear Reggie saying gobble, gobble.
After they encounter Amy Poehler (Jenny) and her brother, Ranger (Jimmy Hayward), on their trip back in time, Jake and Reggie learn that turkeys were not always followers. In fact, they were fierce warriors and strategist who knew how to survive in the wild and think on their own.
Together they work to change history and the fate of turkey-kind.
'Free Birds' is hilariously entertaining as Jake and Reggie who are clearly out of their element battle the environment, their past, and hunters. It is a film for the whole family with jokes for both children and adults.
The colors in the film are vivid and the animation is detailed in 3D. The story is filled with themes of redemption, romance, self-sacrifice and love of others.
‘Free Birds’ features the voices of Owen Wilson (Reggie), Woody Harrelson (Jake), Amy Poehler (Jenny), George Takei (S.T.E.V.E), Colm Meaney (Myles Standish), Keith David (Chief Broadbeak), Dan Fogler (Governor Bradford), Carlos Alazraqui (Amos), Carlos Ponce (Narrator/Alejandro), Danny Carey (Danny), Lesley Nicol (Pilgrim woman) and Dwight Howard (Cold Turkey). Music by Dominic Lewis.
‘Free Birds’ is Rated PG and has a Run-Time of 91 minutes.