For a throwaway kiddie comedy, "Free Birds" has its fair share of fun, free-wheeling humor.
Reggie (voiced by Owen Wilson) is a smarter-than-average turkey who lives on Camp David, having been pardoned by the president a few Thanksgivings ago. Reggie’s cushy life of pizza and TV is interrupted by Jake (voiced by Woody Harrelson), who yanks Reggie into his mission to travel back in time to the first Thanksgiving to keep the Pilgrims from putting turkeys on the menu.
Opens Friday, Nov. 1, at theaters everywhere; rated PG for some action/peril and rude humor; 91 minutes.
Director Jimmy Hayward ("Horton Hears a Who"), co-writing with Scott Mosier, turns history into an epic struggle — slightly riffing off of "Avatar" — between noble turkeys and the nasty Myles Standish (voiced by Colm Meaney) trying to hunt them down.
Adding to the humor quotient are voice performances by Amy Poehler as a 17th-century turkey warrior and George Takei as an acerbic time machine.
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