More than two decades after they banded together to find freedom our favorite band of plucky birds are back. Only this time they’re not breaking out. They’re breaking in. The first trailer for Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget, Netflix’s long-awaited sequel to the beloved stop-motion classic, features the return of Ginger and her feathered-friends. This time around they’re trying to make their way into a seemingly impenetrable fortress rather than escape from a farm. But while technological advances might be scary, there’s something even more frightening waiting for them behind those imposing walls stands. Inside is something far worse than gun-toting mechanical moles and laser-guided exploding ducks. They’re greatest enemy is back, and time has done nothing to make Mrs. Tweedy any less awful.
We’ve waited a long, long time to see the heroes of 2000’s Chicken Run again. The advent of chicken nuggets will finally force them back into action to save their skin. (Along with their wings, breasts, and thighs.) Only, they’re not just worried about their own group. Here’s Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget‘s official logline from Netflix to compliment the trailer:
For Ginger and the flock, all is at stake when the dangers of the human world come home to roost; they’ll stop at nothing even if it means putting their own hard-won freedom at risk to save chicken-kind. This time, they’re breaking in!
Karey Kirkpatrick & John O’Farrell and Rachel Tunnard wrote the film, which Sam Fell directs. In a statement, Fell explained how Mrs. Tweedy will be both the same villain we love while also adding a new dynamic to her terrifying persona. He also offered some insight into a new baddie who will work alongside her:
They say a movie is only as good as its villain and Ginger’s nemesis, Mrs. Tweedy is one of the all-time greats. Now she’s out to take industrial-scale revenge on all chicken-kind with the Dawn of the Nugget. We’ve had so much fun working with Miranda Richardson to transform Melisha Tweedy into the ultimate 1960’s super-villain. Miranda has a unique understanding of drama and comedy, making you laugh while scaring the pants off you in the exact same moment. Also rounding out our fantastic cast is Peter Serafinowicz playing Reginald Smith, a slightly bemused businessman visiting Mrs Tweedy’s giant nugget factory. It takes a particular kind of comic genius to play the foil to Miranda Richardson’s hilariously frightening archvillain. Peter pulls it off with effortless finesse.
The film also stars Thandiwe Newton (Ginger), Zachary Levi (Rocky), Bella Ramsey (Molly), Imelda Staunton (Bunty), Lynn Ferguson (Mac), David Bradley (Fowler), Jane Horrocks (Babs), Romesh Ranganathan (Nick), Daniel Mays (Fetcher), Josie Sedgwick-Davies (Frizzle), Nick Mohammed (Dr. Fry).
Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget breaks onto the streaming site in time for Christmas, December 15.