These turkeys are out to change the main course of history!
From Relativity Media and Reel FX Animation Studios comes an animated comedy adventure for audiences of all ages – Free Birds. The first theatrical full length computer-animated film to be made at award-winning Reel FX in Dallas, Texas, Free Birds is the story of two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks who must put aside their differences and travel back in time to change the course of history – and get turkey off the Thanksgiving menu for good.
A Reel FX Film Fund and Relativity Media Presentation of a Relativity Media and Reel FX Animation Studios production, Free Birds. Featuring the voices of Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Amy Poehler, George Takei, Colm Meaney, Keith David, Dan Fogler, Carlos Alazraqui, Carlos Ponce, Danny Carey, Lesley Nicol and Dwight Howard, among others. Music by Dominic Lewis. Executive Producers Aron Warner, John J. Strauss and David I. Stern. Produced by Scott Mosier. Story by David I. Stern & John J. Strauss. Screenplay by Scott Mosier and Jimmy Hayward. Directed by Jimmy Hayward.
Free Birds opens in theaters on November 1st, 2013.
On a quaint, family-owned farm, a giant turkey flock lives a quiet, complacent, corn-stuffed life. All everyone cares about is feeding time and grazing in the sun with the Farmer, who they swear will bring them to “Turkey Paradise.” Everyone, that is, except for Reggie (Owen Wilson), a whip-smart turkey whose badmouthing of the Farmer and disinterest in the mundane, overfed turkey existence makes him an outcast among his flock.
Reggie’s life is changed forever when an unexpected visit from the President of the United States lands him the esteemed honor of “Pardoned Turkey.” This means living the plush life at Camp David, complete with TV On Demand and cheese pizza. By being pardoned, Reggie has found his own Turkey Paradise -- a place where he (and he alone) calls all the shots! That is until Reggie is plucked from his paradise by Jake (Woody Harrelson), the relentless founder--and only member--of the “Turkey Freedom Front.”
Jake has only one mission: to change history forever and save all of turkey-kind. But he can’t do it alone: a mission like this needs brain and brawn, and that’s why he needs to induct Reggie into his effort. “It’s our destiny!” he proclaims, much to Reggie’s scoffing. Despite Reggie’s refusal to abandon his life of luxury, Jake kidnaps him, and together they break into a top-secret government lab and hijack a time machine named S.T.E.V.E (George Takei), taking them back to the year 1621, just days before the first Thanksgiving.
Unfortunately, as soon as they arrive in the past, they find themselves in the crosshairs of Plymouth Colony Commander Myles Standish (Colm Meaney), an avid hunter on his own mission to capture enough birds to feed the colonists and their Native American allies for the upcoming Harvest Feast. Before Reggie and Jake become a main course at Standish’s dinner, they are rescued by Jenny (Amy Poehler), the beautiful and fierce daughter of the Wild Turkeys’ Chief Broadbeak (Keith David).
Jenny leads the pair to the edge of the forest where the rest of her flock is hiding from the Pilgrims. Jake must teach the wild flock about the future and rally support for his mission to change history, but Reggie is apparently on a mission of the heart: falling beak-over-tail for Jenny.
Inspired by Jenny’s bravery, Reggie leads a daring raid on the Pilgrim village to free their captured comrades. However, their rescue plans backfire when Jake’s feather-brained scheme actually leads Standish and his hunters to the flock, putting Jenny, her family, and the future of all turkey-kind in jeopardy.
Disheartened, Reggie flees to the present day with S.T.E.V.E., following his longheld philosophy that “it’s better off if you go it alone.” But his life at Camp David no longer feels like it’s enough without Jenny and Jake around. Reggie finally realizes that Jake’s crazy mission IS his destiny, and he and S.T.E.V.E head back to help fulfill Jake’s effort to get turkeys off the menu for good!