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Two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history, and get Turkeys off the Thanksgiving menu for good.

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Jimmy Hayward

Writers:

Scott Mosier (screenplay), Jimmy Hayward (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Owen Wilson ... Reggie (voice)
Woody Harrelson ... Jake (voice)
Amy Poehler ... Jenny (voice)
George Takei ... S.T.E.V.E. (voice)
Colm Meaney ... Myles Standish (voice)
Keith David ... Chief Broadbeak (voice)
Dan Fogler ... Governor Bradford (voice)
Jimmy Hayward ... Ranger / Leatherbeak / President / Hazmats / Additional Voice Talent (voice)
Kaitlyn Maher ... President's Daughter (voice)
Carlos Alazraqui ... Amos (voice)
Jeff Biancalana Jeff Biancalana ... General Sagan / Hazmats / Additional Voice Talent (voice)
Danny Carey ... Danny (voice)
Carlos Ponce ... Narrator / Alejandro (voice)
Robert Beltran ... Chief Massasoit (voice)
Lesley Nicol ... Pilgrim Woman (voice)
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Storyline

After years of fruitless warning of his farmyard brethren of the coming Thanksgiving doom, Reggie the Turkey finds himself spared as the annual Pardoned Turkey. However, Reggie's easy life is disrupted by Jake, a fanatic turkey who drags him along with the insane idea of going back in time to make sure turkeys are not part of the first Thanksgiving. Through foolhardiness and luck, the pair manage to take an experimental time machine to do just that. Now in 1621 at the Plymouth colony, Reggie and Jake find themselves in the middle of a turkey clan's struggle for survival. In doing so, their preconceptions of the world and themselves are challenged forever in a conflict from which the world will never be the same. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some action/peril and rude humor | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Turkeys See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,805,237, 3 November 2013

Gross USA:

$55,750,480

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$110,387,072
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Danny is voiced by Danny Carey, the drummer from the rock band Tool. See more »

Goofs

At around 27 minutes in, Captain Standish has a wooden match in his mouth. Friction matches were invented only in the 1820s. See more »

Quotes

Reggie: I was thinking, hypothetically, wait, do you know what that word means?
Jenny: No, but I can imagine a scenario where I might.
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Crazy Credits

There is a scene during the credits where Jake returns holding a duck and a chicken under both of his arms. When asked by Reggie why he returned, Jake's response is, "Have you heard about the turducken?" See more »

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Back In Time
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Produced by Justin Reinstein
Performed by MattyB
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Take an Eight-Year-Old
14 December 2013 | by Lomax343See all my reviews

I saw this film recently with my eight-year-old son. He loved it, I didn't. I didn't exactly hate it (there have been films he's taken me to where I've had to shut my eyes and stick my fingers in my ears), but it was poorly conceived, lazily written, and disappointingly lacking in zest and humour.

In terms of plot this is basically Chicken Run (a kids' film I DID enjoy) crossed with American folklore, time-travel, and saccharine morality. The end product is a bit of a mess.

OK, it's a film pitched at the under-tens, and on that level it succeeds. It IS, however, possible to create an animated film that will hold the interest of adults while still wowing the kids; but for this you need to put in more effort. The plot doesn't have to be totally believable, but it should be coherent; and while slapstick can be funny, it isn't always funny just because it's slapstick. And it's not a crime to include a few jokes that the kids will miss but the adults will get (this film has exactly one).

Films like this are part of the price of parenthood. Since, as I say, my son loved it, I can't really hold a grudge against it, but I was hoping for more.


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