Aardman Animations’ Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget will world premiere at this year’s BFI London Film Festival on October 14, two months ahead of December 15 Netflix debut.
Directed by Sam Fell, Dawn of the Nugget is the long-awaited sequel to 2000’s stop-motion hit Chicken Run. This is the second year in a row that Netflix will premiere an animated title at the London festival. Last year, Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio and My Father’s Dragon both debuted there.
Dawn of the Nugget is directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Sam Fell, who previously helmed ParaNorman and Flushed Away.
In a statement, the director said:
What an honor to world premiere our film on home turf at the London Film Festival this year. Dawn of the Nugget showcases the amazing talent and ingenuity of the crew at Aardman, backed by the enduring passion of the team at Netflix. We’ve poured everything we’ve got into making this a treat for both die-hard fans and the new generation of families discovering Chicken Run for the first time.
BFI London Film Festival director Kristy Matheson added:
We are so excited to be sharing the magic and artistry of the Aardman studio and their favorite feathered friends with audiences this October with a film that’s brimming with fun and has such enormous heart.
Netflix’s synopsis reads:
Having pulled off a death-defying escape from Tweedy’s farm, Ginger has finally found her dream – a peaceful island sanctuary for the whole flock, far from the dangers of the human world. When she and Rocky hatch a little girl called Molly, Ginger’s happy ending seems complete. But back on the mainland, the whole of chicken-kind faces a new and terrible threat. For Ginger and her team, even if it means putting their hard-won freedom at risk — this time, they’re breaking in.
Dawn of the Nugget is written by Karey Kirkpatrick and executive produced by Nick Park, Peter Lord, and Carla Shelley. Its voice cast includes Thandiwe Newton, Zachary Levi, Bella Ramsey, Imelda Staunton, Lynn Ferguson, David Bradley, Jane Horrocks, Romesh Ranganathan, Daniel Mays, Josie Sedgwick-Davies, and Nick Mohammed.