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‘Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget’ Trailer Sees Thandiwe Newton, Zachary Levi Hatch Plan for an “Impossible Mission”

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Rocky, Ginger and their family’s newest member Molly lead the charge in a fight to free their fellow chickens from a deadly nugget plot in the first full trailer for Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget.

Hailing from the Academy and BAFTA award-winning Aardman animation studio and Oscar- and BAFTA-nominated director Sam Fell, it’s the long-awaited follow-up to the highest-grossing stop-motion animated film ever, Chicken Run.

After pulling off their escape from Tweedy’s farm, Ginger (Thandiwe Newton) and Rocky (Zachary Levi) have built a life on an island away from the human world — a sanctuary alongside the flock with their newest hatch, Molly (Bella Ramsey). “We’ve put the past behind us,” Ginger says in the two-and-a-half-minute trailer. “We have to think about Molly now.”

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A curious Molly is unaware of the world across the water, the place her parents and community fled from, with Ginger fearing for her daughter. “You’ve got everything you want right here,” a frightened and protective Ginger tells the young chicken. “You can’t make me stay here,” Molly replies, before she’s seen having crossed the water to the human world, where she’s snatched by a Fun-Land Farms truck driver.

When Rocky and Ginger chase Molly’s location down, they happen upon a giant factory that, from Molly’s perspective on the inside, appears like an amusement park, with something only slightly off. “There’s something strange about this place,” she tells one of her fellow caught chicken friends.

That’s because it’s a factory farm, and now her parents must fight to save her from a threat — Mrs. Tweedy’s (Miranda Richardson) “nugget” ambitions. “Last time, we broke out of a chicken farm,” says GInger. “Well, this time, we’re breaking in.”

It’s an impossible mission, says one chicken, in which everyone faces being turned into nuggets. But Molly, like her parents, was “hatched ready.”

With a screenplay by Karey Kirkpatrick, John O’Farrell and Rachel Tunnard, Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget also stars Imelda Staunton (Bunty), Lynn Ferguson (Mac), David Bradley (Fowler), Jane Horrocks (Babs), Romesh Ranganathan (Nick), Daniel Mays (Fetcher), Josie Sedgwick-Davies (Frizzle), Peter Serafinowicz (Reginald Smith) and Nick Mohammed (Dr. Fry).

The animated movie is produced by Steve Pegram and Leyla Hobart, and executive produced by Kirkpatrick, Peter Lord, Nick Park, Carla Shelley, Sam Fell and Paul Kewley.

Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget releases on Netflix Dec. 15.

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