Is Netflix’s Chicken Run 2 putting kids off eating meat? Not quite
Posted by  badge Boss on Dec 16, 2023 - 09:51PM
Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget was predicted to turn people off eating meat, but so far it hasn’t quite worked out that way (Picture: Aardman)

has finally arrived on .

After what feels like an exceptionally long wait, has hit our screens and families have been sitting down to watch it together at home.

The critically acclaimed first film saw hero chicken Ginger and hapless cockerel Rocky bring an entire coop to freedom, escaping the cruel egg farm-turned-pie-factory.

And the sequel sees a brand new threat, as the villainous Mrs Tweedy returns with a plan to turn the chickens into nuggets.

Director Sam Fell had suggested to Metro that the film , revealing he himself stopped eating meat while working on the film, while animal rights’ activists hoped it would turn children off eating nuggets.

However it appears the pull of the nugget is too great, as kids declare they liked the film – but like eating chicken more.

The film sees the return of old heroes faced with a new threat (Picture: Aardman / Netflix)

Kids interviewed after watching the film at Greenwich Picturehouse in London pretty much unanimously told the Mail Online they were a fan of the film but would definitely keep eating nuggets.

Eight-year-old Saul said his ‘favourite part was when the chickens broke out, but I still like chicken nuggets.’

His friend Oliver, also eight, called the movie ‘funny’ and said he would ‘definitely still eat chicken nuggets’.

Bela and Alfie, both aged 10, agreed they would still eat nuggets, even though Alfie admitted he would ‘feel a bit bad’ about it

Saul’s mother Virginia, 46, suggested ‘if someone was thinking of becoming a vegetarian it’s probably given them a reason. 

Children interviewed after watching the film said they would continue eating nuggets but might ‘feel bad’ (Picture: Netflix)

‘It makes you think twice.’

Director Fell told ahead of the film’s release that he wasn’t ‘here to preach’ but in the film the ‘heroes… are chickens.’

‘We make them care about those chickens very much. And then they encounter people who want to eat them – so it’s quite clear where your sympathies lie, i.e. on the chickens’ side.’

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He added: ‘People love eating nuggets it seems, so I don’t think everyone’s going to suddenly stop – and we want the film to be engaging and entertaining and a great ride, mostly.

‘But yes, if you come away and you think a little bit more like a chicken by the end of it, then that’s not a bad thing.’

Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget stars The Last Of Us’s Bella Ramsay, Zachary Levi, Thandiwe Newton, Imelda Staunton and Jane Horrocks.

Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget is available to stream on Netflix now