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Presentational Devices In Chicken Run Essay

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Presentational Devices in Chicken Run

Chicken Run is an animated film about a group of chickens trying to
escape from a chicken farm. The film is a spoof of the film 'The Great
Escape' and as with that film there are characters, who represent good
and characters who represent evil. In Chicken Run, the character that
represents good is the chicken, Ginger. The chicken farm owner, Mrs.
Tweedie, portrays evil.

The film makers of Chicken Run have used presentational devices to
give us clues about each character. They use camera angles, setting,
costume, lighting, music, sound effects, body language and facial
expressions to portray a character as good or evil. I will personally
concentrate on Ginger and Mrs. Tweedie, and how the film makers depict
them as good and evil.

Before delving into answering the question, it is important to give
some more information about Chicken Run. In the movie, the film makers
have adapted many aspects of war films, to make the movie suitable for
children of younger ages, while at the same time, keeping it
entertaining for older adults and teenagers. For example, as with many
war films there are prisoner of war camps. In Chicken Run, this has
been adapted into the Chicken Farm. Another example is the character
who plays the hero. Ginger plays that role in the movie. Another
character that is usually present in war films is the 'brains'. By
this I mean the smartest character among the prisoners. The chicken,
Mac plays this part in Chicken Run. Villains are also always present
in war films. Mrs. Tweedie and Mr. Tweedie are the two who play them
in Chicken Run. However, Mrs. Tweedie is the more dominant one of the
two, which is also common in war films. An additional convention would
be the escape plans. As with most war films the prisoners design
escape plans. Chicken Run, is no different, with the chickens
designing numerous plans to escape, with little success. Many war
films also have victims in them. Chicken Run also has a convention for
this, with Edwina the chicken being decapitated by the villain Mrs.
Tweedie. Finally, the last convention I will mention is the roll call.
In war films the prisoners are often told to line up for inspection,
and Chicken Run adapts this, in the way the chickens have to line up
to have their eggs inspected.

Moving away conventions of war films, the film also has conventions of
everyday household objects. The chickens use screw drivers, hammers,
and many other tools for building their contraptions which they use in
their attempt to escape from the farm. Another thing would be the fact
that the chickens dress much like humans do. For example the chicken,
Ginger wears a hat, and the rooster on the farm a scarf. Both these
conventions serve, to make the viewers feel more familiar with the
chickens and therefore...

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