Box art for Free Birds

Free Birds

anime & animation, children & family, comedy


In this hilarious comedy for audiences of all ages, 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 turkey off the Thanksgiving menu for good!

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    18%
  • Audience Score
    46%

common sense

ON for kids age 6
Consumerism
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Educational value
2 out of 5
Language
1 out of 5
Positive messages
1 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
1 out of 5
Violence & scariness
2 out of 5

Clever idea turns bland in turkey-focused holiday fare.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Free Birds is an animated time-travel adventure that tells the story of the first Thanksgiving from the perspective of the turkeys desperate to keep the Pilgrims and Native Americans from leading to the annual destruction of their kind. There's some gun violence and an important character is killed. The language includes some insults like "dumb" and "coward," plus there's some borderline insensitive depictions of turkeys as similar to Native Americans. Plus, there's a romantic subplot and glimpses of a telenovela where a man is always surrounded by beautiful women. Families may enjoy discussing the history of Thanksgiving.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how Free Birds compares to other Thanksgiving-set movies.
  • Does the movie change your opinion about eating turkey at Thanksgiving? Do you think the movie has a "vegeterian agenda" as some critics have suggested?
  • Is it culturally insensitive for the turkeys to wear headdresses and generally look like they're Native Americans?