Free Birds (2013)

Theatrical Release: November 1, 2013
DVD Release: February 4, 2014
Free Birds (2013)


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 holiday menu for good.

Dove Review

If you are a turkey you hate Thanksgiving because you are the main course. This funny animated movie begins when Reggie and Jake (both turkeys) meet up after Reggie is pardoned by the president so he won’t have to become Thanksgiving dinner. He loves his new life because he has been adopted by the president’s daughter. He feasts on pizza, TV and enjoys his leisurely life at Camp David. Jake on the other hand is on a mission to find Reggie and take a time-travel trip back to the first Thanksgiving in an attempt to remove their species from the menu.

The hilarity begins when the two wander into the secret government warehouse where the time machine is kept. While getting to the machine they encounter a few problems but eventually they come across “STEVE” and back in time they go. When they arrive, they find the turkeys of the time are vastly different than what they are today. They are organized to stay safe and work together for the flock.

This movie has a lot of good qualities about working together, friendship, and the theme that it is okay to be different. It is a charming film. There are some scenes that may frighten very young but we are pleased to award this film the Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for all ages.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Two turkeys kiss.
Language: Name calling such as idiot, stupid and dumb, "son of a gun".
Violence: Man grabs turkey with axe in hand; turkey hunting; turkey gets slapped; guns that shoot fire; turkeys being chased by dogs; explosions; turkeys punch each other; man pokes himself with pitch fork; man pulls a knife; shooting cannons; shooting pumpkins that are on fire.
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: A character says he is "The Great Turkey"; young girl makes comment about a lady liking her daddy; time travel.


Company: Relativity Media
Director: Jimmy Hayward
Genre: Animated
Runtime: 88 min.
Starring: Voices of: Woody Harrelson, Owen Wilson, Amy Poehler, Keith David, Colm Meaney, Dan Fogler, George Takei
Reviewer: Donna Rolfe