Spiderman and Aardman animation studios make a great pair, both feature stories of a hero outwitting evil while spitting piffy one-liners. Spiderman is at the disadvantage here because he usually works alone and doesn't have the advantage of a super-sidekick like Aardman's most popular character, Gromit.
With two series of films in existence, Spiderman is surely the super-hero of the mash-up. The first series of films, a three part trilogy starring Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker, were directed by Sam Raimi (Oz the Great and Powerful). The second series has just begun with Andrew Garfield playing the role. With the second film currently in production, Spiderman looks to be crawling around the silver screen for a while. The face featured in the poster is that of Rocky, voiced by Mel Gibson in the first feature film from Aardman animation studios. Chicken Run tells the tale of a group of chickens who are trying to escape from their Chicken farm in order to avoid being turned into Chicken Pot Pies! Below are featured some other features from man, both Aard and Spider.
Spiderman - 121 min. Rated PG-13
After being bitten by a radioactive spider on a school field trip, Peter Parker finds himself gaining spider-like qualities. Adopting the name Spider-Man, Peter first uses his new skills to make money, but when the Green Goblin, another altered super-human, kills Peter's uncle, he swears to use his "spider-skills" to fight evil. Along the way he has to juggle a new job as a local reporter, and a budding romance with a beautiful former-classmate, MJ.
The Amazing Spiderman - 136 min. Rated PG-13
Peter Parker finds a clue that might help him understand why his parents disappeared when he was young. His path puts him on a collision course with Dr. Curt Connors, his father's former partner.
Chicken Run - 84 min. Rated G
While the chickens on Mrs. Tweedy's farm dream of a better life, a clever hen named Ginger is hatching plans to fly the coop for good. The only problem is, chickens can't fly, or can they? Every escape attempt goes fowl until Rocky, a smooth-talking All-American rooster, crash lands in the coop. It's hardly poultry in motion when Rocky attempts to teach Ginger and her fine feathered friends to fly, but, with teamwork, determination, and a little bit of cluck, the fearless flock plots one last daring attempt in a spectacular bid for freedom.
Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit - 85 min. Rated G
The two enterprising friends are cashing in with their humane pest-control outfit, "Anti-Pesto." With only days to go before the annual Giant Vegetable Competition they find that their business is booming. They come to find out that running a "humane" pest control outfit can have its drawbacks. Suddenly, a large and mysterious veg-ravaging "beast" begins attacking the town's sacred vegetable plots at night. The competition hostess, Lady Tottington, commissions Anti-Pesto to catch the beast and save the day. But Victor Quartermaine would rather shoot the beast and secure the position of local hero - not to mention Lady Tottingon's hand in marriage.
Wallace and Gromit: A Close Shave - 44min. Not Rated
Get ready for motorcycle chases, prison breaks, and dog food danger as Wallace and his newfound flock rush to save Gromit and his true love.
Flushed Away - 84 min. Rated PG
Roddy is a decidedly upper-crust "society mouse" who lives the life of a pampered pet in a posh Kensington flat. When a sewer rat named Sid comes out of the sink, he decides he had hit the jackpot. Roddy schemes to rid himself of Sid by luring him into the "whirlpool." Sid may be an ignorant slob, but he's no fool, but it is Roddy who winds up being flushed away into the bustling sewer world of Ratropolis. There Roddy meets Rita, an enterprising scavenger who works the sewers in the Jammy Dodger, her faithful boat. Roddy immediately wants out, or rather, up. Trouble comes in the form of the villainous Toad - who royally despises all rodents. The Toad dispatches his two hapless hench-rats, Spike and Whitey, to get the job done. When they fail, the Toad has no choice but to send to France for his cousin, Le Frog, the dreaded mercenary.