“Free Birds” (watch trailer) is a heartwarming and hilarious Thanksgiving-themed animated movie. Every year, one turkey is pardoned from being eaten on Thanksgiving. In this movie, a comedic cast of turkeys tries to stop all turkeys from being eaten. Thanksgiving movies aren’t very common, and this movie can seem kind of wacky with its talking and time-traveling turkeys. However, the movie has an all-star cast of voice actors who are sure to make audiences laugh.
Woody Harrelson plays the part of Jake, and he brings tons of acting experience to the role. Harrelson has played many live-action roles over the years, from acting in TV shows like “Will and Grace” to parts in films such as “The Hunger Games.” He has also had experience in comedy movies, such as “Anger Management,” and drama films, such as “Seven Pounds.” He isn’t new to voice acting either. He has previously lent his voice to a character in an episode of “The Simpsons.” All these varied experiences are sure to add depth to his character in “Free Birds.”
Owen Wilson, who voices the part of Reggie, is no stranger to voice acting. He voiced everyone’s favorite race car, Lightning McQueen, in Disney’s “Cars” and “Cars 2.” Using only his voice, he was able to bring comedy and emotional depth to the character, so audiences can expect some spectacular acting from him in “Free Birds.”
With her unique voice and popular brand of comedy, Amy Poehler has the acting ability and experience needed to bring Jenny from “Free Birds” to life. While Poehler is best known as a comedian, she also has decades of acting experience. She has acted in TV shows and movies, and she has over a dozen voice-acting credits to her name. Her sweet and funny voice helps audiences fall in love with the different characters she plays.
S.T.E.V.E. is the automated, egg-shaped time machine that the turkeys use to take them back to the first Thanksgiving. This time machine has a voice and a personality all its own, and it’s voiced by George Takei. Perhaps best known for his role as Sulu in the original “Star Trek” series, Takei has almost half a century of professional acting experience. As he has become something of a pop-culture icon, Takei has had the opportunity to rack up dozens of voice-acting credits. His incredibly recognizable voice adds a layer of intrigue to S.T.E.V.E. that audience members may not expect.
Keith David, who voices Chief Broadbeak, started acting professionally in the late 1970s. He has appeared in many live-action movies and TV shows. However, his voice-acting skills are what really set him apart from others. His deep voice is sure to lend an epic tone to “Free Birds.”
Dan Fogler plays Governor Bradford, one of the few human characters in the movie. Governor Bradford is the movie’s villain, and Fogler’s deep voice gives the character authenticity. In over a decade of professional acting, Fogler has made a name for himself as a voice actor by voicing characters in popular animated films such as “Kung Fu Panda” and “Horton Hears a Who.” That experience helps him shine in this comical-villain role.
Myles Standish is another human character in the movie, and he’s based on a real historical figure. Standish is voiced by Colm Meaney, who has very little voice-acting experience. Despite that, Meaney has been acting professionally since the 1970s. He’s perhaps most famous for his role as Chief Miles O’Brien in “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” With a typical good guy voice, Meaney is perfect for the role of the pilgrim, Myles Standish.
Carlos Alazraqui plays Amos in “Free Birds.” Alazraqui has been acting professionally since the early 1990s, and his acting credits come mainly from comedy and voice acting, which makes him perfect for the role of Amos. Alazraqui is able to voice different types of characters with different accents and voice pitches. He is most famous for his work in “Happy Feet” and “Reno 911!”
“Free Birds” is a unique movie that audiences everywhere can enjoy. Instead of jumping right to celebrating Christmas, this movie lets audiences revel in Thanksgiving celebrations for a while. The movie’s star-studded cast brings the characters to life, whether those characters are turkeys, humans, or egg-shaped time machines. Whether you’re looking for an encouraging tale about overcoming tough odds or a comedy that will leave you in stitches, “Free Birds” is a must-see movie.