A disappointing animated movie from ex-Disney animator Don Bluth. It’s a sort of chicken homage to Elvis Presley (if such a thing were needed), as rooster Chanticleer (voiced by country singer Campbell of ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’ fame), falls foul (sorry) of his barnyard pals when he forgets to crow in the morning to make the sun rise, and they realise it rises without him anyway. So Chanticleer heads off to the city, but when it begins to rain and rain some more on the farm (and there’s no sign of the sun), some of the animals go off in search of the rambling rooster.
When they get to the city, they discover Chanticleer has become a music phenomenon known as the King, complete with greedy manager, a girlfriend named Goldie and bodyguards. There are some moments of fun in the group’s adventures, but the central character comes across as unlikeable rather than cute, and kids are unlikely to be amused (or to get the Elvis allusions).
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