Nick Park and Jane Horrocks: how we made Chicken Run

Nick Park and Jane Horrocks: how we made Chicken RunJune 23, 2020

‘Steven Spielberg flew us out to LA in a private jet and met us in a famous chicken restaurant’

My sister kept pet chickens when we were kids and we’d make up these skits and cartoons where they’d always be the heroes of the story. Aged 17, on a foundation art course, I did a couple of stints at a chicken-packing factory. One day they sent me to the slaughterhouse and I saw all the live chickens hanging on a conveyor belt, held upside down by their legs – it was horrifying. In a way, chickens have always been in the back of my mind.

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