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The Natural History of the Chicken
The Natural History of the Chicken
Actors: Janet Bonney, Johnnie L. Cochran Jr., Karin Estrada, David Forrester, Clyde Gore
Director: Mark Lewis
Genres: Television, Documentary
NR     2003     1hr 0min

Studio: Pbs Release Date: 05/06/2009 Run time: 60 minutes


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Actors: Janet Bonney, Johnnie L. Cochran Jr., Karin Estrada, David Forrester, Clyde Gore
Director: Mark Lewis
Creators: Steve Arnold, Mark Lewis, Brian Donegan, Greg Diefenbach, Julieann Pavesi, Ron Devillier
Genres: Television, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Television, Documentary
Studio: Pbs (Direct)
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 11/18/2003
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2001
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 0min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Member Movie Reviews

SHANA R. (LynniePennie) from LA FARGEVILLE, NY
Reviewed on 3/11/2009...
You must rent or purchase this DVD if you've ever had a special bond with chickens. I laughed, cried and contemplated life during this movie. From the wonderful little lady in Maine who saves her frozen hen by performing mouth-to-beak resuscitation, the lovely woman in Palm Beach who has a spoiled rotten Japanese Bantam Silkie who rides in the car and goes grocery shopping, and swimming with her, to the fighting roosters invading a peaceful neighborhood, the farmer raising his own food humanely and to the preacher who learns about God's love for us from a mother Silkie protecting her babies, I loved every minute of this movie. In fact I plan on buying a copy for a few of my chicken fancier friends!
3 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.
Susie C. from SAINT CLOUD, FL
Reviewed on 2/12/2009...
Excellent documentary! Very educational, entertaining and charming. It will endear you to chickens forevermore.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Hysterically ironic, even poignant at times.
ChickenGrrl | Dallas, TX USA | 07/12/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I caught this film at the USA Film Festival in Dallas last year, thinking it would be a fun way to spend an hour or so. (As you may be able to surmise by my online name, I have something of a thing for chickens.) Little did I know what was in store for me and my companions. The stories are charming, some even downright silly, and I learned way more about chickens than I ever thought I would.I loved the story of the lady who gave her chicken mouth-to-beak resuscitation after it got lost in a blizzard, garnering national attention for them both. Then there's the story of Cotton, the pet rooster of a woman even more eccentric than I. This pampered chick has his own special seat in the car so that he may ride around with his owner, who dresses him in diapers (guess chickens can't be house-trained!) and washes and blow-dries him daily, after they swim laps in her pool. He also loves to watch TV with his human. (Apparently chickens have vision similar to ours, and also enjoy all kinds of music!) There's also a story about a rural neighborhood where a man who raised fighting cocks moved in, and all hell broke loose because of the noise the roosters made. I also learned from Mike ("Miracle Mike") that chickens can indeed live a very long time without a head! And a pastor tells his moving story about a tiny hen he owned who defended her chicks against a marauding raptor. This little film may also make you change the way you think about eating poultry (I was already a vegetarian), showing the horrors to which chickens are subjected before being slaughtered for consumption.Director Mark Lewis' tongue is firmly planted in his cheek with some of these stories, treading a fine line between mocking/deriding his subjects, and gazing upon them with pure affection. This film is truly a celebration of chickens, and the people who love them."
Share the Love, Hug a Chicken
I'm Serious | Galt, CA USA | 09/13/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a great program for people who just don't know chickens.
The program comes across as a bit anthropomorphic, but it is a very sensitive, very enlightening, very engrossing, insightful look into the life of a fellow creature we too often take for granted. Chickens tend to be under-appreciated considering the numbers of them it takes to feed us. Eggs, McNuggets, buffalo wings, Teriyaki, chow mein, etc.

There are several people in this program who are clearly absorbed with the Nature of the Chicken. They dearly LOVE chickens--but they are people who probably love cats, dogs, kids, and other people, too.
Chickens seem much more special after watching this program.
The Natural History of the Chicken is very close to
yygsgsdrassil | Crossroads America | 01/11/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"....the Unnatural History of Man.

If the story about the frozen chicken brought back to life with CPR doesn't get you, or the one about the headless chicken or the one in which an entire country community responds to the torrent of Bantam rooster crowing, maybe the one in which the lady shows how she puts the Depends on her pet chick or the story of how the mamma chicken saves her brood from the hawk ('I would be proud to be called chicken.') will. These are tales told with a deadpan and a tongue in cheek ala PBS's Rare Visions show. Something here will have you chuckling...or clucking....and putting a big smile on your face. If, however, you feel the need to sit on a few eggs, I suggest you seek a therapist."