Free Birds

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Two rogue turkeys travel back in time to change the "main course" of American history in this 3-D animated comedy, directed and co-written by Jimmy Hayward. The president of the United States (voice of Hayward) pardons a Thanksgiving turkey (voice of Owen Wilson), who enjoys a luxurious life at Camp David until a fellow bird (voice of Woody Harrelson) drafts him for a mission of the "Turkey Freedom Front." They hijack a time machine and travel back to the first Thanksgiving in 1621 with one goal: Keep turkey off the dinner menu. There's something for every age in this holiday-themed package, including cute-as-a-button characters, clever humor, a sendup of science fiction, a little (superficial) slice of American history, and a good message about looking out for each other.

Watch out for: A few mildly perilous situations, some rude humor.

Rated: A-I, general patronage; MPAA: PG, parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2013