The new animated film “FREE BIRDS” is landing in theaters on November 1st. The film arrives just in time to save a few turkeys before Thanksgiving. SpanglishBaby had the opportunity to attend a “Free Birds” roundtable interview with Jimmy Hayward (Film Director) and male voices Owen Wilson (Reggie) and Woody Harrelson (Jake), along with being able to attend a preview of the movie.
The movie is sure to be a “Fall favorite.” This hilarious, adventurous comedy is for audiences of all ages. The premise is that two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history in order to get turkey off the Thanksgiving menu for good.
Director Jimmy Hayward shared the main message of the movie. “You’re absolutely part of something bigger than just yourself. It’s not about turkey or being a vegan or anything like that, because we all know that turkeys don’t talk–well, at least not to us. And they don’t fly in time machines named Steve. Reggie is selfish and lazy, and Jake is this driven guy — Reggie really learns that he’s part of something bigger. Just because you get rejected in your life doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t strive to be part of something that’s important–which is being part of the flock.”
I also got a chance to chat with Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson. The chemistry between these two actors is undeniable, which explains why they work so well together in the movie. I must admit, at points during the interview it was hard to tell if they were actually joking or not, except when they started talking about their kids which peaked the interest of the “mom” in me.
Owen Wilson on what kind of dad he is:
“Well, they say that the number one thing is to be consistent, and I guess I try to do that a little bit. But, I actually remember you (to Woody) saying that a big thing, right before Ford (his son) was born is just to hug your kids a lot, and I do that, which comes very easily because he’s very hug-able. And so, it sounds corny, but you can’t hug your kids enough or give them that confidence that they’re loved.”
Woody Harrelson on a “Dad’s fails”:
“My “Dad’s fails” have to do with if I’m working and can’t go to a play they’re in, that drives me crazy. I have one coming up where my daughter Ophelia is in Hamlet. It’s a problem, but I think I’m going to work it out. I think I’ll be able to go.”
This November 1st don’t miss this funny and adventurous comedy for audiences of all ages.