Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson Master the Time Traveling Turkey Genre in ‘Free Birds’

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Over the past few years we’ve seen the pop culture world lose a few points in originalities. With a surplus of sequels, remakes, adaptations, and whatever a “reimagining” is, we’ve been left wanting for original stories. But this movie season looks to satisfy our craving for the unknown. Just this past weekend, we saw Gravity — a film consistently heralded as “unlike anything we’ve ever seen” — break a slew of box office records. And hot on the space epic’s tail is another sci-fi feature bearing a wild new lens: Free Birds, the very first animated movie about turkeys who use the resources of the White House to travel back in time to the first Thanksgiving and retcon the tradition of consuming their brethren on the annual November holiday. At least, the very first that I know of.

In addition to the appeal of a premise so peculiar, we have the vocal talents of Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson as the continuum-bending poultry. Wilson plays Reggie, a farm-raised fowl who is adopted by the First Family and spoiled to complacency until he is apprehended by Jake, a dutiful wild bird who vies to travel back in time and save the turkey race for good.

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WOODY HARRELSON stars as the voice of JAKE in Relativity Media's "FREE BIRDS."Reel FX/Relativity Media

The film also boasts a wide array of impressive supporting stars, including Amy Poehler as 17th century turkey Jenny, Colm Meany as English military officer Myles Standish, and George Takei as a mysterious entity known as S.T.E.V.E..

Catch Free Birds, co-written and directed by Jimmy Hayward (Horton Hears a Who!) when it hits theaters on Nov. 1.

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