The only thing missing at DreamWorks’ premiere of “Chicken Run” was a rooster crowing.
There was a chicken maze, a goodie bag that included an inflatable chicken chair — and an actual chicken run, as hens raced along a red carpet outside the Universal Loews Cineplex Saturday morning.
Separated by barbed wire from the poultry was another red carpet, this one populated by executive producer Jeffrey Katzenberg, directors Peter Lord and Nick Park, producer David Sproxton and lead voice Mel Gibson.
The pic, from the makers of the “Wallace & Gromit” shorts, was more than four years in the making. Katzenberg, explaining why he chose to do this project, said, “I love making animated movies. They also promised me if we made this film that I’d find out what came first — the chicken or the egg.”
Gibson, embracing a stuffed version of his character Rocky the Rooster, said, “We have a lot of things in common. For one thing, we’ve both never laid an egg.”
Preem goers, who left the event crowing about the film, included Carrie Fisher, Dennis Haysbert, Tim Roth, Alan Thicke, Janine Turner, Ralph Moeller (“Gladiator”) and DJ Qualls (“Road Trip”).
In lieu of a post-screening fete, guests were invited to spend the day at Universal Studios for the rides and complimentary food. More than one preem-goer was seen (gasp!) eating chicken.
David Jay Lasky