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Rocky Rhodes is the deuteragonist in Aardman Animations 2000 animated feature film Chicken Run and its 2023 sequel Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget.

Background[]

Official Description[]

Personality[]

When first introduced, he was shown to be a very lazy and fatuous individual with a laid-back personality, and at the same time behaving in a very alluring manner towards the hens. However, his true self reveals that he is cowardly and extremely selfish, only interested in his own problems and barely sympathetic. Despite this he can be a cheerful guy and often lightens up the mood.

He loves to flirt with hens and is a popular playboy. He seems to have a strong ability to persuade other people and be appreciated in the places he goes. He is also seen to be very vain and narcissistic as he seems to find himself stunning, which contributes to his flamboyance and overall confidence.

During his permanence in the livestock his personality changes deeply and he became very brave, strong and trustworthy; as proved when he went and rescued Ginger from the pie machine. His previous selfish personality is replaced with a valiant, noble and selfless character.

Physical Appearance[]

Rocky is a lean, tall, and "physically attractive" rooster (according to the hens). He is light orange from his head to his neck feathers, and his hackle feathers transition from light orange to a darker orange. He has a more "blocky" head shape compared to the other chickens.

The comb on his head is bright red and is styled slicked back similarly to a Mohawk. His pupils are a hazel-brown colour and his beak is bright yellow. His torso is dark brown throughout, and his legs are light-peach. He has five long, green tail feathers which stretch up to his neck. Most of the time he dons a light-blue bandana patterned with white polka-dots around his neck.

In his circus costume, he doesn't wear his bandana but rather a cape with the American flag imprinted on it. The cape is connected with brown rope and has a white collar that sticks out.

Appearances[]

Chicken Run[]

Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget[]

Gallery[]

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Trivia[]

  • In Chicken Run, after Rocky leaves, Bunty says "I don't even think he was American."
    • This was a reference to the common misconception that Mel Gibson (Rocky's voice actor) was Australian when in fact he was American with Australian permanent residence.
  • Rocky, along with Ginger, were named after co-Director Nick Park's childhood pet chickens.
  • Rocky's nickname "The Lone Free Ranger" is a pun on the fact that Rocky is a free-range chicken.
  • Originally, Rocky had a wattle, but this was later removed as it made him look less attractive.
  • Other actors considered for Rocky's voice role in Chicken Run are Adam Sandler, George Lopez, Nathan Lane, Kurt Russell, Anthony Edwards, Jack Black, Antonio Sabato Jr., Ray Winstone, Matthew Broderick, John Travolta, and Bruce Willis.
  • There was to be a scene inside the pie machine where Rocky saw a skeleton of a dead chicken and quipped "They bought a used machine! How cheap is that?".
  • Initially in Chicken Run, when it was revealed that Rocky never could fly because he was fired out of a cannon, there was to be a flashback that showed Rocky being stuffed into a cannon at the circus. However, the producers decided to cut this out of the film so that they could shorten it and came up with the idea of Rocky's poster being torn in half and then pieced back together later on.
    • In fact, a hint of his foreshadowing is when we hear a loud explosion when he is flown out of the Circus cannon and when the circus van and its owner go to Mr. Tweedy's farm to find him.
  • Rocky's nickname "Rocky Rhodes" is a pun on the ice cream flavor Rocky Road.

References[]

  1. Chicken Pies For The Soul

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