The feather's have well-and-truly flown for Chicken
Run. It's now made
more than $95million in America, and it's even
managed to squeeze
out M-I2 and Stuart Little over here, taking over
$30million in the UK
this Summer - cracking stuff!
Chicken Run's success extends beyond the Big Screen,
surely can't miss all the licensed products and
tie-ins that are filling
High Street shelves up and down the country. So
you're not some
corporate slave, you won't be coerced into buying
into some vast
money-hungry conglomerate design? So look again.
The Chicken Run
licenses are fab. Aardman have built carefully
upon past successes,
developed through Creature Comforts and Wallace &
the exclusive Boots product range, the Giftware
the Wesco clocks and watches, Vivid Imaginations and
Yaffe collectibles. Whoever handled these accounts
a huge pat on the back. No, I've not been paid to write
this, I'm just a
hugely impressed collector.
Anyways, to celebrate - sort of - this edition
of THE HOUND is a
'Fings Wot i Must Have' special, looking at some
of the exclusive
Chicken Run product promotions and merchandise
you can find
on the British High Street:
WEETABIX & READY BREK
There's a CR bean toy promotion running
on special packs. You can
collect tokens to redeem against Golden
Bear bean toys. The beanies
aren't 'egg-sclusives' but the pack design is
WEETOS BREAKFAST CEREAL
There are 10 different CR plastic figures
to collect - as advertised on TV.
Now this is just terrific. You would have
thought a promotion with
an egg farm would have been a tad insensitive,
eh?- But these are
free range - very clever! - There
are 8 different CR egg cups free in
these here special packs. And they're proper
ceramic ones too.
Needless to say, our fridge is over-flowing
with eggs right now...
FABULOUS BAKIN BOYS MUFFINS
There are four of these CR sticker sheets to collect
in special boxes,
which feature four different background scenes
for you to stick 'em
on. The muffins are p'erty delicious too. You'll find
'em at Tesco's...
More stickers! - Laughing Cow are giving away
8 different designs, plus
cinema admission tokens in special packs of their
cheez dippers and triangles!
Kinnerton have produced flat-packs of moulded
with chocolate characters and pies - like the one above
They've also produced cute CR jelly sweet tins,
characters on top. I've spied at least three different...
Best of the bunch, though, are these CR fruit flavoured
jellies, which come with one of six different
inside. Crack 'em open to reveal Mrs Tweedy, Rocky,
etc. - Tops!
MARKS & SPENCER
St Michael have produced CR bedclothes and underwear,
plus a range of sweets and cakes in a special
'Ministry Of Yummy'
range, featuring Kinnerton-style sweety tins with
plastic figures on top, and - 'Chocs away!' -
selections like the one above. The range-topper
is a smart CR birthday
cake. Pity mine's not till next April...
More sweeties! - Thorntons are selling special
CR bagged toffee
and fudge, featuring different characters on the
The Hut are offering up special 'Poultry In Motion'
softballs. The 'eggs'
jiggle and shake when you pull the cord. B-z-z-z-z.....
Occassionally, Argos seem to get stuff that no
one else gets:
Earlier this year they got the Emperor Zurg room
guard from TS2,
now they seem to be the only place with a fab
15" high Rocky
room guard. It's the centrepoint of a terrific full
page of CR
toys and colectibles in their latest catalogue...
Boots stock a range of CR products, like my fave, the
Nick & Fetcher
radio from Wesco. But so far, only two Boots exclusives
have appeared on shelves. These being 9"
high Rocky and Ginger
moulded bubble bath bottles.
Halfords have stocked up on Rocky and Ginger air
your car. I've not seen these anywhere else -
even in Woolworths...
Collectors should take a look at their fab 'Cracking
Clothing Co.' range
of exclusive W&G adult nightwear. They've expanded
it to include CR and
they now offer a big red Ginger dressing gown, plus
CR pyjamas, a nightshirt
and matching slippers - all top quality and almost
too good to wear...
Elsewhere, it''s business as usual with Golden
Bear bean toys,
Giftware fridge magnets, a great greeting card
range, stationery and
Wesco clocks and watches etc. available from numerous
outlets - but
why not buy 'em online at the Aardmarket?
Have I missed out on an 'egg-sclusive'? - Drop us a
line if you
know of one: firstname.lastname@example.org
before I sign off, look at this exclusive: A special Chicken Run
biscuit you can buy at Tescos - I'll scan anything, me!
- ' No Chicken Run products escape from
Time for some news from the other toon sites:
The ever-fab 80sNostalgia had a revamp recently. New
animate in to their place when you surf from page to page
- a very
smart revamp for a very smart site - Go there now!
Meanwhile, Claire Hamilton - who still seems to be battling
Geocities - has just launched the beginnings of an online
Very much a home-starter this one, but who knows where it
Take a peek for yourself at:
Got a new Brit cartoon to promote? - Let me know and
I'll plug it for you. It could be a finished project,
an early concept
a comic strip creation, tv, or movie even - whatever
- We all know
how frustrating it can be trying to get that break
or close that deal.
Toonhound's here to help if it can...
Just drop me a line: email@example.com
The search goes on (still!)...
Please, please can someone unearth a
'Cockleshell Bay' site?
Jediman has a small 'Cloppa
Castle' puppet page - but I want more,
greedy beggar that I am - Can anyone help?!
- Till next time!