Chicken Stew: Tales from the Salted Egg Temple
After their round-the-world odyssey, Uncle Wattles and Free Range begin a brand new chapter of their colorful lives in a mysterious martial-arts community — the Salted-Egg Temple. This time Free Range and his fellow trainees shoulder a sacred mission- to protect the legacy of a great Kung Fu Master, an ancient “salted-egg” from being taken away by the evil power. Under the leading of their master Uncle Wattles, Free Range and his fellows are ready to carry this task till the end of the day.
For anyone who has ever missed a meal or two or ever been hungry, this remarkable and imaginative animated episode is sure to hit home. It features a gorilla, chicken and a rabbit in a martial arts training background, and they are members of the oriental temple. The master chicken hits them with a strict mandate: they have to fast for three days! This doesn’t set too well with any of the characters. All of them at one point sneak into the kitchen to attempt to swipe some food. And not getting caught is part of the fun as they go to great lengths not to be caught. It’s even tougher on them all when they smell the sweet aromas of various foods.
The master has called the three the “three bags of disappointment,” but it would seem he has his own issues when he sneaks in to pilfer food himself! Part of the comedy comes in when, for instance, the chicken eats some hot sauce and turns a bright red! It apparently was much “hotter” than he anticipated. And then the gorilla sneaks in, spots some dumplings, and heats up the fireplace to cook them, not realizing that the rabbit is hiding in there! At one point the chicken says, “I’ve got to hang in there, baby!”
Another delicious moment occurs when all three sneak into the kitchen at the same time, and it’s dark — and all we see are three big sets of eye balls which spot one another. In another comedic moment they all use martial arts on one another and when one character is hit with a pan and cries, it is played up so as to be very funny.
A lesson is taught in this short, animated film and that is to practice what you preach to others. Also, fasting can be hard! This wholesome movie has earned our Dove seal for All Ages.
The Dove Take:
This delightful movie features several relatable moments for the viewer, humorous scenes, and will have you laughing out loud.