Relativity Media has released the first trailer for director Jimmy Hayward’s (Horton Hears a Who!) upcoming animated film Free Birds. The film centers on two turkeys who travel back in time in order to try to undo the tradition of eating turkey on Thanksgiving. Hayward’s Horton Hears a Who! was actually pretty funny, and there are a couple of solid jokes to be found in this debut trailer for Free Birds. The film looks to be very heavily themed towards the holiday of Thanksgiving, and the time travel aspect allows the story to play around in both the present day and 17th century setting. Whether kids take to the turkey-fronted story is uncertain, but I could see the film causing quite few outbursts from children around the Thanksgiving table as they realize that the lovable characters and the delicious gravy-covered treat are one and the same.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film features the voices of Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Amy Poehler, Dan Fogler, Lesley Nicol, George Takei, Colm Meaney, Keith David, Eddie Sotelo, Josh Lawson, and Danny Carey. Free Birds opens in 3D on November 1st.
Here’s the official synopsis for Free Birds:
In this hilarious, adventurous buddy comedy for audiences of all ages, directed by Jimmy Hayward (Horton Hears a Who!), two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history – and get turkey off the Thanksgiving menu for good.