The Wild Chickens (film)

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Original title The wild chickens
Country of production Germany
original language German
Publishing year 2006
length 107 minutes
Age rating FSK 6
Director Vivian Naefe
script Güzin Kar
Uschi Reich
production Uschi Reich
Peter Zenk
music Annette Focks
camera Peter Döttling
cut Hansjörg Weißbrich

Die Wilden Hühner is a German film for children and young people from 2006, based on the book series Die Wilden Hühner by Cornelia Funke , which previously consisted of five volumes . Contrary to what the title suggests, the story of the third volume, Die Wilden Hühner: Fuchsalarm , is for the most part retold, with only the moment the gang was founded being taken from the first volume. Wilma's inclusion in the gang comes from the second volume and was rewritten to fit the film. In addition to the theatrical version, there is also a two-part television version that was broadcast on ZDF on April 3 and 10, 2011 .

In 2007 the sequel Die Wild Hühner und die Liebe was filmed, which corresponds in title and content to the fifth part. Reference is made to the fourth volume only in brief flashbacks . Filming locations were u. a. Cologne, Düsseldorf, Xanten and Munich.

In 2009 a third film was released under the title Die Wilde Hühner und das Leben . This partly takes up the motif of the second book ( class trip ), but plays with an independent plot after the fifth volume in order to preserve the chronology in the film sequence .


The "wild chickens" Sprotte, Frieda, Trude, Wilma and Melanie are a gang of girls who fell in love with Sprotte's grandmother's chickens. You are constantly fighting with the "pygmies" (Fred, Torte, Steve and Willi), a gang of boys from the same place. The time that the wild chickens spend together is not infrequently used in the hen house. But when Sprotte's grandmother, Grandma Slättberg, wants to slaughter the chickens, they want to save the chickens together. Even if they can't stand each other at first and often argue, an invisible bond apparently connects the two groups. Together they manage to outsmart Grandma Slättberg and save the chickens.


Paula Riemann was honored with the Undine Award for best debutante in 2006.

The New Faces Award from BUNTE magazine honored the entire film trilogy with a special prize in 2009.

The German Film and Media Evaluation FBW in Wiesbaden awarded the film the title valuable.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Age rating for Die Wilde Hühner . Youth Media Commission .
  2. ^ Website of Dressler Verlag: Die Wilden Hühner Online . Queryed on February 27, 2010.