Available today on DVD is the animated Korean film Daisy: A Hen Into the Wild. The film was shown in theaters and sold over two MILLION tickets at the box office. It’s now being released in the United States on DVD.
In Korea the film is known as Leafie: A Hen Into the Wild. Its based on the highly acclaimed book “Then Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly”.
Although this is a foreign film it’s completely dubbed in English. It’s not subtitled. All the characters speak with English voices.
Daisy the hen lives on a farm. Her life is to serve one purpose – lay eggs. Even though she lays a lot of eggs she is not allowed to hatch any of them. She dreams of being a mother some day and caring for her babies.
The other hens might be content to live their lives in a cage and lay eggs on a daily basis, but not Daisy. She wants to feel the sunshine on her face and live freely.
One day Daisy passes out and the farmer mistakes her for being dead. He takes her and other dead hens into the forest and dumps their bodies into a ditch.
Daisy awakens in the nick of time – just as a weasel was about to make a meal out of her. Daisy would have surely been eaten if she wasn’t rescue by a duck named Wilson.
Daisy is excited to finally be free, but Wilson shoots down her dreams and tells her to go back to the farm. He doesn’t think she can make it in the wild.
Daisy sets out to make a new home for herself. With the help of an otter referred to as the Mayor, Daisy finds a home in a briar patch. It turns out that her neighbors are Wilson and his wife.
One night Wilson’s mate is attacked and killed by the weasel leaving behind her and Wilson’s egg. Daisy finds the egg and sits on it to keep it warm.
Wilson is saddened by the loss of his baby’s mother, but he is grateful that he has Daisy to act as a surrogate mother.
Wilson tells Daisy to take his unborn child to the marsh. The request didn’t make sense to her then, but it becomes more clearer as the story goes on. That night Wilson loses his life.
Daisy ends up raising the baby she names Willy on her own. Life is almost perfect. She finally has a child of her own (Willy) and she lives freely. She even moves to the marsh like Wilson told her to. There Willy learns how to swim. Swimming and flying are two things Daisy can’t teach Willy since chickens can’t swim or fly.
The older Willy gets the more restless he gets and curious about who he really is. He knows that Daisy is different then him. The other ducks in the marsh make fun of him for it.
One day Willy almost loses his life when the farmer captures him. Thankfully Daisy was able to rescue him. The incident made Willy appreciate Daisy even more. At the same time his restlessness grew more intense.
Finally something happens in the marsh that changes everything. Life for Daisy and Willy will never be the same again.
What happens in the marsh? To find out you need to pick up a copy of Daisy: A Hen Into the Wild. Look for it where ever movies are sold.
This is a very sweet movie. As a mom I can really identify with Daisy, especially when Willy becomes restless and literally wants to spread his wings and fly. As a mom to two teenagers, one of which will be graduating high school in less than a year, I can sympathize with her character.
The animation is beautifully done. The landscapes throughout the film are stunning and very realistic looking.
Some of the characters had an anime look to them which I expected.
I did not see the ending coming. Part of it I did but not all of it. I was shocked!
The story is wonderful and makes for a great film the entire family can watch and enjoy together. Please note there are a few parts that might be a bit intense for very young children.
You can purchase the film on iTunes;
It may be available where other movies are sold too.
Here is the film’s trailer for your entertainment.
*I received a free screener copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.