An­i­mated Valen­tines on Disc

For­get choco­lates and flow­ers — wouldn’t your sweet­heart rather have Free Birds, The Jun­gle Book, Ad­ven­ture Time or a clas­sic WB shorts col­lec­tion? by Mercedes Mil­li­gan

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For­get choco­lates and flow­ers, wouldn’t your sweet­heart rather have Free Birds, The Jun­gle Book, Ad­ven­ture Time or a clas­sic WB shorts col­lec­tion? Of course they would! by Mercedes Mil­li­gan

Free Birds [Fox, $29.98]

The first fea­ture from Texan toon house Reel FX, di­rected by Jimmy Hay­ward ( Hor­ton Hears A Who!), is a feather-ruf­fling, time-trav­el­ling CG com­edy that shows that dig­i­tal tech has reached the stage where in­dies can hope to com­pete with the big boys.

Star­ring Owen Wil­son, Woody Har­rel­son and Amy Poehler, the film cen­ters on two mod­ern-day tur­keys from op­po­site sides of the barn­yard tracks who team up to go back to the 1600s and keep their species off the Thanks­giv­ing menu.

The two-disc Blu-ray combo ($39.99) comes with a small feast of ex­tras: the­atri­cal trailer, “Birds Flip­ping His­tory,” “An­i­mat­ing Free Birds: The Main Course,” “Wing­ing It: An­i­ma­tors in Ac­tion,” “Talk­ing Turkey with Com­poser Dominic Lewis” and “Shake a Tail Feather.” Now that Amer­ica has emerged from its col­lec­tive hol­i­day tryp­to­phan coma, it’s the per­fect time to en­joy this suc­cu­lent com­edy treat. [Re­lease date: Fe­bru­ary 4]

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