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Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken

Animation for Film | 2017


Muckraking filmmaker Morgan Spurlock reignites his battle with the food industry,
this time from behind the register — as he opens his own fast food restaurant.

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In the 13 years since Super Size Me, the fast-food industry has undergone a makeover.

 

Today, chain restaurants tout food that's "healthy," "organic," and "natural." Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock explores this new reality with an approach even more immersive and subversive than that used for his first film: he sets out to open his own chicken franchise. We follow him every step of the way, from raising poultry and conjuring recipes to designing the brand and scouting a location. Spurlock brings his disarming humour to uncover the truths and lies behind this multibillion-dollar industry.

Navigating a world of cynics and opportunists, Spurlock comes across like a hillbilly Jimmy Stewart with refreshing optimism. He confronts one challenge after another in his mission to live up to his ideals. The film feels especially timely when the US has a junk-food-loving President and an epidemic of false claims in advertising. Spurlock pays close attention to the Orwellian buzzwords that marketers use to bring a "health halo" to industrial food.

While the original Super Size Me made a specific example of McDonald's, this compelling sequel focuses on new targets and doesn't hold back on naming names. The film builds momentum towards the day when Spurlock puts his reputation on the line by serving his first customers.

- Thom Powers

Credits

Animation by Good Bad Habits Inc.
Animation Director: Kunal Sen
2D Lead: Luke Smith
Additional 2D: Jiani Cao, Sitji Chou

Director: Morgan Spurlock
Cast: Morgan Spurlock, Jonathan Buttram
Cinematography: David Garcia-Vlasits
Editing: Pierre Takal
Producers: Keith Calder, Morgan Spurlock, Jeremy Chilnick,
Matthew Galkin, Spencer Silna, Jessica Calder, Nicole Barton
Production Companies: Warrior Poets, Snoot Entertainment, Public Domain
Production Designer: Rachel Rockstroh
Screenplay: Morgan Spurlock, Jeremy Chilnick
Sound: Ethan Goldberger, Lewis Goldstein, Tom Ryan
Original Score: David Tobin, Tim Garland, Jeff Meegan

 
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Morgan Spurlock is a New York based writer, director and producer.

 
 Kunal with Morgan Spurlock at the World Premiere of 'Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken' at TIFF 2017

Kunal with Morgan Spurlock at the World Premiere of 'Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken' at TIFF 2017

Morgan Spurlock is an award-winning and Academy Award-nominated writer, director and producer and CEO & founder of full-service New York-based production studio Warrior Poets. His first film, SUPER SIZE ME, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004, winning Best Directing honors. The film went on to win the inaugural Writers Guild of America Best Documentary Screenplay award as well as garner an Academy Award nomination for Best Feature Documentary.

Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! is his latest work.