Life is a treat with Shaun the Sheep.
Director: Mark Burton, Richard Starzak
Runtime: 85 minutes
Cast: Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes, Omid Djalili, et all…
Plot (taken from IMDb): When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun; he gets a little more action than he bargained for. A mix up with the Farmer, a caravan and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it’s up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home.
The first thing you’ll notice about Shaun the Sheep Movie is that there is not a spoken word throughout the whole movie. All dialogue in the film is dished out in a variety of grunts and noises played with emotion as to let the audience understand what is going on, it’s all quite clever really, as it helps open the movie up to foreign markets with relative ease – and it seems to have struck a chord with kids, at least kids I know.
Being based on a children’s television show, you’d be expecting a film entirely for the little ones, and to be honest, Shaun the Sheep is ultimately a film kids should love – it is silly, sweet and uplifting, everything you’d want from a film for children. However there is probably enough in the film to entertain those of us who happen to have outgrown our childhood years, at least to some extent.
First off, this is an Aardman film and it retains all of their hallmarks – most importantly it is fantastically animated. Shaun the Sheep Movie contains a considerable amount of jokes that cross-over between adults and children alike, and there are enough that only older people would get. Shaun the Sheep is a clever film, and it not only uses its humour for its success – it actually provides a fairly astute look at modern city life compared to that of living outside of it all, in the countryside.
The film centres on Shaun looking for his farmer, and in the meantime, we get a look at Aardman’s views on modern life and it revolves around our fascination with Social Media. Essentially, the farmer becomes Mr. X, a strange barber who becomes an overnight phenomenon thanks to giving a popular celebrity a hair-cut, this hair-cut spreads across the city like a terrible disease through selfies, hash-tags and all manner of modern things the cool kids like to do. I like to see the film as Shaun trying to make his way out of the madness and back to his comfortable life on the farm – but that’s just me.
Shaun the Sheep Movie however isn’t as good as Aardman’s classics – it simply isn’t as funny. While the film has a solid amount of laughs, it doesn’t match the mastery of Wallace & Gromit or Chicken Run and its lack of dialogue is probably a reason for this. Shaun the Sheep doesn’t have any memorable quotes – an issue of silent movies in general. Unlike other silent comedies though, Shaun the Sheep doesn’t have many memorable moments (there are a few), it is a low-key film.
Wonderfully animated, Shaun the Sheep is an enjoyable, friendly film made for families, but sure to entertain the little ones. Despite its low-key humour it is a pleasant watch and it retains Aardman’s sense of humour and unique vision of the UK.
A fun little film.