Movie Review: Shaun the Sheep Movie

Lionsgate/Aardman Animation

Shaun the Sheep Movie
4 out of 5 Stars
Mark Burton, Richard Starzak
Starring: Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes, Omid Djalili
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Rated: PG for rude humor
Recommended To: Fans of Wallace and Gromit, Chicken Run and the Shaun the Sheep television series.

Synopsis: Tired of the daily routine Shaun, a well-meaning sheep, accidentally sends Farmer, his beloved owner, and the caravan trailer he’s sleeping in crashing down into the Big City. Once there Farmer develops a bit of memory loss and becomes a hairdresser with an affinity for shears. Shaun and his flock set out for the urban jungle to try and bring Farmer back before the pigs turn his home into a sty.

Review: While there is no discernible dialogue in Shaun the Sheep Movie it hardly qualifies as a silent film as there are plenty of animal sounds, grumbling from the human characters and a soundtrack filled with songs with lyrics. So, despite what you might imagine, Shaun the Sheep Movie isn’t nearly as bizarre as you might think. In fact it’s a very traditional Aardman Animation film. This, in case you weren’t aware, makes it a delightful stop-motion animation viewing experience filled with quirky humor and slapstick mayhem. I do think that this film will play a little better with children than adults as most of the humor aimed at adults in previous Aardman films tended to be in the clever dialogue, but if you are an adult who loves animated films you’ll find this to be charming as well.

Shaun the Sheep Movie won’t challenge Inside Out for my favorite animated film of the year, but it certainly has a chance at landing in second place.

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