Film Review by Jon E Clist
Shaun The Sheep Movie
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.
So here is the latest from the team behind Wallace and Gromit, Aardman Animations. From the original release of Creature Comforts through to Chicken Run, these guys have been providing some pretty amazing entertainment over the past couple of decades. With the tv show version of Shaun The Sheep they have also created something that has become something that is as clever as it is funny, so it is only natural that they would bring it to the big screen. This of course is no easy feat. Twenty animators worked on the film, each producing two seconds of footage per day. That is commitment to a vision!
One of the best things of this film is the way they have managed to tell a fun story and yet the film contains absolutely no dialogue, aside from animal sound effects. Amazing that there is no moment in the film where you don't understand what is happening. Having no words spoken actually combines with the action bring great hilarious moments throughout the film. Whether it be through the surprise “Baaa ber’s shop quartet” scene or the many battle between our heroes and the evil animal control officer, the laughs keep coming.
All of the characters bring a nice collaborative feel to the storyline, as they each in turn develop their own sub-story to bring a dynamic nature to the overall plot. So at the end of the day you have a great storyline, fabulous characters and a whole pile of magical visuals brought to life with an amazing animation style that can only be achieved by these cinematic magicians.
Extremely funny and clever to boot! Amongst a sea of family films out for these holidays make Shaun The Sheep your priority!
Releases: 26th March 2015
Duration: 85 minutes
Starring: Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes, Omid Djalili
Director: Mark Burton, Richard Starzak (Debut Feature Film)
The restaurant where the sheep try to blend in by imitating the other diners is called 'Le Chou Brûlé' which means 'The Burnt Cabbage'.
The characters (Shaun, Bitzer, Farmer etc) all have their old Series 1 designs.
The name of the farm that the series and part of the film is set in, is Mossy Bottom Farm.
This film is released on the Chinese new year of the Year of the Sheep
At the end of the film, when the characters return to the farmhouse, the pigs are watching 'The Amazing Adventures of Morph' (1980-1981)
The book that the man on the toilet is reading is the dog training manual from the 'Shaun the Sheep' (2007- ) episode 'Bitzer's Basic Training' (2010)
In the post-credits sequence, the distracted rooster is playing a game on his phone - The SFX of that game are from 'Sheep Stack', an Aardman Animations produced mobile game.