"Shaun the Sheep Movie"
Release Date: Aug. 5, 2015
Running Time: 85 minutes
Follow the leader? Not Shaun the Sheep. The mischievous star of Aardman Animations’ endearing children’s TV show is his own sheep, as the residents of Mossy Bottom Farm well know. But he goes too far in Shaun the Sheep Movie when he plots a day off from the mundane routine of farm life. Everything goes wrong from the moment Shaun puts the farmer to sleep and commandeers the farmhouse in the name of fun. Don’t ask how but the farmer ends up lost in the Big City and suffering from amnesia. It’s down to Shaun and loyal sheepdog Bitzer to rescue the farmer. As with all Aardman stop-motion animated adventures, Shaun the Sheep Movie is a warm and whimsical delight that forges a strong bond between man and animal. Barely a word is spoken in Shaun the Sheep Movie, or at least one that is intelligible. This requires writers/directors Richard Starzak and Mark Burton to execute one hilarious visual gag after another and concoct of a slew of imaginative, mayhem-filled set pieces to get Shaun closer to his quarry. They bless this “fish out of water” tale with a sunny disposition that’s contagious. Shaun also matches wits with an animal control officer, whose unwavering obsession with putting cats and dogs putting bars makes him the perfect threat to Shaun and his woolly friends. Then again, the animals in Shaun the Sheep Movie are smarter than their human counterparts, and Shaun’s run-ins with the animal control officer generate as many laughs as they do thrills and spills. Shaun’s day off may not unfold the way he plans but it couldn’t be more amusing or eventful.
Aired: Aug. 6, 2015
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