Shaun the Sheep Movie

Shaun the Sheep Movie

Directors: Mark Burton, Richard Starzak

Writers: Mark Burton, Richard Starzak, Nick Park

Voice Cast: Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes, Omid Djalili, Richard Webber, Kate Harbour, Tim Hands, Andy Nyman, Simon Greenall, Emma Tate, Jack Paulson, Sean Connolly, Henry Burton, Dhimant Vyas, Sophie Laughton, Nia Medi James

Synopsis: 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.

MPAA Rating: Rated PG for rude humor

Stevennix2001's Rating:

9.8 / 10

Pros:

- Beautiful animation. Stop motion done to perfection, as it flowed perfectly. Don't be surprised if the animation alone gets it nominated for "Best Animated Feature" next year at the Oscars.

- The humor was very funny.

- Direction was great. Very well paced.

- Cinematography and editing were done nicely.

- While it doesn't feature the most complex story in the world, it's executed rather brilliantly, as none of the characters talk in this movie. And even though you never know what they're saying, the characters faces are so expressive that you can still follow what's going on in the story. I've never seen animated feature like this, which makes it very interesting to watch.

- End credit scene was funny.

Cons:

- Story is a bit predictable, but the execution of it makes up for it's short comings.

Another under appreciated classic for the ages

Like many claymation films, "Shaun of the Sheep" doesn't seem to get the recognition it truly deserves. Granted, CGI can be beautiful to look at, as both "Wall-E" and "Inside Out" are proof of that. However, it's gotten to the point that CGI animation is becoming so common that it's starting to feel generic instead of unique half the time that it's hard to be impressed by any of them; unless they give you something different on an aesthetic level like "Wall-E" did. Dont' get me wrong, that's not to say that I find CGI animation to be bad, but it's hard to feel excited about something that's become so common these days.

Think of it like this tor a moment. Let's just say you love eating cheeseburgers and fries, for the sake of argument. And let's pretend for a minute that you decide to eat cheeseburgers and fries every single freaking day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. What do you think will happen over time? Eventually, you're going to get bored of it to where ANYTHING ELSE will start to tickle your fancy a lot more once it's available. This is where claymation and/or stop motion come into play.

Since the art of stop motion is rare these days in animated features, it only makes you want to appreciate it that much more. Now, that's not to say that I'll go gaga over anything that's made with this type of animation, as I have been critical of the stop motion found in "MTV's Celebrity Death Matches" and "Gumby" in the past. However, when the art itself is done right, you can't help but feel a deeper appreciation for it because of how rare it is to see it done to perfection.

"Shaun of the Sheep" may not appeal to most audiences considering that most people prefer CGI animation, but if you want to see stop motion done right, then I would highly recommend checking out this film.

The animation is simply amazing to say the least. But then again, what do you expect when you have the same masterminds that gave us "Wallace and Gromit" working behind it?

Anyway, the plot follows a young sheep named Shaun, as he decides to take the day off, but he may have gotten more than he bargained for. Due to a series of events, the farmer ends up with amnesia, and it seems like Shaun and his pals have somehow found themselves lost in the big city. Now, it's up to Shaun to try to get everyone back home safely before it's too late.

Like the first twenty minutes of "Wall-E", none of the characters talk throughout this entire feature. Apart from the occasional grunts, moans, mumbles and screams, none of these characters ever say a word. However, the genius part about the movie is the fact that you really don't need any of the characters to talk to understand what's going on.

Like most of the films that have come out of Aardman Animations, the characters' faces and actions are very expressive to where you could literally tell exactly what they're saying and thinking, without the use of words being spoken at all. It's quite brilliant to watch, as this is literally the first time I've ever seen anyone do this before in a full length animated feature.

Granted, the story isn't anything to be enamored about, but the way it's executed makes "Shaun of the Sheep" arguably one of the most unique animated films out there. And even if your not a big fan of this style of animation, the humor alone makes it worth checking out, as it's surprisingly witty. In a lot of ways, it reminds of the type of comedy you would find in those old school "Tom and Jerry" cartoons, where most of the comedy was based on physical comedy centered around particular situations.

Overall though, I doubt "Shaun of the Sheep" will ever get the recognition is deserves, but if you're yearning to see an animated classic executed brilliantly, then I would highly recommend it. Also if you do watch it, then I would suggest staying until the credits are over, as there's a funny scene at the end of the credits that's worth watching.


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