2015 / Directors. Mark Burton & Richard Starzak.
Review by Glenn Cochrane.
SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE is the best thing that Aardman have produced to date. For the uninitiated they are the stop-motion animation studio behind titles like CHICKEN RUN, WALLACE & GROMMIT and FLUSHED AWAY. They have produced a large amount of television and this is their sixth feature length film. It begins with the regular formula of the TV series, which is set on a farm where the sheep are mischievous. Within a matter of minutes it is given the big screen treatment with an adventure that sees the old flock (and Blitzer the dog) travel to the city to rescue their beloved farmer. Of course along the way they find themselves in all manners of scrapes and escapades as they dodge a tenacious animal catcher and bluff their way as humans. It is a truly hilarious film and brilliantly conceived. Every single gag hits its mark and for a film without a single word of dialogue, it moves at a cracking pace. Stop motion is the most charming of all the types of animations and SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE is up there with the best. It is as family-friendly as they get and despite being pitched to a preschool audience it is as equally appealing to adults. At the screening I was at the grown-ups were laughing just as much as the kids. A particularly amusing restaurant scene was written so well and shot meticulously... the soundtrack is delightful and the characters, both new and old, are completely endearing. This is a movie for the young at heart and it will put the biggest smile on your face. If you walk away with it unamused then you cannot be human. Go out and see it.... rent a kid if you must (or see it alone like I did). It's fantastic.