Shaun the Sheep Movie [DVD + Digital]
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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.
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There are some fun new characters. My kids and I particularly enjoyed the new villain, A. Trumper. He is an egomaniac animal control warden with a crush on what he believes to be an attractive woman but is actually a sheep in human clothing. When I asked my kids what there favorite parts of the movie were, all of them revolved around Trumper's ridiculous antics while trying to capture the flock. There is also a lovable stray dog and a few others but Trumper stands out.
There are plenty of nods to pop culture that put a smile on my face but that my kids completely missed. Of course there is a Silence of the Lambs reference (in a dialog-free movie about lambs...). I caught a few others. The nod to Banksy was probably my favorite. Pay attention while watching because the level of detail on the sets is incredible.
The themes in the movie are positive and emphasize teamwork and family (albeit an untraditional family comprised of one human, a dog, sheep, pigs, a bull and a rooster). The ending leaves you feeling satisfied and happy. I think that I enjoyed the movie at least as much as my kids did. If you are a fan of the series, you will enjoy this movie.
Shaun and the gang are my absolutely favorite animated characters. Someone told me they are actually animated characters and aren't real. Baloney! I know they are real. They are real to me! By the way, I am 63-years old. Shaun is real, just like when Bill Waterston's Calvin and Hobbes are playing and there are no adults around.
Besides the wonderful animation, story, sets, music, costumes, and "dialogue" in this film, the thing that sets it apart is its soul. Although the sheep get into all sorts of mischief, they are never mean spirited about anything they do. "Sheep just want to have fun!" Once their shenanigans backfire and they are in real trouble, they all work together, the sheep, Bitzer, the rooster -- even the pigs clean up after themselves -- to fix the problem. There is real affection amongst and between all the members of the farm.
The story takes on some unexpected twists, and the "next" thing isn't always what one might expect. When Shaun hatches various plans, you know he is up to something, but it isn't obvious, and you must wait until the plan comes to fruition and find out about it as it happens. Most animated films are way too predictable in this way. Shaun is not, and that is a real credit to the folks at Aardman.
Certainly, children -- of all ages -- will love this film, but there is a lot for adults, too. Lots of parodies of other film characters and famous situations -- I want to describe some of it, but I will not spoil it.
Even Trumper the animal catcher -- and their nemesis -- isn't really all that bad. He is just power hungry, so he rules his animal "jail" with an iron hand.
The fact that there is no dialogue in this movie or in any of the TV episodes is a plus, because the visuals are absolutely remarkable. Dialogue would only mess it up. It is like a Charlie Chaplin or Harold Lloyd silent film with both slapstick and pathos -- but in color. Also, it is just the right length -- about 81 minutes.
Go see it in the theater, and when the Region 1 DVD comes out -- get it. I love films of all kinds, and I already rate this is one of my favorites. Now, I am going to watch it again and catch some of the things I missed.
My only complaint about this movie -- Where is Pidsley?
PS -- Be sure to watch all the way through the credits! Check out the "extras" -- they are short and have a clever surprise.
(Edited for typos on 8-8-15)
There are so many tiny, quick moments or objects that you have to be really watching to catch, and the story moves pretty quickly, but slowly enough so that younger audiences can still follow.
The only reason I give it four stars out of five is because the villain, the dog-catcher, turns unnaturally evil towards the end of the movie. Also, for how cruel he was, I do not think he had just repercussions.
However, the movie is very funny and entertaining. I could do without some of the crude jokes, but overall the movie is very appropriate for ALL ages. Its main theme is gorgeous and very well displayed... you need to appreciate things that you take for granted that are very crucial to you and that you love, whether or not you realize it.
Overall, lovely movie! I really give it 4.5 stars, but that's not an option!
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