SHAUN THE SHEEP | REVIEW

The creators from WALLACE & GROMMIT return with another stop-motion piece of amazement – this time the fluffy feature length version of sheep shenanigans in SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE. Of all the filmmakers on the planet I do believe the makers of stop-motion deserve the most respect – they have to shoot every single frame of the movie by hand moving everything a millimetre at a time, I am always gobsmacked watching the final productions, they are the zen masters of filmmaking – everything is made at a literal snails pace and signing on to make one of these things is years or your life. Kernel Kate hit this one up and she shares her thoughts below. SHAUN THE SHEEP is releasing on March 26th in Australia from StudioCanal Australia however it is on advanced screenings from today in most cinemas. It is rated G (suitable for the entire family) and it runs for a comfortable 85mins. Enjoy Kate’s review………….JK out.

 

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BY KATE BRADLEY

From the studio that brought us CHICKEN RUN and WALLACE AND GROMMIT – THE CURSE OF THE WARE-RABBIT comes the new, equally charming, stop-motion animated feature film SHAUN THE SHEEP, borne of the popular kids TV show with the same name.

In the idyllic countryside of Mossbottom Farm, Shaun the Sheep is tired of his day to day living and feels somewhat unloved by his owner, The Farmer, and Bitzer, the Sheepdog, both of whom Shaun was once very close with. Shaun orchestrates a day off for himself and the flock, however it goes awry and ends up with the Farmer, Bitzer, Shaun and his sheep peeps lost in the Big City. Hijinks ensue and Shaun must rally the team together to get them back home on green pastures.

 

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While SHAUN THE SHEEP may not be ground-breaking or thought-provoking cinema, it is very sweet, funny and entertaining, which is to be expected when the Aardman Studios logo pops up at the top of the film. Nick Park, credited as one of the Executive Producers, who joined Aardman back in 1985, not only had the original idea for the “Shaun the Sheep” TV Show, but many moons ago wrote, directed and animated the first “Wallace and Grommit” short film A GRAND DAY OUT, produced by Aardman. Aardman Studios also produced the second “Wallace and Grommit” short, THE WRONG TROUSERS, which won an Oscar in 1994, and the studio has been pumping out a string successful stop-motion shorts, TV shows and feature films ever since, including the “Creature Comforts” series which happens to be my favourite. Much like Pixar, Aardman is one of the world’s most trusted brands when it comes to animated entertainment and is synonymous with flawless stop-motion, comic timing and endearingly British-y storytelling. So it’s no surprise that SHAUN THE SHEEP should be just as lovely as its predecessors, even with absolutely no dialogue.

 

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With a release date coinciding with the Easter school holidays obviously this film is meant for children and I’m sure there are many parents out there who will appreciate the opportunity to have their little ones settle for the film’s running time of 85 minutes. However, like with all good kids films, SHAUN THE SHEEP isn’t so mind-numbingly simple that the parents can’t enjoy it as well. Of the thirty or so people at the preview I went to, only two audience members were kids (they were entranced the whole film FYI), but us adults were dissolving into fits of giggles on many occasions. There was a lot of old-school humour and slapstick that felt tried-and-true rather than outdated or lame, and any kids film that can slip in a SILENCE OF THE LAMBS gag is okay by me. If I’m being very honest, I did find myself waiting for the film to end in the last ten minutes or so – the relentless antics were wearing me down a little. But I didn’t have to wait long for the finale and I still found myself laughing during the credits.

Highly recommended for families looking for something to do together during the holidays that doesn’t involve endless queuing at the Easter Show, but also if you are an adult heading to the cinema to take your mind off things and no other films appeal, or if you happen to be on a plane and see it showing on the in-flight entertainment, this isn’t a bad choice either. Light-hearted and funny, SHAUN THE SHEEP will leave you with the warm and fuzzies while whistling the very catchy main tune on the way out.

 

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