Aardman Studios has a long history of creating some of the most fun and memorable animated films out there including Chicken Run, Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit and The Pirates: Band of Misfits. Now they are bringing their popular character Shaun the Sheep’s big screen debut Shaun the Sheep Movie home for the fans.
In the film, Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, but 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. If you have ever seen any of the Aardman films or shorts featuring Shaun or Wallace & Gromit then you already have an idea of what you are walking into with this film. Thankfully they kept everything intact including not allowing any of the characters to have any real dialogue. The film is so cleverly written and executed that you never even miss any dialogue throughout the whole film. All of the characters either make the sound of the particular animal or a bizarre mumbling jibberish that you can somehow understand. This is a simple story that could have easily struggled to carry an entire film, but there are so many simple fun layers that it manages to play up very clever and brilliant. The animation itself is top notch as expected. Aardman Studios are masters of their craft with not only the characters coming to life, but the attention to detail in the world around them. There are a ton of laugh out loud moments that work for all ages without ever really crossing any lines. While Shaun and the flock are the focal point, there are plenty of other fun memorable characters that stand out.
Aardman Studios has once again delivered animation perfection like only they can. Whether you are a fan of Shaun or have never seen anything with him this film delivers the perfect set up and fun so anyone can jump right in. It is amazing what they can pull off so much in the way they do, but it just further shows how brilliant they really are. Hopefully this is just the first big screen adventure of the fluffy flock and they will return to the big screen for more adventures in the future. Stop motion is sadly becoming a lost art with only a few still bringing it to life so get out and support this fun film so we can get more for years to come.
In addition to this hilarious and fun film this release includes numerous special features including the parody poster gallery and numerous featurettes taking you further behind the scenes of the barnyard. Join the herd and grab your copy of Shaun the Sheep Movie when it hits Digital HD on November 10th as well as Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand on November 24th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.