Animation | Adventure | Comedy
Mark Burton | Richard Starzak
Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes, Omid Djalili, Kate Harbour, Richard Webber, Tim Hands, Simon Greenall, Emma Tate, Henry Burton, Dhimant Vyas, Sophie Laughton, Nia Medi James, Sean Connolly, Stanley Unwin, Andy Nyman, Jack Paulson, Nick Park
Shaun the sheep (Justin Fletcher) is tired of doing the same work at the farm everyday. He decides to take a day off. In order to do that, he needs to make sure the farmer doesn't know. When more happens than they can handle, the sheep find their way in the big city. Now they need to get back to the farm.
Despite not having seen the television series this film is based on, I had quite big expectation for this picture because of its Oscar nomination. I can say without a doubt that it deserves every single nomination it got, even though it can't compete with "Inside Out" or "Anomalisa".
Witty, hilarious and sweet, "Shaun the Sheep Movie" is eighty-five minutes of pure entertainment and lightheartedness for all ages. Yep, adults as well.
In this film there are the two elements that characterize Aardman's productions: claymation, the art of making a film with plasticine characters filmed in stop motion, and British humour expressed without words, but through actions, 'facial' expressions, and comical moments, with some slapstick scenes that live up to Chaplin's - like a memorable scene at the restaurant where the sheep, wearing human clothes and pretending to be humans, try to have lunch
The animation is excellent and if you didn't know it, it would have been hard to tell whether it was CGI or stop motion.
Directors and screenwriters Mark Burton and Richard Starzak didn't just lengthened an episode of the series or put together several episodes, but created a story about a small rebellion against monotony that turns bad and they enriched it with plenty of emotions and humour.
The story is very easy to follow, the characters are very likable, especially Shaun the main sheep, and the lack of dialogue is spot-on. The closing credits also deserve being mentioned: they are nice, and the song is very catchy.
Definitely worth the time!