Freelance writer, mum of two who loves living in sunny Perth.
Published March 22nd 2015
The baaaa has been set high
Fans of Shaun the Sheep young and old will be delighted by this heartfelt offering from the Oscar winning animation studios, Aardman, the creative genius behind other animated successes including Wallace and Grommit, Arthur's Christmas and Flushed Away. If you already enjoy Shaun's farmyard adventures on the little screen, chances are you'll enjoy this fast paced tale on the big screen even more.
Without giving too much away, this is the story of Shaun the Sheep seeking (and plotting for), just a humble day off to relax and put his feet up. However as with many of Shaun's bright ideas, this plan goes a little awry and a sneaky day off soon propels the farmer, Bitzer (the dog), Shaun and the whole flock into the lights of the nearby Big City. Throw in a touch of amnesia and mistaken identify along with a truly villaneous animal catcher and you've got a tidy balance of tomfoolery and mild peril; just perfect for this silent comedy that packs in many a laugh.
Fans of Shaun the Sheep will already be aware that aside from the odd animal grunt and groan, there's little in the way of actual dialogue. Newbies to this type of animation may have concerns of sitting through 85 minutes of pretty mute character interchange, but don't be worried the conversation is all visual and you can easily forget that words aren't actually in play. The gesticulation and facial expressions of everyone of the characters mean that the story is easy to follow and especially gripping for small kids.
Shaun and Bitzer join forces
This is a great family movie, with a cleverly crafted fast moving story line. It's action packed with scenes flowing quickly into another to present a movie that doesn't stand still, keeping kids readily entertained.
What will become of the farmer - now known as Mr X?
The attention to detail in the animation is astounding when you consider this is all from modelling clay albeit with the talents of a team of highly skilled animators. The look and feel of the 'big city' was especially accurate and reminded me so much of the rural town I grew up in. This is one for the whole family and if you've got little kids with you, then you are in for a total gigglefest.