By Taylor Brestel
PG | 85min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy | Mark Burton, Jusrn Fletcher, John Sparks; Omid Djalili (director, top cast)
Shaun the Sheep, originally a short television series with seven-minute episodes, is not the sort of thing you would expect to be made into a full-length movie, but “Shaun the Sheep Movie” nevertheless as an exciting, yet predictable, adventure on the big screen. In this one-and-a-half hour movie, Shaun (Justin Fletcher) and his flock travel to the big city where they have plenty of strange and entertaining adventures. When The Farmer (John Sparkes) goes missing, it’s up to the animals to find him and return him to the farm where he belongs. Along the way, they encounter a man from the Animal Containment Unit (Omad Djalili) who is determined to capture any strays in the city, as well as a couple of new friends to help them in their quest.
One of the most amazing things about this film was its ability to convey an entire story without any words, just through the use of sound effects and music,
The simple plot isn’t too hard to understand. It reminded me of the clips I’ve seen of old movies without sound, where the actors have to use physical action and facial expressions instead of spoken dialogue. It was so well done that you could almost forget that you were watching a movie entirely comprised of animal sounds and music. The only complaint I had is that the mouths of the sheep came out of the side of their heads rather than being in the front like a normal mouth should be. It was a bit of bothersome animation at times, but the rest of the animation was very well done.
Since this is a movie primarily targeted towards children, it wasn’t very complex. Going into the movie, I had low expectations, thinking, if “Shaun the Sheep Movie” was the best title they could come up with, how interesting could it really be? I had assumed it would drag on and on as it drilled the key plot-points into the heads of the young audience. And the opening scene certainly didn’t prove me wrong. Based on the first ten minutes or so, I could predict most of what was going to happen. There were a couple of unexpected twists that made it more interesting, but the ending was really no surprise. However, even though I knew what was going to happen, I enjoyed every minute.
I also found it hilarious, and would probably pay to see it again. Maybe it’s just because I have the sense of humor of an 8-year-old, but when the sheep were trying to pass as people in the city, I laughed heartily at scenes such as sheep dressing up as humans and going to a restaurant, which I would take over emotionally wrenching melodrama any day. This movie really is simply a happy, uplifting film about coming home and about family, and it didn’t need words to tell that story at all.
Here’s a link to the Trailer