Shaun the Sheep Movie
Shaun the Sheep Movie is a 2015 French-British stop motion animated comedy silent film based on the animated television series Shaun the Sheep. The film was written and directed by Mark Burton and Richard Starzak and it stars Justin Fletecher, John Sparkes and Omid Djalili
Shaun, a mischievous sheep living with his flock at Mossy Bottom Farm, is bored with the routine of life on the farm. One day he concocts a plan to have a day off by tricking the farmer into going back to sleep by counting his sheep repeatedly. However, the caravan in which they put the farmer to bed accidentally rolls away, taking him all the way into the city. Bitzer, the farmer's dog, chases after him. Bitzer tries to find the farmer in the hospital but ends up being kick off the hospital.
The farmer receives a blow to the head and is taken to a hospital, where he is diagnosed with amnesia before leaving. He wanders into a hair salon and, acting on a vague recollection of shearing his sheep, cuts a celebrity's hair. The celebrity loves the result and the farmer gains popularity as a hair stylist called "Mr. X".
Meanwhile, the sheep find life impossible without the farmer, so Shaun sneaks onto a bus to the city; the rest of the flock follow him on another bus. They manage to disguise themselves as people and begin looking for the farmer, but Shaun is captured by Trumper, an over-zealous animal-control worker. Shaun is reunited with Bitzer in the animal lock-up, and with the help of a homeless dog named Slip they manage to escape while imprisoning Trumper. With the help of Slip, they find the farmer, but he does not recognize Shaun, who is heartbroken.
Feeling unwanted, Shaun, Bitzer, and the flock make a makeshift home in an alley. Their spirits are revived when they stumble upon evidence of the farmer's memory loss. They devise a plan which involves putting the farmer to sleep again, returning him to the trailer on a pantomime horse (really the flock of sheep in an elaborate disguise), and hooking the trailer up to a bus returning to Mossy Bottom. The plan is initially successful, but they are pursued by Trumper (having escaped the lock-up), who is now intent on killing them outright.
At the farm the group hides in a shed which Trumper tries to push into a nearby rock quarry with a tractor. The farmer wakes up and regains his memory. Shaun fights with Trumper making save all his familly and friends, but Trumper trows Shaun to the quarry only to be save by the farmer. Trumper is defeated by a bull while he was trying to escape and reasoning with the farmer for his misunderstanding. Slip leaves, but is adopted by a bus driver who finds her on the road. The farmer and the animals have a renewed appreciation for each other, and the next day the farmer cancels the day's routine activities for an official day off.
Epilogues reveal that the animal-control service is turned into an animal-protection centre, Trumper gets fired and finds work wearing a chicken suit to promote a restaurant, and the farmer sees a news report detailing some of the mayhem he slept through during his rescue from the city.
Why It Rocks
- Phenomenal stop-motion animation from Aardman Animations.
- The humor is hilarious, including good slapstick and also smart humor.
- The film is 100% faithful to the show since it doesn't have any dialogue and that it has most of the characters from the show.
- The characters are still likable, especially the main characters such as Shaun.
- There's a lot of charming and adorable moments in this film.
- The songs that used in this film are brilliant, such as "Feels Like Summer".
- The scenes with Shaun and the Farmer are heartwarming, as it is almost like a father-son relationship.
- Trumper is a great villain even for being a generic animal control work.
- Ilan Eshkeri's score of the background fits with the animation and writing.
- The writing and direction of Richard Starzak and Mark Burton is so smart and genius to watch.
- The climax is amazing, intense, and emotional.
- The message of the film is well made; "Appreciate what you have, because otherwise you will lose it one day".
- The idea of a full length film without dialogue is a very creative idea and not as common, and the film still handles it well, even without a narrator.
- It has a simple story, but not one that you can find annoying.
- Although Trumper's defeat is still a hook to watch, it feels a little fast.
The film cost less than $25 million to produce. It grossed $106.2 million worldwide, with some of its biggest markets being the United Kingdom ($22 million), North America ($19.4 million) and Germany ($12.1 million)
Shaun the Sheep Movie received an acclaimed positive reviews from critics. The film currently holds an 99% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 161 reviews, with an average rating of 8.1/10 and a critic consensus that says "Warm, funny, and brilliantly animated, Shaun the Sheep is yet another stop-motion jewel in Aardman's family-friendly crown."
It was nominated in the Academy Awards, The Golden Globes and the BAFTA for Best Animated Film and also being nominated for 5 Annie Awards. Unfortunately, all of them lose by Inside Out. Luckly, the film won several awards including, Best Animated Film in the Toronto Film Critics Association Awards, Best Movie 2015:UK in the Golden Tomato Awards and an Special Achievement Award for the 2015 Critics' Choice Award on the Critic's Choice Awards
- Shaun the Sheep Movie - AniMat's Reviews