Saturday, August 22, 2015

Shaun the Sheep Movie

Plot: Shaun the Sheep devises a plan to take a vacation, but it goes wrong and The Farmer gets lost in town with amnesia. Shaun and the other sheep head to to town to rescue him, but The Farmer has become a celebrity hair stylist and does not want to leave. In town, Shaun and friends are hunted by the animal control officer. After many adventures the animals go back to the farm, and everyone appreciates how nice their familiar routine really was. [imdb]    [photos]

Review: Clever, cute. Fun-to-watch and never boring. No dialog to carry the story, just a few Scoobie-Doo style vocalizations that vaguely sound like words. Yet, it is easy to follow the simply plot.

One of the best had the dog in a hospital operating room. The dog needs to hide the fact that he does not know how to operate, and he gets too distracted by the bones in the anatomical skeleton in the room.

Another great scene is when the sheep disguise themselves as people and go to a restaurant. They don't know what to do, so they all imitate another diner -- funny and silly.

With sheep away, the pigs take over the house, and act like piggy people -- also pretty funny.

Having said all this, it is a simple movie with simple emotional beats. It is well-told. 

Written and directed by: Mark Burton, Richard Starzak

The Music: Good songs. I bought Big City by Eliza Doolittle. 

The Visuals: It's mostly claymation with a few computer effects. Its cute and the animation is not distracting in either a good or bad way. 

Rating: 2.5 stars: Fun to watch and all, but it is still pretty simple. No human drama or clever social commentary.

More: I want a T-Shirt with the psycho dog from the jail on it. 

Even More: Shaun the Sheep has had his own TV show in the UK since 2007.