CATCH THEM IF EWE CAN!
After tricking their farmer into falling asleep, a flock of sheep put him in a caravan… but it rolls away, taking him into the city, followed by the sheep. Originally a spin-off from the Wallace and Gromit series, Shaun the Sheep (2007) was a hit among kids and this movie adaptation charmed adult critics as well. How could it not, offering all the ingenuity that Aardman can muster in an adventure that has the clever Shaun and his sheep coming up with radical ways to get their farmer back home? Maintaining the dialogue-free concept from the series was a challenge, but it works admirably well; packed with hilarious gags and smart details.
2015-Britain. Animated. 85 min. Color. Produced by Paul Kewley, Julie Lockhart. Written and directed by Mark Burton, Richard Starzak. Voices of Justin Fletcher (Shaun), John Sparkes (The Farmer), Omid Djalili (Trumper), Kate Harbour, Richard Webber, Tim Hands.
Trivia: Followed by A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019).
Last word: “I hate films that have an ounce or streak of cynicism in them. I think kids can smell it a mile off, as well. We like to stick to the integrity of making the film as funny as possible. It can be a bit subjective, but our brain trust, which is all of the same age, has taken us a long way making films that lack cynicism.” (Starzak, Cartoon Brew)