Shaun the Sheep (2015)
Shaun is a sheep who lives with his family on a farm. Shaun is tired of his everyday routine and wants to get away from the mundane schedule his farmer keeps. When the plan to get away causes their farmer and caregiver to lose his memory, all the animals must work together to help him remember who they are.
Shaun the Sheep is a clay-mation movie made by the same people who did Chicken Run and Wallace & Gromit so this movie is very family friendly. It doesn’t have any dialogue so most of the movie relies on nonverbal communication to get the plot across to the viewer which is perfect for kids. The comedy in this movie isn’t exactly my style, but it has a sense of British slapstick and can be quiet funny at times. My favorite scene is when the sheep all dress up as aristocratic people and go to a fancy restaurant only to misbehave by burping and eating the menu (as a sheep would).
This movie is only 84 minutes so the fact that no one talks doesn’t wear on you too much, but the spirit of the movie paints a good picture for youngsters, and adults will enjoy the humor as well. The animation is impressive as it takes quite a bit of planning to make a movie like this, my only quibble is that it could be more detailed if this was true animation instead of clay, but this style keeps the feel of “family friendly.”
Currently this movie has a 99% on Rotten Tomatoes and I was expecting something more impressive than what this movie is, but that doesn’t mean this movie is bad. It is a simple comedy that no one can dislike, but don’t expect something mind-blowing like The Lego Movie was. I liked it and would recommend this for families with younger kids.
7/10 Stars – Wonderful animation with a funny, simple story that young and old can enjoy.