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Wallace & Gromit is one of the most universally liked creations in media. Their adventures are epic in size, but somehow relatable and small. So how do the hijinks a minor character from one of their original adventures hold up?
Shaun the Sheep Movie is based on the recent TV programme about the little adventures of the title character amongst his flock, a sheep-herding dog (who isn’t a sheepdog confusingly) and a farmer on a farm. The story surrounds Shaun attempting to take a day off from his mundane daily routine, with terrible consequences.
First of all, two major props to this movie. For one, Aardman Animations are still using their beautiful claymation technique and style. It’s absolutely delightful to see that CGI, though it is an excellent medium, is not the only form of animation still used.
Secondly, this, like the TV show, is a silent film! The characters express themselves through grunts, groans and gasps similar to that of The Sims video game. I love this. Silent comedy is one of the many strong-points in Aardman’s creations.
And comedy it brings. There were points in this film where I laughed harder than I have laughed in a cinema in years. And I was pretty much alone in the cinema.
There are no big morals in this film that you can’t find in most family films, but it’s certainly a good one for kids. There isn’t really much anyone can not like in this film.
One thing I didn’t particularly like were some of the songs in the film. I suppose they tried to represent the story through every style of music, but on a number of occasions they were unnecessary. Of course there were some which added to the comedy, and I certainly don’t want to censor those!
Overall, this is an excellent little romp. It’s not as ground-breaking as The Lego Movie and one can debate its worth against Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, though it is nice to see a full-length silent claymation comedy from the great artists that are Aardman Animations.
Recommended Scenario: When you’re over the age of four and you want to have a laugh.
If what I have written tells you that you would like this film, you can book tickets to see it at your local Cineworld here.