Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015)
Critic Consensus: Warm, funny, and brilliantly animated, Shaun the Sheep is yet another stop-motion jewel in Aardman's family-friendly crown.
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Critic Reviews for Shaun the Sheep Movie
The Shaun the Sheep Movie manages to be smart, moving and hilarious without the inclusion of a single word of dialogue.
Plenty of bigger, more grown-up movies could learn a thing or two from its humanity.
Shaun The Sheep is suitable entertainment for anyone who likes to laugh out loud.
Visually appealing and animal friendly, Shaun the Sheep celebrates summer - a break in the routine, loving it on the lam.
The sight gags are so meticulously designed that they often recall Rube Goldberg inventions; much of the fun derives from seeing how the filmmakers pull off their elaborate comic scenarios.
Audience Reviews for Shaun the Sheep Movie
Great for children of all ages, as the saying goes, as a small rebellion against monotony turns really bad and the mutineers must avail themselves to set things right. Particularly fun in all of this is that most everything is done in pantomime, which is both very hard and very clever. Me likey.
Shaun the Sheep is warm, clever, witty, hilarious, touching, sweet, cute. I could go on. A delight for those who appreciate a whimsical romp. It's refreshingly slight clocking in at a mere 85 minutes. For those whose tastes run toward more electrifying fare, this placid tale may seem a bit soporific. There's nary a word of spoken dialogue. Everything is expressed through gestures and vocal cues. I, on the other hand, truly appreciated this undemanding tale's lighthearted take. It's rather impressive how much story be conveyed through mutters and grunts and baas and bleats. As such, witty sight gags abound. Gentle G rated humor references Inception, Silence of the Lambs, Taxi Driver and The Terminator. Stick around for an end-credits homage to Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Early on, the sheep lull Farmer to sleep by continuously jumping over a fence. But my absolute favorite interlude is a disguise sequence where the sheep dress up as humans and go out to a fancy French restaurant. It's so visually brilliant it could only be described as Chaplin-esque. fastfilmreviews.com
Not having seen the television series that these loveable characters are based on, I went into "Shaun the Sheep Movie" cold. I can say without a doubt that it is one of the best films you will see all year. From no dialogue throughout the entire film, to it's story of sheep just wanting a break from their boring daily routine, this film has it all. Helming and embracing it's visual gags, cliched gags, and clever gags all the way through, the laughs are constant and never let up. It was almost overwhelming how charming this little film became by the end, and it is not just the mindless sheep-filled adventure that the trailers make it out to be. There is an emotional undertone to the story that really makes it stand out above most animated films nowadays. What always impresses me the most from Aardman (the company behind these claymation films) is their ability to bring a realism to their animation. It is so maticulously handled that it seems flawless, and that is always the most commendable thing. There are times where you just completely forget you are watching a claymation picture. "Shaun the Sheep" get's every point across with it's silent style of filmmaking and I absolutely loved that. This is the definition of "show-don't-tell." If I had one quip it would be the fact that they have a few too many fart jokes that become a little too juvenile, but the film is for kids as well, so I forgave that. "Shaun the Sheep Movie" really is a work of art for it's genre.
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