Shaun the Sheep

When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. A mix up with the Farmer, a caravan and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it’s up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home.

I’m feeling pretty conflicted about this one. I’m a die-hard fan of Aardman Animation’s early work. Wallace and Gromit (the shorts and the movie) and Chicken Run are top notch stop-motion movies that are enjoyable through and through, and keep being charming after even the fiftieth viewing. However, ever since Flushed Away, I feel as though Aardman has been unable to rekindle my love for their early successes. Too often they seem to resort to pop culture wisecracks and other modern humour where their Vaudevillean humour has worked so well in the past. So now we have a Shaun the Sheep movie, which bodes well because it seems to combine the character of Shaun the Sheep from Wallace and Gromit with the Chicken Run plot of farm animals escaping and running amok. Why wouldn’t I be excited for this? Because it’s being directed by the guy who did Gnomeo & Juliet, and man, that movie stunk. I sure hope this is better than I expect it will be.

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