Saturday, August 15, 2015

Shaun the Sheep

Given its title, you might be tempted to dismiss this movie as a kid flick, but that would be a mistake.  As with all of the work from Aardman Studios, the stop-motion clay animation specialists behind the wonderful Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep offers fun for people of all ages.

The plot is simple enough:  a farmer ends up lost in the city, and his many sheep, including the title character, and trusty dog must rescue him.  Hilarity and danger, in nearly equal measures, ensue.  You know how it will end, but that doesn't matter; you go along for the ride.  That journey is short--only 85 minutes--but it feels just right.

With almost no dialog, and with what little there is being nearly unintelligible, the film relies a great deal on its music and on the facial expressions of the Plasticine characters, but that proves to be a good choice; I never felt the lack of dialog as a problem.

Most of all, the heart of this film is good, not in a sickly sweet way but in a way that makes you feel good about it as you watch it.

I had a good time viewing Shaun the Sheep, and I suspect you will, too.  Check it out if you can.

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