A scene-stealing sidekick in Nick Park’s Oscar-winning Wallace and Gromit adventure A Close Shave and a beloved CBBC character on TV, Aardman Animation’s mischievous Shaun the Sheep gets his own feature-film outing with this barnstorming comedy adventure. Cue a riot of slapstick silent-movie-style gags as Shaun’s antics at Soggy Bottom Farm trigger a chain of farcical events that find the sheep striving to rescue their amnesiac farmer from the big city.
The visual jokes in Shaun the Sheep Movie certainly come thick and fast as the sheep adopt ridiculous human disguises while trying to evade the puffed-up local animal catcher. And it’s a nice lightly satirical touch when the farmer unconsciously uses his sheep-shearing skills to become a trendy urban barber. But with bleats and baas from the sheep and mumbles and grunts from the humans in place of dialogue, Shaun and his pals can’t match Wallace and Gromit when it comes to charm and heart.
Certificate U. Runtime 85 mins. Directors Mark Burton, Richard Starzack.
Shaun the Sheep Movie is released on DVD & Blu-ray on Monday 1st June by StudioCanal.
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