Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 99%, Roger Ebert gave it 4 out of 4 stars, now the highly anticipated claymation film Shaun the Sheep has opened in the theaters across the nation. From the creators of Chicken Run and Wallace and Gromit, Shaun the Sheep is a stop motion, claymation film that is like a breath of fresh air to the big screen world.
“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 have to admit, as I sat in the theater with my 7 & 10 year old kids, I started to worry they might become incredibly bored with Shaun the Sheep. They are use to all the whistles and bells that films tend to have in this day in age. Shaun the Sheep did not have any dialogue and was shot entirely in stop motion, claymation. To be honest, I was worried I would become incredibly bored with this movie.
Well, all my fears were quickly put aside because this movie is totally cute! It begins when Shaun and his buddies attempt to distract their caretaker farmer to have a day off from the daily grind at the farm. However, things go awry as the mobile home the farmer was sleeping in becomes unhinged and careens downhill, crashing into the Big City. Not only does the farmer wake up in the middle of traffic in the city but he also seems to have suffered amnesia. Not knowing where he came from or who he is, he gets a job at what he does best, shaving wool, I mean hair. And he doesn’t become just any ole hairdresser but a celebrity hairdresser!
Meanwhile, Shaun leaves the farm and heads to the city (armed with a picture of the farmer) to rescue him and bring him home. His buddies follow soon after to help Shaun in the search, all while being chased by an overzealous animal control officer. Will Shaun bring the farmer home? Will the farmer regain his memory? You have to watch it to find out! This film was cute, witty and had fart jokes. I mean, who can’t resist a fart joke?! I definitely suggest taking the kids to see this, they will laugh, cry and even learn a valuable lesson; the grass is not always greener on the other side.