Shaun the Sheep

If you like stop-motion animation, Shaun the Sheep is worth checking out.  If you happen to like stop-motion animation and fart jokes, well, this movie’s going to make you feel like a pig in mud.  And if you don’t like stop-motion animation, ask yourself why, and see if Shaun the Sheep makes you squeal with delight.   Because this movie is simply beautiful to watch.

Having tried to make a stop-motion re-enactment of the war of 1812 for history class one year, using GI Joes, I have an appreciation for how difficult it is to pull off something passable.  Getting to a flawless finished product like Shaun the Sheep must be insanely difficult.  The effort is all on the screen and it’s marvelous.  This clearly was a labour of love for all involved at Aardman Animations.

As for the story, it’s strictly for kids, but the target audience is going to be as happy as a dog with two tails (as they were at our packed Saturday morning screening).  The interesting thing is there are no actual words being used by any of these characters, it’s all just noise.  Minions did a similar thing and did it well, and I’d say Shaun the Sheep one ups Minions because not even the humans speak English (which is ironic for a movie coming out of the UK) yet the story still seemed clear and easy to follow even for the younger audience members.

There are lots of laughs for kids here but fewer for adults.  A few gags are universal (counting sheep in particular) but it seemed that the writers were just throwing the occasional bone to the expected parental crowd rather than trying to make this movie appeal directly to all ages.  As Jay has mentioned in the past, that across-the-board accessibility expectation for animation is a product of Pixar’s excellence that didn’t traditionally exist.  I won’t hold the lack of adult focus against Shaun the Sheep, because it’s a throwback by nature and as a kids movie it hits the bullseye.

I give Shaun the Sheep nine farm animal references out of ten.

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27 thoughts on “Shaun the Sheep

    1. Sean Post author

      Trust me, you did not want to see what my group came up with. All we got from half a day of work was 10 seconds of a guy “walking” (it looked more like sliding) up a small hill. Presentation day did not go well, to say the least.

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  1. Jay

    You’re absolutely right. This is no movie for adults, unfortunately, but I did love the cute little sheep. And I love seeing all the work that goes into each frame.

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    1. Sean Post author

      There’s no evidence of the GI Joe film. I am pretty sure the VHS tape was incinerated by my history teacher’s hatred and disgust. But it was really attempted by my friends and I the day before the project was due, and we worked for a solid few hours before giving up and deciding to play Nintendo instead.

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  2. Sean Post author

    Great pics, Jay! That really gives a sense of how much effort went into this film, creating sets and models and then painstakingly animating them one frame at a time.

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  3. reocochran

    I really like Wallace and Gromit so I know I will like this one. I am very pleased you went to see this one!!I am rather amazed, actually. Thanks for your kind comment on my door post. 🙂 gotta go to sleep so will be back tomorrow or Saturday. Have a great weekend, Jay.

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    1. Jay

      The kids in the audience were the best part for me – literally screaming with laughter, yelling “Haha, underwears!”
      I guess some jokes are just super reliable across a certain age group.

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  4. Andrew

    When I was 12, my best friend at the time and I took all of our superhero action figures and made a 30 minute stop motion movie. It took us an entire weekend, but it was so much fun and so worth it.

    I can’t wait to see this!

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      1. BunKaryudo

        Yep, although I’m not sure how widely-known it is. It was on in the morning on Saturdays. The kids thought it was really funny. I work on Saturdays now, so I’m not sure if it’s still on or not. Actually, my favorite character is the farmer, not Shaun. He kind of reminds me of myself these days.

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  5. Indah Susanti

    I love this movie. Maybe because I used to watch Wallace and Gromit when I did a baby sitting job during my study year. The kids were crazy in love with Wallace and Gromit and it’s a treat for me too 😀

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