I did not expect to love a movie, that had not a lick of dialogue, this much
Stop-motion animation is a beautiful work of art and the people over at Aardman Animation know exactly how to make movies that utilize this form of animation. I had never heard of the Shaun The Sheep property and after watching this surprisingly wonderful and heartwarming movie, I am hungry for more of these adorable animals.
Seeing the struggles these damn sheep endure in order to be reunited with their Farmer pulled at my heartstrings and made me laugh aloud. Every sheep served their purpose and essentially every single character had their own distinct traits that made them unique. Shaun is an incredible protagonist and is honestly climbing up my list of my favourite animated protagonists of all time. He makes mistakes. He has ambitions. He loves. He fears. HE’S ADORABLE. The movie doesn’t treat its audience like they are morons which is something I thoroughly appreciate in a “kid’s movie.” They flash back to moments that are significant in order to help the younger, and by extension, stupider (because they’re small), audience be aware of what is going on but I really never felt bored or exhausted by the flashbacks. I felt so attached to these characters and we really only share like an hour and a half together…
I also cried way more than I am willing to admit…
The film is paced well, the sheep and humans alike were fleshed out, there were moments that made me genuinely laugh and again guys, I grew way more attached than I would’ve liked to these fictional characters. The scenes in the Pound specifically and the Poor Ugly Dog that nobody wanted really got to me. I wanted to hug all those creatures and scream, “it’s going to be alright! You’ll all find homes!!”
This movie made me happy and feel warm and tingly all over. That’s really all that there is. If you’re interested in an incredibly beautiful looking stop-motion animation and want to feel, please check out Shaun The Sheep. I so wish I checked this out when it appeared in theatres for that one month.
Shaun The Sheep receives a coveted 5/5 Matt Damon heads.