Movies According To Mischief – Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon

Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon

Directed by: Will Becher & Richard Phelan

Cast: Shaun, Timmy, Bitzer, The Farmer, Lu-La

For those of you who do not know me well, I am a little bit of a fan of Shaun The Sheep. Don’t ask me why I have such a love affair with the super cute, cheeky, caring piece of meat, but I do. One of the first presents my boyfriend ever bought me was a Shaun The Sheep DVD boxset. The theme tune is one of the best ear worms to have, I recommend you check it out.

Starting as an admirer of stop- motion animation, Aardman’s Wallace & Gromit are beautifully British comedic short films extending into full length features in later years, in which Shaun first makes his appearance in “A Close Shave” (1995).

His loveable demeanour earned him his own self-titled series, set at Mossy Bottom Farm with the rest of his flock, and is now a highly rated children’s TV show, so it is only right to progress to feature lengths films. The lack of vocabulary gives Shaun The Sheep brings a new level of inclusivity, and while the TV show is targeting a younger audience, the feature lengths certainly take into account that the cinema audience will also contain adults in the form of parents/carers or those with a child-like side to their personality *holds hand up*. It’s not so silly to think that kids cinema can make adults question their life choices but Aardman have hit the sweet spot of being entertaining for all, a true family film.

As the name would suggest, there is a sci-fi element to the plot, as Lu-La (a little alien) crash lands near to Mossy Bottom Farm and after being discovered by Shaun (and a little bit of pizza and fun), he decides to help Lu-La get back home to their family. In the meantime, UFO fever has hit Mossy Bottom and attracts the attention of a secret government agency while the Farmer decides to cash in by turning the farm into an alien themed amusement park, re-constructed well below Health & Safety standards by The Flock under the instruction of Bitzer.

There are genuine moments oflaughter throughout and I’m not even ashamed to admit it, I even cried a little. To achieve all this with mumbling characters, a few woofs and a couple of baas would be simply astonishing from any other production company. The accompanying soundtrack did seem a little too childish for my own personal tastes, with an essence of Cbeebies all over it, but next to the action on screen it did work well, if a little distracting to being with.

Overall, this being a sequel, it was done very well, and was just as enjoyable as the original Shaun The Sheep movie. Having a new sci-fi genre worked well and kept the brand feeling fresh and offering something new, I’m talking particularly to parents here who may have to watch Shaun The Sheep TV show every day. Yes, the plot is basic, but this is a kids film but what is different, is that the adult audience is taken into consideration. The lack of speech only works to its advantage. I would definitely watch again and probably enjoy it just as much as the first time. But then again, I am an Aardman fan.

Mischief Rating (4 Baas)
4/5

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