Monday, 10 December 2018

Un-bleat-able film for shear pleasure

“He’s Shaun the Sheep... he’s Shaun the Sheep...” young and old fans of the seven-minute-long TV show and its bouncy

“He’s Shaun the Sheep... he’s Shaun the Sheep...” young and old fans of the seven-minute-long TV show and its bouncy theme tune are in for a half term treat when the hero of Mossy Bottom Farm makes his big screen debut.

The movie spin-off from the TV show, itself a spin-off from Wallace and Gromit film

A Close Shave, follows Shaun, his sheepdog pal and a motley crew of sheep as they head into the big city to rescue The Farmer, who has amnesia after a blow to the head.

An understanding of the complicated plot is not neccessary to enjoy the slapstick comedy, which has little or no dialogue; because, of course, farm animals can’t talk. The only attempt at speech is The Farmer’s incomprehensible mumblings.

Expanding a short tv show into 85 minutes could have proved a stretch too far for some , but Aardman have taken care not to go too big or too clever and have retained the small-town, homely feel.



The familiar charming touches and jokes will delight adults and children alike without trying to be too knowing or grown-up, and a country-lane car chase is one of the few nods to ramping up the action for the big screen.

Reportedly the shooting pace was like being stuck in traffic behind a tractor, with an average of two minutes of film shot per week, which reveals the careful crafting of each scene.

Even the hard-to-please, tough-nosed critics at online review site Rotten Tomatoes have given the film an almost-unheard-of 100 per cent approval rating, indicating this is one to watch for all ages.

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