A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon – Film Review
Directors: Will Becher, Richard Phelan
Writers: Jon Brown, Mark Burton (story by), Nick Park
Stars: Justin Fletcher, Joe Sugg, John Sparke
I love the way the sheep smile in these films! There are lots of head-on shots of the sheep with their grin off to one side, which could only be described as… sheepish? Sorry, couldn’t resist.
This film is the follow up to the 2015 film simply called ‘Shaun the Sheep’ and the long running TV show of the same name which has over 150 episodes. This one adds the term Farmageddon to the title, to add something a little bit mysterious to the mix. The film starts with a lonely farmer walking in the woods at night. He hears a strange sound and is startled to see something very unusual in front of him. It’s a vehicle… from another planet! He runs to safety, dropping his chips as he does. The being inside the flying saucer leaves his ship and sets off in search of food! Pizza in particular. The alien turns out to be a child that has no idea how to operate the spaceship to get home! He ends up on the farm and is befriended by Shaun. The two are chased by the various Men (and Women) In Black who are trying to prove the existence of extraterrestrial life, once and for all.
This is an Aardman Animations production, as is relatively clear to any fan of the genre. Their style of animation is unique and easily identifiable. The first film earned over four times its initial budget at the box office so the only real surprise is that it took four years for the sequel to arrive! With barely a line of text spoken in this film, it is an easy one for all the family to enjoy but is especially aimed at the little ones. Older audience members will not be too challenged by the story line, so you can afford to sit back and relax. The lost baby alien does add a hint of Spielberg to the equation, which has not been seen in this context previously. It’s a good mix of sheep related gags and an oddball story on Farmer John’s land. Hard to resist…